Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
On Friday, December 8 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Join us for Mass at 8:30am (School) or 6:30pm. Use the button below to read and reflect on the Mass readings.
Advent Service Projects
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.
House of Peace Food Boxes - We are 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 to commit to donating a specific item with the button below. 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.
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 about all of our Advent activities at www.hanb.org/advent.
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 with the button below. Contact Michael Gratz for more information at (262) 524-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! Bring one pair of new socks to donate to the homeless. Space is limited to 40 families. RSVP today with the button below. If you have questions, contact Teresa Tobin at email@example.com or 262-754-0157.
Advent Prayer Opportunities
Advent is a prayerful season of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord. At Holy Apostles, we have many opportunities for prayer and reflection during this season including:
Discipleship Small Groups - Discuss and pray with others every week with the reflection booklet, "Journeying Together Through Advent" by Ann Naffziger.
Vespers (Evening Prayer) - Join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm in the Church for Vespers and testimonies in preparation for the Eucharistic Revival in 2024.
Reconciliation - 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 will also be available on Wednesdays, December 6, 13, and 20 from 5:00-6:00pm in the Welcome Center/Fr. Arul's Office.
Care for Creation Breakfast
Join us to watch a powerful video, “Kiss the Ground: How We Can Reverse Climate Change” that describes the primary factor for rising temperatures in our world – carbon in the atmosphere - and what we can do about it. This film is uplifting and will leave you feeling hopeful. We will watch “Kiss the Ground” at the Care for Creation Prayer breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 2 starting at 8:00 am and we should end sometime around 10:15 am.
You can be the hands of Jesus by providing Mercy Mats to the homeless through the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary. If interested in learning more about this ministry, we are offering sessions two times per month to gather in fellowship and have fun making a Mercy Mat with others. Many hands are needed to create these mats made out of plastic grocery bags. We are looking for people to help cut strips of plastic, loop and roll into balls of 'plarn". We also need people who can crochet the plarn into a mat. Consider joining us and we will show you how. For more information, please contact Kris Kodaski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mothers & Munchkins Ministry
The Mothers & Munchkins Ministry meet 2-3 times per month from 9:30-10:30am in the Welcome Center. There will be toys and a play area for the kids to enjoy while moms sip coffee and talk about Jesus. No preparation is necessary, we welcome you to come as you are! To learn more, please contact Courtney O'Leary at email@example.com or (262) 352-4495 or Rose Simonelli at (414) 690-3570.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
December 4 & 18
January 8 & 22
February 5 & 19
March 4 & 18
April 1, 15, & 29
Spiritual Adoption Prayer Program
The Spiritual Adoption Prayer program will be celebrated at Holy Apostles Parish from August 2023 through May 2024! Since we are a prayerful community, the Respect Life Committee humbly asks you to pray this simple prayer, written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, for an unborn child of God:
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much! I beg you to spare the life of baby, (insert the name you have given your spiritually adopted baby), the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted, who is in danger of abortion."
Please pray this simple prayer every day for nine months. Prayer cards will be distributed the weekend of August 12 &13 and will be available in the Welcome Center on an easel with beautiful illustrations of the infant in the womb.
Baptism Preparation Classes
Baptism Preparation Classes are held once a month from 9:00 - 11:00 am on a Saturday. Godparents are encouraged to attend as well. If you would like to celebrate a Baptism at Holy Apostles Parish, please contact Jan Fredrickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 754-0158 for more information.
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New Member Meetings
We are excited to welcome new members to Holy Apostles! We want to be a place for you to come and be part of a vibrant faith community—where you belong! Jesus calls us to “Go and make Disciples of all the nations.” That is our mission—to help you get to know Christ and make Christ known to others.
We invite you to join us for prayer at the 10:00am Mass and after Mass we will gather in the Welcome Center with other new families to learn about Holy Apostles and get to know each other. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Terri Engsberg, email@example.com or call (262) 786-0472.