Children's Ministry at the AoP

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Jesus said that we each must come into the Kingdom of God as a little child (Mark 10:15). So children are well suited to become powerful apostles of prayer! A child who knows that God will always take care of her has the power to love others with the Heart of Jesus. A child who knows that God is always with him can live a joyful life.

The Apostleship of Prayer is dedicated to helping children grow in faith, hope, and love for God and others. We seek to help children make these gifts their own:
  • having confidence in God’s love for them
  • returning God’s love in prayer and service
  • being thankful
  • cultivating a habit of daily prayer
  • offering each day to God for the good of others
  • praying for the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions
Grace Mazza Urbanski is the director of children’s ministry at the Apostleship of Prayer. Grace wants to make sure children of God know how precious they are to God, and how powerful their prayer can be for the good of others, as well as themselves.
The Apostleship of Prayer began in France in 1844. At that time Fr. Francis Xavier Gautrelet told a group of Jesuit seminarians who were eager to work on the missions: “Be apostles now, apostles of prayer! Offer everything you are doing each day in union with the Heart of our Lord for what He wishes, the spread of the Kingdom for the salvation of souls.”

Devotion to this simple, profound way of life spread, and in time the Pope himself proposed a monthly intention. Since 1929 the Holy Father has proposed a second monthly intention, one specifically related to the evangelical missionary work of the Church. Over fifty million apostles of prayer worldwide now pray for the Pope’s two prayer intentions each month.

Truly the Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own “prayer group.” It is, as Pope John Paul II wrote in 1985, “a precious treasure from the Pope’s heart and the Heart of Christ.”

May God bless the work of the Apostleship of Prayer and the adults who serve children, guiding them close to the Heart of Jesus.