people on Apparition Hill near Our Lady's statue
Apparition Hill
(c) Mary TV 2013

J.M.J. December 16, 2013


Dear Family of Mary!


December 5, 1985

“Dear children! I am calling you to prepare yourselves for Christmas by means of penance, prayer and works of charity. Dear children, do not look toward material things, because then you will not be able to experience Christmas. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


On December 15 the parish of St. James, Medjugorje, began a Christmas Novena. Starting on that day, for nine days, the pastor, Fr. Merinko, will lead the parishioners up Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary. It is a big commitment. The winter weather is unpredictable, and the climb is difficult because the earth has been worn away, and the rocks are jagged and slippery. But with joy, the parish will pray and climb to the original apparition site, and ask Our Lady to prepare them for Christmas.


Our Lady has consistently taught the parish and the pilgrims that true happiness, true joy, comes from God and the things of God, not from material things. Penance, pray and works of charity help to free us from our desire for the material. This novena is a very good way to prepare our hearts for Jesus!


Great news! Mary TV will be streaming the Christmas Novena, live, from Apparition Hill starting today (Monday). It will begin at 2:00 pm Medjugorje time (8:00 am EST). The prayers will be in Croatian, but we can all follow along in our own language, since it will be the Rosary!


The live streaming will be on the Mary TV home page! Join us for this wonderful opportunity to prepare for Christmas as Our Lady asks!


December 12, 1985

“Dear children! For Christmas my invitation is that together we glorify Jesus. I present Him to you in a special way on that day and my invitation to you is that on that day we glorify Jesus and His nativity. Dear children, on that day pray still more and think more about Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

(c)Mary TV 2013 


Once again:


Christmas Novena of St. James Parish, Medjugorje!

St. James Parish will climb Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary, for nine days before Christmas. 

The novena began on December 15, and will end on December 23.

Mary TV will stream the novena – live – starting Monday, December 16,

 2:00 pm Medjugorje time (8:00 am EST).

Join the parish in this wonderful novena in preparation for the coming of Baby Jesus at Christmas!












 “Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!”

Blessed John Paul II  –
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