Visiting a new church can be intimidating:
What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
What are the Mass times? When is Confession available?
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable; after all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than on what you're wearing. If you remember that you come this place to worship God or to understand better why people worship God, you will probably be dressed appropriately. Modesty and respect are the appropriate "attire": if you dress with respect and modesty - an open and engaging heart - your attire is appropriate! The variety of clothing you will see at St. Monica, representing many parts of the globe, is both fascinating and beautiful!
How do I get to St. Monica?
St. Monica Church is located at 6131 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Get directions
Where should I park?
We have two main parking lots on the north and south sides of the campus. The main church entrance is on the south side of the church. You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the ample handicapped-accessible spots in both parking lots. We ask that you never park in fire lines or on the grass.
Where do my children go?
At St. Monica, we believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services. A “cry room” is located to far right of the altar, which has large windows and a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the mass.
Families who do not attend St. Monica School typically attend Sunday School, which is offered at 9:15 and 11:15 am during the school year. We ask that in addition to attending Sunday School all children also pray the Mass with their families.
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the St. Monica parishioners. However, we do have worship aids located in each pew that provide you with the order of the mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer. If you don't see a worship aid in your pew, ask an usher, and they will be happy to bring you one. There's also a great resource for kids, MagnifiKid, which can be found in a rack hanging right inside the church doors. MagnifiKid includes the days' readings, prayers, gestures, and responses with kid-friendly illustrations and explanations. It's okay for adults to use this, too!
I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
The Eucharist is the highest form of Communion possible. Though all Christians may be one in Baptism, we do not all believe the same things - we are not "in communion" with one another. Therefore, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive Communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious Blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing. If you want to know more about what Catholics believe, we would love to have you stop by Thursday nights for RCIA.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
We appreciate any gift you make, and we try to be the best possible stewards of all that is given. If you consider St. Monica your parish, we invite you to prayerfully consider giving to St. Monica on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for auto-enrollment here.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume. If you think this would be beneficial to you, please ask one of the ushers located at the back of the church to provide you with a headset.