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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 bi-monthly newspaper, so give yourself several weeks time before the event to submit the information. Event notices run until the event has taken place.

 

Education

Multiple dates

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Genesis to Jesus” adult faith formation classes using biblical video, second session Wednesdays, Feb. 2-March 9. There is a fee for the book. Call Janice Gatons at 322-4505, x8241 to register or for more information.

 

        Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Mystics – A Journey of Discovery” lecture series on Meister Eckhart, Dorothy Day and St. John Paul XXIII, 12:30-2 p.m. (CST) in person and virtually on Sundays, Feb. 20, March 13 and April 10. Fee. Register at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

        Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Book study series on “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, offered in-person and virtual, 8:45-10:15 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. (CST) on Thursdays, Feb. 3-24. Fee does not include book. Register by Jan. 26 at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jan. 23

        St. Michael the Archangel School, Schererville, Open House for prospective families, Mass at 9:30 a.m. and school tours at 11 a.m.

 

Jan. 26 and 30

        St. Mary Catholic Community School, Crown Point, Open House for prospective student families, 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 30 with free pancake breakfast with a school tour. stmarycp.org/school

 

Jan. 30

        St. John the Evangelist School, St. John, Annual Open House and guided tours for prospective families, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 365-5451

        St. Paul Catholic School, Valparaiso, Open House for preschool and grades K-8, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact school at 462-3374 or stpaulvalpo.org.

        Our Lady of Grace School, Highland, Open House for prospective families for grades pre-K-8, noon-3 p.m. Call 934-7178 for an appointment. Visit olgraceschool.org

 

Feb. 7

        Chicago Theological , Chicago, Shapiro Lecture: “Voices of Rebellion: Christians and Jews in the Barbadian Battle for Rights” with Reed College professor Dr. Laura Arnold Leibman. RSVP for the lecture and receive the Zoom link at ctu.edu/event/winter-shapiro-lecture-2022.

 

Feb. 13

        Andrean High School, Merrillville, Entrance Exam for 2022-23 school year administered, 1-4 p.m. Also March 12 and April 3.

 

Feb. 18-19

        Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program in English, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart, LaPorte. Registration and payment available at dioceseofgary.org. Also available March 25-26 at St. Mary, Crown Point; Aug. 19-20 at St. Joseph, Hammond; and Sept. 23-24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso.

 

Feb. 25-26

        Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program in Spanish, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Queen of All Saints, Michigan City; April 29-30 at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station; Sept. 9-10 at Queen of All Saints; and Oct. 21-22 at St. Francis Xavier. Registration and payment available at dioceseofgary.org. Also available March 25-26, Aug. 19-20 and Sept. 23-24 at other parishes.

 

Food and Festivals

Feb. 12

        St. Matthias, Crown Point, Trivia Night with refreshments, 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) in Large Parish Hall. Free for all; free babysitting provided. Call 663-2201 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Feb. 10 to RSVP. Traveling trophy to the winning team.

 

Gatherings & Classes

Ongoing

        Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Wednesday Night Fellowship meetings by Zoom, 6:30 p.m. Submit name, email address and phone number to Paul Mulligan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 680-6185 to receive a weekly email notification with link.

        St. Thomas More, Munster, Senior Citizens group meets at 1 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Weis Center for age 55 and older.

 

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

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

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Aeroba Low Class, 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in school building. No charge; bring a mat.

        Diocese of Gary, Natural Family Planning classes begin the third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Registration and payment available at ccli.org or call 769-9292, x259.

 

Multiple dates

        Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary, Young Adult Open Gym on first Wednesday of the month, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m., meal at 6 p.m. and sports at 7 p.m.

 

Jan. 27

        St. Thomas Council 1342 Knights of Columbus, Hobart, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-6 p.m. at St. Bridget School building. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767 and use code “stbsch.”

 

Respect Life

Ongoing

        Office of Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Gary, Outreach at Planned Parenthood, Merrillville, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays. Visit prolifegary.org.

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Respect Life Group seeks baby items, including cribs, mattresses, highchairs, car seats and baby, children’s and maternity clothing. 322-2602, 515-2050 or 741-1709

 

Jan. 23

        Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Community, Respect Life prayer Service, 2-3 p.m. at St. Adalbert Church, Whiting

 

Jan. 30

        Knights of Columbus Council 12149, Valparaiso, Remember the Innocent Pancake Breakfast in solidarity with pro-life movement, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows parish hall, Valparaiso. Free.

 

Feb. 5

        St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., followed by Holy Hour (Dec.-April) (from May-November followed by Morning Office, rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, litany and benediction outdoors at the grotto.) Reconciliation available at 8:30 a.m.

        St. James the Less, Highland, First Saturday Rosary Traveling Prayer Service for Life, 10 a.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Social Outings/Trips

Sept. 13-24

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpine European Pilgrimage led by Bishop Emeritus Dale Melczek and Father Martin Dobrzynski, including Passion Play of Oberammergau. For more information, contact Father Dobrzynski at 322-4505, x220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Spirituality

Ongoing

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

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “What I didn’t Learn in Sunday School” young adult Mass for ages 21 and older, 7 p.m. on last Thursday every month, followed by a faith talk at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Malt Brothers Tap Room, St. John. Seating reservations required at holynamecl.org/event.

        Holy Spirit, Winfield, Saturday Men’s Group meeting, 8-10 a.m. first Saturday of every month, starting with Mass in the church followed by meeting and food in the parish center. RSVP required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

        St. John the Evangelist, St. John, SJE Charismatic Prayer Group, meetings at 6 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Day Chapel. Contact Jim Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “Coffee and Conversation” on Thursdays, 9:15-10:30 a.m. in the Faith Formation Room in the school. For more information, contact Mercedes Austgen at 232-2778 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Multiple dates

        St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Youth Alpha Series for grades 6-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Feb. 1 in the church. Email Andrew Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sin up.

 

Jan. 27

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpha Kick-off Party for the 11-week course exploring the Christian faith, including a meal, video and small group discussion each week, 7-9 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall.

 

Support Groups

Ongoing

        Franciscan Health Dyer, Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 8 p.m. Sundays in Classroom FO.

        St. Agnes Adult Day Center at St. Paul, Valparaiso, Men’s Breakfast Support Group for men caring for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia, 8:30 a.m. first Wednesday at Viking Chili Bowl, U.S. 30, Valparaiso. Call Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

        Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, Compassionate Friends meets for those who have lost a child(ren) or grandchild(ren), 7-9 p.m. first Thursday. 462-0921

        St. Agnes Adult Day Center at St. Paul, Valparaiso, Caregiver Support Group for families caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia, 3-4:30 p.m. first Thursdays at Pesto’s Italian Restaurant, 3123 Calumet Ave. Registration preferred by calling Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

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

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

        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. 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. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

        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.

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Emotions Anonymous support group led by and for people with emotional health problems, following a 12-step program adapted from AA, 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays. No fee; personal sharing is optional.

 

Multiple dates

        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, Feb. 4-6 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. 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. All inquiries confidential.

        St. Mary, Crown Point, Divorce Support Group open to all denominations, 6:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 17 in St. Agnes Center on the church grounds. Call parish office at 663-0044 for more information.

 

Vocations

Ongoing

        Serra Club of Northwest Indiana, prayer meeting to foster and affirm vocations to priesthood and avowed religious life, 6:30 p.m. third Monday of every month at St. Bridget, Hobart. Call Susan Gryfakis at 688-8209 or John Vidal at 689-7324.

        Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, Discernment meeting for those 14 and older considering the priesthood or religious life, 6-8 p.m. third Friday every month. Call Father Chris Stanish at 464-4042, or visit garyvocations.com.

 

Volunteering

Ongoing

        St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Church tour guides needed from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, contact Pat Millerick at 558-8944 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Feb. 17

        St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Up to 20 volunteers needed from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month to fill and decorate care packages for cancer patients at Phil’s Friends in Crown Point. Contact parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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