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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

Multiple dates

     St. Joseph, Dyer, Drive-in & Drop-Off, No Contact Food Drive collecting canned goods and non-perishable food for parish’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, and 9-11 a .m. Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in church parking lot.

 

Sept. 26

      Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District of Gary, Inc., 13th annual Friends of the Poor Walk, live and virtual, 10 a.m. at Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point. Register at fopwalk.org to donate or collect pledges and walk on your own at the park or at home.

 

Education

Oct. 10

   Diocese of Gary Office of Worship and Intercultural Ministry, “Conference ’20: Pray. Believe. Live. (Repeat)” training and renewal for lectors, EMHCs, RCIA, ministers of care, art and environment and music ministers, with English and Spanish language tracks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Patrick, Chesterton.

 

Sept. 26

    Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of -the-Woods, “Racial Wealth and Income Gap Experience” presented by NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice to develop skills of transformative conversation, 8-11 a.m.(CST) at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. Donations appreciated. Register by Sept. 21 at events.sistersofprovidence.org or call (812) 535-2952.

 

Food & Festival

Sept. 20

    Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Adam Gawlikowski & Friends folk and pop concert, 2 p.m. outdoors at Main Square Gazebo in Highland (new location). Bring your own seating. Proceeds benefit BNI Ignite & Inspire Campaign. Preferred seating is $20 in roped-off, front-of-stage, socially distanced space, available through Sept. 18 at bishopnoll.org/benefit-concert. For other seating, a freewill offering will be collected.

 

Sept. 26

   Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Farm Stand, Taco and Fair Trade Sale, noon-6:30 p.m. in parking lot. Fresh produce, pies and breads, tacos and hamburgers, and coffee, tea, jam, cocoa, scarves, baskets and birdhouses.

 

Oct. 1

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Fall Floral Lunch and Learn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (CST) at White Violet Center. Enjoy a farm-to-table gourmet lunch, tour of expanded flower garden and take-home floral arrangement craft. Fee. Register by Sept. 28 at events.sistersofprovidence.org or call (812) 535-2952.

 

Oct. 2

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, High School Youth Ministry Scary Movie Night and Card Games, 7-9:30 p.m. in the Antioch Room.

 

Oct. 24

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, Middle School Youth Ministry Halloween Party and Scary Movie, 7-9 p.m.

 

Health & Fitness

Ongoing

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

 

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

 

Sept. 15

     St. John Kanty, Rolling Prairie, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Sept. 21

     St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m. Reservations recommended. Register at redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Sept. 24

     St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Sept. 29

   Marian Council Knights of Columbus 3840, Cedar Lake, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m. at K of C Hall, 13039 U.S. 41. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Outreach

LAKE COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 fourth Thursday of every month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. Call 696-9506 for more information.

 

PORTER COUNTY

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

 

LA PORTE/STARKE COUNTIES

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

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

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

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

 

Respect Life

Ongoing

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

 

Oct. 3

    St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m. followed by the luminous mysteries at the grotto, with reconciliation by request. Also Nov. 7.

 

Spirituality

Ongoing

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

 

Multiple dates

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, Middle School Youth Ministry meeting, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 in the Antioch Room.

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, High School Youth Ministry meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and 27 in the Living Room.

     Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of -the-Woods, Coffee with the Mystics series, noon-2 p.m. (CST) on Sundays, Oct. 11 (St. Catherine of Siena), Nov. 8 (Brother David Steidle-Rast) and Dec. 13 at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center with in-person registration limited to 10, and online option open to all. Fee. Register at least a week in advance at events.sistersofprovidence.org, call (812) 535-2952 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 1

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “A Legacy of Leadership: St. Mother Theodore Guerin,” 8-11 a.m. (CST) at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. Lesson on her life, the gift of perseverance and its effect on leadership and personal vision to help current leaders enhance their outlook and talents. Fee. Register by Sept. 26 at events.sistersofprovidence.org or call (812) 535-2952.

 

Oct. 4

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, Middle School Youth Ministry “Super Sunday” meeting, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Avila Hall with games, lunch and a service project.

 

Oct. 10

   Rosary Rally for America, Local Rosary Rally in conjunction with nationwide observance, noon on the Court House Square, Valparaiso. Contact Theresa Biggs at 464-1119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 13

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ecumenical Taize Prayer Service livestreamed free with prayer, music, readings and quiet contemplation, 6-7 p.m. (CST). Visit sistersofprovidence.org to find a link to the service. Also Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

 

Oct. 23

     St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, High School Youth Ministry group attendance at Inspire and Ice Cream Social, 7-9:30 p.m. with adoration and Praise and Worship music in church, following by discussion and dessert for teens in the Antioch Room.

 

Support Groups     

Multiple dates

   Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Virtual Marriage Encounter seven-week series at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 12. For more information or to apply visit wwme-Chicagoland.org or call (630) 577-0778.

 

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.

 

Vocations  

Oct. 23-25

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Come and See Virtual Retreat for single Catholic women 18-42, 6 p.m. (CST) Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday. Learn about the history of the order and foundress St. Mother Theodore Guerin, and ministries that respond to current needs. Register by Oct. 21 at events.sistersofprovidence.org or call (812) 535-2952.

 

Volunteering

Oct. 3

   Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Gary, Young Adult Service Day, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary. The day features a special Mass with Bishop Robert J. McClory, outdoor and indoor service projects, program on parish history and a cook-out. Register at garyoyya.org/yaservice. Bring a mask.

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