Catholic Help Network: Definitions Page

Resources and FAQsThe Archdiocese of Indianapolis provides a large variety of help to meet physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. To help you more quickly find what you are looking for, we have organized all the programs into popular categories, which are then broken down into sub categories to further aid you in your search.  

Below is a list of categories that are provided on the Catholic Help Network (CHN).   You will find each of these categories on CHN under the question “What kind of help is needed?”   Once you have clicked on the desired help that you are seeking, you will then have the option of narrowing your selection.   Under each of the categories listed below, you will find the services that fall under that specific category. 

Care for Creation:

  • Care for Creation Committee
  • Recycling Program
  • St. Francis Pledge

Children’s Services and After-School Care

  • After-school day care
  • Summer camps

Disaster Planning and Response

  • Disaster Training
  • Disaster Response Committee

Faith Sharing Groups

  • Small Church Communities                     
  • MOMS groups
  • Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
  • Cursillo
  • Men’s Clubs
  • Mary’s Way
  • Bible Studies

Food, Material, Transportation, Financial and Christmas Assistance

  • Daily soup kitchen and holiday meals
  • Gas cards and bus tickets
  • Christmas gift assistance
  • Food pantry
  • Thrift shops
  • Community Gardens
  • Financial Assistance
  • Material Assistance
  • Transportation

Gabriel Project

  • Material Assistance for Newborns
  • Crisis Pregnancy Counseling
  • Maternity Support


  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing

Mental Health, Lifeskills and Relationship Building

  • Substance abuse help
  • Bereavement and widowed support
  • Caregiver Support
  • Parish Twinning Program
  • Counseling
  • Divorce Support Group
  • Prison Ministries
  • Prisoner Re-Entry/ Returning Citizen’s Ministry
  • Circles
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Scouts
  • Community/ Neighborhood Partnerships
    • Community Organizing Groups
    • Advocacy Networks
    • Interfaith Community Groups

Other Outreach and National Affiliations

  • Fair trade sales
  • Catholic Relief Services/ Rice Bowl
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Other national affiliations

Physical Health Services

  • Medical services
  • Health Education
  • Parish Nurse
  • Blood Drives
  • Dental services


Pregnancy, Infant Care, and Adoption Services

  • Adoption services
  • Pregnancy services
  • Material assistance for newborns
  • Natural Family Planning

Refugee, Asylee, and Immigrant Services

  • Immigrant legal services
  • Refugee services


  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts

Senior and Homebound Services

  • Senior volunteer opportunities
  • Senior Health Information Programs
  • Over 50’s Club
  • Homebound visits

Social Ministry Faith Formation, Education, and Committee Activities

  • Pro-Life Committees
  • Multicultural Ministries
  • Peace and Justice/Social Justice Committees
  • Bread for the World
  • Other poverty education campaigns
  • Just Faith
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Foreign Language Masses
  • Community Gardens

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