The Apostleship of Prayer (AP) of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, like all its similar sister organizations all over the world, is a holy union of its members in their daily self-offering with the Eucharistic Sacrifice with Christ as renewed in the Mass.
Started in 1844 by spiritual director Father Francois Xavier Gautrelet in France, he was succeeded by Father Henri Ramiere who formalized the Morning or Daily Offering. It was also Father Ramiere who adopted the Apostleship of Prayer as the perfectly conformed Prayer to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Sacred Heart Devotion leads us to an intimate knowledge of the life of Jesus Christ and draws us to live as He did.
Presently, the AP members are aware of their obligation to become part of Christ’s Mystical Body and to spread the Kingdom of God. For instance, the AP members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHMP) engage in prayers and sacrifices that they may contribute to the adoration of the Body of Christ. Per tradition, the members meet every first Friday of the month to renew devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and foster unity and camaraderie among themselves as well.
The Apostleship of Prayer offers a 5-point program of spirituality, centered on the Eucharistic Sacrifice, namely:
- The Mass and the daily morning Sacred Heart Prayer offered to God;
- Spirituality of the Sacred Heart of strengthening devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
- Devotion to Mary, Mother of the Church;
- Thinking with the Church;
- Fervent and continuous prayer.
The organizational structure of the AP consists of a President (presently Mrs. Linda Blanco), a Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Auditor. In the face of other programs and projects of the Parish, the AP members continue with their sustained collaboration among the other existing church organizations. Aside from the prayers, other activities include AP anniversary celebrations (viz, its 40th); yearly feast day celebration preceded by a 9-day novena; seminars and lectures delivered by invited experts; joining Parish living rosaries, 2,000 Hail Marys, processions, church fiesta and IHMP fund-raising projects, Parish outings and pilgrimages; Christmas parties; participating in Lenten rites and other big church occasions; monthly birthday celebration of its members during First Friday meetings; visiting the sick AP members; and visiting prisoners.
The sustained activities of the AP are a meaningful way to utilize manpower and material resources so that the IHMP can better achieve its objectives and improve its programs and projects. For the AP, the spiritual and socio-cultural features of the above mentioned activities are forms of integration to achieve a congruence of its goals and ideals. These are readily achieved because AP has active members who are accommodating, parish-oriented and ever-ready to assist in the monthly activities.
Embracing this humble agenda, it is hoped that with God’s abundant graces, the Apostleship of Prayer of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will continue to uphold its dynamism and productive spirit that will carry it forward through the years to come. Lastly, may our AP’s spiritual endeavors be worthy to seek union with Jesus Christ.