Ministries and Annual Events

Birthline provides assistance to pregnant women and mothers of infants in need. Over 1,000 mothers are served annually and are provided material goods such as maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, baby shampoo and other necessary supplies.

Bereavement Ministry provides assistance through retreats, conferences and peer support for those who have lost loved ones

Divorce Ministry provides assistance through retreats and peer support for those who have experienced separation from their spouses.

Annual Wedding Celebrations include the Golden Wedding Jubilee, which honors couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage, and the Annual Archdiocesan Marriage Celebration which honors all those who are married with special recognition given to those married 60 years or more. Both celebrations take place annually at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Health Ministry provides assistance to parishes by promoting the compassionate healing power of Jesus Christ by encouraging health and wholeness of body, mind and soul

The Office provides assistance to Parish Nurses through training, education, and programming for such activities as CPR and AED training for ushers and liturgical ministers, caregivers’ seminars, Safe Sitter classes, senior education, and programing that supports the mission of parish health ministry.

Local Solemn of Observance of Roe vs. Wade is held annually at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral on January 22 to pray and witness for the legal protection of the unborn.

Marriage Preparation is offered as an opportunity to prepare for the vocation of holy matrimony. Training, support, and formation is given to sponsor couples who witness to engaged couples and help them explore the vocation in more depth. In addition, the Office sponsors and facilitates 10 Pre-Cana workshops which take place at Fatima Retreat House using a witness approach to introducing couples to the fundamental topics of marriage including a Catholic Vision of Love and Marriage, Catholic Understanding of Sexuality, and the Skills of Love and Marriage. Marriage preparation is an opportunity to be a channel of God’s grace and opportunity to welcome new couples into the love and unity of Christ and His Church.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving nature of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. The Office promotes NFP through class listings throughout the year, as well as activities during Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, the third week in July.

The Office provides assistance and resources to Parish Pro-Life Committees to build a culture of life and civilization of love through public information and education on the sanctity of life; pastoral care for pregnant women, those suffering from past abortions, and for those who are disabled, sick, and dying; public policy efforts restoring legal protection to the lives of unborn children and those vulnerable to pressures to end their lives by assisted suicide; and prayer and worship efforts asking that the culture of life may flourish.

Project Rachel, a compassionate and confidential ministry, extends God’s unconditional love and forgiveness to women and men who experience the tragedy of abortion. Project Rachel offers a yearly retreat as well as referrals to counselors and priests.

Respect Life Sunday is celebrated nationally each year on the first Sunday of October to bring awareness to the gift and dignity of each human life. The Mass is celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral for our archdiocese and is followed by the annual life chain.

Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) is a parish-based ministry which offers support, acceptance, and understanding for individuals and families struggling with addiction.  The ministry provides training, education, resources, and referrals.

If you are interested in learning how you can support any of the above ministries by volunteering your time, talent, or donation, please contact Keri Carroll by e-mail or at 317-236-1521 for more information. You may also donate online by clicking here.

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