Faith Formation

Faith Formation Commision

The Faith Formation Commission collaborates with the Director of Religious Education to assist in building goals for life-long faith formation opportunities for our parishioners. The Commission’s role is advisory in nature; however, our members are very active in seeking religious education opportunities for all ages and helping to bring them about. Life-long faith formation includes, but is not limited to, sacramental preparation for children and adults, the Sunday Morning children’s religious education program, Bible studies, parish retreats, Vacation Bible School, as well as other programs and events planned with deanery parishes. The commission meets on the first Monday of each month.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

Evangelization Team of the Cluster Parishes of St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick

The Church exists in order to evangelize, because Christ gave to His Church the mission to proclaim the Good News. Evangelization consists of proclaiming the Kingdom of God and salvation for all people through Christ Jesus, which through the power of the Holy Spirit, transforms humanity from within and makes it new. The Evangelization Team strives to learn about evangelization and how to empower our parishioners to more comfortable and effectively become the message as well as to share the message of God's love.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

Bible Study

Our parish offers study groups a variety of opportunities for parishioners to deepen their understanding of God’s Word. Participants study on their own. When they gather, texts, DVD presentations and other media aid them in their sharing insights and explanations of the subtleties that readers might not otherwise understand.
Mary Sullivan, 812-894-2263 or (Adult Bible Groups)
Janet Pickering, 812-495-5230 or
Jack Penry, 812-299-1490 or (Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study)
Rebekah Penry , (High School/Teen Sunday Morning Coffeehouse & Discussions)


Catechists provide learning for our children and youth (and adults through the RCIA, Bible Study, etc.) so that all may grow in our faith. Catechists are especially important for our children, preschool through 8th grade. This ministry allows individuals the privilege and responsibility of sharing their knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, their Catholic faith with our children.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

Children's Religious Education

Our Sunday Morning Religious Education Program is a means of teaching and forming the children of our parish. While the children who typically participate in the program are elementary and middle school students who attend public schools, we welcome any child.

Preparing our children for the sacraments is an important part of the program. Ultimately, we hope that this formation will encourage our young people to become active members of the parish community. The program runs from September through late April on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:45. Each month, throughout the educational year, selected classes have the opportunity to participate in the Sunday liturgy—filling roles as lectors, greeters, gift bearers, and singers in the children’s choir.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

Vacation Bible School

Held the last full week of June each year at St. Patrick, the VBS is open to all children from grades Pre-K through 5th. Students 6th grade and older are asked to be classroom assistants. Activities include music, games, snack, crafts and storytelling.To register or find out more information call the parish office.

St. Margaret Mary Church, 812-232-3512

Hispanic Rosary

The Hispanic community of our local area meets at St. Margaret Mary each Thursday evening at 7:00 pm to pray the Rosary in the language of their countries. They meet in the Legacy Room.

Norma Gallegos,

Filipino Rosary

The Filipino community of St. Margaret Mary meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month for a communal Filipino meal and to pray the Rosary. All are welcome to join them!

Zenaida Contreras, 812-299-9479 or

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary works to promote devotion to the Blessed Mother. They meet every Saturday at 10:00 am to pray the rosary, share their efforts to serve the community spiritually, and learn more about their faith. Members make a commitment to pray daily and engage in works of charity.

Rosemary Freeze, 812-234-748 or

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation couples assist engaged couples as they prepare to enter into the sacramental bond of Holy Matrimony. Training for preparation couples is provided, and periodic meetings take place to review and encourage the preparation catechists.

Jim and Sharon Hellmann, 812-232-6479 or


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults functions to form and inform adults—those who are unbaptized or those who are baptized Christians, but are not Catholic—in the Catholic Faith and prepare them for full initiation in the Church. St. Margaret Mary, St. Patrick, Sacred Heart and St. Benedict parishes together provide this opportunity to potential parishioners.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

RCIA Sponsors

Candidates and catechumens preparing for full initiation into the Catholic Church need a sponsor. They may choose their own or the RCIA coordinator will match them with someone from among the members of the parish. The sponsor’s role is to act as a friend and spiritual companion for the person who is journeying toward full initiation at the Great Easter Vigil.

Fr. Ben Syberg, 812-232-3512 or

Youth Ministry (JUMMP)

Youth Ministry serves our high school students. The ministry is holistic in its approach, including religious education classes, social activities, youth Masses, service projects, Confirmation preparation, and leadership training. Information about Youth Ministry, including the current calendar, can be found at

Veronica Rogers -
Eric Starrs -