Shepherd’s Perspective

“The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” (John 10:1-21)

Jan 19, 2020
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hard to believe we already find ourselves well halfway through January 2020! Next thing you know, we will be entering into our Season of Lent with Easter well in ‘Spiritual Sight’. As some of you are aware, coming up this May, I will be leading A PILGRIMAGE OF THE HEART to a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina called Medjugorje. At this time, we have well over 40 pilgrims committed to what will prove to be a life altering experience and coming up this Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM, we will have ONE MORE INFORMATION NIGHT for anyone who would like to hear more about this pilgrimage.

Did you know that eight years prior to The Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, JUNE 24, 1981, a humble Franciscan Friar serving the church in Medjugorje, was asked the following by our Lord:

“ZDENKO, would you accept to fast on bread and water for seven years?”

The humble friar agreed and on the last day of the seventh year, our Lord spoke with him again and asked: “ZDENKO would you accept adding an 8th year to your fast?” He accepted…

And so it came to pass that the last day of his eighth year of fasting on bread and water fell on June 24, 1981… The DAY OF THE VERY FIRST alleged APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY in Medjugorje.

When it comes to questions of authenticity, ‘THE COMMISSION’ established by Pope Benedict XVI back in 2010 to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, have now recognised as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.

Now, here we stand some 39 years following that day, and it has ONLY BEEN SINCE last YEAR OF MAY 12, 2019 that the Church, has OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED and SANCTIONED FOR PARISHES AROUND THE WORLD to organize pilgrimages to this small village located in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While this will mark my 7th pilgrimage to the place where JESUS IS FIRST and FOREMOST AT THE CENTER OF THIS MARIAN SHRINE, I can assure you that no matter where you are at in your Faith Journey, the Holy Spirit will meet you there and draw you towards an experience of Peace and Holiness of Life like no other.

At this very moment, Medjugorje has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics in the world and is now EUROPE’S THIRD MOST IMPORTANT APPARITION SITE, where each year more than one million people visit. That’s over a million people every year coming from around the world to a village that boasts of a population in grand total of 2300 locals. From one end of the village to the other, it’s not even 3 km in length as the crow flies.

St. Patrick’s Pilgrimage to Medjugorje goes from May 10-24th, 2020.

TOTAL COST INVESTMENT FOR THIS PILGRIMAGE IS:  $3500

(Includes air flights, bus tours, hotels, two meals per day, and local guide fees.)

We are looking for up to a maximum of 70 pilgrims to join us where ‘Heaven meets Earth.’ All who might be interested to join us at ‘Our Lady’s School of Love’, please mark your calendars for this coming weeks Information Night at St. Patrick’s in our main sanctuary this Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

The privilege of Medjugorje lies in recognizing that it’s ‘A CALL’ from Our Lady, the Queen of Peace. Question is: “Are you being called?” 

In Christ through the hands of our Lady,

Fr. Jerome