Christian Outreach

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH COMMISSION enables St. Matthew Parish membership to respond to their call to full discipleship with Jesus Christ through participation in our ministries that provide spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial support to those in need. Opportunities exist to serve in all ministries. Bob Kowal, Chair, 317-476-1929

Blood Drive volunteers coordinate a parish/community blood drive twice a year through the Indiana Blood Center. Tracy Meckauskas

Cameroon Mission has provided financial aid to the work of parishioner Dr. Ellen Einterz for the promotion of health and education development in Kolofata, Cameroon, since 1990. Envelopes are available for donations.

Christmas Giving Tree provides clothing, toys, and household items to needy families in our community via the Catholic Charities Christmas Store. Christine Moore, 317-509-6236

Haiti Parish Twinning provides a support relationship between Saint Matthew (in conjunction with Christ the King) and parishes in the village of Bois de Lance, Haiti. We focus on funding educational needs for children of Bois de Lance through our School Friendship Program; we provide food for students via partnership with Christ the King; we help establish new programs in the village such as gardening, sewing, and raising animals; and we raise funds for the needs of the people and priest of the village. We organize mission trips of service to the area. Learn more. Robert Kowal, 317-476-1929; David Siler, 317-431-3635; or Jan Baele, 317-405-7306

Harvest for the Hungry Garden volunteers plant, pick, and deliver fresh vegetables to food pantries that feed the hungry and homeless. Tim Jerger, 317-914-8999.

Kairos Prison Ministry shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, and youth, as well as their families, to become productive citizens of their communities. Kevin Janowicz or Dan White.

Peace Meal Committee provides meals for bereaved family and friends after funeral services. Volunteers bring a dish or help serve and clean up. Joan Pacheco, 317-842-1302.

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon at Saint Matthew. The ministry handcrafts shawls for those who are ill, grieving, or alone and need to know the Lord is near. These shawls are blessed by Fr. Nick. Blessed prayer shawls are available at the parish office for those who need them. Please put in your request for a prayer shawl at the parish office; shawls are provided at no charge as a ministry. If you love working with soft fibers or want to learn to crochet or knit, this group is the place for you. Donations of yarn are welcome. Carol Andersen

Respect for Life Committee welcomes members to work on pro-life initiatives that support the entire person from conception through death. We encourage personal prayer, dedication to the Rosary, public action/outreach, education, and pastoral projects. Volunteers are needed to participate in monthly activities. Janet Cottler, 317-594-8947, and Erin Kelsch, 317-441-3315

Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides material assistance to the needy of Central Indiana via special works programs. (1) Pre-packaged food is distributed from the Client Choice Food Pantry at no cost to people whose household incomes fall within the guidelines for food pantries established by the federal government and state of Indiana. (2) Non-food household items (e.g., used but usable furniture, appliances, mattresses, clothing, and other household essentials) are distributed at no cost from its Distribution Center following a home visit made by Saint Matthew Conference volunteers. (3) The “Changing Lives Forever” program seeks to lift people out of poverty on a long-term basis through an 18-week educational program to educate clients on the rules of work and other skills needed to become economically self-sufficient. (4) Mission 27 Resale Stores provide an exceptional shopping experience for bargain and treasure hunters. Clothing, furniture, books, kitchen items, and miscellaneous items are sold with the proceeds going to buy more nutritional food for the Food Pantry and to expand the “Changing Lives Forever” program.

Volunteers are needed for literally hundreds of different jobs at the Food Pantry (3001 E. 30th St.), at the Distribution Center (1201 E. Maryland St.), at the Mission 27 Resale Stores, or working from home. Active members of the Saint Matthew Conference meet on the third Sunday of each month following the 9 a.m. Mass (at 10:30 a.m.). Ray Meckauskas, 317-594-0290

  • Saint Matthew Support of the SVdP Client Choice Food Pantry: Provides volunteers, but we would like to do this more often. A variety of shifts are available.
  • Saint Matthew Support of the SVdP Warehouse: Truck drivers and truck helpers are needed on certain Saturday mornings. Ray Meckauskas, 317-594-0290
  • SVdP Food/Clothing Collection Carts are conveniently located in the narthex. You may also place items in the SVdP closet along the hallway northeast of the sanctuary. Donations of food, used but clean clothing, and personal items are always welcome. You may also fill and return the blue SVdP bags found in the narthex with food staples. Everything will be delivered to the Distribution Center or Food Pantry.
  • SVdP Home Visits: Volunteers work only two or three times a month (always with two people). Kathy O’Brian, 317-251-9930
  • SVdP Parking Lot Drop Box: Drop off bagged clothing and shoes for the needy.
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