Auction- Coordinates an auction event every other year.   There are several areas where help is needed, including decorations, invitations, gift acquisition, raffles, food and drink and more.  Meetings occur monthly 6 months before the auction event. 

Bereavement Ministry- Contacts the family when a death occurs within a family of the parish and offers support and assistance.  Members of this ministry attend the funeral and stay in contact with the family as a way of showing the love and support of the Holy Apostles community.  A new Grief Support group is now part of this ministry.

Care & Support Group - Offers support to parishioners to ease the burden of a recent tragedy and invite participation in creating solutions to remedy their current situation in a timely manner.  The goal of the ministry is to build a sense of community in the parish as we work together to rise about the situation with new hope and healing.

Young at Heart - Organizes all of the social events for older adults in the parish.

Elizabeth Ministry- Provides Christian support for the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years.  Its mission is to cherish children, encourage families and build community.  This ministry reaches out to families of new infants.  In addition this ministry coordinates childcare for the 9:15 Sunday mass.  Meets monthly September through May.

Festival- Assists with the annual weekend festival held in June on the Holy Apostles grounds.   Leadership roles are available in all areas including set up, games, rides, food tent, beer tent, raffles, bingo,  rummage, bake sale, dinners, crafts, prize acquisition, sponsorship, soda, and tear down.  Volunteers are also needed to work shifts the weekend of the festival.  There will be sign-ups for these volunteers several weeks before the festival.  Leadership meets one time per month from January to June. 

Fish Fry- Assists with the monthly and Lenten Fish Fries held in the Holy Apostles gym.  There are eight fish fries throughout the year that run from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  Areas where help is needed include set up, food preparation, serving and clean up.  We are also looking for people to make phone calls for each fish fry to fill in volunteer slots that aren’t filled with our scheduler.   Meetings for leadership occur 2-3 times per year. 

General Office Help- Supports the parish staff with basic administrative duties which could include collation, stapling, mass mailings, bulletin stuffing, phone calls, and phone coverage.  Some duties occur on a regular basis, but most are on an “as needed” basis. 

Handy People for Others- Provides “help around the house/yard” and small repairs for older adults in the parish.  Volunteers receive requests for help as they come in and respond (given their schedules) as they can.  Most home projects take 2-3 hours to complete. Time Commitment:  2-4 hours each month.


Fellowship Sunday- Coordinates the monthly Fellowship Breakfast the fourth Sunday of the month, September through November and January through May.  Serves ham and rolls, donuts, coffee and fruit punch to parish members while providing an environment of fellowship and relaxation.   Leadership roles are available to oversee the execution of one Fellowship Breakfast each year.  Servers are also needed at each breakfast to help set up, serve, and assist with clean up.  Leadership meetings occur 2-3 times per year.

New Member Welcoming- Assists in welcoming people into the parish after registration.  Helps coordinate and organize the quarterly New Member Welcome Dinners that occur after the 4:30pm Saturday Mass.  Follows up after the dinner with the new parishioners to make sure they have all the information they need to become active members of Holy Apostles.  Meetings take place 4-5 times per year, and the dinners happen 4 times per year.

Sweets ‘N Treats Ministry- Provides baked goods, treats or snacks for different events throughout the year, as needed.


Blood Drive- Coordinates two blood drives each year to benefit the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Christmas Ministry- Coordinates the collection and distribution of gift and food items which are then delivered to individuals, schools, parishes and organizations in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties.  Distribution takes place in December.  Bi-weekly meetings/activities from October through December.

Communion to the Homebound- Delivers the Eucharist to parishioners that are homebound. Volunteers often spend time praying with and helping others feel a part of the Holy Apostles community.

Community Grant Program- Manages an “Outreach Fund” which gives grants to non-profit organizations that work on timely and priority social issues.  The CGP identifies organizations and invites them to submit proposals for review and then makes funding decisions to support innovative approaches to difficult community problems.

Lapham Park Partnership- Builds a relationship between HA and senior residents at a low income public housing residence in Milwaukee’s central city.  Volunteers help plan many social activities throughout the year and also focus on providing fresh produce during the summer/fall to our friends, supporting a library, and assisting with a cooking club.  Other ideas are welcome.

Men’s Overflow Shelter- Volunteers in this ministry help support and staff the Men’s Overflow Shelter in Waukesha (operated by Hebron House).  Holy Apostles collects supplies for the men who use the shelter and also coordinates volunteers to bring and serve meals to the shelter. 

Respect Life- Dedicated to the principle of “the life and dignity of the human person,”  this ministry seeks to educate the parish and the larger communities on opportunities to promote “life” and stand with those that are vulnerable in this regard (from the unborn to those living in poverty). 

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program- This ministry collects and makes food (meat loaf, etc.) and then staffs a meal program each month at a SVDP meal site on the south side in Milwaukee.

St. Vincent de Paul Society- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian Community founded by Catholic lay people in 1833.  The vocation of the Society's members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those is need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love.  Vincentians make person-to-person contact with the poor in order to support, help and build relationships with those that they serve.

Special Needs Ministry- Sponsors a number of activities for special needs individuals including dances (2 each year), bingo and bowling.  Volunteers are needed to staff these events and act as “hosts” for our special friends.

Visitation Ministry- Keeps track of where older parishioners live and tries to keep them connected to the parish through personal visits, delivering the bulletin and praying with them.  We recently added an effort to “visit” people through regular phone calls.


La Sagrada Familia- Supports our relationship with our sister parish is many ways, including planning development projects, coordinating coffee and bracelet sales, organizing yearly trips, fundraising, faith sharing, etc.

Haiti Food Pack- Serves as the parish-wide Lenten service project each year.  Volunteers help by organizing the logistics around the event, coordinating fundraising and volunteer sign ups and managing the two day packing event.  Holy Apostles packs the equivalent of almost 100,000 meals at this event.


Web & Social Media- Assists in developing strategies and practices to use the web and social media to promote the parish missions and ministries. 


Advancement Ministry - Works to develop a strategic and integrated approach to advancing the mission of the parish through parishioner involvement and financial giving.  Meets monthly.


Building & Grounds - Provides guidance on the ongoing maintenance and capital improvement projects of the parish and school.

Finance Council - Provides advice and guidance to the pastor in the administration of the parish assets, prepares the parish budget, reviews financial statements, and monitors the financial condition of the parish including regular financial reviews and internal financial controls. Members include the trustee-treasurer, two representatives from the Pastoral Council, and four members appointed by the pastor; Meets 6 times a year.

Human Resources- Provides guidance on human resource issues of the parish and school.  Membership is by invitation only.

Pastoral Council- Provides advice and counsel to the pastor on forming a community of disciples who continue the mission of Jesus and the Church; promotes stewardship; and engages in a continuous process of pastoral planning. Members include nine representatives selected by the parish and four ex-officio members - two trustees, associate pastor, and the pastor. Three new members are selected annually for a three year term. Trustees are selected for two year terms; Meets monthly.

Technology- Provides guidance in the planning, implementing and utilization of technology in the parish and school.

Last Published: February 23, 2017 3:29 PM
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