Faith Formation

At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, we “R” respectful, responsible and reverent, grounded in a Christ-centered, Catholic community that is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and dedicated to developing students’ emotional and spiritual well-being. We begin each day with prayer, gathered as a community of students, staff and families in our activity center for morning assembly. Here at Immaculate Heart of Mary School offer many opportunities for faith formation and for our students to grow in their spiritual journey.

Altar Servers

Beginning in 6th grade our students, both boys and girls, are invited to participate in all school and weekend masses as altar servers. Altar serving is an opportunity for our students to serve our parish and and to grow in faith. By including our students in the liturgy, we feel that they develop a deeper understanding of the mass, their own faith and God’s call to service.

Service Opportunities/Youth Ministry

We are all called to serve, and here at IHM service and outreach is a part of all that we do. At our weekly mass our students collect envelopes for the weekly outreach, teaching them that what we have, we share in support of those less fortunate. Our students participate in our ongoing food pantry collection, featured prominently upon entering our school. Grade levels are assigned primary responsibility of the food pantry collection monthly and as Junior High students are also responsible for the delivery of the food. We hope to instill in our students a deeper sense of service and empathy, teaching them the joy of giving and instilling within them a lifelong passion to serve.

Youth Ministry here at IHM provides Spiritual, Service and Social programs and activities for youth in 7th through 12 grades. The ministry provides programs that foster the development of Catholic values in the lives of our parish youth as they move from the dependence on family to independence in young adulthood. Through our Youth Ministry program, students have the opportunity to participate in Service Projects, Deanery Gatherings, Rallies, Ski Trip, Holiday World Day, Retreats and more. Check the Monthly News and Calendar for updates. 8th graders are able to attend Homeland Mission, a week long mission experience in Indianapolis in June. More information is out in April each year.

For more information visit:

Vacation Bible School:

This year we will continue our collaboration having a combined Vacation Bible School for both Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joan of Arc families.  This year VBS will be hosted at St. Joan of Arc.  We are very excited to announce the new Vacation Bible School theme, Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls us Through. Children ages four to ten will learn about Jesus, the saints, prayer and Sacred Scripture through music, games and fun activities. At the end of the four action packed days, children will leave with a greater understanding of their Catholic faith and a few surprises.

IHM/SJA Vacation Bible School will take place from 9:00 am until noon on June 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th (Monday-Thursday). A very nominal fee is required at the time of registration: $35 for one child, $50 for two children, $55 for three children and $60 for four or more children.

To register, download the registration form here: VBS 2020 Flyer

Immaculate Heart of Mary: 5692 Central Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 to the attention of Kim Elkins. Checks may be written out to Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Registration deadline is Friday, April 24th. Registration will be capped at 125 students. Every family participating must have an adult volunteer on at least one day.

We hope that your families will join us to celebrate and learn about our Catholic Faith at this summer’s Vacation Bible School!