There are many opportunities for parishioners of all ages to share their time and talent with the parish family, community, and larger world. Perhaps you will be able to answer the call to serve though one of these varied ministries.
While Hendricks County might be one of the most rapidly growing areas in the country, this growth doesn’t mean everyone in our community has a roof over their head. Approximately 236 school-aged children in Hendricks County are homeless right now.
A group of concerned citizens began meeting in 2010 to address this problem and find a solution. This group, now called Family Promise of Hendricks County, is an affiliate of the national Family Promise organization. Family Promise has a proven track record of successfully addressing both the short-term needs and long-term solutions. Across the country, nearly 80% of families that Family Promise serves find permanent housing.
We began serving families March 1, 2015 and look forward to impacting the community, one family at a time!
During the week of January 15th-22nd,2017, St. Malachy once again served as host parish for temporarily homeless families in Hendricks County, beginning our second year of doing so. We provided accommodations, meals and companionship for Willis and Rhonda and their daughter Akeelah (11). On behalf of the Family Promise Committee, I’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all of the parishioners who contributed to another successful week. If you’d like to learn more about this important ministry, please contact Mike Nygra at We are in particular need of parishioners who would be willing to serve as Overnight Hosts, a very easy responsibility which truly allows a person to spend time with and get to know some of our brothers and sisters “living on the margins”, a task Pope Francis has consistently encouraged us to engage in. Our next host week begins April 16th, 2017.
The Altar Society at St. Malachy is a service and social ministry open to all women of the parish. As a Catholic women’s organization, we are also members of the National Council of Catholic Women. We strive to support the spiritual welfare of its members as well as provide for the material needs of the altar, sanctuary and sacristy. We also act as hosts for dinners after funerals and at parish receptions. Our meetings are typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Church. Please watch our church calendar on the home page of this site for meeting dates.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 7 PM in the Holy Family Room
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
If you have any comments or questions, please contact one of the officers:
President: Debbie Timko @
Vice President: Jane Murphy @
Treasurer: Bernadette Davidson @
Secretary: Tammy Czerniakowski @ or 317-852-8298
Annual Fundraising events:
Christmas Bazaar - Annual arts and crafts bazaar with over 35 Vendor Booths selling items such as jewelry, home decorations, cards, candles, clothing, lotions, candies and more. There will also be a booth of themed gift baskets made by the Altar Society members. Delicious homemade food and desserts will also be available all day.
If you are interested in renting a booth, please contact Jane Murphy at We prefer vendors with homemade items that have the items available for cash and carry at the bazaar.
Ongoing volunteer opportunities:
The Altar Society is honored to be able to serve dinner for families after the funeral of their loved ones. Volunteers are always needed to make food, set up the dining area, serve the meal and clean up afterwards. Please contact Pat Wesley at 317-852-5911 to volunteer for this important ministry.
National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)
is a 93 year old organization established by the USCCB (United States Catholic Council of Bishops).
Our mission statement is: The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its membership to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. NCCW responds with Gospel values to the needs of the church and society in the modern world.
We are the VOICE of Catholic women. Our programs work to fight poverty, pornography, and trafficking, as well as to advocate for Dignity of Life, and legislation that protects and enhances religious freedom.
St. Malachy Altar Society is an affiliate of NCCW and actively supports it. Individual membership is also available.
This year our annual convention will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from September 7-10, 2016. It will be attended by about 1,000 women from all over the United States, plus 40+ priests and several Bishops. More information is available on their website - click here.
"Prayer in Action is Love, and Love in Action is Service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in that moment." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Christ came into this world and served the least in his community. He met them where they were, ministered to them, fed them, and tended to their needs. "Beggars for the Poor" is a ministry through the Indianapolis St. Vincent de Paul Society that directly serves the homeless -- or "street people"-- where they are; in the streets. By meeting them where they are, feeding them a hot meal, providing clothes and toiletries, and having genuine care and concern for each individual, we are ministering to these individuals in the most basic of ways. Christ called us to serve. This is an opportunity to love as Christ loved, serve as Christ served, and pray as Christ taught us.
"Beggars for the Poor" operates every Saturday morning, rain or shine, at the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse and by serving at Robert's Park United Methodist Church. As a parish, St. Malachy is responsible for providing all food and workers in any month that has five Saturdays on the 5th Saturday. We are always looking for donations (clothing and specific food items) and loving workers. For more information or to sign up and help, contact Dawn Newman at
Volunteers are needed to attend to the children of participants in our parish activities and for the nursery during our Masses. If you would like more information or are interested in joining our Childcare Ministry team, please contact Sarah Riley.
On Saturday, March 25th from 11 AM - 2 PM, Spring cleaning will be occurring in the nursery. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sarah Riley.
Each week teams of volunteers come to the Church to help to keep it polished and pretty. We’d love to have you join us. Teams work a variety of days and times. .
Anyone involved, or those who would like to be involved, with this important ministry should plan on meeting Thursday, February 16 at 6:45 pm (after Mass.)
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Doug Tapscott.
St. Malachy is proud to support the Hendricks County Food Pantry located at Cornerstone Christian Church. On the first Sunday of each month, our parish collects non-perishable food items for the Pantry. There are bins in the Holy Family Room for your food pantry donation. Volunteers are needed to transport the food from St. Malachy to Cornerstone on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers are also needed to bag groceries and assist client families when the pantry is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This is a great service opportunity for the whole family.
This ministry reaches out to women with unplanned pregnancies to help them choose life and avoid abortion.
Gabriel Angels, volunteers from the parish, are trained to assist women who are pregnant and need assistance. An Angel is assigned to a mother to help her during her pregnancy and after delivery by providing spiritual, material, emotional and financial support. This can be achieved by extending friendship, offering shelter, providing transportation, or taking care of any other needs that Mom and baby may have.
We ask for your continued prayers for all the families that the Gabriel Project is supporting and for the Angels that are part of this ministry. These families often tell us how God has sent us as their personal angels and are very grateful for everything that St. Malachy Parish does for them. They keep us in their prayers as well.
Want to become an Angel? Need more information? Contact Debbie Timko 317-752-9749.
St. Malachy helps to provide local families with Christmas gifts. The annual event is called the St. Malachy Outreach Christmas Angel Tree. Volunteers assist from cutting out the angels to sorting the gifts for distribution.
Here are a few messages from the families after the help from the 2016 Angel Tree:
* Thank you so much for all the gifts! Merry Christmas to you and your family. God bless!
* Thank you for everything! You don't know how much I appreciate your help.
* The kids loved the gifts and I appreciated the gift card so much.
* Thanks so much for what you and the church did. Because of you all my children had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and that meant so much to me. I don't know how I could repay you. You are all a true blessing that God brought into my life and helped me to see things in a different light. I am so thankful. I hope you have a blessing filled NEW YEAR!
St. Malachy is looking to have a volunteer help coordinate the Angel Tree during the 2017 Christmas season. If interested, please contact Jenny Zeunik.
The Knights of Columbus at St Malachy is a group of over 200 Catholic gentlemen actively involved in the parish and community through service which is rooted in our love for Jesus Christ. Our local council is connected to a world-wide fraternal service organization of 1.8 million Catholic gentlemen across the globe. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to ALL practicing Catholic men of 18 years or older.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship applications are now available for all eligible high school seniors in the parish office, and online on the St. Malachy Knights of Columbus website at "www.kofcmalachy.org". Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Click HERE for application
St. Malachy started the "landscape ministry" in May of 2014. This group of parishioners is made of of dedicated individuals who on a weekly basis mow the parish campus, trim where necessary and overall keep our church and school looking beautiful. Once a month, from the beginning of spring through the end of fall, we have one "big" landscaping day. Items on the to do list might include mulching, weeding, planting, pruning......now and again even creating a new landscape on the property.
If interested, and we have parishioners involved as little as 5 years old and as experienced as 75 years young, please contact either John Kiefer or Jean McCorkhill in the parish office, (317)852-3195.
Here is more information about serving as a Lay Minister at St. Malachy.
A fairly new ministry of the Altar Society is the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting may join us on Thursdays A.M.. The shawls are given, with a booklet of prayers, and blessed by the priest to persons who are ill or need prayers or comfort in any way. We are also making and donating to the Cancer Society caps for people losing their hair from chemotherapy. For more information contact the parish office.
Women’s Prison Ministry is part of a archdiocesan effort to minister to those who are being housed at the Women’s Prison. Deacon Dan Collier coordinates this program for our parish. There is a training process required to become a part of this ministry. For more information, please contact the parish office.
This group makes beaded rosaries for the Haiti families, hospitals and nursing homes in our community, and those receiving sacrament for the first time.
We meet the first Tuesday of each month in the Saint Cecilia room at 6:30 p.m.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is an organization whose mission is to help those in need. It is 100% volunteer run and receives no monies from any government agency or the United Way.
Here at St. Malachy, we have a dedicated group of volunteers who work to help others in our own community. The St. Malachy team has their business meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30pm.
St Vincent DePaul utilizes volunteers at its distribution center and food pantry, working from home logging client help requests, making home visits and for various clerical duties.
In our area, to donate items or schedule a pick up, please call 317-687-1006. For assistance: in Marion County, please call 317-687-0169; in Hendricks County, please contact the St. Malachy Parish Office at 317-852-3195.
For more information, contact the parish office at 317-852-3195 x 7004 and we will direct your inquiry to the proper individuals.. Visit us online locally at www.svdpindy.org or nationally at http://www.svdpusa.org/
Frederick's EGazette-A St. Vincent DePaul informational newsletter
St. Malachy has five teams of volunteers who work on a rotating basis every Friday morning at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen in downtown Indianapolis.
For more information on the Cathedral Soup kitchen, click here.
Wedding hostesses serve as the parish liaison to the bridal party to answer questions, to provide guidance to the florist/photographer, to conduct the wedding rehearsal, and to assist the celebrant and all members of the wedding party the day of the wedding. It is a rewarding a fun ministry and usually means approximately 2 hours of time for the rehearsal and 5-6 hours of time on the day of the wedding. Two coordinators are provided for each wedding. New volunteers are paired with a more experienced coordinator to learn the process. If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Fults, .
Would you like to be involved in welcoming new members to our parish? Contact the parish office if you would like to join us.