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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

 

 

June 8

Sojourner Truth House, Gary, 20th Anniversary Color Walk for STH, with each walker asked to raise at least $100 with a team or as an individual. Contact LaQuita Howell at 885-2282 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Multiple dates

 

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.

 

 

April 18

Sojourner Truth House, Gary, “Coffee & Conversation” program, tour and staff meet and greet, 1 p.m. RSVP at 885-2282.

 

April 25

Diocese of Gary, Information Session on revised Lay Ecclesial Ministry program and new Introduction to Catholicism course, 7 p.m.at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville.  Applications will be available. No registration required. 769-9292, x221

 

April 26-27

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in English, “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Friday, and “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at St. Mary, Griffith. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep. Also Oct. 11-12.

 

April 27

Social Teaching Commission, Diocese of Gary, Workshop on the See-Judge-Act Method of Theological Reflection on Social Justice, with Deacon Dan Lowery, 8:30 a.m.-noon in Trinity Banquet Hall at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Free admission. RSVP to 769-9292, x221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 11 and 13

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in Spanish, “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Monday, at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep. Also Aug. 24 and 26.

 

May 29

St. James the Less, Highland, “Building a Vibrant Parish” informational seminar presented by Liturgical Press Institute, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Also May 30 at Sacred Heart in LaPorte

  

May 29

Sacred Heart, LaPorte, “Building a Vibrant Parish” informational seminar presented by Liturgical Press Institute, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Aug. 24 and 26

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in Spanish, “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Monday, at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Sept. 6-7

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in English, “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Friday, and “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at St. Mary, Otis. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Sept. 21 and 25

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in Spanish, “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Oct. 11-12

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in English, “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Friday, and “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at St. Mary, Griffith. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, AYCE Fish/Shrimp Fry with fried, Cajun fried and baked choices, hot and cold salad bar, 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8-April 12. 759-2400

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Lenten Fish Fry with choice of entrée, 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8, 15 and 22 and April 5 and 12. Enter Door C near cafeteria. 932-9058

St. Mary School, Griffith, Fish/Shrimp Fry with AYCE salad bar, 5-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8, 15, 22 and April 5,12 in Hildebrandt Hall. Call in carryout orders after 4:30 p.m. to 922-2283.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Lenten Fish Fry with homemade sides, 5-7 p.m.

St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, AYCE Lenten Fish and Pierogi Dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent. Carryouts, and discounts for children 12 and younger.

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Fish Fry, battered or bakes, with sides and AYCE salad bar, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8-April 12 in Cara Maria Hall. Children’s menu at a discount. Cash bar and bake sale available.

St. Elijah Serbian Church, Merrillville, Fish Frys from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, March 8-April 12, opening at noon on April 19. Call 769-4375 to place a carryout order.

St. James the Less, Highland, Lenten Perch, Tilapia, Shrimp and Pizza dinners with AYCE salad bar and sides, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 8, 15 and 22. Carryouts available.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago, Annual Fish Fry, Shrimp and Pierogi Dinner, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8, 22 and April 5 in hall. Discount for children 11 and younger. Carryouts available. 962-1073

St. John Bosco, Hammond, Lenten Fish Fry, Shrimp and Pierogi Dinner with AYCE salad bar, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 8, 15 and 22 and April 5 and 12. Enter Door C. Carryouts available.

Knights of Columbus Council 1347, Hobart, 35th annual Fish Frys featuring six dinner choices, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8-April 12 inside St. Bridget School. Children’s menu and carryouts available.

St. Casimir, Hammond, Annual AYCE Fish and Chips dinner with sides and desserts, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, March 8-April 12 in the gym. Enter Door F. Discount for children 10 and younger. Menu also includes pierogi, enchiladas and shrimp with fries. Carryouts available.

St. Edward, Lowell, AYCE Fish/Chicken Tenders Fry, 4-7 p.m. March 15 and 29, and April 12. Discounts for seniors and children 12 and younger.

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Ongoing

St. John Bosco, Hammond, Lenten Soup Supper “Six for $6” sponsored by youth group, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 12-April 10 in parish hall. 844-9027

Andrean High School, Merrillville, “Annie” spring musical, 7 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 1 p.m. April 7. Tickets at the door or bring Andrean Admissions Wristband. 887-5959

 

April 26

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, The Big Event for age 21 and up, with food, cocktails, DJ music, dancing, live auction and raffles. Tickets discounted through April 19. Sponsorships available; contact Julie Sandoval at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 932-9058, x1005.

St. John the Evangelist School, St. John, Spring Fling gala with dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions and live entertainment, age 21 and older, cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Villa Cesare, Schererville. RSVP by April 8 to stjohnspringfling.org.

 

May 11

Holy Spirit, Winfield, “Cheers & Beers” fundraiser with craft beer and wine tasting, food, raffles and silent auction to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 6-9 p.m. in Parish Life Center. Tickets, including discount for designated drivers, available after weekend Masses and at parish. To volunteer, email Renee Clayton at 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.

 

Multiple dates

 

April 24

St. Mary, Michigan City, Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, Michigan City Chapter meeting, 5 p.m. in the school. Open to all, contact Theresa Child at 464-1369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

  

May 8

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Boomers and Beyond senior citizen meeting beginning at 10 a.m. in the Day Chapel with folk music by dulcimer musicians, followed by a Spring Luncheon in Trinity Hall. For lunch tickets, contact Sandi at 365-5326 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chris at 365-3578 by May 1.

 

 

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.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Learn Breathing Techniques to lower blood pressure, calm thoughts, improve circulation and reduce stress, 1 p.m. Thursdays, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 25 in Trinity hall. Fee. Email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

April 23

Franciscan Health Cancer Center Munster, “Early Detection of Colon Cancer” seminar with refreshments, giveaways and door prize, 6-8 p.m. Registration required at (800) 931-3322.

 

May 3

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, “Stroke Symposium: Time is Brain” with vendor fair, educational sessions and free health screenings, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Use west entrance. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at 836-3477.

 

 

OPEN HOUSE

 

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.

 

 

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. 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.

 

April 26

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 at ehackett@stm-school.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also May 31.

 

 

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

 

April 19

St. Stephan, Martyr, Merrillville, Stations of the Cross led by Father Mike Maginot with Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Venegas Assembly Honor Guard, 3 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood in Merrillville.

 

April 27

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.

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

RUMMAGE

 

 

 

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. Thomas More, Munster, “Catholics Coming Home” six-week series to welcome people back to their faith, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 6. Register with parish office at 836-8610.

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Afternoon Tea & Scripture series on “Gospel of Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy,” 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21 in the Newman Room. Fee for text. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Catholic Bible Study on “The Catholic Letters: James, Peter and Jude,” 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 11-March 25 in St. Patrick Hall. Register and pay fee through Jan. 20 after weekend Masses. Cal Linda Hansen at 322-1717 or Deacon Ron Pyle at 808-3255.

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.

Diocese of Gary, “Christian Prayer – Part IV” Pillars of Faith adult faith formation course, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 11-April 15, in English with Bishop Donald J. Hying at St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, in Spanish with Father Roque Meraz at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, and live streamer to Queen of All Saints Legacy Center, Michigan City. Fee. Register online at dcgary.org/PillarsofFaith.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Lenten Parish Renewal on Prophets in the Bible, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13-April 10, followed by Soup and Bread Social.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung in context of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. Sundays, March 10-April 14.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m. in Spanish and 7 p.m. in English on Fridays through April 12, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

• St. James the Less, Highland, Book Club discussions on “Called to Be Holy” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 14-April 11. Call 934-0967 to purchase book.

St. Adalbert, Whiting, Lenten Reflection on “The Covenant, The Cross and The Cup” presented by Father Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S., 7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 19-April 2.

• St. Mary, Griffith, “Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told” DVD series with Father Michael Gaitley, 7-8 p.m. Mondays through April 8 in Tschida Hall and April 22 in church multipurpose room. 924-4163

St. James the Less, Highland, “Lent: Living Our Baptismal Calling” series with Deacon Michael Halas, hosted by Knights of Columbus St. Pope John Paul II Council 16008, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays through April 13, in chapel.

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Candlelit Adoration and Lenten Vespers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 17.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Divine Mercy Chaplet recitation for Lent, 12:45 p.m. March 17, 4:30 p.m. April 19 and 3 p.m. April 28 in the church.

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. John the Baptist, Whiting, Bible Study on the Holy Spirit using the FORMED Wild Goose video series, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 30-May 28. Free, but registration appreciated to Margaret Saliga at 659-4138. 

Catholic Communities of Otis, LaCrosse and Wanatah, Lenten Mission: A Season of Renewal with retreat director/youth minister John Donahue-Grossman, 7 p.m. April 7 at St. Mary, Otis; 7 p.m. April 8 at St. Martin of Tours, LaCrosse; and 7 p.m. April 9 at Sacred Heart, Wanatah, all followed by reception. Free will donations. Child care available.

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, “Catholics Returning Home” five-week series for those who want to want to learn more about the Catholic faith, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 23-May 21 in the Church Office Conference Room. Register by calling the office at 762-4858 or program director Linda Wells at 728-6987.

 

April 19

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Living Way of the Cross in Spanish outdoors from church narthex (weather permitting) through Prayer Path, hosted by the Hispanic Ministry, 5:30 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. Passion of the Lord, Liturgy of the Word and Condolences to Mother Mary.

• Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, Good Friday Stations of the Cross led by Father Rocky Hoffman of Relevant Radio, 3 p.m. on the outdoor prayer trail.

 

April 30

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “Inspired by Mary: Living by Her Example” program and Mass with author Father Edward Looney of Green Bay, Wisc., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center. Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Bring a rosary. Visit lindenwood.org to register.

 

May 4

Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass and Reception, 4 p.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral. Submit form to Pastoral Center or call 769-9292 with questions.

 

May 21

Diocese of Gary, Lay Ecclesial Ministry graduation, 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary. Contact Deacon Dennis Guernsey at 718-5803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 26, 2019

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Diocesan May Crowning, 2 p.m. followed by reception in church hall. 879-9281

 

June 2

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap: When is Enough Enough? How to Find Calm in the Chaos with Allen Tatara for Catholics age 21 and older looking to explore their faith, 6:30 p.m. Beer, pizza and snacks served. 838-0395 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Aug. 17

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Mass and Investiture of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 8 a.m. Those wishing to be invested are to call 879-9281 in advance for reserved seating and to have name called when presented with scapular.

 

Sept. 15-26, 2019

Alpine Europe Pilgrimage led by Father Martin Dobrzynski of St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, air/land tour from Chicago to Germany and Austria. 322-4505, x225

 

Dec. 1

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap: “And God Saw That it Was Good: Beer” with Father Dominic Clemente for Catholics age 21 and older looking to explore their faith, 6:30 p.m. Beer, pizza and snacks served. 838-0395 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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.

 

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. 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

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Grief Bereavement Series for those who have lost a loved one, presented by the Peace & Social Justice Commission, 7 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 21 through April 4. 322-4505, x241

 

Multiple Dates

James the Less, Highland, Wounded Healers grief support groups serving spouses, children, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends, 7-8:30 p.m. April 17, May 1, 15 and 29. Call 924-5577 or visit woundedhealers-nwi.com.

St. Paul, Valparaiso, “Divorce & Beyond” support group begins 10-week session April 24, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Contact Mary Mauer at 464-4831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

April 26

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 by April 23 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. . Also May 31.

 

April 28

Franciscan Health Dyer, Caregiver Support Group art therapy program 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 in advance for planning purposes.

 

May 13

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Let’s Sort It Out” information session for Catholics who are divorced, civilly married, have a blended family and seek answers in support of life as a Catholic, 7 p.m. at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 603 Ridge Road. Beer, wine and light refreshments included; free will offering welcome. Call 923-2952 to register.

 

Sept. 13-15

Diocese of Gary, Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat for all women and men who have experienced an abortion, featuring God’s love and mercy and hope through scripture, meditation and sacraments. Contact Rosanne Kouris at 769-9292, x259 or the confidential Rachel’s Vineyard line at 552-2944.

 

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 

 

 

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.

 

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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