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Pastoral Care


Care and Support Ministry

This ministry offers support to parishioners to ease the burden of a recent tragedy and invites participation in creating solutions to current problems in a timely manner. The goal of the ministry is to build a sense of community in the parish as we work together to promote hope and healing.

Funeral Planning

Celebration of Life of a Loved One

As people of faith, we have come to understand from the moment of conception to natural death, human life is sacred, for God created us out of love and in His own image and likeness. We experience joy at the arrive of a new life because we recognize life as a gift from God. However, when it comes to death, we experience pain and sadness due to the separation from our loved ones. Our Catholic faith can help us understand death not as a separation but as a transition to newness of life in God. The Holy Apostles community is here to help you during the funeral planning process and even after the funeral through Grief Support Ministry, setting up Memorials, Sanctuary Lamp dedication, and Mass intentions.


Funeral Planning Process

1) Contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator, Jan Fredrickson, at (262) 754-0158 to begin the process of celebrating the life of your loved one. Jan will assist you in determining the date and time of the funeral, provide you a funeral planning sheet, and guide you through the entire process.

2) Meet with the priest/presider of the funeral. In this meeting, you will discuss the liturgy in detail. You may also share with the priest/presider any stories, memories, or additional information about your deceased loved one.

3) Speak with members of the Resurrection Ministry before the funeral if you need further assistance in preparing for the Funeral.

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Grief Support

This is an opportunity to share your story of grief in a safe and supportive environment. Let us walk as companions with each other. Meetings are held on the second Monday each month from 6:30-8:30pm in the Holy Apostles Welcome Center. If you have questions, please contact Ruthann Castelaz at (414) 405-4564 or Michelle Ray at (414) 333-0330.

Prayer Network

"God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress." Psalm 46:1


Holy Apostles Prayer Network would love to pray for you and your intentions. Send your prayer requests online through the contact form here.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The mission of the Prayer Shawl Ministry is to engage the power of prayer through the communion of parishioners who volunteer to produce a gift that is both tangible and spiritual to bring ongoing comfort and support to an individual in need. Volunteers can contribute to our ministry by knitting or crocheting a variety of items: prayer shawls, winter neck scarves and hats for outreach organizations, and infant hats and mini angels for newly baptized in our parish. 


To support the Prayer Shawl Ministry, donations of 4 ply acrylic yarn (any color) and monetary donations to purchase yarn for our members are always welcome. To learn more, contact Jan Fredrickson at or (262) 754-0158.

Respect Life Ministry

Holy Apostles Respect Life Ministry upholds the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. The Respect Life Committee meets monthly to pray and plan pro-life activities for the parish community. To learn more about the Respect Life Ministry, click here.


Resurrection Ministry

Formerly known as the Bereavement Ministry, the Resurrection Ministry Team assists in providing assistance during funerals. To learn more, contact Jan Fredrickson at or (262) 754-0158.

Spiritual Direction

If you are seeking spiritual guidance, there are several trained Catholic spiritual directors in our area who are available to pray with you, challenge you, and help you see how God is calling you and loving you every day.


To learn more about spiritual direction, click here or contact Mary Wisniewski, trained spiritual director and parishioner of Holy Apostles.

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Visitation Ministry

The Visitation Ministry seeks to comfort the sick and homebound and offering Holy Communion to those who are unable make it to Sunday Mass. To learn more about the Visitation Ministry, contact Jan Fredrickson at or (262) 754-0158.

Additional Resources

  • St. Camillus Community - A faith-based home health agency in Wauwatosa that provides independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation. This community offers Daily Mass and weekly Ecumenical Services in their Chapels. Learn more here.

  • St. Colletta of Wisconsin - Provider of support services for adults with developmental disabilities and other challenges, established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. Learn more here.

  • Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) - The ADRC provides information, assistance, counseling and supportive services for older adults age 60 and above; caregivers; adults with physical or developmental disabilities; and adults with mental health or substance use concerns. Learn more here.


For any questions about Pastoral Care ministries and resources, contact Jan Fredrickson at or (262) 754-0158.

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