Will you really pray for me?
Yes, we will. We take all requests for prayer seriously, placing them in a basket we set on the altar during daily Mass. By requesting prayer from the us, millions of members of the Apostles of Prayer worldwide join us in praying for your intentions every day. If you are a member of the Apostleship of Prayer, your daily offering includes prayer for us as well. Thank you.
Do you have a special connection to the Pope?
Yes. Each year the Holy Father gives to the Apostleship of Prayer a list of 24 prayer intentions he asks us to pray for, 2 each month. One intention is general, often related to a serious worldwide problem, like AIDS or slave trafficking in women and children. The other intention is missionary, having to do with the spread of the Gospel in a particular part of the world like Northern Africa or China. Popes have been using the Apostleship of Prayer as a dedicated prayer group for about 120 years. Our Apostleship is unique in this way, so, yes, we do have a special connection to the Pope.
Do you think prayer will save the world?
Prayer is a mysterious force, so we can't say how, but we do believe it will save the world. We are confident that it is already doing so. Jesus taught us that prayer is uniting ourselves with God's own heart-"thy will be done." The Bible illustrates repeatedly how God uses the prayers of His people to accomplish His own purposes in history. All who are baptized are priests before the Father, interceding for the needs of others, ushering in the Kingdom of God. The Gospel of Christ is saving the world. Prayer supports the preaching of the Word and Christian works of love and mercy toward the poor and needy. Prayer ensures that all our work is steeped in the love of God.
How can I pray more effectively?
You pray most effectively when you pray from your heart and speak directly to the Heart of God. Have faith in the love of God and give yourself to Him in the present moment. Pray that God's will be done, because you know that God's will is eternal life for all people and every good gift along the way. The greatest form of prayer on Earth is the Mass, the Eucharistic offering to the Father of the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on behalf of the Church and the world. During Mass-or apart from Mass-you can offer your whole self in union with the offering of Jesus Christ. This makes a prayer out of everything you do all day long. You also add power to your prayer by praying in unity with others. That's why the Apostleship of Prayer asks each member to pray for the intentions of all other members. You also increase your power in prayer by remaining in a state of grace, striving against sin, receiving forgiveness for sins, and seeking holiness. If we abide in the grace of Christ, we bear much fruit. The Apostleship of Prayer seeks to promote this simple and profound way of life throughout the world. We believe that God hears us and answers our prayers.
Will you come and talk at my parish?
Yes, if we can work out the details. Call us at 414.486.1152 or e-mail us. And feel free to look at Fr. Kubicki's resume to see how we can best serve your parish.
How is the Apostleship of Prayer different?
Anyone can join, simply by committed to praying a daily offering every day, and it doesn't exclude members from any other memberships or activities. Pope Pius XII said that the Apostleship of Prayer is like a breath of fresh air that blows through all the organizations of the Church. Although our simple and profound way of life stretches back to the earliest days of the Church, it is also contemporary. The reason that we are new as well as ancient is that our devotion is tied to the Eucharist. Our spiritual meaning, message, and method all derive from the Eucharist. In Him, we are alpha and omega, today and forever.
Why do you have such an old fashioned name?
Our name is as old as the Church. In the early Church, the apostles were the ones "sent out" to bring the Gospel to others. An apostleship is a group of apostles. Many of us go out to serve others in our jobs and our lives every day. Some of us cannot serve others with our actions. Yet we all are "sent out" by God to pray. We pray directly for sinners throughout the world, we pray for the Church, we pray for special needs, we pray for each other. We pray for the growth of the Kingdom of God. We are the Apostleship of Prayer.
Why should I become a member?
Out of obedience to God. God asks you to "offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing unto God, your spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1). We offer our prayers, works, joys, and sufferings to God each day, asking that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You can become a member of the Apostleship of Prayer simply by committing to offer yourself to God every day. We encourage you, however, to let us know you have made this commitment. We will support you with our prayers and materials.
How can you afford to give away your materials?
We trust that we are doing what God wants us to do. He will provide. God has given us many supporters. We are most grateful for those of you who give regularly.
What is your connection to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
Along with many other congregations and communities, the Apostleship of Prayer promotes devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In our mission statement we say that our apostolate is "nourished by the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus." St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had famous visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that she confided to her confessor, the Jesuit priest St. Claude de Colombiere. Later she spoke of an apparition in which the Blessed Virgin Mary asked her to commit her particular message to the Jesuits for propagation to the world. The Jesuits have always taken this commission seriously and have carried their love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus to mission fields throughout the world. In some places the Apostleship of Prayer is known primarily as a spreader of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That's fine, but our first mission is to teach the spiritual program of offering oneself every day for the world, the Church, the intentions of other Apostles of Prayer, and the express intentions of the Holy Father each month.
Do you need me to do anything?
Sure. We ask you to keep doing what you're doing, showing interest in the Apostleship of Prayer. We are confident that God will lead you into a role that is comfortable for you. We have members and promoters. Members simply commit to praying the daily offering. Promoters strategically distribute our materials and speak of us to others. Some promoters operate within their immediate family or friends. Other promoters reach thousands of people by distributing our leaflets in churches, hospitals, schools, etc. Some promoters also work with their pastors to hold small prayer meetings in their parish. We are grateful for the many volunteers who work in our national office in Milwaukee, getting out mailings, answering phones, taking photographs, entering data, and doing odd jobs according to their many talents. If you are nearby, we welcome you as a volunteer. Even if you are distant, we might be able to use your gifts, for example, as an artist, writer, developer of educational curriculum, translator, computer expert. Please call or write us and introduce yourself. Thank you.
What do you do with the money people give you?
We pour every penny back into the cost of our operation. We are trying to reacquaint people who knew about us in their childhood and have lost touch with us. At the same time we are trying to introduce ourselves to a whole new generation that never heard of us. Currently, because we are extending ourselves to grow in many ways, we are having a hard time covering our costs. Our printing costs have tripled, we have a new interactive web site, we have a new member database, and we are traveling more than ever before doing retreats and parish talks. We believe we are doing what God is asking us to do, and we know God will provide. If you are called to make a small or large gift, thank you. May God bless you in a special way.