Parish Ministries


Art & Environment

The Art and Environment ministry has been active at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish for many years. The purpose of this ministry is to enhance the church area environment, primarily for weekend liturgies and liturgical seasons.

This includes maintaining the plants, candles, flowers, altar cloths and other implements used in the celebrations. Creative effort is made toward ensuring that the environment for worship is aesthetically pleasing and in support of the church. The time commitment is flexible and you do not need to be an artist. Meetings are called on an “as needed” basis depending on proximity to major holidays.  

If interested in joining the Arts and Environment Ministry please contact Karen Winternheimer at [email protected].



Baptismal Sponsor Couples

Sponsors support expectant parents by expressing the sacrament as the presence of Christ and the beginning of Christian life. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October and December (you are only responsible for one of those meetings). For more information please contact Cindy & Glenn Harkness at 317-921-9897 or via email at [email protected]. To register for a class please call the Parish Office 317-257-2266.


Bereavement Support Group

If you have experienced a significant loss in your life, and you are feeling the need to be with others experiencing similar emotions there are community support groups available within our city.  If you need more information please contact the Parish Office at 317-257-2266. 


Blood Drive

The blood drive ministry was founded over 30 years ago as a means to encourage our parishioners to donate blood to the Indiana Blood Center. The ministry coordinates blood drives three times each year in January, May, and September. Contact Tim Lohrstorfer [email protected]


Engaged Couples

The Engaged Couples ministry was founded nearly 30 years ago to assist couples planning to marry assess the strengths and challenges of their relationship using a common tool (FOCCUS). Engaged couples meet a minimum of 2 times with their sponsor couples to discuss results of the FOCCUS survey. Sponsor couples are selected by the pastor. For more information contact Parish Office 317-257-2266 or [email protected].


Family Life & Faith Formation Commission

The mission of the Faith Formation ministry is to support each parishioner at any point in his or her spiritual journey as well as to offer a channel through which each parishioner can know God.

Faith Formation Commission Elections are held in the Spring.  Call the parish office if you would like to submit your name as a candidate for the Commission.


Men’s and Women’s Welcome

Men’s and Women’s Welcome is a 1 and 1/2 day, Jesus centered, spiritual renewal where a team of men or women from our parish share their faith stories, attend a private Mass together, enjoy solitude, and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for both men and women of the parish to create new friendships, deepen their awareness of Christ’s activity in their lives, open themselves to a renewed sense of self and one’s capacity to be in relationship with God in ever new, life-giving ways.

For more information, including dates of upcoming Women’s and Men’s Welcome weekends and contact information for current team leaders, please call the parish office at 317-257-2266.

Women’s Welcome Weekend Retreat 1/28/2023 – 1/29/2023

Women’s Welcome is an excellent opportunity to connect with other women of IHM and recharge your relationship with God. Each prior participant is already praying for you and can’t wait to welcome you with open arms and hearts. For further information or to register, contact Alex Rodman [email protected].

Women’s Welcome Weekend 2023 Information

Men’s Welcome Weekend Retreat 2/4/2023 – 2/5/2023

You’re invited! The retreat is an excellent opportunity to clear your heart and mind in order to prioritize your relationship with God. Also, it’s a great way to meet other men in the parish and the community! And there’s no cost! 
Stay tuned for more info.

Men’s Welcome Weekend 2023 Information



Mothers’ Ministry

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Mothers’ Ministry is a group ministry inspired by our Mother Mary and committed to supporting mothers with children of all ages through opportunities for spiritual enrichment, support, social activities and service to the community. We welcome “seasoned” mothers to share their wisdom and experience, as well as, first-time and expecting mothers to share their joys and anticipations. New members are welcome at any time during the year.

Our objectives are to:

  • Enhance our own spirituality as individuals, women, and mothers
  • Offer opportunities for socialization
  • Provide spiritual, social, and developmental opportunities for our children and families
  • Provide service to our community
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Prayer Chain

Requests are received from the parish office or from family members. Prayer requests are not limited to parishioners. The process differs from the list printed in the parish bulletin, as most of these requests require immediate attention, which is possible through e-mail. If you are interested in joining the group or if you have a prayer request to make, contact Ellen Healey, [email protected], 317-253-2086 or Gerry Koors 317-251-2562.