Very Important Announcement – April 17, 2012

Very Important Announcement – April 17, 2012


Updated June 11, 2012 A.D.

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In 2008, it was being said that our nation was in the most serious moral crisis of its history. Every year since then, our nation has increasingly moved further and further towards the plans of darkness, both publicly and in hidden ways. Every time it is thought that things cannot possibly get worse, a new plan of evil emerges to bring our nation even further into the depths of darkness. Never has our nation seen such a convergence of evil assailing every aspect of life. Just what has been done recently against the Church has escalated it to such a degree that the situation is desperate. Our Lady said on February 2, 2012:

“…Pride has come to rule…”


Through the grace of the Medjugorje apparitions, Our Lady, Queen of Peace, has revealed many plans to help heal our society, and to enlighten us to the path that we should be walking. Our Lady’s messages through 30 years of apparitions show and tell us more than ever of the grave situation we are facing. Our Lady, in the Bedroom of Apparitions and Field of Apparitions, has enlightened many to the plight of our nation. Those who do not listen to Our Lady and do not begin this path She has shown us now, will miss a grace that later will be the cause of lamentation.

August 25, 1997

“…soon a time will come when you will lament for these messages…”

Life as we’ve known it is about to change, and we will not see it return as we’ve known and lived it. Only Heaven can remedy the ills we face as a people and a nation, which is why with great seriousness, and with great joy, we announce to you that Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje will be present July 1–5, 2012, at Caritas, Alabama, where we will receive five apparitions. Medjugorje visionary Marija Lunetti, will again be with us in a Re-Consecration of Our Nation, in the most perilous times our nation has faced since its founding.

Everyone must understand that we cannot vote our way out of the situation we are in. Only Heaven can intervene to remedy a way out from the destructive path we are on. July 1-5, 2012, bring your family, your friends, your prayer group, everyone you know. Inform strangers on the streets to come and be in the presence of Our Lady Queen of Peace when She appears to Medjugorje visionary Marija Lunetti, at Caritas, Alabama. Do everything to enlist others, be active, be alert and seize every opportunity to spread this information for all to come and be in the presence of Our Lady July 1-5, 2012, to plead in prayer for Her intercession for ourselves, our families and our nation. We will be providing materials to aid you in spreading this special information about Our Lady’s apparitions.

A Friend of Medjugorje


July 1-5, 2001

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.

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, 2012, 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 3, and ending, Friday, May 11, 2012.
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 free here.

Come and be in the presence of the Queen of Heaven July 1–5, 2012, 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

March 19, 2011

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


December 13, 1999

“I was at Caritas December 8th–12th. I gained a lot from my time at Caritas last week. I saw hope for mankind, for the future, and for myself. It makes perfect sense to me that Jesus would ask His Mother to help Him save mankind, and She would be so happy to help us because She loves us and we are Her children too. This is actually saying a very big thing since I am not Catholic. I am a Baptist. We are really all one.”

New Hampshire

Pilgrims praying in the Bedroom of Apparitions













March 20, 2011

The two sites of the Bedroom and Field of Apparitions, located at Caritas, have been graced by 163 apparitions of the Virgin Mary over the past 24 years, though She has been with the founder’s family and the community at other locations bringing the total to 183 apparitions over the years. The 163 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 and 2011. This does not include the many times the community has been blessed to have Our Lady in their mission and home in Medjugorje. The primary site of the apparitions has been in the Bedroom of a consecrated “beloved home” with 128 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.

You Can Charter Your Own Bus!

We encourage you to charter a bus of your own for the July 1–5, 2012 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.

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, 2012, prayer gathering.

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

Click Here for your Candle or Rose

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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 Caritas1 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

July 2, 2009

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.

December, 2010

“This is truly a miracle announcement for me. I was supposed to go to the 5-day retreat in December, 2010, and my trip was cancelled on the day I was supposed to leave. I was so upset and have been ever since then. I now feel it happened because Our Lady did it for this purpose, so I could try and attend while She is appearing. I would not have been able financially to go twice.”

T., Northridge, California

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

July, 2007

“We both came down here with sad hearts and a lot of ‘baggage’ but can always find great peace at Caritas. Thank you again for the renewal of spirit. I am ready to carry it back to my family. We really appreciate being able to be part of your community these past few days.”

L., Temple, Texas

Pilgrims at the Tabernacle of Our Lady's Messages



March 22, 2011

On February 3, 1994, in the 2nd apparition of Our Lady in the Field, while facing where the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages was being built, Our Lady stretched out Her hands in a silent blessing that lasted a full 10 minutes. There had been great resistance and attack, through jealousy, against the Tabernacle being built among some in the Medjugorje movement. This gesture of Our Lady gave confidence to continue to build and move forward in what She was inspiring here. Today, it is not possible to calculate how many souls have been helped and saved through the work that goes on in the Tabernacle over the past 19 years since its completed construction.

The Bedroom of Apparitions is the birthplace of Our Lady’s apparitions at Caritas. At the foot of this Bed, adorned with flowers and petitions, Marija has knelt to receive Our Lady 128 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, 2012, 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

March 24, 2011

Marija Lunetti in ecstasy speaks to the Virgin Mary in the Bedroom of Apparitions, oblivious to those around her. 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 her heart a special love for the place here at Caritas.

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.


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 Medjugorje2, I felt something so special—Our Lady’s Motherly love for Her Son, Her Child, Her Baby.”

Annapolis, Missouri

December 21, 2001

“I don’t know that it will ever sink in that I was in the presence of Our Lady. Being in the presence of Marija was itself an honor. Having recently returned to my faith after an absence of more than 20 years, I already felt that I needed to ‘recharge my batteries.’ I returned home with a calm and inner peace that I have never before known.”

Moundsville, West Virginia

Lines of pilgrims at the Bedroom of Apparitions at Caritas

March 23, 2011

A line of people twists up the hill to go and 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.”

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

March 21, 2011

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

December, 2010

“Visiting Caritas for me is a great joy filled with love, peace and happiness, a true gift of grace from Our Lady. I feel like I’m coming home. I have a tremendous feeling of loss and sadness when I must leave. Often, when I quietly contemplate my past visits, I become so filled with love and joy it is very difficult to contain my emotions. I always experience tears of happiness and love. Our Holy Mother Mary, A Friend of Medjugorje, and all the Caritas community continue to make a profound impact on my life.”

B.T., Mobile, Alabama

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


March 8, 2012

Dear Friend of Medjugorje and Community of Caritas,
With the beginning of Lent 2012 we are reminded of our Lent 2011 and our visit to Caritas where Our Lady was appearing to visionary, Marija. We met you, A Friend of Medjugorje, in January of 2011, at a talk you gave in West Covina, California. We could not get enough of what you had to share. We wanted so much more. The next day we began a 54-day Rosary Novena in preparation for our trip to Caritas. We had never prayed a novena like that before and didn’t know really what to expect.

We also began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. By Ash Wednesday (2011) we were determined to give a 9 DAY FAST to Our Lady for Her intentions and a few intentions of our own as well. ˜º The following week we began our drive to Caritas with a list of petitions in hand and again not really knowing what to expect.
We stayed at Caritas from early morning to the end of the day for 5 days. We were present, in the Field, for all of Our Lady’s apparitions. We believed. We knew, intellectually, that these events were true. On the last day we visited the Bedroom of Apparitions. It was here that our hearts were touched. It was here where we felt love. It was in the Bedroom that we knew that the petitions we brought to Our Lady, petitions for our family, were heard and accepted. Each one of them seemed impossible to us. Two, in particular we would like to share with you.

Amazingly, Our Lady has truly interceded in the petition we brought to her regarding our daughter. She was in an abusive marriage with an unfaithful man. She had taken her daughter and moved out of the home for her safety. She lived with us for six months while they attended marriage counseling at our parish. When we returned from Caritas we shared all with our daughter. She began praying and fasting for her marriage. The power of prayer is AWESOME. Our son-in-law joined us at Christmas Eve Mass. He asked our daughter to make an appointment for him to speak with the priest. He told her, “I want to go to Heaven. Can you help me?” He has gone to Confession for the first time since his first Confession when he was a child and he received Our Lord in the Eucharist. Our Lady is working on him and we are absolutely amazed. It seemed impossible to us but we are reminded that nothing is impossible to God.

Our life has been changed. We are not the same. We are praying together, like never before. Our choices are changing…Keeping the Lord’s Day holy, no TV, working toward sustenance living. Though our struggles are the same we seem to find bits of peace in it all. And we have so much more hope because of Our Lady’s messages. Another petition we brought to Our Lady was that She lead us through our financial difficulties to a piece of land that we could afford. We did not think it possible, based on realtor’s opinions and on our own searching, that we could ever acquire land in California at an affordable price. At the beginning of this Lent (2012) we closed escrow on a piece of land that we were able to pay cash for. We understand this is God’s land and we have consecrated it to Him and to Our Lady. We ask them to help us be good stewards of it. We know we have LOTS of WORK ahead of us, but we glean strength and assurance through your example.
There is much more conversion needed in our family and we pray Our Lord, through the intercession of His Blessed Mother, will turn our family’s hearts to Him. We are praying and we are re-aligning our life to Scripture and to the messages of Our Lady at Medjugorje. Thank you for introducing us to Our Lady at Medjugorje. Thank you for sharing Our Lady’s messages not only in words, but also in application and example. You are all an inspiration to us.

Yours in Christ,
S. & T., San Bernardino, California

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.

Evangelize the Apparitions – This material you are reading can be spread by you to promote Our Lady’s coming. Spread it to your family, friends, parish, etc. See page 15 to order for free. Just help us with shipping and handling costs. Get your church directory and mail to everyone.

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. ˜º “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. It will be closed Sunday July 1, for the Sabbath.

Making Reservations – Many hotels in the spring can book up early, so we recommend that you make reservations now. Listed on below 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, 2012, 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 ext. 330, 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 Nation3 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 and July 4, 2009, 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.

Daily Schedule

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 Morning Mass except Sunday: At Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church – click here for map to the Church (Sunday July 1, the recommended Mass is 7 AM)

9:00 am Morning Prayer except Sunday 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 for your own intentions for the Five Days. At the sound of the bells every hour, kneel down 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. 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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Hotel Listings

Our Lady’s return to the Bedroom and Field this coming July 1–5, 2012, will generate a great deal of excitement around the country. We encourage you to book your hotel rooms for the July 1–5 , 2012, (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.**

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 1-18 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.**


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.

1. Hampton Inn & Suites, approx. 10 miles, $99.00 standard King or 2 Queen rooms, 205-981-0024 – This is the official hotel of Caritas’ visits, the closest, newest and escaping the traffic, to and from Caritas. SOLD OUT!

2. Oak Mountain Lodge, approx. 11 miles, $39.95/night or $189.95/weekly, 2 twin or 1 full, 205-991-0100 SOLD OUT!

3. Homewood Suites by Hilton, approx. 13 miles, studios or double $119.00/night, 205-995-9823

4. Residence Inn, approx. 13 miles, $99.00 studio or double/night, 205-991-8686

5. Candlewood Suites, approx. 13 miles, with kitchens $68.95/night or weekly $55.95/night 205-991-0272

6. Wingate Inn, approx. 13 miles, $79.00/night 205-995-8586

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

8. Days Inn Mountain Brook, approx. 14 miles, $73.99/night, continental breakfast provided, 205-991-9977

9. Hyatt Place Inverness, approx. 14 miles, $94.00/night, 205-995-9242

10. Studio Plus, approx. 14 miles, Queen $57.99/night, 205-408-0107

11. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Birmingham, approx. 14 miles, $89.00/night 205-776-6370

12. Comfort Inn and Suites Colonnade, approx. 15 miles, $80.00/night, 205-968-3700

13. Courtyard by Marriott Colonnade, approx. 15 miles, $81.00/night, 205-967-4466

New! – Springhill Suites by Marriot Birmingham/Colonnade, approx, 15 miles, $89.00/night, 205-969-8099

14. Hampton Inn Mountain Brook, approx. 20 miles, 205-870-7822

15. Courtyard by Marriott Homewood, approx. 19 miles, $99.00/night, 205-991-8686

16. Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Southeast, approx. 15 miles, 205-967-2450, $94.95/night.

17. Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hwy 280/I-459, approx. 15 miles, $107.00/night, 205-967-2700.

18. La Quinta Inn – Hwy 280 Cahaba Park, approx. 15 miles, $49.00/night 205-995-9990


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.

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 19–38 should be considered SECOND CHOICE hotels:

19. Fairfield Inn and Suites – Pelham, approx. 20 miles, $85.00/night, 205-987-9879

20. Best Western at Oak Mountain, approx. 18 miles, refrig. & micro. in rooms, 205-982-1113

21. Hilton Garden Inn Liberty Park, approx. 20 miles, $105.00/night, 205-503-5220

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

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

24. Days Inn Vestavia, approx. 22 miles, $59.99/night 205-823-4300

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

26. Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast, approx. 23 miles, $99.00/night, 205-918-9090

27. Holiday Inn Express, approx. 24 miles, 205-957-0555.

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

29. Travelodge, approx. 26 miles, $49.99/night, 205-987-2233

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

31. LaQuinta Inn & Suites Birmingham/Homewood, approx. 26 miles, $95.00/night, 205-290-0150

32. Courtyard by Marriott Homewood, approx. 26 miles, $99.00/night, 678-695-9109

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, 205-945-5550

37. Homewood Lodge, approx. 28 miles, 205-942-1263

38. StudioPLUS Wildwood, approx. 26 miles, 205-290-0102


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.

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 39–43 should be considered THIRD CHOICE hotels:

39. America’s Best Value Inn – East, approx. 29 miles, $38.00/night, 205-956-3650

40. America’s Best Value Inn – Leeds, approx. 17 miles, $59.99/night, 205-702-2700

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

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

43. Americas Best Value Inn – Irondale, approx. 25 miles, $59.99/night, 205-956-3650


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.

Based on location, traffic, and proximity to Caritas, hotels 44–51 should be considered FOURTH CHOICE hotels:

44. Hampton Inn & Suites – Hoover, approx. 23 miles, $99.00/night, 205-380-3300

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

46. Best Western Carlton Suites Hotel, approx. 26 miles, 205-940-9990

47. Courtyard by Marriott Hoover, approx. 23 miles, 205-988-5000

48. Drury Inn & Suites Southwest, approx. 26 miles, $114.95/night, 205-940-9500

49. Garden Inn Birmingham, approx. 30 miles, 205-951-0700

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

51. 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 the July 1–5, 2012. 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 a few close local places that quick lunches and dinners can be picked up at. Please get your food ahead of time for Sunday July 1, by purchasing it on Saturday. You will be able to more fully live the Sabbath by not making others work.

Download this Entire Announcement and Give to Others

July 1-5, 2012

Promoting this event will bring new people into Medjugorje.

In March 2011, people participated in spreading on their own the events of the apparitions of Our Lady at Caritas, which resulted in 25% – 30% new people being present with Our Lady and introduced to Medjugorje experiencing conversion.


July 1-5, 2012 Car SignJuly 1–5 Sign CD

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.

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

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


July 1–5, 2012, 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.

What can I do to spread this event?

Order more of these brochures for free. One person reached could mean the salvation of one soul. Just help to pay for the cost of shipping and handling only.

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

“I fell in love with the book the Patriotic Rosary.”

D.H., Blue Springs, Missouri

Click Here to Order

You Won’t be the Same Person After You Read This Book…

They Fired the First Shot 2012 A Friend of Medjugorje, founder of Caritas of Birmingham, has announced the upcoming release of a new book that is a shocking, sobering, and disconcerting look at what lies ahead of all of us in the very near future if we, as a people, do not summon the will to change our ways, rejecting the increasingly oppressive measures being taken against us in our nation. Based in real facts that are just now coming to light but woven together as only A Friend of Medjugorje can do with the wisdom from Our Lady’s messages, the new book entitled, They Fired the First Shot 2012, is a revelation for our time. As one who had a preview of the book said, “I don’t feel that I am the same person I was yesterday after reading this book. Everything has changed…myself included.” The release date has not been set yet, but A Friend of Medjugorje is in the final stages of writing and has stated he feels Our Lady is behind the writing of this book very strongly as with other important writings authored within the last 25 years.

Our Lady said on February 2, 2012:

“…pride has come to rule…”

They Fired the First Shot 2012 gives the blueprint of how evil intends to rule. The plans have been made. The implementation is not just around the corner, it is here.

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Community Plea 2023-2024 - $190,500 of $200,000

Only $9,500 left to reach the goal!

See where we stand in reaching the goal for the 2023-2024 Community Plea. If you have not yet read this update, a Friend of Medjugorje gives some strong teachings which are important for you to be informed.

For the latest update and to help us reach the goal visit here

22 thoughts on “Very Important Announcement – April 17, 2012”

  1. My sister told me there was going to be an important announcement on April 17th, so I got up at 5:30 to read your news. My husband and I were already planning a road-trip to Florida to be God-parents for our dear friends, so we rescheduled the trip to coincide with Our Lady’s request. We plan to camp with our young son. We will be with you in the spiritual preparations too. I’m praying that some of our older children will be able to come. Thank you, Caritas for your dedication to this work. God Bless you.

  2. My beloved and I have being following Our Lady of Medjugorje these many years now, and wish to participate with all our brothers and sisters in America, It is not possible for us to make the journey to Albama, Thank you for this wonderful chance to pray along with you all in Caritas. Our wish too is for the conversion of Our Country Ireland. Thanks to Our Blessed Mother for all the graces that are bestoyed upon us. We will do what we can and ask God to keep blessing the Community of Caritas in their fulfilment of Our Lady’s requests and Intentions. Thank You on behalf of the people Of Ireland. God bless ALL. Stephen.

  3. my Dear friends , I was away from home from 31st march to 11th April as I have being in Divine Retreat center in Potta, Kerala In India. It was amazing inner healing. It is bit hard for us to come to Medjugorje. But Iam praying for God’s mercy.One day I will be there! Praise the Lord! Alleuia! May God Bless You all for sending every message for me, Thanks! and sending my Love and gratitude with this feed back. My husband is still the same and my family also the same, no trust in God. But i hope one day they will. Dear friends first of all I have to change my ways. So often I feel angry with them. I believe God’s children must show the difference. Please pray for me. I will do the needful to fulfill our Lady’s intentions.

  4. I was blessed to make the trip in March 2011 and the event was life altering. This may be the last chance for you, I DO suggest you do what you can to make this pilgrimage. You need not be of any particular faith, for Our Blessed Mother is Mother to us all. Come, pray, and be alongside others who seek God’s will in their lives. If you need to pray for your friends and family – this is the place. If you wish to have articles to receive a unique blessing – this is the place. If you seek physical and spiritual healing – this is the place. I had an important family vacation planned which I am now canceling, it is that important. God Bless you in your discernment for this trip. Thank you family of Caritas for doing what you know is your mission.

  5. I just wanted to share with you our experience visiting you back in July, 2009. I still read and pray from that booklet you handed out! I came with my family, and several “interesting” things occured. My family was not as committed as I and I went out alone and planned to go an event at Caritas later alone. They chose to stay behind at the hotel and swim. When I stopped at the hotel to check in they had all gotten out of the pool because of an overload of chlorine that made swimming unbearable. My husband admitted, “I guess God really wanted us to go.” And they ended up going with me.

  6. Thank you – I will be with you in spirit and will continue to pray. My prayer is that God’s holy angels always walk before you on your journey in life. Again, many thanks!

  7. Dear Friends Thank you for informing me of the events,unfortunately i wont be in a position to be with you on that day as i live so very far away. However, my prayers will be with you and for all the intentions. If possible i would like to know how the 54day Rosary Novena should be said as i would like very much to take part in it from here in Sri Lanka. I would like to feel united with all those present at the Apparitions on that day. God Bless you Blanche

  8. Dear friends,I will be praying and united with you in this great event although from afar I will be joining you in spirit Mariastella Debattista. Malta.

  9. Thank you. This is my 3rd comment on an article! I knew i had a lot of problems to solve beofre believing that travel Anywhere could be Possible. But This Particluar article is inspiring me to work on stuff And, Seek help & prayer to perhaps come to Caritas in July. i have experienced & seen that Nothing is impossible w God, so this might happen also.

  10. Thank you so much, I have already made my reservation. I’m staying at the same place I stayed when I was there for the March 19-23, 2011 apparitions. It would be wonderful to find some others in Louisville who would attend with me. I’m praying a 54 day Rosary right now for my own special intentions, it ends April 23 – just in time to start another! Mama always has it worked out for us. I look forward to seeing you all again. Also, I want you to know that I’ve been praying to Andrea for her help with my daughter and family and to help us live the messages as she did. It’s amazing….. I’m so happy to have her intercession. Please, if possible, share my contact information with anyone who lives in Louisville and would want to attend along with me. Thank you so much. Peace, Molly

  11. I would like to thank you all for your hard work and tireless effort’s in getting the word out so that all might attend these blessed events, because of you folks i was able to attend the apparition event that took place in key biscayne florida, and i just made my hotel reservation for june 30th thru july 7th, i look forward to this blessed event in prayerfull meditation for all the souls of the world and our country in particular, thank you, GOD BLESS!

  12. Dear Caritas, Regarding today’s announcement: My first thought was, “I can’t go.” Then, I decided to see what 4 airplane tickets would cost (husband, me, 2 young kids). I booked the flights and thought, “What have I done? I haven’t even consulted my husband! What will he say? He won’t want to come. He’ll be angry.” I felt very worried, and decided to open “Words From Heaven” and see what Our Lady says about it. I opened to page 97. At the bottom of the page, Our Lady’s message of June, 1981: “I invite you. I need you. I chose you. You are important.” So, who can deny Our Lady? Praise be to Jesus!

  13. Even if I will not be privileged to be there on July 1-5, I will join your community in prayer, hopefully to be able to offer once again the 9 day fast on the specified dates. From where I am, my prayers are united with the people who would be there, and to your community. Please, pray for me and my intentions, too. God Bless Caritas of Birmingham.

  14. Magdalena Tuszynska

    Perfect done! Thank you very, very much! Please, pray, as you always do, to get me there to be with you! Love! Fiat! Magdalena

  15. We are coming! We have been waiting for this event and would not miss it. The graces abound and miracles occur while at Caritas, in the presence of Our Lady. We are gearing up for the 54 day novena and 9 day bread and water fast – all so necessary to gain the fruits of this beautiful and life-changing pilgrimage. Thank you Caritas again and again for all you do to make a difference in our lives, in our families, and in our nation. You are the mechanism bringing power to a useful purpose. As we unite, we are the parts of that machine, answering to its’ design. Come one, come all so as not to have any regrets to receiving the miracles and the graces Our Lady is waiting to give us, in Her boundless Love for Her children.

  16. Thank you for your invitation. I’ll surely be with you all in spirit to receive the blessings of our Blessed Mother. God be praised.

  17. Thank you for your invitation. I’ll surely be with you all in spirit to receive the blessings of our Blessed Mother. God be praised.

  18. THANK YOU my Caritas family, you have indeed helped to lead me to Our Mother in a very special way, I am ever so grateful. Tough I will not be able to be in Our Lady’s presence, I know she will sense my spiritual presence. I have joined YOU with the 54-day novena and the 9-day fast, though not completely but as far as I can to 3.30pm after Jesus of Mercy. I pray you will pray for me, my family where there is so much separation in belief and Oh!! – so my adopted country Trinidad and Tobago. where so many seem to be so far away from Jesus and His Mother, but I do not despair .I am praying to Our Lady. Again thank you..May Our Blessed Mother keep us in Her care….

  19. We are so looking forward to being with you in July! A friend and I were there for the first time in March 2011 and it changed our lives! Now we are bringing our families with us to experience what we did. We are working on chartering a bus from Nebraska and hope to bring a large group to Caritas to be with Our Lady! Please pray for us that we get many there. We are spreading the word. We are so grateful to Our Lady for this opportunity! Thank you for all you do in helping spread the messages! God Bless you all!

  20. My only daughter is expecting her first child and her due date is June 29th! My mother in law has cancer and was just diagnosed. I want to come so bad but I only see obstacles. But you said make my reservation and leave it up to Our Lady. I feel She is willing me to do it, yet I am a nervous wreck at the timing. I made my reservation! Now I will pray, pray pray, if it is her willl…..

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