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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.

 

 

BENEFITS

 

Ongoing

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 in southeast corner of church lot. Variety of trees and wreaths sizes, garland and stands available. Cash or check only.

St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Women’s Club fresh Christmas greenery sale including wreaths and grave pillows. Deadline for orders is Nov. 3; call parish office at 980-9348.

 

 

Dec. 7

St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, Annual Christmas Cookie Walk and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Ameling Hall. Cookies by the pound, handmade gifts and café available.

 

Dec. 7-8

St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Annual Christmas Bazaar with gift items, artisan and vendors, baked goods, basket raffles, photos with Santa Claus, and soups, sandwiches and snacks to enjoy or carry out. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday in Lessard Hall.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Homemade Dish Cloth & Scrubbie Sale sponsored by Prayer Shawl Ministry, after 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday. 

 

Dec. 14-15

St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Cookie Sale hosted by the women’s club after all weekend Masses. Call 980-9348 for details.

 

Feb. 15, 2020

St. Mary, Griffith, 14th annual Dinner & Auction benefitting Savior of the World Orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa, 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Hildebrandt Hall. Tickets online at savioroftheworld.org. Postponed from earlier date.

 

Multiple dates

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

 

Dec. 7

St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, Annual Christmas Cookie Walk and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Ameling Hall. Cookies by the pound, handmade gifts and café available.

 

Dec. 7-8

St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Annual Christmas Bazaar with gift items, artisan and vendors, baked goods, basket raffles, photos with Santa Claus, and soups, sandwiches and snacks to enjoy or carry out. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday in Lessard Hall.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Multiple dates

 

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Coffee with the Mystics” workshop focusing on Julian of Norwich, 9-11 a.m. (CST) Nov. 16 or 8:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Fee. Register by Nov. 13 for Saturday and Nov. 19 for Tuesday, at events.sistersofprovidence.org or (812) 535-2952

 

Diocese of Gary, Evangelization Training Series, 14 sessions (seven in the fall, seven in the spring), 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 and Feb. 20-April 2 at St. Paul, Valparaiso. Call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dec. 11

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Texting May Be a New Way to Land Next Job” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by Donna M. Weidenfeller, 7-8:30 p.m. at STM Weis Center, 8635 Calumet Ave. Free and open to all. Bring resume and cover letter to have critiqued. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jan. 10

The SHARE Group, Lake County, Awareness Banquet with speakers addressing human trafficking and suicide prevention, 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Griffith. RSVP at thesharegroyup.us or Eventbrite.

 

Jan. 20-24

St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Winter Chant Conference for parish liturgical music directors and singers. Fee includes tuition, room and board, For details, visit saintmeinrad.edu/continuing-formation/chant-institute/ or contact Morgan Simon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (812) 357-6341.

 

 

Ongoing

• St. Thomas More, Munster, STMCareer Networking Group meeting, 7-9 p.m. second Wednesday (new day) of the month at STM Weis Center, 8635 Calumet Ave. Free and open to all. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

• St. Joseph, Hammond, Art & Heritage tours of the church, after 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Gather near choir pews for 15-20 minute tours. 932-0702

 

Ancilla College, Donaldson, Open House for prospective students and families, noon-2 p.m. (CDT) two miles south of U.S. 30 on Road at Center at Donaldson, near Plymouth. RSVP at ancilla.edu/open-house or call (866) 262-4552.

 

Andrean High School, Merrillville, Parent Tours of the school, 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. Register at andreanhs.org/rsvp.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

Dec. 3

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS trip to “White Christmas,” meet at 1:30 p.m. at Theatre at the Center, Munster, followed by optional dinner gathering.

 

Dec. 18

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS trip to “Christmas Cabaret” at the Valparaiso Opera House. Meet in the church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to carpool, with lunch together before the show.

 

May 27-June 3, 2020

Diocese of Gary, Pilgrimage of young adults to Rome and Assisi, Italy with Father Declan McNicholas. Open to adults post-high school through age 35. Visit youngadultpilgrimages.com.

 

Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2020

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy in Rome, the Vatican, Assisi and Pompeii with Father Kevin Huber. For more information and a brochure, call the parish at 872-9196.

 

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

FOOD & SHOWS

 

Ongoing

Dec. 6

St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Community Tree Lighting, 7 p.m. in front of the church, followed by hot chocolate and caroling in front of local businesses.

 

Dec. 6-7

Franciscan Health Michigan City, Free Pictures with Santa Claus, noon-4 p.m. Cookies, punch and candy served. No pets allowed.

 

Dec. 7

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Christmas Fun at the Woods activity day for all ages, noon-3:30 p.m. (CST). Admission fee for ages 4 and older. events.sistersofprovidence.org or (812) 535-2952

Notre Dame Church and School, Michigan City, “Mingle and Jingle” event for adults 21 and older with beverages, heavy appetizers and Jingle Juice, 7 p.m. in school gym. Purchase tickets at notredameparish.net.  

 

Dec. 8

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, St. Nick’s Breakfast, 9:30-11:20 a.m. Children younger than 2 years enter free. 545-1125

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, “Christmas Blessings” concert featuring the Lake County Purdue Extension Service Homemakers Choir “The Noteables,” 2 p.m. Tickets at the door, or call 322-1359. Bring a nonperishable food for local food banks.

Nativity of Our Savior School, Portage, Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets, discounted for ages 3-12 and free for younger children, include pancakes, sausage and milk. Pictures with Santa and bake sale available. Proceeds benefit eighth-grade Washington D.C. trip.

 

Dec. 11

Marquette High School, Michigan City, “Have You Heard?” Celtic Christmas Cantata presented by the MHS Music Dept. In the Rudy Hart Theatre. Tickets available at the door.

 

Dec. 14

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Kids Day Out hosted by BNI Cheer Team, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at BNI.  Parents can bring their children (must be potty trained) and take time to Christmas shop or relax. Cost includes pizza, crafts, face painting, movie and gym time. Register with Julie Sandoval at 932-9058, ext. 1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dec. 15

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Blessing of the Outdoor Creche, 11:30 a.m. Caroling sheets provided, bring jungle bells. 659-4138

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Annual BNI Band AYCE Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, 3-5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, followed by the Band and Choir Christmas Concert at 6 p.m.

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, BNI Band and Choir Christmas Concert featuring jazz, mariachi and rock ensemble performances, 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Free admission, but bring a winter hat or gloves for a needy family.

 

Dec. 19

Queen of All Saints Young Adult Ministry, Michigan City, Food + Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. potluck and watch and discuss a Father Mike Schmitz video. Children are welcome. Bring a dish to share and a canned good for charity. Questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

GATHERINGS & CLASSES

 

 Ongoing

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, Respect Life Ministry meeting with faith, fellowship & free pizza, open to all denominations and parishes, 5:30 p.m. first Thurs. Enter Door 4.

• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Acrylic Painting Classes,' Tues., 1-3 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 865-5482
• Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministry, 'Second Friday Fellowship,' various sites, activities. dgyoungadult.com

• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, ‘ARCS for Retired Catholic Seniors 55+,’ 12:30 p.m. fourth Sunday in church hall.

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

• Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS for all 51 and older, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in St. Patrick Hall.

• 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.

Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities, Senior Center at Pulaski Park North Hammond facilitated by Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 659-4138 for list of activities.

St. James the Less, Highland, Ephesus House programs and lunch for adults “55 and better,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3033 Condit St. 972-1944

• St. Joseph, Hammond, Alive After 55 seniors group meets for board and card games (bring your favorite), with light refreshments, 2-4 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly in Vrabely Hall. Non-parishioners welcome. Enter through south tower door; elevator available. Call Theresa at 937-9483 to RSVP or with questions.

Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities, Senior Center at Pulaski Park North Hammond facilitated by Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 659-4138 for list of activities.

St. Joseph, Hammond, Alive After 55 seniors group meets for board and card games (bring your favorite), with light refreshments, 2-4 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly in Vrabely Hall. Non-parishioners welcome. Enter through south tower door; elevator available. Call Theresa at 937-9483 to RSVP or with questions.

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.

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS


Multiple Dates

• St. Matthias, Crown Point, Walking Prayer Group, 9 a.m. Thursdays

• Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Blood pressure screening after 4:30 p.m. Mass every third Saturday and after 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mass every third Sunday in the main vestibule of the church.
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Zumba Gold Classes,' Wed., 12:30 p.m., parish hall. For all fitness levels. Fees. 947-0509
St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Diabeatus Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Ballroom Dance Lessons sponsored by Knights of Columbus, 7-9 p.m. Mondays. No registration, all are welcome as schedule permits. Donation of $5 benefits K of C charities. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 803-0196.

Franciscan Health Fitness Center, Schererville, Pickleball available Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for those 18 and older. Non-members welcome; guest policies apply. 865-6969

• Franciscan Health Dyer, Free diabetus support group for patients and loved ones, 6-7:30 p.m. third Thursday in Blessed Mother Room. Registration required at 865-2141, x42605 or 933-2144.

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Diabetes Education Classes, 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays in Center for Diabetes, 3rd floor. Second Thursday of month in Spanish. Registration required at 392-7786.

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Well Walkers Club with speakers for ages 18 and older, 11 a.m. monthly on first Wednesdays in Professional Office Building Conference Room, North Entrance. 392-7104

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center Assessment for ages 18 and older, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment, at 7217 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond. Free. No fasting required. Call 392-7287; walk-ins also welcome.

Franciscan Health Crown Point (St. Anthony Hospital), Diabetes education classes offering medication management, monitoring, exercise and nutrition, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in four-session series. Registration and physician’s referral required. Contact insurance company to verify cost coverage. 757-6268

Franciscan Health Hammond (St. Margaret Hospital), Free Family Birth Center tours at 6 p.m. third Wednesday every month. Register at (800) 931-3322. 

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Healing Mass, 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. For special accommodations or a ride to church, call parish office at 659-0733.

Franciscan Health Hammond, Free Family Birth Center tours at 6 p.m. third Wednesday every month. Register at (800) 931-3322.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Chair yoga class for all ages of men and women, 9 a.m. Fridays in St. Patrick Hall. Fee. Call Ursula Buchnat at 741-3276 with questions.

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.

St. Mary, Crown Point, SoulCore ministry to exercise body, mind and soul, 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for ages 18 and older at 1065

 

Dec. 5

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 12

Franciscan Health Munster, Versiti Blood Center blood drive, noon-4 p.m. in St. Clare Conference and Education Center. Make an appointment at versiti.org/IL or (800) 786-4483. Walk-ins also welcome. ID required. Presenting donors receive a BOGO coupon for any Chicago Wolves home hockey game

 

Dec. 15

St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 17

Marian Council 3840 Knights of Columbus, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 20

Franciscan Health Crown Point, Versiti Blood Center blood drive, noon-5 p.m. in the annex cafeteria. Make an appointment at versiti.org/IL or (800) 786-4483. Walk-ins also welcome. ID required. Presenting donors receive a BOGO coupon for any Chicago Wolves home hockey game

 

Ongoing

Ancilla College, Donaldson, Open House for prospective students and families, noon-2 p.m. (CDT) two miles south of U.S. 30 on Road at Center at Donaldson, near Plymouth. RSVP at ancilla.edu/open-house or call (866) 262-4552.

 

 

OUTREACH


Lake County

 
Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, 'St. Clare's Kitchen,' Tues., 5-6 p.m., basement of church. Sponsored by Secular Franciscans.

 

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,' Fri., noon-1 p.m., parish hall.

 

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

 

St. Joseph, Dyer, 'Helping Hands Food Pantry,' open 3rd Wed., 10 a.m.-noon, 6-7 p.m. Serving residents of Dyer, Schererville, St. John; bring two proofs of residency. 865-2271

 

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

 

St. Michael Respect Life Group, Schererville, 'Baby Items Needed.' Includes cribs, mattresses, high chairs, car seats, and clothing sizes newborn to 2. 365-5355, 865-0217 or 365-8192

 

'Winfield Resale Shoppe,' off Randolph St. Open Th-F-Sat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by Holy Spirit, Four Seasons Methodist, Cross of Christ Lutheran; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso.

 

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

 

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Non-food Needs Pantry for local families, 9:30-11 a.m. fourth Saturday in Casa Maria North Hall. To volunteer or donate, call Karen Boyle at 865-5482.

 

St. Mary Byzantine Catholic, Whiting, Whiting/Robertsdale Community “Lunch with Friends,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall at 2011 Clark St. Call Margaret at 659-4138.

 

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, St. Joseph the Carpenter Ministry assists parishioners with small household repair projects. To request help or volunteer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 365-5678, x267.

 

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

 

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

 

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Ephesus House programs and lunch for adults “55 and better,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3033 Condit St. 972-1944

 

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 also served during same hours. Call pantry at 865-5481. 

 

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, Information and resources provided about parental rights after a miscarriage and respectful burial of the 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.

 

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 10 a.m.-noon last Thursday of every month. Indiana driver’s license or ID required. Call Liz Acevedo at 397-5803, x205.

 

 

Porter County


St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Table of Plenty Free Dinner,' Fri., 4-5:30 p.m., Chapel Hall (bldg. 2).

 

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, 'Café Manna,' Thurs., 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Clothing Center for Those in Need,' M/T/W, 1-4 p.m.; Th/Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 462-0074

 

St. Mary, Kouts, 'St. Mary's Soup Bowl,' 3rd Tues., 4:30-6:30 p.m., parish hall. Free food, fellowship; open to all. 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 beginning Sept. 21. 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. 

 

 

LaPorte/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. Mary, Griffith, Pro-Life Mass, 8 a.m. first Saturday.

St. Paul Respect Life Ministry, Valparaiso, Porter Hospital Abortion Policy Protest, noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at Valparaiso Courthouse. Contact Pat T. at 246-3763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Paul Respect Life Ministry, Valparaiso, Vigil at Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, Merrillville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. third Thursday every month, Pro-Life interaction to save babies lives and interest women in supportive servces from Women's Care Center and Catholic Charities, followed by free lunch and fellowship at Portillo’s, Merrillville. Transportation from St. Paul parish is available; contact Tom at 921-4712; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Respect Life Group seeks baby items, including cribs, mattresses, high chairs, car seats and clothing sizes newborn to 2. 365-5355, 865-0217 or 365-8192

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

 

Multiple dates

 

Dec. 7

St. Stephan, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., preceded by Sacrament of Reconciliation at 8:30 a.m., and followed by Holy Hour.

 

Jan. 11

St. Patrick, Chesterton, March for Life in Chicago, free bus trip and box lunch. Kick-off Mass at 10 a.m., buses leave at 11:15 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit bit.ly/NWI-MFLC-2020.

 

 

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

 

Multiple Dates

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Nocturnal Adoration Society meets from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the first Thursday in the chapel

St. Patrick, Chesterton, Bereavement Ministry with faith-based approach to dealing with grief, 7 p.m. second Monday in Ministry Room, Bldg. 2. 926-1282 or 241-2732

Collegiate Catholics, Faith-sharing meeting for college-aged young adults, meets first Sunday at various locations. Call or text Lena Barajas at 765-2200 to RSVP. collegiatecatholics.org.

• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Exposition of Blessed Sacrament,' 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 'Prayer for Vocations,' every 2nd Thurs. 926-1282 x1

Holy Spirit, Winfield, Friends in Christ women’s faith discussion, 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Call Monica Duffy at 314-9657.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Blue Army Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima 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. Matthias, Crown Point, “Walking with Purpose” Scripture study for women, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free book with registration at 663-2201.          

 Holy Spirit, Winfield, Ladies in Faithful Times (LIFT) women’s faith discussion, 6:45 p.m. check-in, 7-8 p.m. session on second and fourth Wednesdays. 661-0644

 Diocese of Gary, Ultrea for Women’s Cursillo alumni, after 10 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of every month at Holy Spirit, Winfield. Contact  Lyn Haniacek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text to 359-9529.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Marian Devotions biweekly, 8 p.m. second Sunday and 7:30 p.m. fourth Sunday at the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

• 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.

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Food and Fellowship for all in 20’s and 30’s. singles, couples, divorced, Catholic or not, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month in Legacy Center. Bring a side dish, main course is provided, and a canned good for charity. Children’s activities provided. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (218) 780-0595

• St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Fatima Devotions with benediction, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 27, May 1, June 26 and Sept. 25, followed by a reception. 879-9281

St. John the Evangelist. St. John, Alpha 201 series on questions about life and faith, including small groups on specific topics, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 12. Sign up in narthex or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monica and Luke, Gary, Bible Study, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “Bible Beer and Beyond” adult Bible study for ages 21 and older, with Father Michael Surufka, OFM, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Sunday at St. John Malt Brothers Tap Room, St. John. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit charity.

James the Less, Highland, Young Adult Bible Study for ages 18-25, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, followed by a gathering at a local restaurant. No registration. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Tuesday Evening Study Group discusses Bishop Robert Barron’s “Letter to a Suffering Church,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19,26, Dec. 3, and 10 in Founders Room (lower level of school). Refer questions to Margaret Saliga at 659-4138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

cursillogary.nwiweb.com for inclusion in program. Free will conations to support the Cursillo Movement will be welcome.

St. Joan of Arc/St. Andrew the Apostle Merrillville, Advent Book Discussion series on “Rediscover the Rosary” by Matthew Kelly, 12:10 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc (with light lynch), and 7 p.m. at St. Andrew, all on Wednesdays, Nov. 20-Dec. 11.

St. Ann, Gary, Novena offered to Our Lady of Guadalupe, nightly at 6 p.m. starting Dec. 3 through Dec. 11.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Break Open the Word” Advent Bible Study with Carol Schiessle, for adults, following 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays, Dec. 1-22, in St. Amand Room

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Tuesday Evening Study Group views and discusses Brant Petrie Lectio series on Mary, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10 in Founders Room (lower level of school). Refer questions to Margaret Saliga at 659-4138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Joan of Arc/St. Andrew the Apostle Merrillville, Advent Book Discussion series on “Rediscover the Rosary” by Matthew Kelly, 12:10 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc (with light lynch), and 7 p.m. at St. Andrew, all on Wednesdays, Nov. 20-Dec. 11.

St. Ann, Gary, Novena offered to Our Lady of Guadalupe, nightly at 6 p.m. nightly Dec. 3-7 and Dec. 9-11, and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 (following 5:30 p.m. Mass).

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Novena offered to Our Lady of Guadalupe, nightly at 6 p.m. starting Dec. 3 through Dec. 11.

St. Catherine of Siena and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, Our Lady of Guadalupe bilingual novena, 7 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at St. Catherine, and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9-11 at OLPH.

 

Dec. 6-7

Carmelite Monastery and Shrine, Munster, All Night Vigil to Save a Thousand Souls, confessions at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m., Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, candlelight procession and refreshments, ending with a 6 a.m. Mass on Saturday. 836-8779

 

Dec. 7

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Advent Morning of Reflection with Father Jerry Schweitzer, hosted by Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Enrichment Committee, 8:45-11:30 a.m. in lower level of school. Free will offering benefits local St. Vincent de Paul Society. 659-4138

• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Advent Morning of Reflection, “What’s the Word?: The Role of Story in Our Living Scripture” with Dr. Timone Davis, 9 a.m.-noon. Refreshments served. No registration required. Free will offering.

• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Advent Retreat for Women with spiritual reflection and refreshments, 9 a.m.-noon in Trinity Hall. RSVP to Theresa at 365-5856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dec. 8

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Advent Service of Light, 5 p.m.

St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, “From Old Eve to New: The Story of Salvation” Advent Lessons and Carols Service, 7-8:15 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, followed by a reception in St. Gregory Hall. Free and open to all. Call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 with questions, and (812) 357-6611 for updates on Dec. 8.

 

Dec. 12

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Mass of Celebration in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7 p.m. Donate a canned good or a new winter hat, scarf or gloves to place in front of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the preparation of gifts.

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, Las Mananitas at 5 a.m. and Mass at 6 p.m., followed by dinner.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass, 7 p.m., followed by refreshments.

 

Dec. 13

St. Ann, Gary, Bi-lingual Mass honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrated by Father Theodore Mens and Father Joseph Uko, 7 p.m., followed by fellowship and a potluck dinner. Bring statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be blessed.

 

Dec. 14

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Service of the Longest Night prayer and Scripture to acknowledge those who struggle with loss during the holiday season, hosted by Abbey Caskets at 6 p.m. (Central) in the Archabbey Guest House Chapel. Light refreshments follow. RSVP requested, but not required, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (800) 987-7380.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Bi-lingual Mass honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe, celebrated by Father Roque Meraz, 9:30 a.m. Presented by the Hispanic Ministry, honor the new life-size statues of the Virgin and St. Juan Diego, featuring mariachi music, folklorico dancing and fellowship in the narthex. Bring statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be blessed.

 

Dec. 24-25

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Christmas Masses: Bilingual Family Mass at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, English Mass at 8:30 a.m. and Spanish Mass at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day.

 

Sundays

• St. Casimir, Hammond, Polish language Mass, 8:30 a.m.
• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'Family Rosary,' last Sunday of the month, 7 p.m. 'Divine Mercy Chaplet,' 2nd Sunday, before 11 a.m. Mass.

• St. Mary, Griffith, Pray for Peace at 3 p.m.

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Pray for Peace,' after 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Bible Study, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall

 

Mondays
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Light of Christ Charismatic Group,' 6 p.m., bldg. 4, in library. 312-320-7145
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Centering Prayer Group,' 6-7 p.m., St. Patrick Hall room. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tuesdays

 

Wednesdays
• St. Joseph, Hammond, 'Eucharistic Adoration,' 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., religious education building chapel. Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:30 p.m.

• Sacred Heart, Whiting, Rosary prayed in English, 7 p.m. in the parish office, 1717 LaPorte Ave.

 

Thursdays
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Scripture Study Group for Men,' 7 p.m., rectory basement. Open to all; bring your Bible.
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Mustard Seed Charismatic Prayer Group,' 7 p.m., church gathering area. Open to all. 845-6419

• St. Mary, Crown Point, Centering Prayer, 7:45 a.m. in cry room of church.

 

Fridays
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Charismatic Prayer Group,' 6:30 p.m., day chapel. 365-5217 or 934-1947
• St. Ann, Gary, 'Mass, Benediction, Bible Study,' starting with 8 a.m. Mass.
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Divine Mercy Chaplet,' 3 p.m., in church, starting Jan. 8. Open to all. 718-4787

 

Saturdays
• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Men's Rosary & Doughnuts,' 7:30 a.m., in church. Brief talk; doughnuts & coffee afterward.

• St. Thomas Aquinas, Knox, ‘Mass in the Polish language,’ 6 p.m. (574) 772-4134

• Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Judson, ‘Legion of Mary Mother, Exterminatrix of Heresy Praesidium meeting, 9:15 a.m. (after 8:30 a.m. Mass). Contact Bernadette at (574) 772-3341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Sacred Heart, Whiting, Rosary prayed in Spanish, 9 a.m. in the church. 

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Ongoing

• Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, 'Grief Support Group,' 1st/3rd Tues., 6:30-8 p.m., parish office building.
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Alcoholics Anonymous,' Sun., 8 p.m., classroom F.
• Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, 'Compassionate Friends,' 1st Thurs., 7-9 p.m. For those who have lost children or grandchildren. 462-0921 'Rainbows, Spectrum.' For children experiencing trauma, loss, transition. 759-2400

• St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, Valparaiso, 'Alzheimer's Support Group,' second Thurs., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul campus. 477-5433

• Franciscan Adult Day Services, Crown Point, 'Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group,' second Sun., 2:30-4 p.m. 661-5302

• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Breast Cancer Support Group,' second Wed., 6 p.m. 757-6010

• St. Patrick, Chesterton, ‘Bereavement Ministry’ with faith-based approach to dealing with grief, conducted by those who have suffered a loss. Share or listen at 7 p.m. second Monday every month except August in Ministry Room of Building 2. 926-1282 or 241-2732

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, ‘Men's Breakfast Support Group’ for men taking care of person's with Alzheimer's Disease/dementia, 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Viking Chili Bowl Restaurant, U.S. 30, Valparaiso. Call Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, ‘Caregiver Support Group’ for families with Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, stroke and other care responsibilities, 2-3:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, ‘Caregiver Support Group’ for families caring for those with Alzheimer's disease/dementia, 3-4:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month at Pesto's Italian Restaurant, 3123 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Call Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

• Diocese of Gary, Merrillville, Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Support Group sponsored by Catholic Charities, 7-9 p.m. third Monday at Women’s Care Center, 8500 Broadway. Call 472-8059 (Christy or Deborah) for more information, (312) 655-7283 for LOSS intake and (312) 948-7902 to check in case of inclement weather.

• Project Rachel, Munster, Valparaiso and Hammond, Save One post-abortion 8-week support group sponsored by Project Rachel/Catholic Charities, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Munster, 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays at St. Teresa of Avila in Valparaiso and 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Catholic Charities, Hammond. Call 552-2944 for more information.

• Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness Center, Dyer, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter caregiver support group, 5:30 p.m. second Thursday. Visit alz.org/Indiana or call (800) 272-3900.

• St. Matthias, Crown Point, Self-Injury Support Group meets, 6 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of month.

• Franciscan Health Dyer, Free diabetes support group for patients and family, 6-7:30 p.m. third Thursdays in Blessed Mother Room, main level just past admitting area. Registration required at 865-2141, x42605 or 933-2144.

• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Grief Ministry, 6:30-8 p.m. every fourth Monday. Contact Rita at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Retrouvaille of NWI meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday of every month in Trinity Hall. RetrouvailleNWI.org

• St. Bridget, Hobart, St. Augustine Men’s Group helping men affected by pornography use through prayer, accountability and practical tools, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays in church basement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• St. Anthony Village of Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meeting, 3-4 p.m. last Wednesday of every month in Holy Family Conference Room. 661-5151 or franciscanministries.org

St. Peter, LaPorte, Nourish for Caregivers support group meeting, 6:30 p.m. second Wednesdays in rectory. 575-1090

Franciscan Health Dyer, Caregiver Support Group for Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, stroke and other care responsibilities, 2-3:30 p.m. in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

St. Bridget, Hobart, St. Augustine Men’s Group helping men affected by pornography use through prayer, accountability and practical tools, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays in church basement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Anthony Village of Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meeting, 3-4 p.m. last Wednesday of every month in Holy Family Conference Room. 661-5151 or franciscanministries.org

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Divorce & Beyond, starting Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 2019, St. Paul Newman Room at 7:00pm. Register at 219-242-2919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Multiple Dates

 

 

VOCATIONS

 

Ongoing

Serra Club of Northwest Indiana, Hobart, Meal, meeting, prayer and fellowship with group that fosters and affirms vocations to the priesthood and vowed religious life, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Monday every month in the cafeteria at St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. All are welcome.

NO MEETING IN DECEMBER

 

Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, Discernment meeting for those 14 and older considering the priesthood or religious life, 6-8 p.m. on the third Friday of 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.

  

Dec. 2

Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, The Andrew Dinner for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood, with guest speakers Father James Wozniak and Father Roque Meraz, 5 p.m. Mass followed by dinner and program at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Contact/RSVP to 962-8626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Ongoing

St. Mary, Griffith, ‘Tuesday Night Bingo’ volunteers needed weekly at 4 p.m. 922-2283

 

Multiple dates

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, Volunteers needed to provide meal items for men’s shelter at River of Life Church on Decatur Street on select Tuesdays, cook at home and drop off to team member for delivery to church at 6:30 p.m. Call Mary Kowalski at 879-5164 to sign up.

 

Dec. 7

Queen of All Saints Young Adult Ministry, Michigan City, Volunteer at Aperion Nursing Home, Michigan City, 9:30 a.m. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dec. 8

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Volunteer to help with Annual Student Advent Dinner following 5 p.m. Mass. Various times and tasks. Sign up at the parish, 464-4042.

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