The Contemplative Ministry is the prayer house of the parish. Its goal is to sanctify the hours and to implore God for the needs of parishioners and others. The ministry encourages participation in Masses, Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Hour, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Way of the Cross and others.

Contemplative Ministry
by Marge A. Tambunting

Aside from the weekly Monday prayer sessions the following formation classes were held in 2016. (All classes and retreats are open to parishioners)

February 13, 2016 — Speaker: Father Phil Estrella, OMI
9:00-12:00 noon; Santuario de San Antonio

April 16, 2016 — Speaker: Father Phil Estrella, OMI
“Encountering the Risen Christ in the Gospels”
9:00-12:00 noon; Santuario de San Antonio

June 11, 2016 — Speaker: Father Phil Estrella, OMI
“Ascension/Pentecost” Laudato Si and the Cosmic Christ
9:00-12:00 noon; Santuario de San Antonio

July 25, 2016 — Speaker: Father Orly Sapuay MS
9:00-12:00 noon; Santuario de San Antonio

Retreats were also offered on March 17-19, 2016 & June 17-19, 2016;
All on “Introduction to Centering Prayer.”


Contemplative Outreach Philippines
Submitted by Grace Padilla

Contemplative Outreach Phil. (COP) and the Contemplative Ministry of SSAP are jointly offering a one-day presentation and workshop on a spiritual practice called Welcoming Prayer on Nov. 4, Wed., from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Venue will be the SSAP social hall.

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to situations in daily life that cause us to be angry, sad, anxious, fearful, etc. It is a practice that keeps us rooted in the present moment, letting go of the hurts, concerns of the past or the anxieties of the future. The purpose is to deepen our relationship with God by allowing Him to dismantle our emotional agendas or programs giving rise to distressful emotions that are stored in our bodies.

Consenting to grace heals the wounds of a life time. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer. The presenter for the Welcoming Prayer practice will be Fr. Carl Arico from the U.S. who’s going to be the main speaker at the 25th Founding Anniversary of COP from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10 at SSAP social hall.