St. Malachy Parish offers a variety of faith formation opportunities for adults of all stages of life.
Bible Studies, programs and special events meet at various times to provide opportunities for individuals to grow deeper in relationship with Jesus and graft other members onto the Living Body of Christ. Father Vince leads a weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays. In addition, the parish has many of The Great Adventure Bible Studies and Bishop Robert Barron’s Series available should a family or group want to borrow materials for a Bible Study in your home; please contact the Faith Formation Office for details.
Father Vince's Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Father Vince's Bible Study session will meet next on Wednesdays. Please plan ahead to join Fr. Vince as he walks us through the Word of God so we can grow deeper in relationship with Jesus. Over the upcoming weeks, we shall be exploring the Second Letter of Peter.
No previous participation is necessary! Bring your Bible and join Father Vince in the Holy Family Room from 7-8 PM.
Great Adventure Book of Acts Bible Study
This group will meet weekly for 20 sessions in the St. Cecilia Room from 7-9 PM on Thursdays beginning September 21 through February. Christopher Clouser will serve as facilitator. The cost of study materials, if you register and pay by September 6, is $31.00. After that time the cost is approximately $34.00; the difference is shipping costs. You may register at the parish office desk or online via the St. Malachy webpage.
Gather and Grow with God
All are invited to meet from 8:45-9:45 AM in the school cafeteria to learn, refresh and share Scripture and the Church's teachings with others over coffee and doughnuts. All adults and guests are invited; namely, singles, engaged couples, parents, young and old all are welcome! We shall meet on the following Sundays in the school cafeteria:
September 24 - Megan Nail and Rick Rader "Sacred Spaces on a Tank of Gas"
However, on the first Sunday of each month there will be no presentations; rather, the session will be a social whereby all are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfasts hosted in the school cafeteria. No registration is necessary!
The Hazel Tree Bible Study
The Hazel Tree is considered the “Tree of Wisdom” and Hazels crave knowledge and are loving people. We are a small, diverse group of people who love to delve into the Bible, one book at a time. We use the Collegeville Bible commentary and other commentaries that we come across to help us understand God's Word to us. We meet during the school year, one day a week for approximately two hours during the daytime hours. We take a break at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We read and discuss at our own pace.
Time and Location – We meet in the St. Francis Room at church on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. The first 30 minutes we is our social time and begin the session at 2:30 with prayer. We start the second week in September and end at the end of May.
History -- This group was started back in the 80’s or earlier by Hazel Reinsel. We have been through the bible multiple times with various groups and times to meet the needs of the group.
Name of Group -- The name was chosen on behalf of our benefactor Hazel Reinsel and because of the description of the Hazel Tree from the Celtic Zodiac:
The Hazel Tree· Aug 5 – Sep 1
Considered “The Tree of Wisdom” it was believed that skills and knowledge could be gained by eating the nuts of the Hazel tree. People born under the Hazel moon are clever, perceptive and possess good reasoning skills. Hazels crave knowledge and are imaginative, radical thinkers. They are artistic but usually create useful and practical as well as beautiful works. Hazels are rational and organized people. They tend to be cool and reserved though may become paranoid and suffer headaches if their mental energies are not properly channeled. Hazels are loving but often overindulgent with spouses and children.
Bereavement Support Group
This is a new monthly group starting Thursday, September 21st starting at 6:30pm. It meets the third Thursday of each month.
St. Dymphna Prayer Group
If you or someone you know suffers with anxiety/depression, please join us for a special Rosary faith sharing group. The group will meet at 6:30pm every Thursdays.
- Pregnancy Loss & Early Infant Death - All parents, grandparents, or family members wishing to remember a child who has died are invited to attend a special memorial service during Respect Life Month (October). This year's service will be held on October 15th, 2017 @ 1:30pm.
Please contact Linda Pirau for more information on these groups.
Do you know someone who has left the Church? Most of us do not have to look very far to find non-practicing Catholics in our circle of family & friends. Many of us are concerned about these loved ones, but we don’t know how to help them. Obviously, most of them are searching, but how can we help them find their way home?
As baptized, practicing Catholics we have a precious gift of faith & love from the Lord that needs to be shared with our non-practicing brothers and sisters. First, we need to pray for them. Next, we need to extend a personal invitation to them to come home to the Catholic Church. Most non-practicing Catholics are waiting for an invitation to return. Many mistakenly think they are excommunicated & are not welcome to return.
Many non-practicing Catholics carry with them a tremendous amount of guilt and misinformation about the Church & are afraid of approaching the Church for fear of being rejected. You can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life simply by reaching out to them & telling them that we miss them & would like for them to come back home to our Church family.
Here at St. Malachy Parish, we have a special program to help non-practicing Catholics return to the Church entitled “Catholics Returning Home.” The next series begins on January 3rd, 2017 at St. Malachy Church at 7 pm. Please pass this article on to anyone who might be interested.
For more information, please call Chad Jasper at (317) 650-5751 or email
Christ Renews His Parish retreats teams members are praying for all parishioners as they are formation in preparation for the following retreat weekends:
Men’s Retreat—August 11-12, 2017
Women’s Retreat—August 25-26, 2017
As you are making summer plans, please mark you calendars and discern how Jesus may be calling you to benefit from participating in the respective retreat. As an aid in your discernment, Brian Konger has summarized his experience as follows:
"For me, the weekend was closest I have ever felt to Jesus and the Holy Spirit! It has truly changed my life for the better!"
TEAMS OF OUR LADY (TOOL) Marriage Ministry is growing at St. Malachy Parish and all married couples are invited. If you are interested in growing closer to your spouse in love and holiness, while being part of a small faith group by praying and laughing together with other married couples, please contact the Faith Formation Office.
St. Malachy invites women to our Mary’s WAY (Women Answering Yes) 7th Annual Dinner!
Enjoy and Evening of Dining, Music, Fellowship, Laughter, Inspiration, and Thanksgiving.
Guest Speaker: Jeanne Hunt "The Pleasure of her Company"
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Concluding Prayer: 9pm
Holy Family Room, St. Malachy Catholic Church
Registration and Payment Deadline is October 31, 2017
Checks made payable to: St. Malachy Catholic Church
$20.00 per person - space is limited - register now!
For more information, please contact Nancy Sangl, Chair 317-852-9688
Saint Malachy Catholic Church Community thanks Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B. of Saint Meinrad Archabbey for leading the 2016 Year of Mercy Parish Mission focused on MERCY: Explore; Explain; and Experience.
Mornings for Moms meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 am when St. Malachy School is in session. All women of the parish are welcome to gather together weekly in the Holy Family Room to pray for each other, to support each other and to discuss the next Sunday’s readings as an aid in living out the Word of God. Child care is provided in the Nursery.
No registration is required; all are welcome!
What is Cursillo? Cursillo provides a three-day “short-course” to learn what it means to be fully Catholic, by being fully Christian in order to exercise our mission as baptized individuals. The weekend experience provides a guide for how each of us lives our daily lives as followers of Christ through our prayer, study, and action/evangelization.
We are a communal people. We engage with various communities in our daily activities. The Cursillo movement teaches us to strengthen our Christian life within our families, our parishes, our neighborhoods, and our work environments.
We are a teamwork people. Christ encourages us to work in teams. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18: 19-20)
Come celebrate the Cursillo movement. Cursillo weekends are being planned for this fall – October 5-8 for men; October 19-22 for women. To learn more, contact Steve Koch at or 317-490-0388.
Peace in the Mourning
Dates: September 22nd - 24th
Cost: $150 shared room and $200 private room
Location: Benedict Inn - 1302 Southern Avenue Beech Grove, IN 46107
Who can attend? Widows of all ages and backgrounds. While the retreat will include elements of our Catholic faith, widows of all faiths are welcome to join on this journey of hope and healing.
Register online at www.archindy.org/PeaceInTheMourning
From the Annual Men's Weekend Retreat at St. Meinrad. Pictured are some of the gentlemen on a tour in front of the Monte Casino. (2017)
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or in becoming Catholic, all are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. The sessions are informal with a team of people presenting the faith and then giving time for individuals to discuss and ask questions. No one ever puts any pressure on anyone to become part of the Catholic community; it is entirely up to the individual who is responding to God’s call in growing in relationship with Jesus.
You have the opportunity to participate in the RCIA process by choosing either one of the following options depending upon your schedule:
- Starting on Tuesday, August 22 and continuing through November, we shall meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 pm in the St. Malachy School Shamrock Café. Those who continue the journey will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation during the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturday, November 26 when we celebrate Christ the King Sunday.
- Beginning on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and continuing through March, we shall meet weekly on Sundays from 10:00-11:30 am in the St. Malachy Church Holy Family Room. Those who continue the journey will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 31.
During the months of June, July and August, we invite anyone interested in learning more about the RCIA process to join us for RCIA Inquiry Gatherings on any of the following dates:
Tuesday, June 13 at 7 pm in the Holy Family Room at Church
Thursday, July 13 at 7 pm in the Holy Family Room at Church
Sunday, August 13 at 7 pm in the Holy Family Room at Church
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Faith Formation Office at our convenience.
All are welcome!
Men’s Spirituality Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 7:00-8:15 am in the St. Francis Room at the Church to read and reflect on the Sunday readings and to share their faith. In addition, the group participates in the 8:15 am Mass.
Women’s Spirituality Group meets on two Tuesday mornings every month from 9:30-11:00 am at the Church for discussion and reflection of books chosen by the group. No registration is required and all are welcome!
All are invited to be part of the “Young at Heart” group. We gather every second Friday at 11 a.m. for Mass followed by a pitch-in lunch. This is a wonderful way to meet people in the parish and share conversation and food. No reservation is required! Once in awhile there is a guest speaker or entertainment, but mostly it is an opportunity to chat and meet new friends. Hope that you will join us.
The next Young at Heart mass and lunch will be held on August 11th, 2017 at 11 PM. Sign ups are available at the information desk or call Lind Pirau at 317-852-3195 x7100
Young Adult Ministry is an up and coming ministry to the St. Malachy community! Generated through parishioner leadership, it hopes to serve those members in their 20s and 30s.
The ministry meets of the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM for faith sharing and socializing.
For more information, please email