Prayer for those killed on the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the parish Vidovice


On the first day of May, the sad anniversary of the fall of the parish of St. Vitus in Vidovice in Bosanska Posavina, to which the village of Jenjić also belongs, and the parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Kopanice.

After several days of fighting and the fall and liberation of these places, the Serbian gunmen finally occupied these parishes on May 1st, 1992. They expelled all the believers, and tortured and killed about 10 parishioners who remained in their homes.

On the day of commemoration, after the Rosary and prayer in front of the monument to those killed in the centre of the village, the Holy Mass in the parish church in Vidovice for all killed, with a live broadcast on the parish website, was led by the local parish priest rev. Josip Senjak, who read the names of all those killed in the area during the last war. Two other priests born in this area also concelebrated the Holy Mass: professor at the Catholic Theological Faculty and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo, Dr. rev. Drago Župarić and the Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Msgr. Ivo Tomašević.

Sisters the Adorers of the Blood of Christ who work in the parish also participated in the Holy Mass, and they were joined by sister Lidvina Matanović, a member of the Society of the Daughters of God of Love, a native of Vidovice. Due to restrictive measures at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, parishioners were unable to attend the Holy Mass. Representatives of the authorities and associations also gathered to pray at the monument before the Holy Mass.

Let us add that Vidovice and Kopanice were liberated in October 1992., and after the war they belonged to Posavina County, and about half of the believers returned. After the war, the village of Jenjić was rebuilt, in which a beautiful branch church was built.