Get Involved

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.

If you would like to be contacted by one of our various ministries, please fill out the following form: GET INVOLVED!

+ Altar Society

 Altar Society Reception 1

Altar Society

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. 

If you have any comments or questions, please contact one of the officers:

Co-Presidents: Linda Osborn ( ) and Deby Atkins
Vice President: Jane Murphy @
Treasurer: Bernadette Davidson @
Secretary: Tammy Czerniakowski @  

Annual Fundraising event:

Christmas Bazaar - Saturday, November 3, 2018. 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:

Funeral dinners

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 Linda Cunningham at 317-695-0320 or to volunteer for this important ministry.


+ 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:   November 10th, 2018   “Beggars for the Poor” operates every Saturday morning, rain or shine.  St. Malachy serves on the second Saturday of the odd months (January, March, May, etc.).  

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.  

How:  To sign up to be a shopper and/or bring your smile downtown to serve, please CLICK HERE.

Contact: Dawn Newman at

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.

Shopper's List

"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

+ Childcare Ministry

Dear Parents, 
We strive to cultivate a fun and spiritually sound environment here at St. Malachy Parish Nursery. While our main focus will always be on the children, our new initiative is to add convenience and reduce waste. We are very excited to announce the launch of kinderlime at St. Malachy Parish Nursery beginning the week of February 4, 2018! Kinderlime will help us achieve this initiative and help simplify your sign in process. Here is what you can expect:

  •  Sign In & Out: Caregivers, parents and legal guardians will receive a unique 4-digit pin once their child is registered with the nursery. With this pin, you will be able to sign your child in and out more quickly and more securely via the kiosk setup in the parish nursery. For additional peach-of-mind, the Kinderlime system will notify parents each time your child is pick-up or dropped off, via push notifications and email-by request.
  • Parent Alert & Messaging: Receive an instant text message to your mobile phone if your child is in need of your assistance. Receive messages about nursery happenings and/or changes to the nursery schedule that is posted.

We look forward to better serving out parish families!

Grace and Peace,
Sarah Imel, Childcare Coordinator 

Kinderlime Introduction

St. Malachy Parish Nursery Childcare Online Registration

Current Parish Nursery Schedule

+ Christmas Angel Tree

The St. Malachy Outreach Christmas Angel Tree helps to provide local families with Christmas gifts.. Our "Christmas Angels" work with our Outreach Ministries (St. Vincent de Paul, Gabriel Project, Food Pantry, and Beggars for the Poor) by providing gifts for children 18 and under for families that apply. 

If you, or someone you know, are in need of Christmas Assistance, please read THIS LETTER and fill out THIS FORM. Forms are due on November 16th. 

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!

+ Cleaning Ministry

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.  

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Doug Tapscott.

+ 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 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!

Please click here to learn more!

During the week of October 29th, St. Malachy served for the eighth time as host congregation for temporarily homeless families right here in Hendricks County. This time around we served three families consisting of four adults and 13 children, ranging in ages from one to 18. Our volunteers served as overnight hosts, provided all of the families meals, made certain all of their toiletry and school supply needs were met, and were simply available as “shoulders to lean on” for these brothers and sisters who have recently lost their homes and are without means to immediately acquire another home.

This situation is especially hard on the children, and we were blessed to be able to help one of these children celebrate his 14th birthday with a homemade cake, ice cream and birthday cards.

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 Mike Nygra at We are especially in need of additional volunteers to serve as Overnight Host.

+ Food Pantry

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. If interested in getting involved, please email Cathy Reed at .


+ Gabriel Project

 Gabriel Project 

Gabriel Picture 1

 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.

Gabriel Picture 2

Want to become an Angel? Need more information? Contact Debbie Timko 317-752-9749.

+ Knights of Columbus

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.


+ Landscape Ministry

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, and again even creating a new landscape on the property.

Landscape days are the second Saturday of the month from 8am - 12pm. Please meet in front of the church's main doors at 9 am. Bring your own gloves and gardening utensils!

We have a new garden!  The "Children's Garden" is to the left of the main entrance outside the Holy Family Room windows. This garden and the Jesus with child statue will be blessed next weekend.  It is dedicated to those who experienced infant loss and for those unborn children (the memorial that is in the main entrance garden will be moved to this new garden).  Please stop by and see the wonderful new addition to our campus.

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.

+ Lay Ministers

Here is more information about serving as a Lay Minister at St. Malachy.

+ Marriage Preparation

+ Marriage Prep Ministry

The marriage ministry is comprised of volunteer Sponsor Couples that assist Engaged Couples getting married at St Malachy.  You will meet with an Engaged Couple three to five times to review marriage preparation material.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Tami Scott at .

 5 Great Ways to Diffuse an Argument

10 Ways to Fight Fair with Your Spouse

FOCCUS Summary

Money Talk eBook

Sponsor Couple Outline

Contact List

+ Mowing Ministry

The St. Malachy Mowing Ministry will have their first meeting on Monday, March 13th at 7 PM in room B-131 at St. Malachy School. This room in located in the back of the library. 

If you are interested in cutting grass and serving in this important ministry, please join us!

In season, St. Malachy provides the push or riding lawnmowers. Volunteers need only share their time (M-F hours). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Vasco Kirby at 317-488-8293

+ Prayer Shawl Ministry

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. .

The ministry is very active. In the past 4 years we have made and given more than 500 shawls to individuals plus 200+ caps to the Cancer Society, 200 red caps to the Heart Association and 500+ scarves for each of the last 3 years for our 4th graders to wear in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. A huge THANKS to the 20 ladies who meet every Thursday. The purpose of the prayer shawls is to give prayers, comfort, and support to people who are ill or are going through a difficult period in their life. If you or someone you know is in need of one, please call the office at 317-852-9195 or 317-852-5910.

+ Prison Ministry

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.

+ Rosary Makers

This group makes beaded rosaries for the Haiti families, hospitals and nursing homes in our 2013_Rosary Makerscommunity, 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.

+ St. Vincent DePaul

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 or nationally at

Frederick's EGazette-A St. Vincent DePaul informational newsletter

+ Soup Kitchen

St. Malachy has five teams of volunteers who work on a rotating basis every Friday morning at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen in downtown Indianapolis.

To join one of our teams or for more information, please contact the parish office, or Greg Waltman at

For more information on the Cathedral Soup kitchen, click here.

+ Wedding Hostesses

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, .

+ Welcome Ministry

Would you like to be involved in welcoming new members to our parish?  Contact the parish office if you would like to join us.