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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

Multiple dates

   St. Joseph, Dyer, Drive-in & Drop-Off, No Contact Food Drive collecting canned goods and nonperishable food for parish’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 10, April 14 and May 12, and 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 13, April 17 and May 15, in parking lot.

 

May 15

  Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, The Big Reinvent 2 virtual fundraiser, raffle and online auction. Visit bigevent100.givesmart.com for more information or arrange donations and sponsorships at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 932-9058.

 

Education

March 13

        Andrean High School, Merrillville, Entrance exam administered, 1-3 p.m. at the school. Call 887-5959, ext. 260 or complete application at andreanhs.org/apply. Also offered April 18 (1-6 p.m.)

 

March 14

        Chicago Theological , Chicago, “Enfolded with Affection: Imagining ‘Us’ in Creation Theology” CTU Lecture Series on God’s Creation with Sister Elizabeth A. Jonson, CSJ, distinguished professor emerita at Fordham University, 3 p.m. on Zoom. Register at ctu.edu/event.

 

March 25

        Andrean High School, Merrillville, Zoom Niner Night, 7 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to talk with students, parents, and faculty on Zoom. Families must complete registration at andreanhs.org/rsvp to receive the direct meeting link before the event date. Also scheduled for April 22.

 

Food and Festivals

Multiple dates

        St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, Lenten Fish and Pierogi Dinner on Fridays in Lent. Curbside pick-up only, 4-6 p.m. or while supplies last. Dinners include fried or baked fish, pierogi, cole slaw and potato. Order tickets at standrewfishdinner.com

        Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Drive-Thru Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. March 5 and 19,

includes fried fish and sides. Shrimp and pierogi available on site. Purchase tickets at paypal.com/instantcommerce/checkout/A4TPMBUG75Z7N.

        St. Mary, Griffith, Annual Fish Fry, carry-outs only, 4:30-6:30 p.m., on Fridays through March 26. Call 922-2283 to place an order or drive up to order.

 

March 5

        St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Friday Fish Fry, carryout only meals from 4-7 p.m. with baked or fried pollock and sides, masks and social distancing observed. Reserve dinners through purchase after Mass in February or online at https://tinyurl.com/kofc12177fishfry.

        Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, Drive-Thru Fish Fry hosted by the Knights of Columbus, 4-6:30 p.m. Fish or shrimp dinner includes fries, cole slaw and vegetable. Family size cabbage and noodles and desserts available.

 

Gatherings & Classes

Ongoing

        Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Order of Franciscans, Monthly gathering, 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays at St. Joseph parish hall, Dyer.

       

March 10

        St. Thomas More, Munster, STMCareer Networking Group meeting “Deloitte Identity and Access Management” by Rachel Petzinger, 7-8 p.m. by Zoom. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link.

 

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.

 

March 16

        Knights of Columbus Council 14240, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m. in St. John Kanty Hall, Rolling Prairie. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

 

April 1

        St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767. Also scheduled for May 6.

 

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.

        Moms & Tots Resale Shop, Griffith, Children’s, women’s and maternity clothing and accessories, and toys, sold to support local pregnancy resource centers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays at 110 W. Main St. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 595-5457.

        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 served. 865-5481.

        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.

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

       

March 11

        Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 2-3 p.m. second Thursday of every month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. 397-5803, ext. 205

 

March 25

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 2-3 p.m. fourth Thursday of every other month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. Call 696-9506 for more information.

 

PORTER COUNTY

        St. Patrick, Chesterton, Table of Plenty dinner, 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays in Chapel Hall (Bldg. 2).

        St. Paul, Valparaiso, Clothing Center for those in need, 1-4 p.m. M-Tu-W, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Th-Sat. 462-0074

        St. Mary, Kouts, St. Mary’s Soup Bowl, 4:30-6:30 p.m. third Tuesday in parish hall. 766-3680

 

March 20

        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, 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, “40 Days for Life” continues through March 28 with a daily prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 8645 Connecticut St., Merrillville. Sign up for a prayer time at 40daysforlife.com/merrillville.

March 13

        Lake County Right to Life, Griffith, High School Oratory Contest, 1-4 p.m. at Hyles-Anderson College, Crown Point. 838-1138

 

Spirituality

Ongoing

        St. Patrick, Chesterton, Bereavement Ministry with faith-based approach, 7 p.m. second Monday in Ministry Room, Bldg. 2. 926-1282 or 241-2732

 

Multiple dates

        St. Matthias, Crown Point, “Lenten Longings” small, faith-sharing communities meeting on Zoom at 11 a.m. Thursdays through March 25. Sign up at stmatthiasparish.net on pastorstoolbox.com.

        St. Matthias, Crown Point, “Walking Toward Eternity: Daring to Walk the Walk video discussion group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 13. Sign up at stmatthiasparish.net on pastorstoolbox.com.

        St. Matthias, Crown Point, “Live Lent!” small, faith-sharing groups meeting on Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 31. Sign up at stmatthiasparish.net on pastorstoolbox.com.

        St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Young Adult Bible Study sessions focusing on the Gospel of John, open to post-college aged through 39, 7-8 p.m. by Zoom. Visit saintt.com and click on banner to register and receive a meeting link.

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Lenten Parish Renewal focusing on the basics of the Bible, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Lent, followed by a Soup and Bread Social.

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, The Chaplet of Diving Mercy sung in the context of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. every Sunday during Lent.

 

March 5-6

        Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “24 Hours with Christ” from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring Lenten Tree tags, guided prayer and meditation, communal prayer, social activities for all ages and refreshments. All parishioners asked to participate for one hour.

 

March 7

        Diocese of Gary Office of Intercultural Ministry, Apostolate for the Other Abled Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Robert J. McClory, 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Holy Angels. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 769-9292, ext. 269. In lieu of a reception, gift bags will be distributed to guests.

 

March 9

        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) the second Tuesday of every month. The 2021 theme is “The Spirit Breathes.” Visit sistersofprovidence.org to find a link to the virtual service.

 

March 10

        Diocese of Gary Office of Religious Education, Evangelization and Family Life, Catechist Evening of Formation with Dr. Marlon DeLaTorre, 6:30-8:30 p.m. online via GoToWebinar. Free. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9195260136304723724.

 

April 17

        Diocese of Gary Office of Religious Education, Evangelization and Family Life, “The Lord is Risen, Do You Believe?” New Evangelization Conference, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mass with Bishop Robert J. McClory, three seminars with Deacon Ralph Poyo and lunch. Cost is $20. Register at https://dioceseofgary.org/office.evangelization.

 

Support Groups

Ongoing

        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. of 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.

 

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 church, Hobart. For more information, call President Susan Gryfakis at 688-8209.

        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. Call Father Chris Stanish at 464-4042, or visit garyvocations.com.

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