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Pilgrimage Information 2017

Are You being called to Medjugorje?
A special place of prayer and peace

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Pilgrimage to Medjugorje -- Polski, Polish language links Polska Polish 
Saturday 13th May 2017 - for 7 nights (14 night option)
fly from Bristol or Manchester

Spiritual Director Fr. Colin Groombridge

An ecumenical group, open to all. Bristol departure convenient for RC Dioceses of Plymouth, and Clifton; Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset; Gloucestershire, Wiltshire; Midlands etc. (Manchester option)

   only a few places left
cost £619 (*sharing) deposit £150 non refundable; Second week + £217 (*sharing)
Single room supplements: 7 nights £140 (14 nights £ 240)
Travel Insurance option £28
Bristol 2017 poster \
Information flyer
To book e-mail organiser or call Joe Walsh Tours direct: 0203 4680617 (from UK)

Polski, Polish language links Pielgrzymka do Medjugorje: W sobotę, 13 maja 2017, rozpoczynamy pielgrzymkę do Medziugorie. Wylatujemy samolotami z Bristolu i Manchesteru. Przedpłata to 150 funtów płatne w dniu rezerwacji, a pozostała część kosztów w grudniu. Koszt pierwszego tygodnia to 499 funtów. Jeśli chcą Państwo zostać na drugi tydzień, kosztuje on jedynie dodatkowe 217 funtów. Zakwaterowanie w pokojach 2 i 3 osobowych. Można zarezerwować pokoje jednoosobowe za dodatkową opłatą. Polski, Polish language links links
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Pilgrimage Dates: Saturday 13th May 2017 for 7 nights. Return Sat. 20th (or Sat. 27th with 14 night option).

Tour Operator: Joe Walsh Tours (JWT), 143 Lower Baggott Street, Dublin 2. 
Tel: 0203 4680617
(UK). [or from IRL 00353 1241 0800]
Bonded and licensed as a Tour Operator and Travel Agent by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK.  T.O. 052 | T.A 0689 | ATOL 5163 (terms & conditions apply)

Bristol: EasyJet return flights. Bristol - Split (Croatia) subject to EasyJet terms & conditions, including one piece of check in baggage 20kg and Airport Tax. Departing Bristol: 06.45hrs; Returns due into Bristol at 12.35hrs (tbc). (Split is +1hr)  In flight catering NOT included.
Manchester: details tbc and may be via Dubrovnik.

Return coach transfers from Split / Dubrovnik (Croatia) airports to Medjugorje (Bosnia & Hercegovina).
7 (or 14 option) nights Half Board (breakfast + evening meal) in 4* Hotel Leone, near to St. James Church, Medjugorje.

Parish religious programme each day. Mass in English each morning. The Parish evening programme of prayer begins with the Rosary, (Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at this time) followed by the ('International') Holy Mass in Croatian (translation to English, see below), followed by Healing Prayers and the Glorious Mysteries. On two evenings, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Veneration of the Holy Cross (Friday).
[read more about local prayer programme here and here]. All is subject to local changes || Guide-lines and Information for Pilgrims

Services of Joe Walsh Tours (JWT) representatives and qualified local guides. 
Group meetings with Visionaries if possible, organised talks with local Franciscan priests, all as announced by the parish information centre each day. 
Guided visits to 'Apparition Hill' (Podbrdo), 'Cross Mountain' (Krizevac), 'Blue Cross' and Cenacolo Community.
A Candle light procession with 'Mysteries of Light' prayed on one evening.

Translation services: Digital Radios available for hire, for group activities & talks, also parish simultaneous translation to English of services & talks or bring your own VHF radio / phone / device & headphones for parish only.

Optional (additional cost) tours available if enough demand (and time) to: the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, the Shrine of St Anthony, the Chapel of the Merciful Jesus, Surmanci (info), the Church of St Leopold or the Franciscan Church in Mostar.

COST: £619 (*sharing). Deposit £150 non refundable. Second week option add £ 217 (*sharing). Single room supplements**: 7 nights £ 140 (14 nights £ 240). *Sharing twin/double/triple rooms with facilities, **Single Room Supplements or Full Price balances due 12 weeks before departure. 

BOOK EARLY (a flight supplement from EasyJet may apply to very late Bristol bookings, if seats are still available)

Children: No further child discount with early booking offer, otherwise children under 16 years of age on date of return receive a £35 discount. Infants under 2 years of age on date of return are £50. (conditions apply)

Travel insurance is mandatory and optionally available via JWT for £28 for passengers up to 85 years of age (+ supplement for passengers aged 86 to 94). If using own insurance, JWT require details before departure in case of emergency.
Travel Insurance details
| Travel-Ins medical declaration

* Pilgrims travelling within EU member states (Croatia) must have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for EU (Croatia) You can apply online (avoid 3rd party non official websites) or at UK Post Offices. Please check expiry date of your present card.

* If taking Joe Walsh Tours travel insurance, you must fill out a Medical Declaration Form if you have a medical condition which has required medical advice, treatment, medication or hospitalisation during the previous 18 months. This must be completed and signed by your doctor. You should keep it in the event of a medical claim. Form available from group organiser, Joe Walsh Tours or download here | see also JWT Terms & Conditions

VISAS: not required for entry into Croatia or Bosnia for all passengers with British or Irish passports.
* Passports must be valid for travel six months beyond the date of return.
* Passengers with other passports must check with both the Croatian and Bosnian Embassies to see if a visa is required. Please allow enough time to organise the visa. At present, the Bosnian Embassy requires that the person travels to London to obtain the visa and also a letter of invitation is required from the JWT office in Medjugorje.

Croatian Embassy: 21 Conway Street, London, W1T 6BN, tel: 0207 3872022 web Embassy of the Republic of Croatia (London)
Bosnian Embassy: 5-7 Lexham Gardens, London, W8 5JJ, tel: 0207 3730867 web Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina (London)

Bristol Airport travel info page

For more information and a booking form contact group organiser by e-mail with your name and contact details
 or 'phone Joe Walsh Tours: 0203 4680617 (from UK) | JWT Booking Terms & Conditions

Please pass this information on to any others who may wish to go.
downloads > Bristol poster | Information flyer | travel insurance | travel-ins medical declaration | JWT Terms & Conditions <

[ Medjugorje's local spelling is 'MEÐUGORJE' ] - Group supports aid work by Sr. Muriel, St. Joseph the Worker also Mary's Meals

Dates & airports don't suit you? For some alternative UK groups 2017 see links below

more links further below

Medjugorje is a special place visited by thousands of pilgrims each year in search of the spirituality and serenity that exists there.

Six children from this small village located in the southwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina reported a series of visions of Our Lady that began on 24 June 1981 and still continue today. (see links below for more)

The visionaries, Ivan, Jakov, Marija, Mirjana, Vicka and Ivanka report that Our Lady’s mission is one of peace and love and that she tells us “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God”.

Medjugorje is a unique and extraordinary place of inspiration and peace. Millions have rediscovered their faith and opened their hearts to a true peace and love towards themselves and humanity. It is not easy to tell the whole story of Medjugorje which if at all possible must be experienced individually. Why not join us and find out for yourself?

While on pilgrimage, the group will be looked after by Joe Walsh Tours local team of qualified and experienced team of representatives providing local support and making sure that everything runs smoothly from start to finish. The senior representative Philip Ryan has spent over 20 years living and working in Medjugorje, acquiring valuable knowledge on the pilgrimage site and its environs and an incomparable experience catering for pilgrim needs. He and his dedicated team are always on hand to ensure you have a truly enjoyable pilgrimage.

Medjugorje [meaning ‘between the hills’] is situated between Citluk and Ljubuski, about 12 miles south west of Mostar. The parish of Medjugorje contains four villages including Bijakovici where the ‘Hill of Apparitions’, Mt. Podbrdo, is situated. Mt. Kricevac, ‘Cross Mountain’ is also close by. One of the other villages is Surmanci, where an icon of the Divine Mercy is displayed. | interactive map | live webcams

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“I wish that you go back home as a really rich person. I want you to go back home together with the pearl you have found in Medjugorje; with the treasure Our Lady wants to give every one of you as her beloved children. It is what she wants, but it doesn’t depend on her. You must desire that too.” ~ Fr. Jozo Zovko

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“There are some places and some people in life that ‘mark’ you forever. Once you have come in contact with them, they revive in you everything that seemed buried within your heart forever.

Then you recapture a life full of joy, serenity and purpose. You understand the reason you are living, where you have come from and where you are going. You take your life back into your hands with vigour. You rediscover a design of love in your life that trials and difficulties have buried. Then you feel like a new person, and even others are aware that something has changed in your life.

The place that has ‘marked’ me and millions of other people is called Medjugorje. It is different from other places because there is a ‘Presence’ there that you do not see but whose effects and benefits you gather. It is a Presence that speaks to our hearts and manifests itself in a personal manner for each one of us.

This Presence is Mary, the Mother of God. In Medjugorje we discover that this mother, the Queen of Peace, wants to enter our lives. That is the reason She says to us “Dear children, accept me in your lives, because I desire to bestow my love upon You.” ~ words by Fr. Luigi Ferrari, adapted from the book: ‘Medjugorje, A Testimony’.

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Medjugorje is NOT Prohibited by The Church (by Sr. Emmanuel, Medjugorje, June 29, 2015)

Dear brothers and sisters, peace! 
As you can guess, we are receiving a lot of questions about the position of the Church regarding the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje.

Once more, we are facing a modern disease - to read, comment and become passionate about media statements when its first goal is not always to convey the truth. Many in the media are pushing their own position with a great deal of noise. Of course one may express a personal opinion on the subject, and slip in snippets of the truth. But whoever wishes to be informed about the truth of an important  matter can do it in a way that is secure and that heals the confusion, disorder, doubt, bitterness, rebellion, or even triumphant satisfaction which does not necessarily come from the Holy Spirit. 

The way to do this is easy: just go to the source of the information! And the only source of information from the Holy See is the spokesman appointed for this purpose: Father Lombardi. Whoever is looking for a recent statement from him regarding the position of the Holy See on Medjugorje will not find one! Whoever is searching the Vatican website on the subject will find nothing, not a thing. 

What does this mean? The media virus has struck once again, sowing turmoil in many hearts with all its contradictions. The truth is that neither the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the CDF), nor the Pope have issued an official statement about Medjugorje. They have not even held a meeting to address the subject together. In addition, no meeting has been scheduled during the summer. It is also very likely that the theme of the family - the great theme of the year - will take precedence over the Medjugorje issue. So, let's be patient! 

All those who have experienced many graces in Medjugorje and who have wholeheartedly followed the school of the Queen of Peace should be reassured, because today we can state the following: · Medjugorje is not forbidden by the Church.· The Pope has not yet taken a stand on Medjugorje. · Everyone can travel there in private pilgrimage without disobeying the Church. · The messages are not prohibited, everyone can disseminate them and especially live them. · The visionaries have not been declared to be false.

The Holy Father carries a great responsibility, because the final word will depend on him. We know that Cardinal Müller, prefect of the CDF, has sometimes expressed negative statements regarding Medjugorje. That is why, in this time of grace and struggle, we need to pray a lot to the Holy Spirit for the Holy Father, and also fast for him. May the will of God be fulfilled!

Whatever position Rome will express through official channels, we will obey it. Obedience will be the best sign that we are walking with the Queen of Peace, with the Church and not without the Church. Mary is relying on us to help her fully realize her plans. Because, let us not forget: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph." Sr. Emmanuel +

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It is accepted that final judgement on authenticity of any claimed Medjugorje apparitions rests with the Holy See
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Medjugorje Commission of enquiry: In an interview to Radio BH to be broadcast on December 20, 2013, the Sarajevo Archbishop, Cardinal Vinko Puljic has again confirmed that the Medjugorje Commission is still at work. During the interview the Cardinal responded to a question put to him about any emerging clarification on the Medjugorje phenomenon: “The Church does not forbid anyone to pray to God, wherever there is a right to pray. When it comes to the phenomenon of Medjugorje, I serve on the Commission and I can not give anything to the public. The Church is slow but is is very thorough in the study of these things. “The Commission has yet to move to examine all details and probably still will not make a final judgment because the visionaries still claim to have seen apparitions. The Church will provide some guidance and we, as a committee, will submit the results of the investigation to the CDF who will develop its own proposal to submit to the Pope who makes the decision. So, it’s a process, ....”
credit: www.crownofstars.blogspot.com Bernard Gallagher's blog updated regularly with news and other information relating to Medjugorje. read more
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As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis opened his diocese to Medjugorje priests... read article in full here
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The image left is a painting of Our Lady of Medjugorje by Adrian Mills [RIP 17th March 2007]

Description: This painting is an artist’s impression, derived from the description given of the apparition of Our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, by lvan Dragicevic when She appeared to him at 10.30 p.m. on the night of Tuesday 12 May 1998 on the Hill of Apparitions, Podbrdo in Medjugorje, Bosnia - Herzegovina.

She asked for prayers for priests, bishops, the Holy Father and the sick. At the end of the apparition, “She departed for Heaven with the brilliant light of the cross behind Her” She also “took all the petitions presented to Her and extending Her hands, blessed everyone”.

In meetings in Medjugorje the diffusion of this card (note: the image with narrative is distributed as a postcard) was welcomed by Fr Slavko Barbaric who asked that the 25 April 1999 message be included:

“Dear Children! Also today I call you to prayer: Little Children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer; witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behaviour always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Painting © AM & PV 1999 ~ 3rd (English) edition ~ used with permission.  

The wording is available in twelve languages (Mary Queen of Peace website)

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LINKS Polski, Polish language links icon - update video links (YouTube) external links open in a new window or tab

Dates / airports don't suit you? Below are links to some other 2017 groups & regional departures:- in red are awaiting updates

Portsmouth group from Gatwick: May 31st 2017 to 7th June (and September?), use contact e-mail see also here

Newcastle group 7th - 14th June 2017 see here ||

Welsh group from Bristol in September 2017.

Aglow Pilgrimages: May 10th to 17th 2017 from Gatwick and others dates including Youth Festival in August.
Contact Jonathan Baylis at ‘Aglow’ if you are interested: travel@aglowpilgrimages.com  tel: 0800 689 4792 

'Medjugorje Calling' Annual Pilgrimage (Gatwick) | Medjugorje UK Notice Board: Forthcoming pilgrimages - see also here, Medjugorje events in UK, prayers days etc.

Medjugorje (Ireland) website has lots of info, testimonies etc.

To enquire about JWT's other 2017 departures and UK groups via Gatwick, Manchester and other regional airports, see their website:
or
contact Louise / Tracy at Joe Walsh Tours on: 0161 820 8790; 0151 9092871 or 0203 468 0617. (reference UK / Tony / Marijana) 

WIDER INFORMATION LINKS icon - update

Medjugorje Shrine page in English || Information for Pilgrims || evening prayer programme || watch live video (select "audio_eng" for English sound) 

Medjugorje.Web website & links page || Medjugorje.Net website || Medjugorje Apologia website || Medjugorje from Wikipedia || "Medjugorje Website"

read latest messages || links to other Marian Apparition and related websites here || The Queen of Peace Apostolate || Medjugorje Apostolate England and Wales  

The Virgin Mary article National Geographic Magazine December 2015

Our Lady Prays website mission & message resources

The pilgrim's progress Why a 24-year-old girl chose to go to Medjugorje for her summer holidays

The Medjugorje Message a bi-monthly publication published by Bernard Gallagher -
Bernard's blog at www.crownofstars.blogspot.com is updated regularly with news and other information relating to Medjugorje.

icon - update The Medjugorje Witness website  || Apostolic Letter Mercy and Peace pdf (20th November 2016)

EWTN Medjugorje overview - up to date and informative.

Church's Position on Medjugorje ~ link #1 ~ link #2 || Is Medjugorje Real? - Facts and first-hand accounts (2008) || MaryTV || Interactive map || Watch Mass online here & other live webcams

e-mail petitions for Medjugorje may be sent anytime. || Please support aid work by Sr. Muriel St. Joseph the Worker and Mary's Meals

Cenacolo Community  || Mother's Village - orphanage started by Fr.Slavko Barbaric. || Children of Medjugorje / Sister Emmanuel website

Divine Mercy, the Chapel of the Merciful Jesus, Surmanci

Foreign travel Information: Foreign & Commonwealth office || Embassy of the Republic of Croatia (London) || Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina (London)

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Polski, Polish language links Polish language links: Shrine website | 'Medjugorje website'

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"Why Medugorje ?" An insightful short film by Josip Loncar promotions officer with the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). It documents his own personal experience when he visited Medugorje for the first time in 1987 and captures the Spirit of Medjugorje from a pilgrim's perspective. Narration by renowned scripture scholar Tony Hickey. After watching, you may wish to consider visiting Medjugorje. see embedded player further below or watch direct on YouTube

Medjugorje Film - Our Lady Queen Of Peace watch on YouTube (5:46 mins) - English HD.

Mirjana - Talk + Q&A YouTube (1hr 9mins) \ Mirjana - The Messages YouTube (9.48 mins)  \ Mirjana - The Secrets YouTube (5.21 mins) 

'The Madonna of Medjugorje' BBC TV documentary from 1986  watch on YouTube

BBC: An Irish pilgrimage documentary from 2009 watch on YouTube | also on YouTube

"Where two or three..." a visit to Medjugorje - documentary by Natasha Beliaeva watch on YouTube

icon - update Colleen Willard's Medjugorje Miracle Testimonial watch on YouTube

Medjugorje Youth Festival 2015 a brief video montage || Adoration at Medjugorje Youth Festival 2012 leave sound on in background while enjoying the prayer & peace (58:45 mins)

Aerial views of Medjugorje 03,2015 YouTube (2;34mins) HD || & at Christmas 2014 YouTube

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Message of March 14, 1985: "Dear children! In your life you have all experienced light and darkness. God grants to every person to recognize good and evil. I am calling you to the light which you should carry to all the people who are in darkness. People who are in darkness daily come into your homes. Dear children, give them the light! Thank you for having responded to my call."

Hvaljen Isus i Marija. Kraljica Mira, moli za nas. Praised be Jesus and Mary. Mother of Mercy and Queen of Peace, please pray for us.