Church of the Immaculate ConceptionCelebrating the year of Faith in the Catholic Church, so proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, we are invited to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus that began at Baptism.

With that in mind, there is a renewed invitation to strengthen your spirituality at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis has designated the Sisters of Providence Church of the Immaculate Conception as a holy site for the Year of Faith. The church is one of nine designated holy sites in the archdiocese.

Pilgrims may attend Mass or spend time in prayer or meditation in the church, including traditional prayers like the Our Father, the Profession of Faith and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Those who participate in the Year of Faith in this manner may be granted a plenary indulgence.

xmas-statue-shrine-242The Church of the Immaculate Conception is more than 100 years old and is home to the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, canonized by Pope Benedict in 2006. It is the central place of worship for the Sisters of Providence. The church is open to the public for prayer and for visitors to attend daily Mass.

Mass is regularly at 11:30 a.m., except on special feasts, holy days or in case of a funeral. Mass is at 11 a.m. on those days. Mass is always at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Visitors are welcome to visit and to pray at any time. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is adjacent to the church and also is open to the public, usually from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except during Mass time.

“We are pleased and honored that Archbishop Tobin has chosen our beautiful, historic and holy church as one of the designated holy sites in the archdiocese. We are hopeful that even more of our Catholic friends, and those of other faith traditions as well, will come to know our church as a special place, particularly with the Lenten and Easter season drawing near,” said Sister Denise Wilkinson, the Congregation’s general superior.

Typically, the church would be available to the public between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., but special accommodations might be possible my making arrangements through Providence Spirituality and Conference Center at 812-535-4531. Tours also are available.