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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

 

Aug. 24-25

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Annual Book Faure to benefit teens trip to NCYC, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday in church hall. Fill a bag and make a donation. Drop off book donations in church office foyer.

 

Aug. 25

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, ‘Angel’ canvas painting fundraiser to benefit OLPH Roof Fund, 11:30 a.m.-2 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.

 

Sept. 9

Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, Ninth annual Shrine Golf Classic, registration, grilled lunch and free putting contest at 11 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and dinner, open bar and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., at White Hawk Country Club, Crown Point. 616-1760

 

Sept. 28

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 12th annual Friends of the Poor Walk, 9 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. start at Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point (call Diane at 845-7531) and Gabis Arboretum in Valparaiso (call Cindy at 462-5632). Potluck luncheon after the walk at Lemon Lake. Register at fopwalk.org.

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Multiple dates

Franciscan Health EMS Academy, Emergency Medical Technician certification classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, July 8-Dec. 12 at Franciscan Health Crown Point (apply by June 28), and Sept. 9-Jan. 16 at Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation, Valparaiso. Visit franciscanhealth.org/EMSCrownPoint, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 757-6461.

 

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. .

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Aug. 29

Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Public Safety Speaker Series: “Protecting Children in the Real World: Guarding Against Online Trafficking and What You Should Know,” 6-9 p.m. Register at ccsj.edu/news/speakerseries/august.

 

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. 9

Diocese of Gary, Catechist Formation Series, five sessions, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 7 at the Siocesan Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sept. 11

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Opportunities offered by your local McDonald’s” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by Robert Mazzaro and training manager Jose Martinez, 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.

 

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.

 

Sept. 24

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, St. Michael Book Club open to all parishioners, 11 a.m.-noon discussing the book “Two Steps Forward” by Sharon Garlough Brown. To order book for Sept. 24 distribution, call Peg Kolarik by Aug. 31, or bring own copy.

 

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.

 

Oct. 27

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, BNI October Roman Holiday with a special presentation about the Vatican and Rome, 3 p.m. 932-9058

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

Sept. 11

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS all 51 and older trip to “Tribute to Kenny Rogers”
 at Starved Rock Lodge. Call Carol at 736-5085.

 

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

 

Oct. 22

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS all 51 and older trip to The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, tour at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at the Chop House. Fee for cart. Reservations due by Sept. 1 to Carol at 738-5085.

 

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Ongoing

 

Aug. 15-18

St. Mary, Griffith, Western Days festival with live music, food, beer garden, carnival rides (Megapass available only at rectory, and wristbands), games, car and cash raffles, bingo and Sunday night fireworks. 6-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday. 924-4163 or smgriffith.org

 

Aug. 17

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Chicken Dinner with cash bar and raffles, noon at Great Oaks Banquets, 1310 S. U.S. 41. Tickets discounted for children 6-12; younger children eat free.

 

Aug. 18

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Family Festival with children’s activities, live music and raffles, 120 a.m.-3 p.m. on the front lawn. Purchase Nelson’s BBQ chicken dinners in advance at parish office or at most Masses. 688-6992

 

Aug. 24

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Creator’s Corner all-day scrapbooking and paper crafting event, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in school gym. Lunch, dinner and snacks, goody bag and raffle ticket. Fee discounted until Aug. 1. Register in parish or narthex office or contact Christina Soto at 308-4802 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bertha Sosa at 365-1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 25

St. John Bosco, Hammond, Parish Picnic open to all with ethnic food, kids’ games, raffles, beverages, shaded tables, indoor bingo (1-4 p.m.), polka band (noon-3 p.m.) and DJ (3-5 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. 844-9027

 

Sept. 16

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Inaugural Founder’s Day Celebration with day-long activities and Alumni Mass at 6:30 p.m. 932-9058

 

Sept. 18

St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, East Chicago, 29th annual Women’s Guild gala, “An Autumn Night,” with cocktails, boutique shopping and live music at 4 p.m., and a seated dinner and fashion show at 6 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets.

 

Sept. 29

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Annual Picnic in the Park at Central Park Plaza downtown, starting with Mass at 1 a.m., followed by a meal, games and music.

 

Oct. 6

St. Mary the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City, Oktoberfest 2019 with dinner, raffle, music and games, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Michigan City Elks Lodge on U.S. 20. Free children’s menu for age 11 and younger. 878-1835

 

 

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.

 

Aug. 21

St. Mary, Michigan City, Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, Michigan City chapter meeting, 5 p.m. in the school. Open to all; no membership fee. Contact Theresa Child at 464-1369 with questions.

 

Aug. 27

Diocese of Gary, Office of Youth and Young Adults, Meet and Greet with Vicky Hathaway, new consultant, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Valparaiso. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 29

Diocese of Gary, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Directors of Religious Education meeting, 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at Pastoral Center, Merrillville.

Diocese of Gary, Office of Youth and Young Adults, Meet and Greet with Vicky Hathaway, new consultant, 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart, LaPorte. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Multiple dates

 

 

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.

Franciscan Health Crown Point, Diabetes education classes, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays in three sessions in July, August and September in the Burrell Classrooms, Call 757-6268 for exact dates. Individual appointments also available. Registration and physician’s referral required. Verify insurance coverage with your insurer.

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.

 

Aug. 18

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Aug. 21

St. Stanislaus, Michigan City, American Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Aug. 23

Franciscan Health, Michigan City, American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Aug. 26

Franciscan Health Crown Point, Community Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center, noon-5 p.m. in the Hospital Annex Cafeteria. Donors receive a Chicago Bears shirt voucher. Schedule an appointment at ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules or (800) 786-4483. Walk-is welcome.

 

Aug. 27

Franciscan Health Rehabilitation Services, Crown Point, Lymphedema Seminar for individuals experiencing swelling or at risk for swelling after lymph node biopsy, radiation or other disorders, 5 p.m. at Franciscan Health Crown Point Breast Care Center. 662-5770

Franciscan Health Hammond, Community Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center, noon-4 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Outpatient Surgery Classroom. Schedule an appointment at ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules or (800) 786-4483. Walk-is welcome.

 

Aug. 28

Franciscan Wellness Center, Munster, Community Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Schedule an appointment at ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules or (800) 786-4483. Walk-is welcome.

 

Sept. 5

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Sept. 10

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Medicare Part D Changes” presented by Barbara Rossi from Franciscan Health, 10:30 a.m. in St. Patrick Hall. Register with Carol at 736-5085 by Aug. 30.

 

 

 

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.

 

St. Ann, Gary, Free meal every Saturday except third of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

 

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Summer Farm Stand offering produce for a free will offering, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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, Pro-Life Ministry meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. third Thursday of every month. Call Amy Grogan at (708) 715-2090.

 

Multiple dates

 

 

Sept. 7

St. Stephan, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., preceded by Sacrament of Reconciliation at 8:30 a.m., and followed by recitation of the Rosary.

 

Oct. 3

LaPorte County Right to Life, Fall Banquet Gala with speaker Henriette Ngenga, a Rwandan genocide survivor, 6:30 p.m. at Heston Hills Banquet Center. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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. 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.

Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, Special Fatima Devotions, 7-8 p.m. 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.

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.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist” four-session series, 7 p.m. starting Sept. 10 in St. Patrick Hall. Sign up after weekend Masses in August or call Janice at 322-4505, x8241

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Bible Study: Women in the Old Testament” 11-session series, 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18, in St. Patrick Hall. Sign up after Masses on August 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Direct questions to Linda at 322-1717 or Deacon Ron at 808-3255.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Theology on Tap for young adults, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 10 at Region Ale, Schererville.

 

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.

 

Aug. 18

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Sunday in the Woods: Outdoor Sacred Sites” guided tour, noon-2 p.m. (CDT) meeting the lobby of Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 21

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “The Logic of Being Catholic” Theology Uncorked session for ages 40 and up, with Father Kevin Huber, appetizers and beverage available at 6:30 p.m., with program at 7 p.m. at Gamba Ristorante, Merrillville. RSVP required after all weekend Masses through Aug. 11.

 

Aug. 27

Diocese of Gary, Office of Youth and Young Adults, Meet and Greet with Vicky Hathaway, new consultant, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Valparaiso. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 29

Diocese of Gary, Office of Youth and Young Adults, Meet and Greet with Vicky Hathaway, new consultant, 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart, LaPorte. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sept. 10

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Contemplative Prayer Day Retreat, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Register by Sept. 3 at lindenwood.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 935-1780.

 

Sept. 12

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpha Kick-off Party to begin 11-session series of discussions on the Christian faith. No cost and no homework. 7-9 p.m.

 

Sept. 15-26

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

 

Sept. 27-28

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Parables Overnight Retreat led by Father Jerry Schweitzer, at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Check-in is at 3 p.m. (CDT) Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday. Fee includes meals, materials and refreshments, with single or double accommodations, or commuter options. Register at lindenwood.org or call (574) 935-1780.

 

Oct. 4-6

Diocese of Gary, Office for Youth and Young Adults, NWI Awakening Retreat for college-age young adults, 5:30 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Mass on Sunday in school building at Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake. Cost includes food and lodging. nwiawakening.com

 

Oct. 10

St. Thomas More Holy Name Society, Munster, Evening of Reflection men’s retreat led by Father Michael Yadron, registration at 6 p.m., dinner and program at 6:30 p.m., at Carmelite Monastery, Munster. Fee and form due by Sept. 20 at parish office or Sunday collection basket.

 

Oct. 16

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap for ages 21 and older, “You’re Catholic? So Do You Actually Believe…?” with Matt Kresich. Pizza and beer served. Call 838-0395, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit olgcatholicchurchhighland.org.

 

Oct. 18-19

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “The Worn Out Shoes of St. Katharina: A Transformational Symbol for Our Contemporary Society” retreat at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes lunch, refreshments and book, with options for single or double occupancy overnight stay or commuter. Register at lindenwood.org or call (574) 935-1780.

 

Nov. 7

Diocese of Gary, Mass for Deceased Bishops and Clergy, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary

 

Nov. 8-9

Diocese of Gary, Offices of Worship and Intercultural Ministry, “Source and Summit: Transfigured in the Eucharist” Liturgical Ministers Conference, 6-9 p.m. Friday in the church, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Hall, at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Registration forms available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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.

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.

• 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. 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. 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

 

 

Multiple Dates

Aug. 21

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, “Mourning a Miscarriage? You Are Not Alone” program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crown Point Public Library, 122 N. Main St. Free. Register at 730-9199 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit miscarriedbaby.com.

 

Aug. 25

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.

 

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.

 

Sept. 18

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, “Acknowledging a Pregnancy Loss: What to Say and Do” program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crown Point Public Library, 122 N. Main St. Free. Register at 730-9199 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit miscarriedbaby.com.

 

 

Oct. 11-13

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Chicagoland Region, Couples Weekend, Wyndham Garden Hotel in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Call (630) 577-0778 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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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