St. Monica Indy

Immersed in Christ - One Body. One Mission. Indianapolis, IN

Who We Are

Our Mission Statement: St. Monica Parish is a multi-cultural Catholic community advancing our faith by making the Word of God come alive through prayer, liturgy, education, evangelization, and stewardship.

Founded in 1956, St. Monica is a Roman Catholic parish located in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We are one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese with approximately 3,000 families registered.

St. Monica Parish is known as a diverse community. We are blessed with a variety of ethnic backgrounds that enable us to see church with a global view.

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About Us

Vibe
Inclusive, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Traditional Liturgy

Programs
Faith and Work, Social Justice, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Adult Education, School

Music
Traditional Hymns

Denomination
Catholic

Size
Large

Language
English, Spanish

Founded
1956

Contact

Address
6131 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46228-1201

Phone
(317) 253-2193

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
Warm, welcoming, but still traditional Catholic liturgy. Our pastors offer homilies, not lectures, that educate, inspire, and equip you to live your faith.

What is the community like?
Warm, welcoming, vibrant.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are always welcome at St. Monica. Becoming Catholic If you are curious about the Catholic faith or ever thought about becoming a Catholic, our formation program for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is just for you. Adults from all faith traditions or from no religious background at all are welcome to participate in the RCIA formation program. Sessions are ongoing. For the unbaptized, the RCIA has four stages. The first is a period of Inquiry. During this stage candidates for baptism are invited to ask questions about the Church, share their own faith experiences, and decide whether they would like to continue or not. The second stage is the Catechumenate, during which the candidate is introduced to liturgy, faith-life, and Tradition. The third stage is the Enlightenment and Purification. This takes place during the Lenten season with intense prayer and study on the part of the individual as well as the parish community. It climaxes at the Easter Vigil with the sacraments of initiation--Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The fourth and final stage is the Post-Baptismal Catechesis (Mystagogia). This stage continues from Easter to Pentecost and focuses on the mysteries of Christ’s death and resurrection, and helps the newly baptized to develop a deeper understanding of their faith. Please contact Anne Corcoran at [email protected] for more information about RCIA.

Leadership View all

Todd Goodson

Todd Goodson

I was raised Catholic in Bloomington, IN and attended St. Charles Catholic grade school and Church. This was also where I made my First Communion and Confirmation. For the most part, I practiced my faith all my life; however the degree of attention which I gave it may have varied in intensity. I was always in a pretty religious family; things like attending Mass, personal prayer times, grace before meals—these were never presented as options to us, as much as we tried to make them optional. When I graduated from high school in Bloomington, I attended a Catholic school in Ohio and obtained a degree in Psychology. I worked for a few years in the mental health field, and dabbled a little in music, which had always been a hobby and something I enjoyed. Things began to move towards priesthood when I was twenty-five or so. Through a series of life experiences that had culminated at that point, I began to seriously reconsider my life’s direction. This led to some faith questioning and whether God had a big enough role in my life. I began to attend daily Mass, develop some sort of prayer routine, and to consider that if my life was to accomplish what I thought it should, then perhaps God should guide it, not me. I was provided with an opportunity to study theology for one year at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. In what for me was a pretty radical change of direction, I left my job and entered school again. It was during this time that I privately began to consider more seriously a vocation to the priesthood. After my year in Austria, I returned home and I spent the summer discerning a vocation to be a priest. In an interesting discernment turn of events (see link below) I made the decision to affiliate with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as a seminarian and they accepted me. In 1997, I began my first year at St. Meinrad Seminary and after five years I was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. I have only been a priest for seven years, but since ordination I have ministered in quite a variety of parishes. I have been the pastor of some of the smallest parishes in the Archdiocese (Our Lady of Providence or St. Denis, Jennings County) to now one of the largest, St. Monica. In the five years I have had as a pastor, two themes have emerged that have always been important to me: 1) a shared and felt unity, and 2) a shared and felt ownership of parish and its ministries. While offering this brief overview of my life, I look forward to my story becoming part of our story as a Catholic Christian community seeking to proclaim the love of Christ in the world around us.

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