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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.

 

Benefits

Oct. 23-31

         St. James the Less, Highland, St. James Women’s Guild will take orders for fresh Christmas wreaths, table-top trees and pierogies Oct. 23-31. Contact Janis Thiel at 742-3004 or Jo Kranenburg at 838-5953.

 

Nov. 6

         Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Gary District Council, Mass with Bishop Robert J. McClory at 4 p.m., followed by SVDP Building Fund Dinner and Silent Auction, at Holy Spirit in Winfield. No charge for catered dinner, but RSVP requested to 845-7531 by Oct. 27. Donations of silent auction items welcome by calling Diane at 743-3321.

 

         St. James the Less, Highland, Craft and Vendor Market hosted by Women’s Guild of St. James Parish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in church hall with 20+ vendors and a bake sale. Contact Janis Thiel at 742-3004.

 

Education

Multiple dates

         Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Gary, Evangelization Training, fall session 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 9 and spring session Jan. 27-March 10 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso. Fee. contact Sean Martin at 769-9292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Food and Festivals

Oct. 22

         Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, “Sip, Savor, Support” fundraiser with dinner, wine pairings, live auction and raffles, 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Banquet Hall, St. Patrick, Chesterton. Must be 21. RSVP at catholic-charities.org/events/dinner or call Esther Miller at 689-3153.

 

Oct. 30

         St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Halloween Trunk or Treat event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lincolnway parking lot. Decorate your trunk and distribute candy to children. Prizes for the top three decorated trunks. Register at stt.com/trunk-or-treat.

 

Oct. 30-31

         Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Holiday Potpourri presented by the OLG Altar and Rosary Sodality with raffles, crafts, holiday décor and gifts, flowers and vintage jewelry, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday in school cafeteria. Sloppy joes and bake sale both days; coffee and donuts on Sunday with last chance sale. Call Carol at 924-8483.

 

Nov. 5

         Share Foundation, Rolling Prairie, 27th Annual Share Our Dreams Dinner-Dance at Croatian Banquet Hall, Merrillville.  778-2585

 

Nov. 6

         St. Mary, Griffith, Las Vegas Night sponsored by the St. Mary Men’s Club, 5:30-11:30 p.m. including a variety of games and cash raffle. Admission fee includes food, desserts and beverages. Call 718-3787 or 808-7599.

 

Nov. 7

         First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Whiting Branch 81, Holiday Luncheon to benefit Carmelite Home for Children in East Chicago, Doors open at 12:30 p.m. at Dynasty Banquets, Hammond. RSVP by Oct. 31 to Becky at 801-6665 or Nancy at 314-0342. Bring a gift card for the children, or deposit a donation in the St. John the Baptist rectory drop box.

 

Gatherings & Classes

Nov. 6

         St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Mosaic Cross Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall. Fee includes all materials and short lessons on peace with God, yourself and others. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Health & Fitness

Oct. 17

         St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Trinity Hall. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

 

Oct. 20

         Franciscan Heath, “Cancer in Women: Everything You Need to Know” webinar, 5:30-6:30 p.m. virtual event with Dr. Naina Mahngar, oncologist. Free. Register at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y1KG9RUnQcOqoEJasMpRyQ

 

Oct. 20-21

         Franciscan Health Michigan City, Blood Drive sponsored by Versiti Blood Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday in Blessed Maria Theresia Bonsel Community Room. Bring photo ID and mask. Schedule an appointment at versiti.org/IL or (800) 786 4483. Walk-ins welcome.

 

Oct. 23

         Knights of Columbus Msgr. Hoffman Council 13003, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, TBA at St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall, Merrillville. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

Oct. 26

         Franciscan Health Fitness Center, Schererville, Blood Drive sponsored by Versiti Blood Center, 3-7 p.m. Bring photo ID and mask. Schedule an appointment at versiti.org/IL or (800) 786 4483. Walk-ins welcome.

 

Nov. 23

         Franciscan Heath, “Cancer in Men: Everything You Need to Know” webinar, 5:30-6:30 p.m. virtual event with Dr. Saud Rana, oncologist. Free. Register at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rDYe0ifeS4eMKMFUKtPevw.

 

Respect Life

Ongoing

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

         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

         Lake County Right to Life, Griffith, Forty Days for Life daily prayers through Oct. 31 outside Planned Parenthood, Merrillville. 838-1138

 

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.

         St. Matthias, Crown Point, Nocturnal Adoration Society meets from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the first Thursday of every month in the chapel. Sign up for a one-hour slot in the back of church or leave a message for Fran at the parish office, 663-2201, or come when available.

         St. Matthias, Crown Point, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the Parish Staff, 9-11 a.m. on the third Thursday every month in the church. All are welcome.

         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.

        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.

Multiple dates

           Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Community, Lectio Series “Faith Not Fear” of the Gospel of St. Mark, by video with Dr. Tim Gray, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 30 in Mural Room at St. John the Baptist, Whiting. Enter from 119th Street doors. Contact facilitator Margaret Saliga at 659-4138.

         Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Tapped In series of talks on “Saints” at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, Michigan City: Father David Kime of “St. John Vianney” on Oct. 20 and Bishop Robert J. McClory on “Overview of the Saints and Bishop’s Coat-of-Arms” on Oct. 27. Contact Eileen at 861-3825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

         Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “What I Didn’t Learn in Sunday School” programs hosted by Matt Kresich for young adults 18-35, Mass at 7 p.m. in church, followed by 7:30 p.m. talk at St. John Malt Brothers pub. Oct. 28 topic is “Who Do You Say I Am?: A Look at the Names for God” and Dec. 2 topic is “Salvation: All of It.” Free, but reserve seating at holynamecl.org/event/.

 

Oct. 16

         Annual Rosary Rally, Valparaiso, noon at the Courthouse Square on Lincolnway to mark Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance on Oct. 13 at Fatima. Contact Theresa Biggs at 464-1119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

         Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Judson, 104th Anniversary Public Square Rosary Crusade, noon at the Norwayne Field gazabo. Call Bernadette at (574) 772-3341 or (253) 307-1530 with questions.

         Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Tapped In Ministry hosts “Becoming an Image of Christ with the Saints” presentation, Q-and-A and book signing with Dawn Marie Beutner, 5:45 p.m. in QAS Legacy Center

         St. Mary, Crown Point, “America Needs Fatima” Rosary Rally, noon on the front lawn. Bring a chair. In case of rain, gather in church.

 

Oct. 19

         St. Matthias, Crown Point, Women’s Prayer Night, 7 p.m. by Zoom. Sign up on pastorstoolbox.com via stmatthiasparish.net homepage to receive a link.

         Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, 1 p.m. in the church.

 

Oct. 19 and 26

         St. Mary, Otis, Catholic Communities Spirituality and Worship Commission presents “Reflection on the Eucharist: Part 1 – Discourse on the Passover Meal” on Oct. 19 and “Reflection on the Eucharist: Part 2 – Discourse on the Bread of Life” on Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. each evening with Father Jerry Schweitzer in church hall. Light refreshments.

 

Oct. 28

         St. Thomas More, Munster, “Day of Reflection” for senior citizens club, 9:30 a.m. Mass in the chapel, with lunch to follow at Weis Center. Reservations required; call parish office at 836-8610.

 

Nov. 2

         St. Matthias, Crown Point, Mass of Remembrance for those who died during the past year, 7 p.m., followed by a reception in the large hall. To submit names for the Mass, call 663-2201 by Oct. 28.

         Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, All Souls Day Masses at noon and 7 p.m., with candlelight procession to parish cemetery following 7 p.m. Mass.

 

Nov. 6

         Diocese of Gary, “Fortitude” NWI Catholic Men’s Conference for males 16 and older, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, St. John. Fee includes lunch. Register at nwicatholicmen.com. To volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Nov. 12-13

         Offices of Worship and Intercultural Ministry, Diocese of Gary, CONFERENCE ’21 Training and Renewal for Lay Ministers, 7 p.m. Friday with Bishop Robert J. McClory and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with keynote and training/renewal sessions and boxed lunch at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Registration info to be announced.

 

Nov. 17

         St. Mary, Otis, Catholic Communities Spirituality and Worship Commission presents “Advent Season” with Deacon John Bacon, 6:30 p.m. in church hall. Light refreshments.

 

Nov. 30

         St. Thomas More, Munster, Third annual “Advent by Candlelight” evening of reflection for all women in the Diocese of Gary, 6:30 p.m. with song, prayer, scripture and presentation by Emily Hackett, DRE. Attend in person or livestream at STM-church.com Facebook Page or You Tube.

 

Support Groups

Ongoing

         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

         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. .

 

Oct. 22-24

         Office of Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Gary, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 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. All inquiries confidential.

 

Vocations

Multiple dates

         Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order, “Share the Good News – Becoming a Secular Franciscan” call out, 2-3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 24 at St. Joseph in Dyer and Nov. 21 at Holy Name of Jesus church basement, Cedar Lake. Contact Kathryn Dominguez at 484-9042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

               

Oct. 29

         Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, Black Tie/White Collar Gala with speaker Bishop Robert J. McClory, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, Trinity Hall at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Black tie optional. RSVP to Jo Anne Rosenow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 464-4042, x8

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