Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs (HAPP™) from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception is a bold and fresh approach to small group, parish-level, faith renewal programs. It is designed to help us live the complete Catholic life. It aims to help set our hearts on fire with love of God and neighbor and inspire us to works of mercy in our families, parishes, and communities.
Structured around four bestselling books by popular author and retreat master Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, these simple but life-changing programs are setting hearts afire in thousands of parishes around the globe.
Part 1 - The Immaculate Heart
We begin with the Immaculate Heart, because Mary leads us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This journey begins with the book 33 Days to Morning Glory and its accompanying group retreat program. We read one page a day and meet once a week for a video by Father Gaitley, followed by discussion. Part 1 leads us to formally entrust ourselves to Mary.
...the quickest, easiest, surest way to become a saint!
- St. Louis de Montfort
OUR NEXT 33 DAYS RETREAT BEGINS MAY 23, 2017
Consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart, June 24
Mary then leads us to the Sacred Heart, which begins the second part of Stage One, the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus and its accompanying group retreat program. Part2 helps us draw closer to the Merciful and Sacred Heart of Jesus by accepting His love and trusting in Him.
We begin Stage Two with The ‘One Thing’ is Three and its accompanying group study program. This stage gives group members a crash course in Catholic theology. Father Gaitley is again our retreat leader in 10 video sessions followed by discussion.
We continue our study by diving into Mercy itself and the scriptural works of mercy, reading 'You Did It To Me' by Father Gaitley. Here, group members discern and choose an apostolate individually, as a group, or both. They are also asked to consider helping their parish launch a solemn Divine Mercy Sunday celebration.
This stage has to do with ongoing formation. After having completed the group studies
of 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, and The ‘One Thing’ is Three, after having undertaken works of mercy, and after having been formally recognized by the Association of Marian Helpers, your group continues to meet together and grow in your faith.
At this point, the Hearts Afire Team will recommend to your group a wide range of further group studies, parish renewal opportunities, and more in-depth training that will suit the desires and needs of your group.
Groups will often begin other formational group studies and programs such as Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, Lectio: Unveiling Scripture and Tradition, Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage, and more!