Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos is a Christian, ecumenical, prison ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals atthe Plainfield Men's Correctional Facility and the Rockville Women's Correctional Facility. The men volunteers are in Plainfield on weekends in April and October and the women volunteers are in Rockville in May and November. Kairos volunteers in teams of 30 to 40 go into the prisons to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and share meals and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-on-one basis over the course of our days. Then one Saturday a month the volunteers return to the prison to reunion with the offenders to encourage and support their Christian walk. In addition to volunteers being “inside the walls” team members, Kairos Prison Ministry offers the community an opportunity to volunteer to participate in the Weekend from “outside the walls”. The St Monica Community can participate by signing up; to provide prayer support, participating in the CookieBake – making 400 dozen cookies for the Weekends, making posters and place mats, helping at an “outside the walls” kitchen to cook one or more of the meals served to the Weekend participants, or by providing financial support for the Weekends. Since the Weekend is presented as a short course on Christianity much like other 4-day retreat weekends, it is suggested that “inside the walls” team members have completed either a Cursillo or Christ Renews His Parish weekend. For more information, contact: Ana Brown Mitchell at 317-529-2444 or .
The Lord’s Pantry
Non-perishable food items only may be brought to Church each weekend of the month for the support of the late Lucious Newsome's ministry, The Lord’s Pantry. It distributes food at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, 5136 N. Michigan Road, every Tuesday morning beginning at 9:00 AM. Please donate clothing, furniture and other non-food items to the St. Vincent de Paul Society by calling 317-687-1006 to schedule a time for them to come to your home and pick up your items. We cannot accept anything other than non-perishable food items at the church. To volunteer to help at the food pantry on Tuesday mornings, contact,Dave Drzewiecki at 317-612-4546 or
St. Monica Gabriel Project is ready to provide a mother in a crisis or unplanned pregnancy with the kinds of assistance that she needs in caring for herself and for her unborn baby. Examples include:
- Friendship, emotional support, and prayer
- Rides to appointments
- Material items for the baby
- Pastoral care and counseling
- Resources for medical and prenatal care
- Financial assistance resources
- Resources for housing, education, adoption, and employment
We work alongside the St. Monica Pro-Life Committee and the Knights of Columbus. We are part of a network called the Great Lakes Gabriel Project, which is endorsed by the Pro-Life/Family Life Office of every diocese in Indiana and by the Indiana Knights of Columbus. Website: glgabrielproject.org. For more information contact: Bobby Lydon-Lam at 317-219-8132 or or Brenda Turcios, 317-985-0121 (para español).
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Vincent de Paul is an all-volunteer organization that provides free financial and spiritual assistance to the needy of the parish area. Volunteers are needed to make home visits for needs studies, help collect and distribute goods from the warehouse and work on special functions including Thanksgiving food baskets, the Christmas Giving Tree, the food pantry for the needy in our area. Membership is open to all. Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 PM. Contact: Mary Sullivan, 317-290-1454. Warehouse Coordinator: Bernie Hoefer, 317-295-1697 or . To schedule a pick-up of donations, please call 317-687-1006.