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UPDATE: DUE TO RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS MANDATED BY CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND THE LOCAL CHURCH'S DECISION TO ACT ON AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION REGARDING PREVENTION OF THE SPREAD OF THE CORONA VIRUS, MANY OF THE LISTED EVENTS ARE MODIFIED OR POSTPONED, FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE SOURCE

 

BENEFITS

 

Ongoing

 

• St. Vincent de Paul, Vehicle Donation Program, accepts all types of vehicles to support SVDP's mission to help local residents in need, arrange for pick-up, help with tax receipt. Call Jerry McMahon at 689-9699, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.svdpusacars.com.

 

March 7-April 3

St. Stephen, Martyr Women’s Club, Merrillville, Pierogi Fundraiser, orders taken March 7-April 3, with pick up on April 5. Place orders at church office or call 980-9348 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. M-F.

 

March 29

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, ‘Cross’ canvas painting fundraiser to benefit OLPH Roof Fund, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Social Center. Non-refundable tickets include all supplies and refreshments. Gift basket raffles and 50/50. Payment required in advance; get tickets at parish office 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. weekdays, or call Yvonne at 427-4402

 

July 20

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational with lunch, golf with cart, beverages, dinner and prizes at Innsbrook Country Club, Merrillville. Reduced fee for young alums. Sponsorships welcome. Contact Juli Sandoval at 932-9058, x1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Multiple dates

 

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.

 

April 4

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Entrance exam for prospective students, 8 a.m.-noon (Enter Door A by 7:45 a.m.) Pay $20 fee in school office in advance to reserve a spot. Contact director of admissions Jeff Stur at 932-9058 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

April 8

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Behavior Based Interviewing: Navigating the Franciscan Alliance Website” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by Raquel Torres of Franciscan Alliance, 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.

 

April 16

St. Michael the Archangel School, Schererville, Open House for grades pre-K-8, 6-8 p.m. Enter Door B. Visit stmichaelparish.life or call 322-4531.

 

April 21

Andrean High School, Merrillville, Freshman Welcome Night for members of the class of 2024, 7-9:30 p.m. 887-5959, x260 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

April 25

Andrean High School, Merrillville, Entrance Exam administered, 1-4 p.m. 887-5959, x260 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 16

Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Mass with Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre as presider and homilist, 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist, Whiting. Open to the public

 

June 10-14

St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I training course for Catholic formation for young children, first of three sessions. For details and to register, visit saintmeinrad.edu/continuing-formation/catechesis-of-the-good-shepherd.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

July 18-25

St. James the Less, Highland, Annual parish fishing trip to Canada. Package includes transportation, food, lodging and guided fishing. Bus departs from parish. Call Mike Krupa at 670-9601 for cost.

 

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

• Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago, Annual Fish Fry, Shrimp and Pierogi Dinners, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28, March 13 and 27 in parish hall. Children’s plate and carryouts available.

• St. John Bosco School, Hammond, Famous Fish Frys with perch, shrimp, pierogi and pizza, AYCE salad bar potato and dessert, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28-March 20. Carryouts available. Enter Door C. 845-6226

• St. Mary School, Griffith, Fish, Shrimp and Combo Dinners with AYCE salad bar, dessert and beverage, 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28-March 20. Carryouts available; call after 4:30 p.m. at 922-2283. Children’s choices. 924-8633

• St. James the Less, Highland, Lenten Fish Dinners, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28, March 6 and 13, featuring perch, tilapia, shrimp and pizza, AYCE salad bar, side and beverages. Carryouts available. 

• St. Andrew, Merrillville, Lenten AYCE Fish and Pierogi Dinners, 4-6:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Children’s price, bake sale and carryouts available. 

• Council 7473 Knights of Columbus, Annual AYCE Friday Fish Frys, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at St. Helen Parish Hall, Hebron, March 13 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Valparaiso and March 27 at Holy Sprit in Winfield. Tickets for adults, senior and children; children 4 and younger eat free. 

• Msgr. Connelly 1700 Knights of Columbus and Columbian Club of East Chicago, Fish Fry and AYCE Soup and Salad Bar, 4-7 p.m. every Friday during Lent at 1104 N. Roxanna Drive. Variety of seafood dinners, cash bar, bake sale, kids’ menu, and carryouts. 398-6700

• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, AYCE Fish Fry and Pierogi Dinner, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28, March 13 and 20, followed by Stations of the Cross

• Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, AYCE Fish Fry with several styles of fish and many  side dishes, 4-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28-April 3, hosted by Council 12149 Council Knights of Columbus. Shrimp, soft drinks and desserts available. Eat in or carry out. Discounted prices for seniors and children; children 4 and younger eat free.

St. Edward, Lowell, AYCE Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. March 6 and April 3 in school gym

• St. Catherine of Siena, Hammond, Fish and Shrimp Fry dinners and a la carte, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 6-April 3. Dine in or carry out.

St. Patrick, Chesterton, Fish Fry dinners hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 5929, 5-8 p.m. in classic gym on Fridays, March 13-April 3. Desserts and soda pop available. Tickets discounted for seniors and children 5-7.

• St. Patrick, East Chicago, Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 6  through April 3, in parish hall.

 

April 3

• St. Mary, Kouts, AYCE Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m. Dine in or carry out. Tickets for adults and children 5-12. 766-3680

St. Edward, Lowell, AYCE Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. in school gym

 

 

FOOD & SHOWS

 

Multiple dates

• St. John Bosco, Hammond, Lenten AYCE Soup Supper with different soups each week, salad, bread, dessert and beverage, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 1 in the parish hall, followed by 7 p.m. Mass. Carryouts available.

 

Ongoing

 

March 29

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, “The Art of Fashion” annual fashion expo and dinner, 4 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) at Avalon Manor, Hobart, Cash bar, vendors and raffles. Tickets available at the parish office. 883-1861

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, Canvas Painting Event with all supplies provided, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in social center. Appetizers, desserts and beverages, basket raffles and more. Tickets available at parish center; must register and pay in advance.

March 29

• Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago, Easter Social with dinners, bingo, raffle, door prizes and bake sale in the parish hall. Doors open at noon. Pay at the door. 962-1073

March 29

 Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Ham Bingo hosted by Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council in Vamos Hall. Doors open at noon, early birds start at 12:30- p.m. Door prizes and special games. Food and beverages available.

 

April 5

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Palm Sunday Brunch hosted by BNI classes of 1972 and 1973, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in cafeteria. Tickets, discounted for children 7-12 (younger children eat free) available at bishopnoll.org and school office. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

April 18

Holy Spirit, Winfield, Fourth annual “Cheers and Beers” wine and beer tasting event hosted by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 6-9 p.m. Appetizers, raffles, silent auction and commemorative glass included. Tickets discounted in advance; designated driver discount available. Get tickets at parish or Eventbrite.com (search ‘Cheers & Beers’).

 

April 24

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, “The Big Event” fundraiser for Principal’s Scholarship Fund, 6-11:30 p.m. Food, drinks and prizes for those 21 and older. Tickets discounted through April 17 at bishopnoll.org. Sponsorships available at 932-9058, x1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

April 25

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “A Night with the Nerds” catered dinner and live music, 6-11 p.m. in school gym. Tickets available March 21. Cash bar.

 

April 26

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Second annual Bingo Bash with food and drink hosted by the Altar and Rosary Sodality, 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets available only in advance after weekend Masses. Call Linda Wells at 728-6987.

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Adam Gawlikowski & Friends benefit American folk and pop music concert benefits Ignite & Inspire campaign, 2 p.m. in auditorium. Tickets discounted online at bishopnoll.org or buy at the door. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 18

Marquette High School, Michigan City, Annual Marquette Mulligan golf outing, 10 a.m. shotgun start at Long Beach Country Club, with gift, lunch, beverages and hors d’oeuvres included. Early bird registration fee through April 1. RSVP to Brad Collignon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 873-1325.

 

July 23

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, BNI Night at the White Sox Game vs. Minnesota Twins, 7 p.m. at Sox ballpark. Tickets discounted until April 30 and bus transportation available. Contact Juli Sandoval at 932-9058, x1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchase tickets at school office.

 

Oct. 16

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Annual Tailgate Party for alumni and friends after Homecoming football game in BNI field house. Ages 21 and older welcome. Contact Juli Sandoval at 932-9058, x1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorships and tickets.

 

 

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

 

March 27

Diocese of Gary, STARs respite care program for families with special needs children of all ages, 5-9 p.m. at Chasing Dreams, 8380 Louisiana Place, Merrillville. Register a child or sign up to volunteer at 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. . Call 397-2125 with questions. Also April 24 and May 29.

 

June 12-14

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Class of ’65 Re with Friday social, Saturday dinner at Andorra Banquets in Schererville and Sunday picnic. Contact Elaine Bielefeld at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 696-1805. RSVP by April 30.

 

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 Millennium Drive. Free. Bring exercise mat. Call Amy O’Connell at 663-0044 or visit soulcore.com with questions.

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

Community Healthcare System, Munster and Hobart, “Cancer Transitions, Moving Beyond Treatment” six-week series on exercise, nutrition and other health topics, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 9, at St. Mary Medical Center Conference Room, Hobart. Free, but register with Roxy Propeck at 947-6060.

 

 

March 31

St. Mary, Griffith, Versiti Blood Center blood drive, 3-6:30 p.m. in parish hall. Call parish office at 924-4220 or visit Versiti.org/IL to schedule an appointment.

 

April 4

Queen of All Saints and St. Mary, Michigan City, SoulCore session hosted by Health & Wellness Ministry, devoted to the Stations of the Cross with prayer, reflection and exercise, 9 a.m. in Legacy Center (second floor). All skill levels welcome. Bring mat, light weights and water. Direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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

 

April 16

Lake County Right to Life, 47th annual banquet featuring speaker John Sullivan, co-producer of “Gosnell,” 7 p.m. at Avalon Manor, Hobart. RSVP to 838-1138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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.

• St. 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.

• Lourdes Friary, Cedar Lake, Scripture class on the Book of Genesis, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your Bible.

St. Matthias, Crown Point, “20/20 Vision in 2020: Setting Our Sights on Christ” monthly educational series: 10 a.m. on Jan. 18 - “Strengthfinders;” noon on Feb. 15 – “Preparing for Lent and Easter;” noon on March 14 – “Spirituality & Prayer;” 2 p.m. on April 19 – “Divine Mercy & Confession;” 6 p.m. on May 6 – “Renewal, Rest & Retreat;” and noon on June 13 – “Devotion to Sacred Heart of Jesus,” with July-December dates to be announced. Attend one session or all. To sign up for individual sessions, call parish office at 663-2201.

• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, “Inspire” program with 90-minute adoration and a shared reflection or witness, hosted by campus ministry, 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, March 27 and April 24.

• Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, Special Fatima Devotions, 7-8 p.m. monthly on the 13th day of May through October, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary recitation, benediction, hymns and outdoor candlelight procession. 836-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Women in the New Testament” Bible Study, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 17-April 13 (no class on March 9) in St. Patrick Hall. Fee. Register after most weekend Masses and before 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, Jan. 11-26.  Call Linda Hansen at 322-1717 or Deacon Ron Pyle at 808-3255.

• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, “Inspire” program with 90-minute adoration and a shared reflection or witness, hosted by campus ministry, 7 p.m. on March 27 and April 24.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung in the context of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. every Sunday during Len

• St. James the Less, Highland, Spring/Lent Book Club Series on “Time for God” by Father Jacques Philippe, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 5-April 2. 934-0967

• St. John the Baptist, Whiting, The 99 Masterclass on Evangelization, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during Lent, beginning March 3, in Mural Room on lower level of the school. Registration fee covers materials. Contact Margaret Saliga at 659-4138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “A Biblical Look at Pain, Redemption and Hope” for young adults 18-35, 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 19-April 2 in parish office, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

March 27

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Lenten Stations of the Cross led by parish youth, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

 

March 27-29

(CANCELLED on 3-13)Diocese of Gary, Office of Youth and Young Adults, Teens Are Praying Together (TAPT) weekend retreat at Camp Lawrence. Cost is $90. For details, visit garyoyya.org/tapt, facebook.com/garytapt or call 769-9292 x229.

 

March 28

Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Gary, “Faithfulness” NWI Catholic Men’s Conference, open to ages 16 and up, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with Mass, three speakers, lunch and closing prayer at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Fee. Register at nwicatholicmen.com. 769-9292

 

March 29

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Lenten Tenebrae Service entitled "Who Is Jesus?" by Joel Raney performed by the Queen of All Saints Contemporary Choir, under the direction of Stephanie Sobecki, 3:30 p.m. The events of Holy Week are presented through familiar hymns and spirituals, plus narration, culminating in the crucifixion story. All are welcome and admission is free.

 

April 9

Diocese of Gary, Chrism Mass, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary

 

April 9-12

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Plymouth, “Making the Scriptural Way of the Cross: A Self-Guided Triduum Retreat” with personal prayer and Triduum liturgical celebrations. Check-in at 3 p.m. (CST) Thursday and check-out at noon Easter Sunday. Available on-site or by digital download or Facebook Groups. Cost includes lodging, meals and materials. Register by April 2 at (574) 935-1780 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 31

Diocese of Gary, Adult Confirmation Mass, 2 p.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary

 

 

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.

• 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. 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

Franciscan Health, Dyer, Hammond and Munster, Grief Support Group series of 10 meetings, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 11-April 15 and Sept. 9-Nov. 11. Registration required by calling chaplain Nicholas Perkins at 864-2055 to obtain locations.

• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group meetings, 7 p.m. on first Monday of month in Avila Hall. Contact Vivian Szyndrowski at szyngin@iCloud,com.

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Nourish for Caregivers meeting, 6:30 p.m. fourth Mondays in Legacy Center Room 3 (Use South entrance). Contact Gayle Finney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 921-9433.

 

Oct. 23-25

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. to register or visit helpafterabortion.net for information.

 

 

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.

 

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.

   

 

April 3-5

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Come and See weekend retreat for single, Catholic women 18-42, 6 p.m. (CST) Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday. Meals and lodging included at no charge. Register online at ComeandSee.SistersofProvidence.org or contact Sister Join at (361) 500-9505 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.

 

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