St. Vincent de Paul
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 second and fourth 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.
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What’s that Blue Box in the school parking lot?
There are many ways to get your gently used donations to St. Vincent de Paul. SVdP has one of our blue donation boxes in your school parking lot! What can you put in the box? Soft goods only, please: clothing, shoes and linens and please make certain your donations are placed in clean, closed plastic bags. Contents of the box will be picked up on a regular basis so don’t be afraid to fill it up!
What about other donations? Should you have large donations like furniture and major appliances, call our donation line 317-687-1006 to schedule a pick up Tuesday-Saturday. Donations can also be dropped off at our Distribution Center 1201 E. Maryland Street Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Receiving docks are at the back (south) side of the building fronting on Georgia Street. For a current listing of our wish list of needed donations and a listing of donations we cannot accept, go to the website.
Thank you for cleaning out your closets, cupboards and garages. Your donations will become repurposed and appreciated by the neighbors we serve.
~ “God loves a cheerful giver.” ~
Women's Prison Ministry
Women’s Prison Ministry is part of an 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.
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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.
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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.
Pope Francis exhorts all of us as disciples of Jesus to personally reach out to those “on the margins.” Family Promise is certainly an organization that allows us to do that. If you would like to get involved, please contact St. Malachy Coordinator Kim Carter. We are especially in need of additional volunteers to serve as Overnight Host.
Beggars for the Poor
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” Information
When: March 11, 2023
Who: Shoppers and Servers - The shoppers purchase and donate specific food items. Servers go downtown and lend a helping hand. We recommend servers be in the 7th grade or older.
What/Where: Servers meet at St. Malachy School at 7:30am. Caravan downtown to the Outreach Building located directly behind Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral. This building houses the Cathedral Soup Kitchen and Beggars for the Poor. Here volunteers assemble personal bags (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc.), clothing is loaded onto the truck while coffee is prepared. At Robert’s Park United Methodist Church parking lot, we set up tables and serve a hot breakfast casserole, fruit, cookies, and juice/coffee while clothing is distributed from the back of the truck. Lastly, we police the area picking up trash. Generally, at this time we return home.
This ministry is a success because of the loving people who shop and lend a helping hand to serve those who have fallen on difficult times. Thank you for your generous gift of your time, talent, and treasures.
"Prayer in Action is Love, and Love in Action is Service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in that moment." St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Cathedral Soup Kitchen
Beginning in late November 2021, the Soup Kitchen at SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis will re-open for full service. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a 20% loss of volunteers participating in our ministry. We need to rebuild our ministry in order to properly serve the hungry, so we need your help.
St. Malachy currently has four teams of volunteers that serve at the Kitchen on a rotating basis on Friday mornings. The work involves food prep, serving the hungry, and clean-up. We begin our work at 7:30am and are usually finished by 10:30am.
Please prayerfully consider whether you would be interested in joining our ministry.
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For more information on the Cathedral Soup kitchen, click here.
St. Malachy is proud to support the Hendricks County Food Pantry located at Cornerstone Christian Church. Throughout the whole 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 at various times. If interested in getting involved, click below!
The St. Malachy Outreach Christmas Angel Tree helps to provide local families with Christmas gifts. Our "Christmas Angels" work with our Life/Outreach Ministries (St. Vincent de Paul, Gabriel Project, Food Pantry, and Beggars for the Poor) by providing gifts for children 18 and under. We also work with Mental Health America of Hendricks County with their Christmas Scrolls program.
One thing our Angel's ask for are gift cards. These gift cards are given to the families who asked for assistance. We also utilize these gift cards throughout the year for those who walk into the church needing assistance with gas and food.
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Since 1996, St. Malachy Parish has been providing medical, dental, vision, educational, economic and water purification assistance through a faith-based, long-term relationship with the 46,000 members of Ste. Marguerite Parish and its five chapels (Corail, Haut Petit, Bogne, Bas Petit Borgne, Ti Boy and Bas Quartie) and the Port Margot community in northern Haiti.
Several times a year volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, engineers and water purification experts from Brownsburg and the Indianapolis area travel to Port Margot on mission trips to aid our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Medical Mission - Provides medical, dental, and vision care to the Port Margot community
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