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The programme of Our Lady of Kibeho Sanctuary, 2018



Holy Masses at the Sanctuary:


- Monday to Friday: at 6:30 am

- Friday and Saturdays: at 6:30 am and 5:30 pm

- Sundays: at 7:30 am and 11:00am

- Universal week day’s feast and feasts of the shrine: at 6:30 am and 11:00am

- Vigil masses of the Solemnity of Marian Feasts: at 4:30pm

- Masses on days of big pilgrimages: The special time table


Adoration of the Holy Sacrament:


- Every Thursday from 7:00 am to Friday: 5:30 pm


Sacrament of Reconciliation:


- Monday to Saturday: at 4:30 pm

- Sundays and Feasts: at 10:00 am

- On the eve of feast days of the Shrine and Solemnity of Marian feasts.

- As required by pilgrims.


Meditation of the Holy Rosary:


- Monday to Saturday: at 4:30 pm

- Sundays and Feasts: at 10:00 am


The Way of the Cross:


- Every Friday during lent: at 4:30 pm

- As required by pilgrims


Procession with Candles:


- On the eve of the Solemnity of Marian feast days of the Shrine of Kibeho, at 6:00 pm.

- During the pilgrimage of the big groups.


Monthly recollection:


- “A weekend with the Virgin Mary” - Every last Friday of the month up to Sunday.


Retreats: Twice per year, always in the 1st and 2nd trimester of the year.


The major Feasts of the Catholic Church: For all pilgrims who wish to celebrate at the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho, a special program can be prepared.


Marian feasts and solemnities: The solemnities and Marian feasts celebrated at Kibeho can be classified into two categories: Those directly related to the Apparitions of Kibeho and those usually celebrated by the universal Church.


Solemnities and Marian feasts at Kibeho:


January 12th: Anniversary of the apparitions of Nathalie Mukamazimpaka

March 2nd: Anniversary of the apparitions of Marie Claire Mukangango

May 31st: Dedication of the church of Our Lady of Sorrows (Kibeho)

August 15th: Assumption of Mary

September 15th: Our Lady of Sorrows

October 7th: Our Lady Queen of the Rosary

November 28th: Our Lady of Kibeho (anniversary of the apparitions of Alphonsine Mumureke, the beginning of the apparitions)


Other Marian feasts at Kibeho:


January 1st: Mary Mother of God

February 2nd: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

February 11th: Our Lady of Lourdes

March 25th: The Annunciation of the Lord

May 13th: Our Lady of Fatima

May 19th: Mary Queen of the Apostles

May 21th: Mary Mother of the Church

May 31st: The Visitation

June 9th: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

August 5th: The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome

August 22nd: The queen-ship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 26nd: Our Lady of Częstochowa

September 8th: The Nativity of Mary

September 12th: The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21st: The Presentation of Mary in the Temple

December 8th: The Immaculate Conception

December 10th: Our Lady of Loreto

December 12th: Our Lady of Guadeloupe

October 22nd Saint John Paul II


Pilgrimages of groups organised at national and international level:


February 10-11th: Sick and disabled people

May 5-6th: Community Emmanuel

May 12-13th : Radio Maria Rwanda

May 18-19th: Divine Marcy Movement

May 26-27th: Sacred Heart League

September 1-2th: Xzavery

September 15-16th: Brotherhood of the New Evangelization

October 13-14th: Charismatic Groups

October 20-21th: Legion of Mary

December 27-28th: Eucharistic Youth Movement


Diocesan Pilgrimages of Rwanda:


February: Diocese of Nyundo

March: Diocese of Ruhengeri

April: Diocese of Byumba

May: Diocese of Kibungo

June: Archdiocese of Kigali

July: Diocese of Cyangugu

August: Diocese of Kabgayi

September: Diocese of Butare

October: Diocese of Gikongoro


All other groups are free to organise pilgrimages to their choice; preferably inform the Rector/Director of the shrine for the arrangements.


- For the proper course of the pilgrimage, the pilgrims should be well prepared with confessions, prayers and novenas. Bishops and priests should set a good example by accompanying their Christians.

- Pilgrimages must have a specific theme and program in order to give the pilgrims a clear perspective of what to expect. We encourage you to frequently come to Kibeho in well prepared pilgrimages!


Standard programme for pilgrims at Kibeho:


- 9:30 am: Arrival at Kibeho

- 10:00 am: Spiritual talk on the message of Kibeho

- 11:00 am: Confession and adoration of blessed sacrament

- 12:00 noon: Holy Masses

- Subsequently: Individual program of the group


The Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho offers several possibilities in connecting with your spiritual source:


- Spend time at the home of "Mama"!

- Self-selected program of the pilgrim group.

- Pray in silence at different places of public worship:

- The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Apparition Square, Chapel of the Apparitions, the Garden of the Calvary, the Rosary Garden and the Park around the Source of Kibeho.

- Recite the rosary and the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows on the routes constructed for this purpose.

- Praying the Stations of the Cross towards the big cross of the Calvary.

- Listen to a spiritual talk on the apparitions or another religious topic.

- Watch the film “Kibeho”, a documentary about the apparitions of the Virgin

Mary at Kibeho or a film on other religious topics.

- Get a souvenir of the shrine such as:

- Objects of worship: rosaries, medals, images …

- Books and pamphlets of the Edition of the Shrine of Kibeho.

- Film "Kibeho" (in English, French, Kinyarwanda, Polish, Spanish or Germany)

- About the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Kibeho

- Other souvenirs and objects of piety.


The Marian Sanctuary of Kibeho is a high place for prayers; it requires and demands respect of her regulation and the silence of the place.


Dear pilgrims come to reserve from the Mother of the Word, the graces and favour that she tenderly reserves for her Children who wish to follow her mother’s counsels.


You are always most welcome at Kibeho!


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