Daily Itinerary for the 05 November 2019
Day 1 – Depart USA. 5th November 2019
Depart JFK Airport for overnight flight to Sarajevo via Munich.
Day 2 - Arrive Medugorje. 6th November 2019
On arrival, you will be met by our guides who will direct you towards your coach ready to start our transfer to this most Blessed village, Medjugorje. As we drive into Medjugorje, with the steeple of St. James Church first greeting us, we will arrive at our hotel. After dinner, we will attend the parish evening program. It begins with the rosary followed by Holy Mass and depending on the day, we finish with adoration.
Day 3 - Opening Meeting. 7th November 2019
After breakfast we will attend the 10:00am English Mass in the Church of St. James. Following Mass, there will be an opening meeting where the guides will share with us the history of the place, introduce us to the shrine and take us through the week. In the afternoon we will visit the Blue Cross, a place of many apparitions of Our Lady. We also will walk to Vicka‘s old family home, to see and to pray in the room where she had apparitions over a long period of time. After dinner, we can attend the evening prayer program.
Day 4 - Hill of Apparitions. 8th November 2019
After breakfast, we gather at the statue of Our Lady to walk through the vineyards, to the Hill of Apparitions (Podbrdo). We climb, in prayer, to the the place where Our Lady first appeared to six frightened children in June of 1981. This afternoon there is an optional tour to Cenacolo, which is a community for recovering drug addicts. There is a special lesson to be learned from the residents here, by their hard work, perseverance and prayer. After dinner, we attend the evening program.
Day 5 - Optional Trip. 9th November 2019
Today we have the opportunity to meet with one of the visionaries (depending on their availability). In the afternoon, we have an optional trip to visit the Church of the Divine Mercy in Surmanci, one of five villages belonging to Medjugorje parish, only a 15-minute drive from Medjugorje village. This is a very popular place with pilgrims as a miraculous healing took place before the icon of the Divine Mercy, which is now exposed in the chapel. We also have an opportunity to venerate relics of St Faustina and St. John Paul II.
Day 6 - Cross Mountain. 10th November 2019
After breakfast, and we will meet at the base of Cross Mountain (Krizevac) to start our ascent. We pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the summit. We make our descent in time for holy Mass. Following the evening services, we have a special treat, as our group leader, Andy Cooney, as well as Marian Pilgrimages program director, David Parkes, perform for us in concert, an Evening of Prayer through song.
Day 7 - Talk with Medjugorje Priest. 11th November 2019
Today we gather to hear from one of the Medjugorje priests (depending on their availability). In the afternoon we will visit a neighboring Franciscan monastery and the Shrine of St. Anthony, which is located only 15 minutes from Medjugorje village (This is optional). In the evening after the International Holy Mass, you may take part in the Mysteries of Light on the Via Domini and visit the grave of Fr. Slavko. After almost 18 years spent in Medjugorje, Fr. Slavko died suddenly at the top of the Cross Mountain on a Friday afternoon in 2000.
Day 8 - Mothers Village. 12th November 2019
After breakfast, we meet as a group to join in the closing meeting on the church grounds. David and the guides conclude the week with prayer and a short follow up on the week. We finish the program with a visit to the Mothers Village. This is an orphanage founded by the late Fr. Slavko for children whose parents had died during the war. Now it’s a home for orphaned children or children who come from dysfunctional and broken families. After dinner, we can participate in the evening program.
Day 9 - Depart Medjugorje. 13th November 2019
Our guide will collect us at our house for our transfer to the airport for our return flight.