Baptism

Baptism, the first and fundamental sacrament and the gate to the other sacraments, is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth. It is the means by which its recipients are incorporated into the church in a sacramental bond of unity.

Celebrating a Baptism at Holy Apostles

Reconciliation / Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation provides an opportunity to seek reconciliation with God, oneself, and our neighbor. This can be celebrated individually with a priest in our Reconciliation rooms in the church. They are located on both sides of the center aisle in the National Ave. entrance and allow for face-to-face or behind a screen prayer experience.

Communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation which provide for individual confession and reconciliation are scheduled in Advent and Lent.

Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Children at Holy Apostles

Eucharist

The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship.

Celebrating First Eucharist for Children

Confirmation

The Rite of Confirmation for youth is a great and important time to take ownership and say 'yes' to their faith journey as a Catholic.  It is a time where we are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to inspire and guide us to live a life in relationship with Christ and our Church. 

Confirmation for Youth

Through this process, youth will learn about our faith and the sacrament through small faith communities, retreats, service in our parish, along with other powerful activities.  The process usually starts the fall of one's freshman year, and receives the sacrament the fall of their junior year of high school.

For more information on the programs at Holy Apostles, visit our Confirmation Preparation page.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) includes the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, but also all of the rites of the catechumenate. The initiation of adults is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful.

Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion, and by their example lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously.

Adult Confirmation

Because of the many benefits that the RCIA process has given past participants, we invite those adults who need to complete their initiation process by celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation to join us for the catechetical portion of the RCIA process.

This serves as both a review of the basics of the Roman Catholic faith and as a period of preparation and commitment leading up to the celebration. It also provides a community for the candidates during their time of preparation.   If you or someone you know is considering becoming Catholic or would like to complete their initiation into the church through confirmation, please contact:  Fr. Don Thimm, 262-786-5445.

Marriage

Marriage in the Catholic Church, also called matrimony, is the "covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring", and which "has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptised.

Getting Married at Holy Apostles

Care For The Sick & Dying

The scriptures present to us a Jesus who heals. The implication for us is that we as a church continue the work of Jesus – including the work of healing. The Church has three rites of prayer to care for the sick.

 In the past we may have let healing be the work of priests, sisters, and chaplains. We may have heard others talking about calling the priest before someone is about to die and ask for the “last rites.” We used to think that the anointing was our “last rites” – “extreme unction” we called it. But we know that you don’t have to be dying to be anointed. The strong grace of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is available to all who are seriously sick. This sacrament is ideally celebrated before one enters the hospital or at the hospital with family and friends gathered around. When there is the opportunity to plan ahead, we can celebrate anointing at one of our weekday masses or on the weekend or in someone’s home if they are unable to come to the community. It is meant to be prayer that strengthens and comforts those who are ill or who are about to face serious surgery. Please contact the Parish Office and let us know. Remember to place the name or names of those who are ill in our Parish Book of Prayer. We remember them in prayer at all of our parish masses.

The Church’s care of the sick has two other rites that are not often understood by many. One is called viaticum and the other is called commendation of the dying. Viaticum is intended for those who are clearly on the journey to death. It is a Latin word which means “food to go with you on the way.” When communion is shared with those who are dying it is called viaticum. It is food for the journey and keeps one connected to the body of Christ. We have a ministry dedicated to bring communion to the sick and to those who are dying.

Commendation of the dying is a special prayer of the church for those who are very near death. It is best celebrated with family and friends gathered at the hospital or one’s home. It is a prayer of comfort and letting go. Those present pray verses from the Scriptures, a litany of the saints, prayers for the one who is about to die, and share peace with all present. It is one of the most sacred experiences in which I have the privilege of participating.

When I anoint someone or bring viaticum or pray the commendation of the dying, I do so in your name and the entire church community. That is what the ordained do. However anyone can bring viaticum or pray the commendation of the dying.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties.

Have you every thought about being a priest?

Priests always seem to be there when we come to pray with the community on Sundays and holydays. They are with us at those significant moments in our lives, e.g. baptism, marriage, sickness, death. It is hard to imagine Catholic without priests.

Priests come from families and parish communities to serve the church. We know that God has called individuals to priesthood in the past and trust that God will continue to call individuals in the present. If you have ever thought that God is calling you, please contact Fr. Don to talk about it - 262-786-7330.

You can also contact the Vocations Office for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at 414-747-6437 or vocations @sfs.edu.

www.thinkpriest.org

Have you ever felt the call to become a Permanent Deacon?

Permanent Deacons are ordained ministers of the Church. Liturgically, deacons preside at funerals, weddings, and baptisms as well as assisting at Mass by proclaiming the Gospel and at times preaching.  Deacons are not substitutes for priests and not priest “wanna be’s.” Deacons are a unique ordained order that reflect the image of “Christ the Servant.” The primary call of the deacon is to minister to those not in the pew and on the fringes of community. The ministry of the deacon takes place within the context of his family (if married) and his secular job.

For more information please contact Deacon Mike (262-782- 6783) or visit the archdiocese website

 

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