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Advent 2023

The season of Advent prepares us for Christmas when we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ. See below the special prayer opportunities, service projects, and events we have planned for this Advent.

Prayer & Reflection

  • Discipleship Small Groups - Discuss and pray with others every week with the reflection booklet, "Journeying Together Through Advent" by Ann Naffziger. To sign up or to lead a small group, contact Jay Landry at

  • Vespers (Evening Prayer) - Join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm in the Church for Vespers in preparation for the Eucharistic Revival in 2024.

  • Communal Reconciliation Service - On Saturday, December 9, from 9:00-10:00am, we are hosting a prayer service to reflect on our lives through prayer, Scripture, and song. Several priests will be available for individual Reconciliation.

  • Reconciliation on Wednesdays - Reconciliation will also be available on Wednesdays, December 6, 13, and 20 from 5:00-6:00pm in the Welcome Center/Fr. Arul's Office. To learn more, click here.

  • Anointing of the Sick - After Masses on December 16 and 17, Fr. Arul will offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for all those who desire a special blessing and prayers for healing.

  • Eucharistic Adoration - The Adoration Chapel is open for silent prayer Mondays to Fridays 6:00am to 8:00pm. To sign up for a committed time every week, click here.

  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the miraculous conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation and is on Friday, December 8th. Masses will be at 8:00am (school) and 6:00pm.

  • Masses in Advent - Sunday Mass times are the same during Advent. However, please note that the 4th Sunday of Advent is on December 24th. Going to Mass on December 24th in the morning does not count as the Holy Day of Obligation for Christmas. Christmas Masses are Sunday, December 24th at 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm and Monday, December 25th at 8:00am and 10:00am.

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  • Capuchin Toy Drive - We are collecting new toys for the Capuchin Toy Drive for families during Christmas. Gift tags for specific toys are available to pick up in the Welcome Center and the Parish Center entrance. Toys must be unwrapped and returned to Holy Apostles no later than Thursday, December 7. For more information, contact Mary Beth Setzke at 262-352-1559.

  • House of Peace Food Boxes - We will be supporting the House of Peace in Milwaukee with Holiday Food Boxes. The packing date is set for Saturday, December 16 at 10:00am in the Church. We are collecting boxes of mashed potatoes, bags of stuffing, cake mix, frosting, green beans, corn, instant pudding, corn bread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, canned yams, and canned gravy. Sign up here to commit to donating a specific item. If you prefer, you are also welcome to donate cash or check. The cost to fill one food box is about $40. Make checks payable to Holy Apostles and write House of Peace in the check memo. For more information, contact Mary Beth Setzke at 262-352-1559.

  • Canticle Garden Project - We are partnering with Works of Mercy Ministry in their project to create a Canticle Garden on the grounds of the St. Colletta of Wisconsin St. Francis Center in Waukesha. This project connects us in our efforts to learn how we can grow in the care for our common home, as Pope Francis has written in his encyclical, Laudato Si. Construction for this garden site began earlier this year and the hope is for it to be open for pilgrims and programs by the Feast Day of St. Francis, October 4, 2024. Learn more or donate at the Canticle Garden website here. View the Canticle Garden video with Fr. Don Thimm here. View the Canticle Garden Update video here.


  • St. Nick at Night - Join us on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30-8:15pm for a fun family night of learning about the generosity of St. Nicholas, with a special visit from St. Nick himself! Space is limited. RSVP by clicking here. If you have any questions, contact Teresa Tobin at

  • Special Needs Ministry Christmas Luncheon - The Special Needs Christmas Luncheon is on Sunday, December 10 from 11:00am-2:00pm. To sign up to attend or volunteer, contact Stephanie Arcuri at

  • Christmas Caroling - Child, Youth, and Family Discipleship families will be spreading Christmas cheer through music on December 15 and 16. To sign up to have your house visited, contact Matt Herbers at or 262-506-8862.

  • Breakfast in Bethlehem: All are invited to the annual Breakfast in Bethlehem family event on Sunday, December 17 at 11:30am in the Holy Apostles Gym. This is a free event but a free-will offering is appreciated. We will also be collecting newborn baby items for the Women's Care Center of Milwaukee. Little actors and actresses are still needed. Rehearsals will be on December 9 and 16 at 10:00am. RSVP to attend the event here. Contact Michael Gratz for more information at (262) 524-4027 or

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