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February 25, 2013 A.D.

July 1–5, 2013 A.D.


Five apparitions of the Holy Virgin Mary
The Re-consecration of the United States of America
At the Moment of Her apparition July 4, 2013

Come be in the presence of Five Apparitions of the Virgin Mary July 1-5, 2013 A.D..

 

July 1–5, 2013AD

Five apparitions of the Holy Virgin Mary
The Re-consecration of the United States of America
At the Moment of Her apparition July 4, 2013


How few understand that we are entering a very dark and dangerous moment for the nation of the United States of America.  But it is Our Lady who states:

 

July 25, 1990

“Dear children, today I invite you to peace. I have come here as the Queen of Peace…”
 


We cannot defeat what is heating up at a rapid momentum.  We, in fact, are responsible for it by our sins.  Neither will one defeat evil by guns, for a people are not so much protected by their armaments as by their way of life.  We can only fight back by tears of repentance, frequent confession (minimum once a month), fasting and prayer…and consecration.      



There is no other place more important to be than to attend and to be in Our Lady’s presence for five apparitions in the Bedroom of Apparitions and the Field of Apparitions when the re-consecration will take place with thousands of people from all over the nation and other nations as well.


 

No place
No where
More important to be than here
July 1-5, 2013
Consecration
July 4, 2013!





In hope that we will see you,

A Friend of Medjugorje

A Friend of Medjugorje



 

Marija was at Caritas for the Fi ve Days of Prayer, July 1 5, 2009 A.D.

As Marija always does when she comes to Caritas, She asked Our Lady when and where the apparition would be the following day.  Our Lady shows by Her varying responses that She is not simply following Marija around from place to place, but that She is actively involved in the events that are taking place in these apparitions at Caritas.  On July 2, the apparition was in the Bedroom and Our Lady responded to Marija’s question by saying that She would appear during the next night’s prayer vigil for our nation’s birthday, in the Field at 10:30 p.m.
 

Earlier that day, before the apparition, A Friend of Medjugorje stated in a talk he gave to the crowd attending this special event that nations are made up of families, and the family is made up of individuals, so to heal the nations, we must first heal families, which comes through the individual being healed.  The consecration of individual hearts was on the day our founder spoke (July 2, 2009).  The consecration of our families was the following day, both of which led up to the consecration of the nation on July 4th.  The preparation for this consecration began with the Vigil (July 3).  A Friend of Medjugorje said that we were shocked when the year before (2008), Our Lady announced that She would appear at 10:00 p.m. on the Vigil.  We were then equally surprised this time (July 3, 2009), when She did not choose to appear at 10:00, but rather 10:30 p.m.  By this Our Lady showed that She is connected to the purpose of which we have gathered.  She has come for our nation, not only for our nation, but for all those around the world who wish to follow these steps in consecrating their own nation, their own beloved homeland, to Our Lady’s heart.
 
 

Marija then shared, “You know in one part, one region of Italy, was one beautiful thing.  The president of this region (the mayor), he decide to make consecration to Our Lady for all province.  It was beautiful. Schools closed.  All were invited to go there for apparition.  Most important center of this part—Our Lady of Sorrows shrine.  All bishops and priests were invited to go there.  One priest make one special prayer of consecration for all region to heart of Our Lady.  And so this man invite me, who is the political head of this region.  He said he like to do in this way, when he decide which day.  I go ask Our Lady and Our Lady say, “Yes, I go.”  And so Our Lady said yes, so I go.  And this people go for Confession and Holy Mass like in Medjugorje:  Rosary, moment of apparition, and after Holy Mass.  And so Our Lady appeared in this region, he read, he consecrated—this first person of this region (the mayor)—he consecrated to heart of Our Lady all people, all things.  And after Our Lady appeared and She said, “You will never ever regret this consecration.  Nor will your children ever regret this consecration, nor will your children’s children ever regret this consecration, this act of what you do,” Our Lady said.  And so Our Lady prayed over all people and She watched (looked at) all the people, many people…” 


Marija shared this story to demonstrate how strongly Our Lady desires our consecrations, and to encourage us to prepare much in prayer before tomorrow night’s special vigil apparition.

 

These next months do not rest, do not stop, let your every action from the moment you wake to the moment you go to sleep be spent in preparing for the most important event for our nation and world, not for this year, but for our age and to have a future.  What can you do?
 

1. Book your hotel room immediately.
2. Or, make reservations to camp at Caritas for free by calling 205-672-2000.
3. Order this 16-page brochure by the volume and give it out.  Mail it to everyone you know.
4. Put up a billboard.
5. Order bumper stickers.
6. Put up yard signs, banner signs.
7. Send to your mailing list
8. Charter a bus, coordinating with our pilgrimage department, 205-672-2000, ext. 218.
9. Bring your priest to hear confession.  He will experience conversion just as other priests have who have come for the days of prayer with Our Lady at Caritas.
10. Pray to the Holy Spirit to inspire you on how to spread this event.  Be active, be praying.
 

You Can Charter Your Own Bus!

We encourage you to charter a bus of your own for the July 1–5, 2013 visit.  Look in the Yellow Pages for charter companies in your area.  For many who cannot afford to fly, coming by bus is less expensive.  It provides you with transportation from the hotel to Caritas each day, and coming with a group can bring you to a deeper pilgrimage experience, as you are journeying and praying together with many who are longing for a deeper relationship and experience with God.  In a group setting, often the sharing of faith, hearing other peoples’ walk in conversion, is a powerful tool in the hand of God to bring forth stronger conversions in each other. If you need advice about how to promote chartering a bus, and organizing a pilgrimage, call 205-672-2000, ext. 218.


Come and be in the presence of the Queen of Heaven July 1–5, 2013, when She appears to Marija Lunetti, visionary of Medjugorje, to receive graces, blessings, and healing of hearts.  Tens of thousands have testified to the life-changing grace received from a special holy place in Alabama.
 


Pilgrims in the Field of Apparitions

The Field…mystical…quiet…the site where the Mother of Jesus appeared to Marija.  The Virgin Mary told Marija for those gathered, “…I am here to help you!…” Since that moment on November 24, 1988, countless numbers have come to this Holy Field to pray, seek grace, and mend hearts.  It is a place of the meeting of the Two Hearts.  An encounter with the Hearts of Mary and Her Son…Jesus.  No one who visits when there are apparitions are ever the same…for the rest of their lives…forever affected…forever…into eternity.

April 1, 2011

“How does one express what a beautiful gift the five days at Caritas were for me and all who attended. A trip to the peace of Medjugorje on American soil.”

S. C., Menlo Park, California
 

 
July 6, 2012

I have waited anxiously for years to visit Medjugorje, but I knew it wasn’t possible to take my family with me. Caritas made it possible to be in Our Lady’s presence with my husband and two small children. We are ever so grateful to our spiritual hosts that opened their home to allow us to pray in the Bedroom of Apparitions, to kneel in the Field of Apparitions, to experience the Grotto and to feel at peace during Our Blessed Mother’s presence. Thank you! Thank you!

S. Family, Allentown, Pennsylvania


 

Pilgrims praying in the Bedroom of Apparitions

 
The two sites of the Bedroom and Field of Apparitions, located at Caritas, have been graced by 167 apparitions of the Virgin Mary over the past 25 years, though She has been with the founder’s family and the community at other locations bringing the total to 191 apparitions over the years.  The 167 apparitions on the sacred ground of Caritas have occurred in 1988, 1989, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, July/August 2005, November 2005, 2008, February 2009, July 2009, 2011 and 2012. This does not include the many times the community has been blessed to have Our Lady in their mission and homes in Medjugorje.  The primary site of the apparitions has been in the Bedroom of a consecrated “beloved home” with 134 apparitions in this room.  The Field was consecrated to Our Lady for the conversion of our nation.  The two sites are connected in that the Bedroom represents the family, “the home,” and the Field represents our nation.  Nations cannot hope to heal without first healing the family home.  In 2009, over 4,000 flowers were arranged in the Bedroom, representing the hearts of people from across the United States & around the world, to show their love and devotion to Our Lady in the last days of Her apparitions to Marija at Caritas.  Marija was inspired and some community members joined in to help her form a heart out of roses on top of the Bed that would receive Our Lady.


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Since 1988 these special events when Our Lady appears to Marija have often attracted tens of thousands of pilgrims to the Bedroom and the Field of Apparitions.  People of all classes become the same, on their knees, shoulder to shoulder.  The area around Caritas is so open that crowds do not bother those who would normally be bothered.  Rather, the outdoor environment puts you as one of those who followed Jesus in the crowds.  A spiritual joy, consolation and an excitement you’ve never experienced before, will fill your heart.  Countless souls have had their prayers answered or been given a divine peace about their problems by pilgrimaging to the Bedroom and Field of Apparitions.
 

Pilgrims at the Tabernacle of Our Lady's Messages

Thousands gathered here seeking peace and simplicity in their lives as Marija and A Friend of Medjugorje spoke to people from every state in the Union, July 1–5, 2009, when the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to Marija. Marija loves coming to Caritas to be with the family that she has become family with.  Having witnessed what Our Lady has done here in the Bedroom and the Field of Apparitions, has placed in Marija’s heart a special love for the founder, community and the place  here at Caritas.

July 7, 2012

In some small way I understand the feeling when Marija speaks of feeling a little bit of Heaven when she is with Our Lady and does not wish to depart from Her but would rather  join Her in Heaven. I also feel that way toward Caritas that to return back to my home and the fulfillment of my responsibilities is a penance I gladly accept with joy for Her, but none the less bitter. Praise to Jesus & Mary forever!

M.R., Louisville, Kentucky
 

 

May 10, 2011

“I want to thank you for a very wonderful, life-changing retreat last March (19-23). As a religious Sister, I felt Our Lady strengthening me in prayer with Her presence and great joy.”

Sr. W. M., Grass Valley, California
 


  

Morning Prayer in the Field of Apparitions

County road 43 in rural Alabama may be an unlikely path of pilgrimage to many people, but we hear over and over again by so many who have been to Caritas, when they turn onto County 43 they feel like they are home.  

July 8, 2012

Thank you Mother Mary for being with us, praying for us and changing my husband and my life. Our experience in Alabama humbled and brought us much closer to God. I was in tears the whole time I was there. Now we know our purpose in life. We will pray pray pray as you requested Mother Mary for the salvation of all souls and I am planting seeds as fast as I can with excitement to get everyone I know to do a pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Peace be in Alabama or Medjugorje. My husband and I are now making plans to go to Medjugorje.

L.B., Richmond, Virginia
 



*  Caritas of Birmingham is a mission dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje and the messages She gives.  It is located at the site of the apparitions and operated by the Community of Caritas, a community that in 1988 Our Lady asked to be founded.  It is comprised of a group of people who have joined together to be missionaries of what the Queen of Peace, the Virgin Mary, wants established in the world.


The Bedroom of Apparitions is the birthplace of Our Lady’s apparitions at Caritas.  At the foot of the Bed, adorned with flowers and petitions (seen above), Marija has knelt to receive Our Lady 134 times since 1988. The Bedroom has been a special place to pray for the healing of families and is only open during Caritas’ annual Prayer Gatherings or special spiritual events.  It will be open for you on scheduled days during July 1–5, 2013, for you to pray there and bring Our Lady your needs for yourself, your marriage, your family or friends, or for healing and to give gratitude.  The Bedroom is an extraordinary, special place for the heart.
 

Marija in ecstasy in the Bedroom of Apparitions

Marija Lunetti in ecstasy speaks to the Virgin Mary in the Field of Apparitions, oblivious to those around her. This was the moment of the reconsecration of the USA to Our Lady.  All hearts silently were pleading for our nations return to God at this moment.

July, 2009

“The time I spent at Caritas from July 1-5, was an experience I will never forget. The few minutes spent in the Bedroom of Apparitions was a huge inspiration and a very touching experience...to think I was just a few feet from where Our Lady had appeared to Marija the night before! I felt a little bit of Heaven in my heart.

B.C., USA
 

 

June 14, 2004

“As I prayed my intentions in the Bedroom, every wrinkle of tenseness left my face as if it were washed with peace.  As I gazed upon the Crucifix from Medjugorje,* I felt something so special—Our Lady’s Motherly love for Her Son, Her Child, Her Baby.”

Annapolis, Missouri
 

 
 

Pilgrims praying in the Bedroom of Apparitions

 

                                                                                                                                  July 3, 2012                                                                                                                             A line of people on the front porch of the founders house listen to stories of the apparitions as they wait their turn to pray in the Bedroom of Apparitions.  Well over one hundred thousand people have visited the Bedroom of Apparitions.  Within these walls, the Holy Virgin Mary has appeared physically to Marija Lunetti, seeing Her as we see another person.  Marija can speak to Her, touch Her, and hear Her voice.  Our Lady has appeared to her in this same way every day since June 25, 1981.  Our Lady came to the world as a Mother to heal a broken world, resulting from the family being broken.  That is why Our Lady chose the Bedroom, for it is where families are born.  Our Lady said She wants the “fruits of the family to be seen one day.”


July 5, 2012

Our Blessed Mother, looking out over the crowd with such love was so beautiful, and praying over everyone for such a long time was awesome, showing us how much She loves us. What a wonderful grace to receive from the Mother of Jesus.  I hope with all my heart the people who were present know how truly blessed they are.  

M.S., Eagle Lake, Texas
 

*  The Crucifix in the Bedroom (pictured on page 4) originated in Medjugorje.  It hung on the wall of Fr. Slavko’s office during the time the daily apparitions were taking place there.  The visionaries would come into the room and kneel before this Crucifix to receive Our Lady.  This Crucifix was present in hundreds of apparitions in Medjugorje.  In 1988, Fr. Slavko gave this Crucifix to the founder of Caritas as a gift.  Profoundly moved by this, our founder brought it to Marija and asked her to pray a prayer over it, that it would be used by Our Lady as a great instrument of conversion for Our Nation.

**“Well over 100,000”:  Marija has visited 16 times.  Many of these events have had well over 10,000 pilgrims attend.  In 1999, the five days of prayer with Our Lady brought 40,000 pilgrims, some who stayed for the whole event, and others who were here for various amounts of days.  Most all the visitors stand in line for several hours to enter the Bedroom.  In addition, the Bedroom has been open for many other spiritual events through Caritas’ 25 years of history since the first apparitions occurred there.

 

The Field of Apparitions was birthed from the Bedroom. In 1988, thousands began to find their way to Alabama from all corners of this nation, longing to be in Our Lady’s presence. The apparitions began in the Bedroom. All could not physically fit in the home where the Bedroom was located, yet the Field enveloped all as a blanket bringing warmth and a feeling of home. As the thousands came, gathering around the home, Our Lady one day said She would appear the next day outside near a pine tree. Many began to gather in the Field who knew nothing of the family that knelt in prayer on the blanket next to them, but they became one under Our Lady’s mantle. Our Lady chose Thanksgiving day, November 24, 1988, to appear for the first time to Marija in the Field for all those gathered. She said from this spot, “I invite you to live my messages. I am here to help you! I will intercede for you to God for all your intentions.” For the visiting people, a visit to the Bedroom and the Field of Apparitions is a rebirth for their spirits…a new dawn. Many testify they never experienced anything close to what Our Lady has given in the Bedroom and Field anywhere else and that the grace is renewed, even by just visiting the grounds Our Lady has appeared upon.
 

Morning Prayer in the Field of Apparitions

July 3, 2012

Everyone faced the house on the days Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom of Apparitions.  Marija would ask Our Lady to hear all the petitions and prayers from those in the Field and Bedroom.  Our Lady has always made it a point to bless all those gathered in the Field.

 December 21, 1999

“I must say it was the most moving emotional experience of my life…I cannot thank you enough for sending out your messages encouraging me, and thousands of others, to come to one of the most important events of my life. Thank you for inviting us into your Field, your homes, and your lives. You have all touched me in a very personal and profound way.”

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
 

 July 6, 2012

I cannot express enough my deepest gratitude for this miraculous time with Our Lady, Marija Lunetti and the entire Caritas community. My life - my heart is forever changed by this holy pilgrimage. Thank You, Community of Caritas! You have given us all a great and glorious gift- the chance to be in the magnificent presence of the Mother of God and to consecrate ourselves to her. My life is forever changed and I have decided for God- His will, His grace is sufficient for me from this time on. Blessed be God- and blessed be the Mother of God: Mary, Most Holy- Our Lady- QUEEN OF PEACE.

                J.H., Pleasanton,  California
 


May 4, 2011

“This March was the 3rd time I have been at Caritas while Marija visited.  Each time I leave with something special.  I gain something that sustains me in difficult situations…I truly thank God daily for being so privileged to have this holy place in my native land.”

                J. F., Diamond Point, New York

 

SPECIAL STATEMENT
Medjugorje Status
December 1, 2011 A.D.

No attempt is intended to pre-empt the Church on the validity of the Medjugorje Apparitions. They are private revelation waiting the Church’s final judgment1. In the interim, these private revelations are allowed by, and for, the faithful to have devotion to and to be spread legally by the Church.  Devotion and the propagation of private revelations can be forbidden only if the private revelation is condemned because of anything it contains which contravenes faith and morals according to AAS 58 (1966) 1186 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Medjugorje has not been condemned nor found to have anything against faith or morals, therefore it is in the grace of the Church to be followed by the faithful. By the rite of Baptism one is commissioned and given the authority to evangelize. “By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission.”2 One does not need approval to promote or to have devotions to private revelations or to spread them when in conformity to AAS 58 (1966) 1186, as the call to evangelize is given when baptized. Caritas of Birmingham, the Community of Caritas and all associated with it, realize and accept that the final authority regarding the Queen of Peace, Medjugorje and happenings related to the apparitions, rests with the Holy See in Rome. We at Caritas, willingly submit to that judgment. While having an amiable relationship with the Diocese of Birmingham and a friendly relationship with its bishop, Caritas of Birmingham as a lay mission is not officially connected to the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, just as is the Knights of Columbus. 3  The Diocese of Birmingham’s official position on Caritas is neutral and holds us as Catholics in good standing.

1. The Church does not have to approve the apparitions. The Church can do as She did with the apparitions of Rue du Bac in Paris and the Miraculous Medal. The Church never approved these apparitions. She gave way to the people’s widespread acceptance of the Miraculous Medal and thereby the Apparitions to St. Catherine.
2. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd Edition.
3. The Knights of Columbus also are not officially under the Church, yet they are very Catholic. The Knights of Columbus was founded as a lay organization 129 years ago, with the basic Catholic beliefs. Each local council appeals to the local Ordinary to be the Chaplain. The Knights of Columbus is still a lay organization, and operates with its own autonomy.

International ©2013 SJP Lic. Caritas of Birmingham


July 6, 2012

Having been there for two of the days (July 4th and 5th) I was particularly touched by the fact that no ‘message’ was given except to bless us. That spoke deeply to my heart since when you are the most comfortable with someone you can be in silence and listening. That simple communion is enough. That spoke to me of a communion already established in the heart where no word needed to be spoken because it was present in the heart. I felt a sweet acknowledgment and appreciation from Her to us and back again. Thank you Caritas for all that you do to make these days possible. The unending water supply was so helpful and of course just being there is such a blessing. Thank you for the quality of time in that place of enriched love.

L., Nashville, Tennessee


September 10, 2012

I first heard of the July 1-5, 2012 pilgrimage to Caritas when one of your community members wrote a lovely thank you note to me and invited me to come to Alabama for this event.  At that time I was bed-ridden with a severe ruptured disc.  It was going on two months of pain, etc.  When I read the invite, I yearned so very much to go.  The thought kept coming to my mind during the day and woke me up at night.  I thought, “wow”, this has never happened to me before, perhaps Our Holy Mother wants me to attend.  Then I read in some of your literature that even if it seems impossible, pray for it.  So I did.  I asked Our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary to help me get to Alabama to be in the very air in which They appear to Marija and bless all that were there.  On all accounts, it was just impossible for me to go.  I prayed to get well enough and for money to get there.  The yearnings and prayers continued.  After about a week, I thought I was beginning to feel better!  And then to my great surprise a friend gave me the money to go!!!!!!!   Wow!  Praise God.  Then I started getting feelings of elation with fear, elation that I could go and fear that I would have to go (drive) alone.  It is 650 miles one way.  Our Holy Mother called and I would trust, no matter what.  I left Illinois on a Thursday and on Friday my transmission went out near the Tennessee/Kentucky border.  My auto insurance covered the tow and auto rental.  Wondrously, I made it on time for all five apparition times!  Another Wow!!  How great it feels to know that Jesus and His Mother made this possible for me.  With all my heart and soul I’m grateful.  The greatest things which I’m grateful for are:  the peace and love I received.  Also strength to bear up.  They are with me still.  I’m not the same and I didn’t want to leave Caritas.  So with deepest love and prayers, I thank you all!

D.P., New Lenox, Illinois



This event is too important to not be preceded by a novena and fasting. Below is the information on the Novena and 9-Day Bread and Water Fast:

54 Day Rosary Novena & 9-Day Bread and Water Fast

The 54-day novena will begin on April 25, 2013, with thousands praying it each day, united in prayer for Our Lady’s intentions, for Her five apparitions. The intentions for the novena are:

1.That Our Lady will speak to us during the days that She will be with us
2.That Our Lady come laden with graces to change our hearts, our families and lead our nation back to God
3. For Our Lady’s intentions for the mission and Community of Caritas
4. For your personal intentions
5. In thanksgiving for Our Lady’s presence and the graces She will have obtained for us

A 9-day bread and water fast beginning on Thursday, May 2, and ending, Friday, May 10, 2013.
See here to order “54-day Rosary Novena” Booklets.

If you miss these dates for the novena and fast, we encourage you to begin them for the above intentions and your own intentions once you receive this mailing.

Or download on medjugorje.com free here.


July 7, 2012

Thank you, thank you and thank you for making it possible for us to be in the great presence of the Queen of Heaven and Earth, Our Mama Mary. I pray that we will not take this for granted, with our limited mind, that the Mother of God is giving Her Best to us, that every second that She is here on earth is used fully for our salvation. Our six days will be historical for us that will be told to our children’s children, a spiritual legacy. As Mama Mary said, only in Heaven will we fully understand Her coming and our role in God’s plan. The climb to the penitentiary mountain was a great experience, for us, too. You don’t know what you are capable of, what are you made of, until you up your commitment. The weather condition was another opportunity for us to “pay now rather than later” and with interest. We send our love and prayers to all of you. We were so happy during our stay there, experiencing Heaven on earth

A. & B. T., Aurora, Illinois
 


Promoting this event will bring new people into Medjugorje.

Billboards

July 1-5, 2012 Car Sign For $100 you can introduce many people to Our Lady who know nothing about the apparitions by sponsoring the printing and mounting of a billboard. Hundreds of billboards sponsored in 2009 and 2011 were the cause of many coming to Our Lady’s apparitions in July, 2009 and March, 2011 and converting.  It’s one of the easiest ways to reach many souls.  Put a billboard to work for the Great Evangelization of Our Lady to heal our families and our nation. To Sponsor a Billboard Call Caritas at 205-672-2000

July 1–5 Sign CD

July 1-5, 2012 Car Sign Get a data CD with many different promotion ideas.  Take this CD to your nearest FedEx Office (formerly Kinkos) or any other local sign printer to get a variety of July 1–5 signs made.  You can make car signs, yard banners, corrugated plastic yard signs, etc.  The ideas are limitless.  This data CD will contain the “Apparitions of Mary July 1–5 Alabama” graphics sized to a number of different applications ready for printing at FedEx Office or another printer.Click here to get your data cd with signs.

July 1-5, 2012 Car Sign

Make a sign custom sized to fit in your yard, on your garage, house, a window of your house, or put a large sign on the side of a barn.  Find a neighbor who will let you put up a sign if you do not have a barn or shed yourself.  Just take the “July 1–5 Sign CD to FedEx Office or your local sign printer and get a July 1–5 Sign made so that you can bring new people into Medjugorje through the July 1–5 apparitions Click here to get your data cd with signs.

Bumper Stickers

 

Put cards in your local church for July 1-5, 2012Order bumper stickers as one easy way to spread Our Lady’s apparitions to thousands of people. Click To Order Your July 1-5, 2013 Bumper Stickers Today.

 
 

Brochures & Cards

Put cards in your local church for July 1-5, 2012

Leave Free Sixteen-Page Brochures and business size cards, (Shown Here) in the back of your church, local grocery store, or school, or hand them out.
Click here to order brochures.

Drop Everything! Change your schedule and vacation time.
Be at Caritas for an event which very few over the centuries
have experienced and all generations who follow us will never have.
This generation is the last in man’s history to have Our Lady in this way.


Do not be turned away from Caritas. Reading the following is a must:


Please be advised of the guidelines to visit Caritas.

1. No Immodest Dress                          5. No Cameras
2. No Cell Phones                                
6. No Smoking
3. No Video Cameras                             7. No Lounge Chairs/Other Chairs
4. No Gum Chewing                               8. No Pets

Guidelines to be Allowed on the Grounds.

The following modesty rules will be strictly adhered to on the Caritas grounds, including parking areas.  All violators will be turned away.  No sleeveless or low cut dresses. No sleeveless or low cut shirts, blouses, or sweaters.  Dresses and skirts must be below the knee.  Only knee-length shorts will be allowed for both men and women.  Capris may be worn.  No gym shorts or other short clothing.  No mid-drifts or clothing that exposes the back or stomach.  No see-through clothing or clothing that has inappropriate writing or pictures on it.  Casual dress, jeans, etc., is OK.  We are speaking about modest dress.   Please remember that you will not be going to the beach or out sunning.  Dress appropriately for the day in preparation to go before the Holy Event of Our Lady’s apparition and other prayer times.  Please save yourself the embarrassment of being turned away from the grounds of Caritas because of dress.  It is important to inform all, so that no one will have to miss the apparitions.  We do not want anyone to miss Our Lady’s apparitions to Marija, so repeatedly inform others and help make sure all are informed of this.

♥ No video cameras; no cameras, and absolutely no cell phone cameras are allowed. Violations will result in confiscation. You are on the grounds by invitation. Please remember, do not violate other pilgrims and the spirit of what is happening here. This is a serious violation of the spirit and reverence of the event and the grounds here. As a one day exception, and not for the apparition, photos, not videos, and not cell phone cameras, will be allowed on Monday, July 2, on the grounds. However, no cameras will be allowed at the time of the apparition even on this one day exception. Please remember this is allowed for your own personal mementos of the pilgrimage. Be discreet and respectful to others, when taking pictures, so as not to disrupt prayers.

♥ No lounge chairs, three-legged portable chairs, or similar chairs allowed in the Field. If one must sit, wheelchairs or electric motor chairs are to be used. It is your responsibility to make provisions for wheelchairs. This is a five-day offering of sacrifice, self-denial, and spiritual growth for your soul, not your flesh. As many have testified from their past experiences of the apparitions, the Bedroom, Field, Grotto, and other sites at Caritas, they relay that they were some of the most spiritual, moving, holiest moments they have ever experienced. Cameras, cell phones, etc., are all a distraction which inhibits the grace; the convenience of lounge chairs, etc., blocks sacrifices, which results in a loss of grace one could have received. Prayer is spontaneous and often throughout the day. Gum chewing is extremely irreverent during prayer or in the midst of others who are praying. Gum chewing is not allowed on the grounds. If you see someone doing it, please inform them to stop.

♥ Our Lady answers any objections to these rules, to be allowed on the Caritas grounds, by appearing on a rock strewn mountain in Medjugorje which is difficult to walk up, much less sit down comfortably once you are at the apparition site. For a peace-filled five days, please be reminded that Caritas has these guidelines for your benefit. The world may allow these things, but you are entering a world and a life, here at Caritas, created by Our Lady and Her messages.

Parking - Anyone parking on the road must be off the white line or police will tow away your car. For safety of pedestrians, there is no parking on the road in front of the Field.

Priests - Invite your parish priest. There will be a need to hear Confessions as we have always done in the past in the Field throughout the event. If you are a priest, we make a special invitation for you to come. The event promises a great grace for priests who come and hear Confessions. Priests experience conversion just as you will.

Home Schoolers - Notify all home schooling friends, we will open our school during the days of July 1 through July 5. This school, Our Lady of Victory’s School, is a community effort, evolved from home schooling, that has inspired other home schoolers with many ideas based on Our Lady’s messages. It is always one of the highlights for those who visit here to see Our Lady of Victory’s ‘One Room’ Schoolhouse. Already other schools have been inspired by it. Walkthroughs will be scheduled throughout the 5 days.

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For the Elderly - In the past, some elderly have paid the way for a friend to accompany and help them. It is a good way to come, and a good way to evangelize the one who is accompanying you, for Our Lady to convert them.  “So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves,” (Matthew 10:16) to convert one who comes to help accompany you.

Prayer Groups - Ivan once said that satan hates prayer groups. Come with your whole prayer group to be with Our Lady. With your group being in Our Lady’s presence, She not only will bless you during the apparitions, but strengthen your group as well. It is Her desire to foster your prayer group. Our Lady said on September 25, 2000: “…Renew prayer in your families and form prayer groups. In this way, you will experience joy in prayer and togetherness…” Rent a van, bus, or meet up separately, whatever is necessary to answer Her call.

Free primitive camping in a tent or self-contained camper is available for all who wish to come or who cannot afford to stay in a hotel. Primitive camping means no electricity. Port-O-Lets will be available. There will be portable shower units and water at a single location. Free firewood is also available, but bring your own grill. Caritas camping and parking is TV free, radio free, cell phone free, smoking free, and alcohol free. Violators will be asked to leave immediately. Call 205-672-2000, ext. 382, to reserve a spot in the primitive camping area.

The Gift Shop will be fully stocked with beautiful items to have blessed by Our Lady in Her apparitions to Marija.

Making Reservations - Many hotels in the spring can book up early, so we recommend that you make reservations now.  Listed on mej.com are select hotels in which most are offering discounts for those coming in July.  We are expecting that many will book up, so it is necessary to make reservations as soon as possible to assure your rooms.  Please state this is for the Caritas  of Birmingham group for Our Lady’s Apparitions of July 1–5, 2013, when making reservations.  We encourage you to come all five days to spend time in prayer in preparation for each day’s apparition.  Our Lady’s apparitions are a source of great graces for those who gather.  By being on the site for July 1 and staying through July 5, or after, your experience will be greatly heightened.  Even if circumstances at this moment do not seem possible for you to come—remember, prayer brings about miracles.  So book your plans and pray, pray, pray, and Our Lady will work out the details.  Whether it be lack of funds, job, family, etc., surrender to God the problem and give to Our Lady your desires.  Pray short, ardent prayers and do novenas to be here.  She will take it from there, trust Her.  Call Caritas at 205-672-2000 Press "1", twenty-four hours for more information. 

Schedule of Events

No matter at what point you joined us in praying for Our Nation, even if you are just now finding out, you can join thousands who have walked these 20 years of prayer for Our Nation* and be present in the apparitions to give these prayers to Our Lady.

July 1 - The first apparition, you will bathe in the grace of Our Lady’s presence for repentance, forgiveness and revival.

July 2 - The second apparition of Our Lady you will consecrate yourself for the first time, or re-consecrate yourself to Jesus and Our Lady, in Her presence, during the apparition.

July 3 - The third apparition of Our Lady you will consecrate your family for the first time, or re-consecrate your family to Jesus and Our Lady, in Her presence, during the apparition.

July 4 - The fourth apparition of Our Lady you will, as a child of Mary, consecrate Our Nation for the first time, or re-consecrate Our Nation, as was accomplished July 4, 2008, in the years 2009 and 2012, to Jesus and Our Lady, on the day of its birth, in Her presence, during the apparition.

July 5 - The fifth apparition of Our Lady you will give grateful thanksgiving, in Her presence, to God, for allowing Our Lady to come to this nation to heal it.

* “The Seven Novenas for the Reconciliation of Ourselves, Our Families and Our Nation Back to God” have been prayed every year for 20 years.  Each year they begin on June 25th and continue on the 25th of each month through December.  Literally millions of prayers have been prayed by tens of thousands of supporters over these years.  There can be no doubt that these prayers have been instrumental, in moving the heart of God to bring Our Lady to our country.  You can join us in praying these powerful novenas by contacting Caritas and requesting a free copy of the booklet.  Call 205-672-2000 Ext 315 twenty-four hours. Or download free on medjugorje.com, click on downloads.
 

Daily Schedule

You will receive a free program booklet of the current schedule when you arrive.

5:00 am Morning Prayer: Silent prayer in the Field. Bring blankets to sit on. Please remember to be quiet and turn off ­flashlights 50 yds. before you arrive at the statue so as not to disturb others in prayer.

6:00 am Angelus

6:30 am Holy Mass : at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church daily at 6:30 am. - click here for map to the Church

8:30 am Morning Prayer  In front of The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages, special announcements and apparition times will be made at this time.

10:45 am Rosary in the Field Two mysteries prayed each day as well as the Consecration to the Two Hearts.

12:00 pm Angelus Wherever you may be on the grounds.

3:00 pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy Wherever you may be on the grounds.

On the Hour Prayer: Three Hail Mary’s will be prayed on the top of every hour, from 9–5 for a nine-hour novena each day.  We will offer these prayers for Our Lady’s intentions for the renewal of all the earth for a new springtime, for the Holy Spirit’s renewal of the Church, for the consecration of the retooled and expanded Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages and the necessary funding tto complete it, and for your own intentions for the Five Days.  At the sound of the bells every hour, kneel down wherever you are and pray the three Hail Mary’s to Our Lady.

The apparitions of Our Lady will be announced at the time Our Lady tells Marija. In the past Our Lady has told us the day before what time and where She will appear. This place is Hers and it has been a great joy for us in the way Our Lady has often done this for us; sometimes appearing in the morning, sometimes late at night, sometimes during the day, sometimes in the Field, and often times in the Bedroom. We surrender this to Our Lady with the joy that She will do what’s best for Her children.  You may bring food on the grounds.  Bring snacks, etc., (but not in the circle around Our Lady’s statue).  Stay all day and be free to relish the peace here.

Special Note
There will be scheduled talks with Marija and A Friend of Medjugorje throughout the week.  It will be important to attend and listen for the times of these talks and other events such as the visit to the Bedroom of Apparitions, the behind the scenes walk through the mission, the climb to Grotto La Pluie, and the Patriotic Rosary, which will be announced at our morning prayer at 8:30 am.
 

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Come   July 1–5, 2013A.D.

Hotel Listings

Our Lady’s return to the Bedroom and Field this coming July 1–5, 2013, will generate a great deal of excitement around the country. We encourage you to book your hotel rooms for the July 1–5 , 2013, (book for June 30th to July 6th or later because five days are full days on the grounds) apparitions as soon as possible. Many hotels will fill all their rooms. We are expecting large numbers to attend, as always when Our Lady comes, which makes tighter availability for pilgrims desiring to attend the apparitions to find rooms. Even if you are not sure you can come, make reservations. You can always cancel. So, don’t delay in making your arrangements. For more information call Caritas of Birmingham at 205-672-2000.

** Very Important, remember when you call the hotels, to mention that you are coming for the July 1–5 Prayer Gathering at Caritas. You should arrive on or before the 30th of June and leave after July 6th or later to be in the presence of all five of the apparitions. Stay a few days later and spend time with the Community, and get a behind-the-scenes look at community life.**

WARNING!

You can check out hotels but do not book through the Internet, you will not get the discounted price. Ask for group reservations and call directly to the hotels for discounts under the name Caritas of Birmingham Group. **Rates subject to change without notice.**


Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 1-19 listed below on Hwy 280 are suggested FIRST CHOICE hotels. They are arranged from those closest to those farthest from Caritas.

**Rates subject to change without notice.**

1. Hampton Inn & Suites, approx. 10 miles, $99.00 standard King or 2 Queen rooms, 205-981-0024

2. Oak Mountain Lodge, approx. 11 miles, $39.95/night or $199.95/weekly, 2 twin or 1 full, 205-991-0100

3. Homewood Suites by Hilton, approx. 13 miles, studios or double $99.00/night, 205-995-9823

4. Residence Inn, approx. 13 miles, 205-991-8686

5. Candlewood Suites, approx. 13 miles, with kitchens $68.95/night or weekly $60.95/night 205-991-0272

6. Wingate Inn, approx. 13 miles, $99.00/night 205-995-8586

7. Fairfield Inn, approx. 14 miles, $85.00/night 205-991-1055

8. Days Inn Mountain Brook, approx. 14 miles, $74.99/night, continental breakfast provided, 205-991-9977

9. Hyatt Place Inverness, approx. 14 miles, $96.00/night, 205-995-9242

10. Studio Plus, approx. 14 miles, Queen $47.99/night, 205-408-0107

11. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Birmingham, approx. 14 miles, $94.00/night 205-776-6370

12. Comfort Inn and Suites Colonnade, approx. 15 miles, $75.00/night, 205-968-3700

13. Courtyard by Marriott Colonnade, approx. 15 miles, $86.00/night, 205-967-4466

14. Hampton Inn Colonnade, approx. 15 miles, $86.00/night 205-967-0002

15. Springhill Suites by Marriot Birmingham/Colonnade, approx, 16 miles, $89.00/night, 205-969-8099

16. Hampton Inn Mountain Brook, approx. 20 miles, ,$99.00/night 205-870-7822

17. Courtyard by Marriott Homewood, approx. 19 miles, $108.00/night, 205-991-8686

18. Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Southeast, approx. 15 miles, 205-967-2450, $94.00/night.

19. La Quinta Inn – Hwy 280 Cahaba Park, approx. 15 miles, 205-995-9990
 

WARNING!

You can check out hotels but do not book through the Internet, you will not get the discounted price. Ask for group reservations and call directly to the hotels for discounts under the name Caritas of Birmingham Group.**Rates subject to change without notice.**

 

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 20–37 should be considered SECOND CHOICE hotels:

20. Fairfield Inn and Suites – Pelham, approx. 20 miles, $95.00/night, 205-987-9879

21. Best Western at Oak Mountain, approx. 18 miles, refrig. & micro. in rooms, $89.99/night, 205-982-1113

22. Hilton Garden Inn Liberty Park, approx. 20 miles, $85.00/night, 205-503-5220

23. Days Inn Galleria, approx. 22 miles, $65.00/night, 205-985-7500.

24. Hampton Inn & Suites Pelham, approx 21 miles, $95.00/night, 205-313-9500

25. Days Inn Vestavia, approx. 22 miles, $69.99/night 205-823-4300

26. Baymont Inn & Suites Birmingham/Vestavia, approx. 22 miles, $39.00/night, 205-822-2224

27. Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast, approx. 23 miles,  $129.00/night, National Historic Register, 205-918-9090

28. Hassinger Daniels Mansion Bed and Breakfast, approx. 23 miles, $109.00–$129.00/night, National Historic Register, 205-918-9090

29. Hampton Inn & Suites, approx. 25 miles, $85.00/night, 205-933-0444

30. Travelodge, approx. 26 miles, $45.00/night, 205-987-2233

31. Howard Johnson Homewood, approx. 26 miles, single/double occupancy $59.00, continental breakfast, 205-942-0919

32. LaQuinta Inn & Suites Birmingham/Homewood, approx. 26 miles, $76.50/night, 205-290-0150

33. Quality Inn Homewood, approx. 26 miles, $65.00/night, 205-945-9600

34. Comfort Inn Homewood, approx. 26 miles, 205-916-0464

35. Residence Inn Homewood, approx. 26 miles, 205-991-8686

36. America’s Best Inn Homewood, approx. 27 miles, $44.95/night, $250.00/week, 205-945-5550

37. StudioPLUS Wildwood, approx. 26 miles, $49.99/night, 205-290-0102

 

WARNING!

You can check out hotels but do not book through the Internet, you will not get the discounted price. Ask for group reservations and call directly to the hotels for discounts under the name Caritas of Birmingham Group. **Rates subject to change without notice.**

 

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 38–40 should be considered THIRD CHOICE hotels:

38. Quality Inn Irondale, approx. 24 miles, $69.99/night, 205-956-4100

39. Rime Garden Inn & Suites, approx. 25 Miles, located off I-20 in Irondale, $79.00/night, 205-951-1200, 888-828-1768

40. Americas Best Value Inn – Irondale, approx. 25 miles, $45.00/night, 205-956-3650

 

WARNING!

You can check out hotels but do not book through the Internet, you will not get the discounted price. Ask for group reservations and call directly to the hotels for discounts under the name Caritas of Birmingham Group. **Rates subject to change without notice.**

 

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 41–47 should be considered FOURTH CHOICE hotels:

41. Hampton Inn & Suites – Hoover, approx. 23 miles, $105.00/night, 205-380-3300

42. Fairfield Inn in Fultondale, Alabama, approx. 24 miles, $95.00/night, 205-849-8484

43. Best Western Carlton Suites Hotel, approx. 26 miles, $85.00/night king, $95.00/night double family, 205-940-9990

44. Courtyard by Marriott Hoover, approx. 23 miles, $89.00/night, 205-988-5000

45. Garden Inn Birmingham, approx. 30 miles, $59.95/night, 205-951-0700

46. Holiday Inn Express Hotel Irondale, approx. 25 miles, $79.00/night, 205-957-0555

47. America’s Best Inn & Suites–Airport, approx. 27 miles, near airport $65.00/night 205-592-6110

** Very Important, remember when you call the hotels, to mention that you are coming for the July 1–5 Prayer Gathering at Caritas. You should arrive on or before the 30th of June and leave after July 6th or later to be in the presence of all five of the apparitions. Stay a few days later and spend time with the Community, and get a behind-the-scenes look at community life.**


Food for July 1–5

Food vendors will not be available for July 1–5, 2013.  To help you remain on the grounds in prayer and in the presence of Our Lady as much as possible during the five days of prayer, we will list in our program booklets a few close local places where you can pick up quick lunches and dinners. 
 

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Pope Benedict XVI sees the United States as the nation who must lead the evangelization of the world to Christ. Pope Benedict XVI speaking to the United States bishops in Rome on January 19, 2012 said:
 

“One of the most memorable aspects of my Pastoral visit to the United States was the opportunity it afforded me to reflect on American’s historical experience of religious freedom, and specifically the relationship between religion and culture… as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God.”
 

Benedict was referring to America’s faith and its Christian principles. Benedict voiced concerns to the bishops of “attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.” The Pro Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, at a speech in Columbus, Ohio at the Pontifical College Josephinum, stated:
 

“The Church in the United States should lead the entire Church in the world…This is a great task, but you have the determination and the grace to do it. This I know is the vision of the Holy Father regarding the Church in the United States.”


The United States of America is called to evangelize the nation and therefore, the whole world through repentance.
 

 

* From They Fired the First Shot 2012, by A Friend of Medjugorje; “Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Bishops of the United States of America on their “Ad Limina” Visit,” Librreria Editrice Vaticana, January 19, 2012

** From They Fired the First Shot 2012, by A Friend of Medjugorje; Catholic News Herald, “Pope wants US Catholics to lead worldwide Church revival, nuncio says,” Diocese of Charlotte, April 25, 2012.


July 1–5, 2013, the event that will change you, your family, and your world. Be in Alabama. Be with the Mother of Jesus.

 

Call Caritas of Birmingham at 205-672-2000, ext. 330, twenty-four hours a day for 20 different recordings with extensive information.

 

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You can get your free brochures and pay for shipping & handling by clicking here, or call 205-672-2000, ext 315, 24 hours a day, or send your order by fax to 205-672-9667. Write Caritas of Birmingham, 100 Our Lady Queen of Peace Drive Sterrett, AL 35147 USA. Shipping & handling prices listed above are for standard delivery. Call for expedited or overnight shipping and please call for pricing on all International orders. (To speak to a receptionist call weekdays between 8:30am–5:00pm CST USA).

 

Patriotic Rosary

 

For the Consecration of Our Nation
by A Friend of Medjugorje

Everyone across the land needs to be praying the “Patriotic Rosary™” at this very critical time for our nation. Pray it in your families, your prayer groups, your churches, your schools. Go to your priests and your bishops. There are some dioceses in the United States that are encouraging the praying of the “Patriotic Rosary™” throughout their diocese. This is the number one prayer that should be prayed at this time when prayer is so vitally important for the future direction of our country and of the world.

“What an unbelievable incredible inspiration. What an inspiring, moving, unforgettable experience it would be to see and hear it prayed by thousands in the Field.”

—M.U., Saint Louis, Missouri


“Recently we heard the most beautiful Rosary I’ve ever heard, the Patriotic Rosary. Thank You.”

—T.T., Carenas, Louisiana


“We spent the Holy Hour praying the Patriotic Rosary, from the Healing of our nation to God bless America.  It was a very moving praying experience for all of us.  Our parish priest stayed the whole time.  Our deacon was there, too, to give us the pitch for the songs.  People asked for the copies to take home.”

—A. & B. T. Aurora, Illinois

“What a treasure of a booket.”   —S. C., New Baltimore, Virginia

“It is powerful!  Everyone wants the rosary book!”     


—M. P., Denver, Colorado

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A Rose For Our Lady & A Candle for Our Nation

Do you have a special prayer request you would like brought to the Bedroom and/or the Field during the July 1–5 apparitions?

Have a Rose placed in the Bedroom of Apparitions
Have a seven-day Candle lit in The Field of Apparitions and placed before the statue of Our Lady in your name or the name of a loved one’s intentions during the July 1–5, 2013, prayer gathering.


A special gift card will be sent to you for each candle or rose donation if you request it.

 

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