Events and Activities

Upcoming Events

Bereavement Series -- February 2014 thru April 2014

Join us for the winter bereavement series at St. Mary’s Catholic Church,208 S. East Street, Greensburg, IN.  Bereavement videos (less than 1 hour) will be presented in the Education Center followed by a short prayer service.   The public is welcome and no reservations are required. If you have any questions, please contact the St. Mary’s Parish Office at 812-663-8427 and ask that a member of the Bereavement Ministry Team call you back. The following sessions are yet to come:

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 10:00 AM
Presenting: Helping Children Grieve.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 – After the 11:00 AM Mass
Presenting: Journey Through the Shadows: Hope for healing after someone you love had died by suicide.

To learn more about the content each of the video presentations click here.

40 Days for Life / Indianapolis Prayer Vigil for Lent
From March 5 through April 13, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way in front of the Planned Parenthood building at 8590 Georgetown Road in Indianapolis, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. A Mid-point Rally for Teens, Youth, and Family will be held on Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.; and a Rededication for Life Rally on Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m. Both events are in front of the Planned Parenthood building. If you would like more information, and especially if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Judy York at (317) 507-4249.

Neurological Criteria for the Determination of Death ("Brain Death") and the Ethical Issues Associated with Organ Transplantation - March 12, 2014
On Wednesday March 12, Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. will be presenting on “Neurological Criteria for the Determination of Death ("Brain Death") and the Ethical Issues Associated with Organ Transplantation” at the St. Luke Catholic Church at 7575 Holliday Drive East, Indianapolis, 46260 as part of the Lenten Soup Supper Series. The evening will begin with Mass at 5:30 PM followed by the soup supper at 6:30 PM. The presentation will begin at 7:15 PM. Fr. Tad is the Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is the author of a column called Making Sense of Bioethics that appears in various diocesan newspapers across the country.

After earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, Fr. Tad did post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He subsequently studied in Rome where he did advanced studies in theology and in bioethics. Father Tad’s presentation will address organ transplantation, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide and obligatory and optional medical means.

Please RSVP to Sr. Diane Carollo at dcarollo@stluke.org by Monday, March 10 if you plan on attending the Soup Supper.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Prayer Vigils - Saturday, March 15, 2014
All are invited to attend the Indianapolis Helpers of God’ Precious Infants Prayer Vigil on Saturday, March 15, 2014, beginning with 8:30 AM Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3354 W. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222.  A caravan will proceed to the nearby abortion facility to pray the Rosary.  After the Rosary, all will return to St. Michael Parish for closing prayers ending at 10:45 AM.  Those who do not process may remain in the church for adoration.
**This event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat - March 21-23, 2014
"The prodigal son lost his inheritance because of his choices.  But he remained his father's child.  You, too, may have lost family, friends, reputation, or material belongings because of your choices.  But you have never stopped being your heavenly Father's beloved child." - Excerpt from “After Abortion God Offers Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope,” published by the Word Among Us

If you or someone you know has experienced an abortion, we can help.  Our next retreat is scheduled for March 21-23, 2014. Please contact Project Rachel at 317-452-0054 for more information or to register.  All calls are confidential. 

To learn more about archdiocesan post-abortion healing, please visit the Project Rachel site or view the flier here.

Faithful Citizens Rosary Procession - March 22, 2014
Please join us for this month’s Faithful Citizen’s Rosary Procession on Saturday March 22, 2014 following the 12:10 PM Mass at St. John's Catholic Church, 126 W Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46225.    This event inspires victories and confidence in the awesome power of the Rosary. For more information contact Eric at faithful.citizens2016@gmail.com

*This event is held on the 4th Saturday of each month following the 12:10 Mass at St. John's Catholic Church. Click here to download a flier.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Prayer Vigils – April 5, 2014
All are invited to attend the Terre Haute Helpers of God’ Precious Infants Prayer Vigil on Saturday April 5, 2014, beginning with 7:30 AM Mass at 7:30 AM Mass at the Carmelite Monaster, 59 Allendale, Terre Haute.  A caravan will proceed to the Planned Parenthood at 30 S 3rd St, Terre Haute, IN 47807 to pray the Rosary.  At 10 AM, the group will proceed to St. Patrick Adoration Chapel at 1807 Poplar Street, Terre Haute for the closing devotions.

*This event is held every 1st Saturday of the month.

Divorce and Beyond Program for Separated and Divorced – beginning April 8, 2014

A six-session Divorce and Beyond Program will begin on Tuesday April 8 at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, 7575 Holliday Drive, E., Indianapolis, IN from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  The topics for discussion will include the process of divorce, self-image, stress, anger, blame, guilt, loneliness, and forgiveness.

The cost of the six-week session is $30.00.  For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Pro-Life and Family Life at (317) 236-1586 or 1-800-382-9836, ext. 1586 or e-mail dvanvelse@archindy.org. Registration forms are online at here.

12th  Annual Mission Day –April 25, 2014
Please join us for the 12th Annual Mission Day featuring Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Author, Educator, and Grief Counselor.  He will be presenting Exploring the Value and Function of Grief Symptoms: The "Companioning" Helping Role at the Community Life Center, 10612 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46217 on April 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
This seminar for hospice staff and volunteers, parish bereavement teams, funeral home personnel, social workers, counselors, clergy, chaplains, nurses and lay ministers is sponsored by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers, The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and Catholic Cemeteries, Association. The cost of the conference is $30, and registration is available here. Continuing Education Credits are available- please request when registering. For additional information please contact Deb VanVelse at dvanvelse@archindy.org or 317-236-1586.

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa Tours Indianapolis
The Black Madonna, Icon of Jasna Góra, Our Lady of Czestochowa will be in Indianapolis from Wednesday, April 23 to Friday, April 25 as part of a Worldwide Pilgrimage in Defense of Life.  Human Life International's From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life began in Poland and is making its way through the U.S. before heading on to Mexico.

While the Icon is in Indianapolis it will visit the host parish St. Athanasius the Great Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, two abortion facilities and SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral before transferring in procession to its next host location, Joy of All Who Sorrow Eastern Orthodox Church. For a downloadable flyer and complete schedule of activities please click here. To learn more about this event contact Eric at 317-408-0528 or e-mail abbafather.cuf@gmail.com.

Confronting Death: A Christian Approach to the End of Life – May 20, 2014
A wise pastor was asked what he would recommend as the path to spiritual maturity. The pastor responded without hesitation, “You must learn about death.”

Fr. Robert Botthof O.P. a Dominican Friar at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, will facilitate a 2.5 hour workshop at the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The program will include a video presentation, “Confronting Death: A Christian Approach to the End of Life” with author Walter Wangerin, followed by group discussion upon “learning of the serious illness of a loved one and the events that follow”.

Fr. Robert has a unique background. He is a widower, married 23 years with five grandchildren. After his wife Mary’s death, he entered the Dominican Order in 1982 at the age 55 and was ordained a priest in 1987 upon the completion of his studies at The Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Since that time, Fr. Robert has been associated with “The Beginning Experience International Ministry” and has participated in many workshops and retreats for the divorced, separated, and widowed. He will share his personal experiences and offer some reflection on coping with terminal illness and the inevitability of death of a loved one.

Grief Ministry Teams, Hospice Personnel, Clergy and Archdiocese Parishioners are invited to attend. There is no charge for the workshop. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated. For more information, contact Deb VanVelse at 317-236-1586 or dvanvelse@archindy.org

Divorce and Beyond Group –July 7 thru August 11, 2014
A six-week peer ministry support group will meet on consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The Catholic Center 14th & Meridian Streets, Indianapolis. The cost is $30 for the participant book and materials. For information, contact Deb VanVelse 317-236-1586 or email dvanvelse@archindy.org. Printable Registration Form

Golden Wedding Jubilee September 21, 2014
At this celebration couples who celebrate 50 or more years of marriage are honored. The celebration will take place at at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral. For more information, please call 317-236-1569, 800-382-9836 ext. 1521.

Being and Belonging RetreatOctober 3 thru October 5, 2014
This retreat held at Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN, are for those who are separated or divorced. For more information, please contact Deb VanVelse at 317-236-1586, 800-382-9836 ext. 1586, or email dvanvelse@archindy.org

Divorce and Beyond November 10 - December 15, 2014
Sessions will be held at St. Mark Parish, 535 Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227. For additional information contact Deb VanVelse at 317-236-1586, 800-382-9836 ext. 1586, or email 
dvanvelse@archindy.org. Clickhere to print Registration Form.

On Going Events

 

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Prayer Vigils - Terre Haute
This event is held every 1st Saturday of the month beginning with 7:30 a.m. Mass at the Carmelite Monaster, 59 Allendale, Terre Haute. The details of the vigil are as follows:

  • 7:30 AM Mass at the Carmelite Monastery

  • 9:25 AM Park benind Vigo County Court House or wherever one can find a parking place.
    Note: Parking is often available along Ohio Blvd. and participants houdl not park it the Planned Parenthood lot.

  • 9:30 AM Assemble on sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood at 30 S 3rd Street, Terre Haute
    Hours of the clinic are 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturdays.

  • 10:00 AM Travel to St. Patrick Adoration Chapel for the Divine Mercy Chapelet at 1807 Poplar Street, Terre Haute

  • 10:30 AM Devotions are finished.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Prayer Vigils - Indianapolis
This event is held every 3rd Saturday of the month beginning with 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3354 W. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222. Following Mass, participants prayerfully proceed to the nearby abortion clinic and pray a rosary. Upon return to the church the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited followed by Benediction. The devotions conclude between 10:30-10:45 a.m. Those who do not process to the clinic may remain in the church for adoration.

Faithful Citizens Rosary Procession
This event is held in downtown Indianapolis on the 4th Saturday of each month following the 12:10 Mass at St. John's Catholic Church. Click here to download a flier
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