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Community Calendar

To submit calendar events, email the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; fax it to 219-736-6577; or mail it to the newspaper office at 9292 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. Please remember that the Northwest Indiana Catholic is a weekly newspaper, so give yourself several weeks time before the event to submit the information. Event notices run until the event has taken place.

 

Multiple dates

       St. Joseph, Dyer, Drive-in & Drop-Off, No Contact Food Drive collecting canned goods and non-perishable food for parish’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9, and 9-11 a.m. and Dec. 12 in church parking lot.

       St. Adalbert, Whiting, Giving Tuesday 2020 collection drive for Hammond City Rescue Mission clients, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 using handicapped-accessible door on south side. Donate men’s new and good used clothing, boots, winter outerwear, personal care and laundry products and Christmas greeting cards. Church will also be open for prayer, with COVID-19 guidelines in place.

       St. Thomas More, Munster, Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale by Msgr. Weis Council 10596 Knights of Columbus, 4-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21 in southeast corner of church lot. Variety of trees and wreaths sizes, garland and stands available. Cash or check only.

 

Education

Dec. 9

       Andrean High School, Merrillville, Zoom Niner Night, 7 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to talk with students, parents, and faculty on Zoom. Families must complete registration at andreanhs.org/rsvp to receive the direct meeting link before the event date. Also scheduled for Jan. 28, March 25 and April 22.

 

Dec. 12

       Andrean High School, Merrillville, Entrance exam administered, 1-4 p.m. at the school. Call 887-5959, ext. 260 or complete application at andreanhs.org/apply. Also Jan. 17 (1-3) p.m., Feb. 13 (1-3 p.m.), March 13 (1-3 p.m.) and April 18 (1-6 p.m.).

 

Jan. 31

       Andrean High School, Merrillville, Open House, 5-7:30 p.m. Call 887-5959, ext. 260 or register at andreanhs.org.

 

Gatherings & Classes

Ongoing

       St. James the Less, Highland, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6:45 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Facebook page SVDP Gary Council.

       Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6:30 p.m. first and third Mondays in the Cana Room.

       St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6 p.m. second Monday of month in Emmaus House and 1 p.m. fourth Monday of month in parish office. Call Pam Gabor at 682-8376 or Tricia Massa at 558-0381.

 

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

       Diocese of Gary, Natural Family Planning classes begin the third Monday of every month, 6-8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Register at ccli.org or call 769-9292, x259 for more information.

       Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Aeroba Low Class, 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in church hall. No charge.

 

Dec. 6

       St. Patrick, Chesterton, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Dec. 7

       St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-6 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

       Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, Chesterton, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-8 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Jan. 7

       St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767. Also Feb. 4.

 

Outreach

LAKE COUNTY

       St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-noon third Monday of every month in Lessard Hall.

       Missionaries of Charity, Gary, Overnight shelter for women/children, 3 p.m. daily in former St. Mark Convent, 509 W. Ridge Road.

       Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Soup Kitchen, noon-1 p.m. Fridays in parish hall.

       St. Joseph, Dyer, Helping Hands Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-7 p.m. third Wednesday, serving residents of Dyer, Schererville and St. John; bring two proofs of residency. 865-2271

       St. Joseph, Hammond, St. Joseph Soup Kitchen meal distribution, noon-1 p.m. weekdays in lower level of church.

       Winfield Resale Shop, Winfield, sponsored by Holy Spirit, Four Seasons Methodist, Cross of Christ Lutheran and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton churches, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Th-F-Sat. at 10649 Randolph St.

       All Saints, Hammond, Thrift Shop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Donations accepted.

       St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Non-food pantry for local families, 9:30-11 a.m. fourth Saturday in Casa Maria North Hall. Call Karen Boyle at 865-5482.

       Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Gary, 7132 Arizona Ave., Hammond, For assistance or information, call 845-7531.

       Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Food pantry, 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of month in parish hall.

       Moms & Tots Resale Shop, Griffith, Children’s, women’s and maternity clothing and accessories, and toys, sold to support local pregnancy resource centers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at 110 W. Main St. 595-5457 or smartfunshopping.com

       St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Food pantry for residents of Dyer, Griffith, Highland, Munster, Schererville and St. John, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second Tuesday in Casa Maria North Hall. Bring two proofs of residency. Hot meal served. 865-5481.

       Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, Information and resources about parental rights after a miscarriage and respectful burial of unborn. Visit miscarriedbaby.com or call Jill at 730-9199.

       St. Ann, Gary, Free meal every Saturday except third of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

       American Cancer Society, Volunteer drivers are needed for the ACS Road To Recovery program to provide patients in need with free rides to cancer treatment. Call (800) 227-2345.

       Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, Mobile Food Pantry visit, 2-3 p.m. first Thursday of every month in parking lot at Cornerstone Church, 7983 Grand Blvd. (north side of U.S. 30), Hobart, and third Thursday of every month at East Chicago Greenhouse, 1615 E. 142nd St., for EC residents only, Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. 397-5803, ext. 205

             

Dec. 10

       Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 2-3 p.m. second Thursday of every month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. 397-5803, ext. 205

 

PORTER COUNTY

       St. Patrick, Chesterton, Table of Plenty dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays in Chapel Hall (Bldg. 2).

       St. Paul, Valparaiso, Clothing Center for those in need, 1-4 p.m. M-Tu-W, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Th-Sat. 462-0074

       St. Mary, Kouts, St. Mary’s Soup Bowl, 4:30-6:30 p.m. third Tuesday in parish hall. 766-3680

       St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Mobile Market pick-up location for those in need of food assistance from 8-10 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Each stop provides free grains, fruits, vegetables and proteins to individuals and families. To volunteer at distribution, contact Christine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 464-4042.

 

LA PORTE/STARKE COUNTIES

       St. Joseph, LaPorte, St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry, 4 p.m. Mondays. Call Dick and Suzanne Sharp at 369-3347.

       Sacred Heart, LaPorte, Food pantry, 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Call Becky Kroll at 575-7564.

       Women’s Care Center, LaPorte, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at 512 Maple Ave. 324-4646.

       St. Peter, LaPorte, Samaritan Center counseling by appointment, in rectory. Call Natasha Yuhasz at 879-3283.

 

Respect Life

Ongoing

       St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Missionaries for Life Ministry meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. third Thursday of every month. Call Amy Grogan at (708) 715-2090.

       St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Holy Hour for Life, 7 p.m. every Friday in Adoration Chapel

 

Dec. 5

       St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m. followed by a Holy Hour, with reconciliation by request. Also Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6 and April 3

 

Spirituality

Ongoing

       St. Joseph, Hammond, Morning Prayer recited through Zoom meeting, 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. To Join group, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for link. (added 9/8/20)

       St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Mass, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. 879-9281

       Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph Apostolate All-Night Vigil, 7 p.m. Mass on first Friday of the month through 6 a.m. Mass on Saturday. Confessions at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Refreshments throughout the night. 836-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Eucharistic Prayer for hope and healing for the Church, priests and anyone who has been abused, 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

       Holy Spirit, Winfield, Saturday Men’s Group meeting, 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, starting with Mass in the church followed by meeting on “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis and food in the parish center. RSVP required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Health protocols will be followed; wear a mask.

 

Multiple dates

       Diocese of Gary Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Women’s Bible Study 2 – Keeping in Balance series on Zoom, 10-11 a.m. or 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays through May, 2021. Free, but workbook must be purchased at walkingwithpurpose.com and registration is required at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehcxutct3dad5a88&llr=auyfgkvab&showPage=true. Call Roseanne at 769-9292 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

Dec. 8

       Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated by Father Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S., 9:30 a.m.

 

Dec. 13

       Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of -the-Woods, Coffee with the Mystics series, noon-2 p.m. (CST) at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center with in-person registration limited to 10, and online option open to all. Fee. Register at least one week in advance at events.sistersofprovidence.org, call (812) 535-2952 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Support Groups

Ongoing

       Sacred Heart, LaPorte, Nourish for Caregivers support group meeting, 6:30 p.m. second Wednesdays in parish hall for a timely topic, hand-outs, discussion and prayer. Contact Deacon Frank Zolvinski at 575-1090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Karen Yates at 363-5323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Diana Riley at 363-6704 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

       Diocese of Gary, Merrillville, Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Support Group sponsored by Catholic Charities currently meets online from 7-9 p.m. third Monday of the month. New members welcome. Call (312) 655-7283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for LOSS intake.    

       Office of Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Gary, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for women and men affected by abortion to facilitate renewal and healing in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Call 552-2944 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit helpafterabortion.net.

 

Dec. 7-11

       Diocese of Gary Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Virtual Marriage Retreat with Bishop Robert J. McClory. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eheb2aagab4caffd&oseq=&c=&ch= to receive a daily email for five days to watch when you want.

 

Vocations

Ongoing

       Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, Discernment meeting for those 14 and older considering the priesthood or religious life, 6-8 p.m. third Friday every month at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Call Father David Kime at 962-8626 or Father Chris Stanish at 872-9196, or visit garyvocations.com.

 

Multiple dates

       Sisters’ Collaborative, Diocese of Gary, “The Gifts of Visitation: Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth” virtual vocation Advent retreat for ages 18-40, 2-3 p.m. (CST) Sundays through Dec. 20 on Zoom. Visit poorhandmaids.org or call Peggy Guernsey at 962-8626 or Sister Connie Bach at (574) 340-6409.

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