"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return."
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent on February 14. During Ash Wednesday Mass, we receive ashes on our forehead as a sign of repentance and turning back to God. Mass with the distribution of ashes will be at 8:30am (School) and 6:30pm.
Fasting & Almsgiving
Lenten Service Project
This year, we are partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach to help fight hunger by hosting a food packing event on Saturday, March 23 from 8:00 am-1:00 pm in the school gym. We are inviting family and friends to come together as a community to pack 50,000 Vitafood meals that will be shipped to the poorest of the poor around the world. Vitafood is a nutrient-rich food product specifically designed to meet the dietary needs of chronically malnourished children and adults. In order to pack the 50,000 meals, we will need to raise $16,500. The funds that are donated will help with shipping these lifesaving meals to impoverished families overseas.
To learn more and to donate, click the button below to visit the Cross Catholic Outreach website. Please scroll down to the March 23 event at Holy Apostles and click on Donate. You may also donate by check instead of donating online: please write the check to Holy Apostles and include “Food Pack” in the memo line.
Join Us For The Food Packing Event On March 23rd
To volunteer at the food packing event, click the button below. Please scroll down to the March 23 event at Holy Apostles and click on Sign Up. Please use the + button for the number of volunteers you are registering and then click Reserve a Spot to complete the registration form.
Holy Week is the last week of Lent which begins with Passion Sunday (known as Palm Sunday) and ends with Easter.
March 24 - Passion (Palm) Sunday - Mass times are at 4:30pm the night before, 8:00am, and 10:00am. This Mass includes distribution and blessing of palms and recalls Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, as well as His passion on the cross.
March 27 - Spy Wednesday - The Wednesday before Easter is traditionally known as "Spy Wednesday" because we remember Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Daily Mass will be at 7:45am and Reconciliation will be from 5:00-6:00pm.
March 28 - Holy Thursday - On the Thursday before Easter we remember the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood at Jesus' Last Supper. Holy Thursday also begins the Easter Triduum. Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 7:00pm.
March 29 - Good Friday - We remember Jesus' suffering and death on the cross. Good Friday Service will be at 3:00pm. There is no morning Mass on this day.
March 30 - Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil - This day between Jesus' death and resurrection we remember Jesus in the tomb. We will have the annual Easter Basket Blessing at 11:00am in the Church. We celebrate Easter Vigil Mass in the evening at 8:00pm. Sacraments of Initiation will be celebrated at this Mass for the Elect.
March 31 - Easter Sunday - We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on this day with three Mass times: 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
RCIA stands for "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults". Lent is a special time for catechumens and the elect because they are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) at the Easter Vigil Mass which is held on Holy Saturday, the night before Easter Sunday.
This year, our parish has one catechumen, Fiona Carson, preparing to be fully received into the Catholic Church. Each week of Lent there will be times of spiritual retreat and reflection for Fiona, as well as a blessing during Mass, in order for her to better prepare for the Sacraments. Participate in each part of the RCIA Lenten journey with us:
- Sunday, February 18 - Rite of Sending (10am Mass)
- Sunday, February 18 - Rite of Election
- Saturday, March 2 - First Scrutiny (4:30pm Mass)
- Sunday, March 10 - Second Scrutiny (8am Mass)
- Sunday, March 17 - Third Scrutiny (10am Mass)
- Saturday, March 30 - Baptism, Confirmation, & First Eucharist
A "scrutiny" is an encounter with Christ where He heals all that is broken and sinful in us, and He strengthens what is good. A scrutiny is out with the old and in with the new, and the new is living water that is Christ.
To learn more about RCIA, check out the USCCB resource here. To join RCIA at Holy Apostles, please contact Jay Landry at (262) 754-0164 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Prayer & Reflection
Small Group Journey - Join a Lenten small group to discuss the book "With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life" by Henri Nouwen. This book focuses on the Emmaus journey when the two disciples encounter Jesus. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.bit.ly/HABurningHeartsLent24 or contact Jay Landry at email@example.com or (262) 754-0164.
Stations of the Cross - Pray and reflect on the Way of the Cross on Wednesdays at 6:00pm from February 21-March 20 in the Church.
Parish Retreat - Pray evening prayer and listen to Fr. Paul Turner from the Diocese of Kansas City and HA parishioners speak about the power of the Eucharist to transform our hearts on March 4, 5, and 6 at 6:30pm in the Church.
Reconciliation - Reconciliation is offered on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm in the Welcome Center/Fr. Arul's Office. Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service is on Saturday, March 16 from 10:00-11:00am in the Church. Archdiocese of Milwaukee 12-Hour Reconciliation Day is on Wednesday, March 20.
Eucharistic Adoration - Join us in silent prayer in the Adoration Chapel Monday to Friday from 6:00am-8:00pm. To commit to a specific time every week, click here to sign up.