IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PRAYER GROUP: The means and the goal of God’s plan
The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PRAYER GROUP (ICPG) is both a sign and an instrument of communion with God and of unity among our members. It is a visible plan of GOD’s love for our community. God desires our community – the Pag-ibig sa Diyos Catholic Community to fulfill its mission of building catholic communities. The formation of new prayer groups is both the means and the goal of God’s plan.
From the words of the indefatigable Prayer Group Coordinator of the Sponsoring Prayer Group, Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Group Ted Cel Evangelista; “Our Lord Jesus Christ never ceases to inspire us to spread and share His love and compassion to His people. “ In February of 2013, the OLFA Prayer Group Core decided to hold on a regular basis Inter-Biblia meetings among the four (4) existing households and one (1) household under formation that are based in Salawag, Dasmarinas, Cavite. This is in response to OLFAPG members who are experiencing difficulties in attending the prayer meetings in their venue in Imus, Cavite.The response of the members was ecstatic and overwhelming.
“Our discernment that our members from Salawag’s area need a Prayer Group was confirmed by the launching of the “Double is Doable” program of our community”. Through deep reflections and prayers to our Lord, the Holy Spirit led us to start spreading and sharing OLFPG’s charism to others” says Ted Cel Evangelista.
During the prayer meeting of the Immaculate Conception PGIF in August 29, 2013, the Presiding Elder of the Pag-ibig sa Diyos Catholic Community , Nomer and Daday Joson in the presence of all its members and two members of the Council of Elders, presented to the Prayer Group Coordinator of the Sponsoring Prayer Group – OLFAPG and to the Interim Group Head of the PGIF, the Certificate of Approval of its application for accreditation as a Prayer Group In-Formation. This ushers the beginning of the Immaculate Conception PGIF journey with our Lord thru the Pag-ibig Sa Diyos Catholic Community.
By the grace of God and with the collective efforts of the Sponsoring Prayer Group – Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Group, the PGIF, and the proponent-members themselves, the Immaculate Conception PGIF was finally accredited in March, 2014 as a regular prayer group under the Pag-ibig sa Diyos Catholic Community.
The Pag-Ibig Sa Diyos vision for the next three (3) years of a dynamic membership and multiple prayer groups is a mission challenge for all of us, servants of the LORD. It is a tall order but with GOD’s grace and with committed servant-leaders and worker-members at the helm, nothing is impossible.
It is our earnest prayer that all of us called to partake in this mission will embrace this challenge with fortitude and deep understanding of God’s purpose and plan for our community.
May we always be guided by God’s spirit of love and unity as we move forward collectively as servants of the Lord with ONE HEART AND ONE PURPOSE towards the attainment of our mission. To God be the Glory! – Winnie Nanette Maarat, PGIF Committee