Life Ministry

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received, and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work." - Mother Teresa

St Malachy Catholic Church LIFE Ministry

Objective: To promote the respect of all human LIFE through awareness and education on the Catholic social teachings on the dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God. These include but are not limited to abortion (infanticide), assisted suicide, the death penalty, and end-of-life decisions. In addition, they have the Church's teaching on marriage and family as the end goals for a better society while promoting the value of every human person regardless of sex, race, nationality, or sexual preference. 

Our LIFE Ministry also consists of different ministries that help those in need locally and globally through spiritual and financial support. The ministry's primary focus is part of the CLOVER model regarding the sanctity of all human life. 

Our parishioners contribute funds to help various ministries and organizations fulfill their missions. Typically St. Malachy receives $6,000 - $8,000 in contributions allocated as Life/Outreach funds.

Spiritual Adoption

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL ADOPTION?  It is the spiritual adoption of an unborn child.

Spiritual Adoption is a precious opportunity for a person to allow God to use you to save the life of one of God's beloved children. The unborn child you will adopt may have no opportunity other than your faithful prayers to live the life we all long for in our society. The adopted child will only be known to God. I believe the day will come in heaven when Jesus introduces you to the child you saved from death. Please reach out through Spiritual Adoption to save an innocent unborn baby and make it part of your family!

The following prayer was recommended by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to be said every day for a pspiritualme to spare the life of a baby in danger of abortion.

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much.  However, I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted, who is in danger of abortion.”

Spiritually Adopting a baby is very easy and requires only five simple steps on your part:

  • Step 1: Click the following links to download and view the spiritual adoption brochure  (English) (Spanish)
    Note: To view the brochures, you must install the Adobe Acrobat reader on your PC. Click here to download and install the free reader).
  • Step 2: Print out the brochure.
  • Step 3: Sign and date the spiritual adoption certificate.
  • Step 4: Fill in the dates being used for the beginning and completion of the spiritual adoption process.
  • Step 5: Start praying for your baby!

 Please pray for the end of abortion every day.  Then, with God's grace, all hearts will be changed.

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.

SVPD 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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Gabriel Project

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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Family Promise

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 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 on March 1, 2015, and look forward to impacting the community, one family at a time.

Pope Francis encourages all of us as disciples of Jesus to personally reach out to those “on the margins.” Family Promise is undoubtedly an organization that allows us to do that. 


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 people experiencing homelessness -- 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 Christ, and pray as Christ taught us.

“Beggars for the Poor” Information

When:   November 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 7:30 am. 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.), and 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.  

BE A VolunteerBe A shopper

This ministry is a success because of the loving people who shop and lend a helping hand to serve those who have fallen in difficult times. Thank you for your generous gift of time, talent, and treasures.

"Prayer in Action is Love, and Love in Action is Service.  Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs at 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. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a 20% loss of volunteers participating in our ministry. We need to rebuild our ministry to serve the hungry properly, 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 work at 7:30 am and are usually finished by 10:30 am.

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.

Food Pantry

St. Malachy proudly supports the Hendricks County Food Pantry at Cornerstone Christian Church.  Throughout the 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 you are interested in getting involved, click below!


Angel Tree

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 is gift cards. These gift cards are given to the families who ask for assistance. We also utilize these gift cards throughout the year for those who walk into the church needing help with gas and food.

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Haiti Ministry

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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