Christian Life

CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMISSION enables Saint Matthew Parish membership to respond to their call to full discipleship with Jesus Christ by reaching out to others. The commission initiates and coordinates events designed to reach each and every parishioner. It creates an atmosphere of welcome and belonging at Saint Matthew. Opportunities to serve exist both within the parish and in our community. Commission meets every two months. Bob Kowal, Chair, 317-985-1026


Athletic Committee is responsible for developing a comprehensive athletic program that encourages youth participation in a variety of athletic events through the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Meets as needed. Athletic director: Paul Wissler, 317-430-0310. Gym manager: Kevin Jennings, 317-679-9492

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

Gala is an annual adult fundraising evening that includes dinner, dancing, auctions, and more. The event is held in November.

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, 317-985-1026; David Siler, 317-845-0094; 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.

Lenten Fish Fry dinners offer great food and fellowship on Fridays as scheduled during Lent. Volunteers are needed to set up, cook, serve, and clean up. Jan Baele, 317-405-7306; Angel Bates; or Tim Jerger, 317-914-8999.

Men’s Club is a social and outreach group that assists with church and school needs. Men’s Club usually meets the first Thursday of each month. Men’s Club is open to all parish men 21 years of age and older. Be part of our fellowship and make a difference in our parish community. Jon Love

MOMS is an informal group of parents with young children. The group meets Thursdays at 10:30 AM in room 404. Children are welcome to play while parents visit. Discussion ranges from parenting topics to bible study. Kathryn Streiff

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 supporters to work on a range of pro-life initiatives, including prayer, education, pastoral projects, and community outreach. Volunteers are needed to participate in monthly activities in respect of and regarding pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled, veterans, the incarcerated, and others. Janet Cottler, 317-594-8947, and Erin Kelsch, 317-441-3315

Scouting Programs

  • Boy Scout Troop 443 provides boys with an effective educational program designed to train them in the responsibilities of citizenship and encourage growth in moral and physical strength. Ages 11-18. Steve Keltner, Scout Master, 317-576-1937.
  • Cub Scout Pack 443 provides boys with an effective educational program designed to train them in the responsibilities of citizenship. Encourages growth in moral and physical strength. Meets one Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. Lucas Burdess, Cub Master
  • Daisies, Brownies, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts offer opportunities to build girls of courage, character, and confidence through activities of service, science, citizenship, creativity, and esteem-building. For girls Kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information and/or to get connected with a local Girl Scout recruitment manager, contact Shelley Fraser-Berry or Jessica Kenworthy.

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/box springs, 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) The Mission 27 Resale Store provides 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/Mission 27 Resale Store (1201 E. Maryland St.), 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).
  • SVdP Parking Lot Drop Box: Drop off bagged clothing and shoes for the needy.

Sunday Morning Coffee and Donuts usually are served after the 9 a.m. Mass. This social time provides an opportunity to welcome newcomers and to visit with fellow parishioners.

Supper Club meets during the school year at parishioners’ homes for food and fellowship. Denise Scroggins

Tennis League plays Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at IRC East. Trudy Gumbel, 317-251-1160

Wisdom Seniors gather periodically to celebrate Mass and enjoy a pot luck lunch. Watch the bulletin for details and dates.

Women’s Club meets monthly for fellowship, fun, and service. See the bulletin for meeting information. Jenny Bruce or Tiffanie Ditlevson