The Lord’s Panty at Anna’s House is a community center on the near west side of Indianapolis, founded in the late 1990’s by the Reverend Lucious Newsome. IHM has two ministries it performs regularly at Anna’s House. One ministry is the Saturday morning collection of food from several donor grocery stores, and the transportation of the food to Anna’s House. There are six teams of people who rotate performing this food delivery task. Once food is delivered, our team members often stay at Anna’s House and help sort and distribute the food to those in need. The other regular ministry at Anna’s House for IHM is providing and serving a dinner meal on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Many different IHM groups help with the Wednesday evening meals. Immaculate Heart also helps The Lord’s Pantry with fundraising, sponsorship of needy families at Christmas time as well as gathering school supplies for disadvantaged students. Parishioners are often needed to be on one of our six Saturday morning teams, and can always assist with a Wednesday dinner.
The Caring Community ministry began in 1997 and is two- fold in its mission. Members of this ministry assist senior members of IHM parish with spiritual and daily needs such as arranging for Eucharistic minister visits and anointing of the sick, as well as transportation to and from doctor appointments, and shut-in visitation. The ministry is also responsible for sending birthday and other holiday cards to parishioners 80 years and older. The second mission of this group is to provide volunteers for helping the elderly at A Caring Place, an adult day care facility located at 46th and Capital Ave. Duties include facilitating Bible studies, assisting on field trips, reading to the clients, pushing wheelchairs, and typing newsletters. Members of the Caring Community are also responsible for securing items for the silent auction and other fundraising endeavors at A Caring Place. The members meet monthly in the Parish Center.
Committee members volunteer to staff the downtown Cathedral Soup Kitchen on the 4th Sunday of every other month. Responsibilities include preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the meal provided for our hungry inner city neighbors. Contact Info Here
The Cathedral Soup Kitchen provides a brunch from 8:45 am to 10:00 am Monday through Friday and a noon meal on Sunday from noon to 12:45. The meals are open to everyone, and there are no eligibility requirements. Volunteers are needed on the 4th Sunday of every other month. Responsibilities include preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the meal provided for our hungry inner city neighbors.
The community garden was founded in 2005 with the intent to celebrate the spirituality of organic gardening while generating quality produce for, and fellowship with, those in need. The garden is located around the Shrine of Mary on church grounds. Volunteers of all ages and gardening knowledge are needed during the growing season to plant and tend the garden. The ministry actively seeks collaborations with other IHM ministries or outside organizations to identify recipients of the food who can join us in working side-by-side in the garden. Involvement includes January planning as well as periodic meetings and weekly harvests in summer. For more information contact Tracy and Greg Ross at 317-202-9097 or via email at email@example.com
Healthy Haughville is an annual day of service that enables the IHM community to share its numerous skills and talents with the broader community. Building on the work IHM is already doing on the near west-side at Padua Academy and Anna’s House, Healthy Haughville promotes healthy living through a health fair with screening, education, and resources for St. Anthony and Holy Trinity parishioners. A project involving grounds and building improvement generally occurs the same day. Volunteers of all ages and skills are needed! Please contact Sheila McNelis (firstname.lastname@example.org
) for more information.
The Honduras mission was formed in 2000 to create an opportunity for Immaculate Heart of Mary to participate in an outreach program on a global level. This mission provides support and encourages development in Sociedad Amigos de Los Ninos through medical intervention and supplies, community development, and educational support. This ministry meets monthly and also sponsors a large group mission trip to Honduras in January as well as a smaller teen group mission trip in June or July.
The Knitting Ministry began early in 2005 to provide a relaxing, spiritual environment for individuals to knit or crochet shawls and lap blankets for our seriously ill parishioners. The blankets and shawls are blessed and distributed to offer comfort and prayerful support to those experiencing a serious illness. The group meets twice each month in members’ homes.
The mission of the Respect Life Committee is to defend and promote the dignity of the human person as given to us by the Creator. We recognize the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters as the unborn, the elderly, the dying, and those subject to capital punishment. Our mission includes defending against direct attacks, educating the parish and community to bring awareness to their need, and promoting their cause to restore dignity to their lives. Activities include selling roses on Mother’s Day weekend, coordinating the Respect Life Chain in October and collecting gifts for Birthline.
One Saturday a month, a service project is arranged at one or more places. We spend time with many different agencies over the months. We at times, however, devote our Saturday to a traditional IHM cause such as Honduras, The Lord’s Pantry, or others.
The service/outreach ministry of the IHM Men’s Group
has been involved with St. Anthony’s Catholic Grade School since 2001. The school is located on the near west side of Indianapolis. We provide mentors, tutors, class delegates and chaperones as well as maintenance and financial support. Please contact Gary Ahlrichs for more information email@example.com
The annual St. Patrick’s Christmas party
is a lovely way to celebrate Christmas as a family and with the children and families who attend religious education classes at St. Patrick’s parish. The party includes singing to reenact Mary and Joseph seeking shelter (known as Las Posadas) and volunteers bring gifts (books), hot chocolate, pan dulce (sweet bread), piñatas and decorations. Volunteers show up early to help decorate and the students and families stay late to help clean up. Donations are needed for the purchase of books, piñatas, and refreshments. Please contact Sarah Stelzner for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Our food pantry
collects bags of food or donated money from our parish to buy food for neighbors who live within the boundaries of the the parishes that support it.
The new pantry is located at 42nd and Boulevard Place. Any questions contact Trinda Metzger at 753-6837 or email@example.com
Begun at IHM in 1972, volunteers support this international Catholic service organization by organizing and delivering food, clothing, and furniture to clients in need. Members of this ministry make home visits, answer the “help” line, assist in the food pantry and in the warehouse
, drive trucks for deliveries and work at the dock where goods are received. The group meets monthly or as needed.