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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 non-perishable food for parish’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in church 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

 

May 3

 

     Diocese of Gary, Lay Ecclesial Ministry Open House for prospective enrollees,7 p.m. at Nativity of Our Savior, Portage. Reservations not required; contact Deacon Dan Lowery at 677-3160 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 

May 6

 

     Diocese of Gary, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Online Formation Session on proposed partnership with Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute, 1-3 p.m. for DREs, youth ministers, catechists, educators and clergy. Contact Sean Martin in 769-9292, x230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Zoom link.

 

 

May 13

 

     Diocese of Gary, Lay Ecclesial Ministry Open House for prospective enrollees,7 p.m. at Sacred Heart, LaPorte. Reservations not required; contact Deacon Dan Lowery at 677-3160 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 

May 24

 

     Diocese of Gary, Lay Ecclesial Ministry Commissioning Ceremony for the Diocese of Gary class of 2021, 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary.

 

 

Food and Festivals

 

May 8

 

     St. Thomas More School, Munster, Inaugural Virtual Eagle Soiree with video program, online auction and cash raffle drawing, 7 p.m. For sponsorships and more information, contact Karen LeLuga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 836-9151, x2307. Purchase raffle tickets in parish office.

 

 

May 30

 

     Knights of Columbus Council 16008, Highland, Double Elimination Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes, food, beverages and broadcast of the Indy 500, 11 a.m. check-in, 11:30 a.m. live draw and noon first round at Hildebrandt Hall at St. Mary, Griffith. Registration for ages 18 and older only ends May 28. Contact Brian Cristofaro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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.

 

Multiple dates

 

     Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Tapped In presents “The Chosen Watch Party” for the TV series about the life of Jesus, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Legacy Center. All ages welcome. Popcorn and water will be served as two episodes of the first season are screened each week. Seating is limited, with distancing and masks required. Call Eileen at 861-3825 for reservations.

 

 

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.

 

 

May 17

 

     Marquette High School, Michigan City, Marquette Mulligan four-person golf scramble fundraiser, 10 a.m. shotgun start at Potawottamie Country Club, Michigan City. Fee includes greens and cart fees, lunch and beverages. To RSVP, contact Brad Collignon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Marquette-hs.org and click on ‘Marquette Mulligan’ block to register.

 

 

May 18

 

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

 

 

June 23

 

     Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, “Swinging for the Sisters” 11th annual golf outing including golf, prize raffle, breakfast and lunch, 9 a.m. shotgun start at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Lemont, Ill. Call (630) 243-3556 or visit chicagofranciscans.org.

 

               

 

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.

 

     St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Non-food pantry for local families, 9:30-11 a.m. fourth Saturday in Casa Maria North Hall. Call Karen Boyle at 865-5482.

 

     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.

 

     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.

 

 

May 6

 

     Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, Mobile Food Pantry visit, 2-3 p.m. first Thursday of every month in parking lot at Cornerstone Church, 7983 Grand Blvd. (north side of U.S. 30), Hobart, and third Thursday of every month at East Chicago Greenhouse, 1615 E. 142nd St., for EC residents only, Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. 397-5803, ext. 205

 

 

May 13

 

     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

 

 

May 27

 

     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

 

 

May 15

 

     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. 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. John the Evangelist, St. John, Holy Hour for Life, 7 p.m. every Friday in Adoration Chapel

 

 

May 1

 

     St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m. followed by a Rosary at the grotto. Reconciliation available at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

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. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Mass, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. 879-9281

 

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

 

     Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Order of Franciscans, Monthly Mass of first Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. at Franciscan Healthcare Munster chapel. Call Mary Ann Meschi at 838-3064 with questions.

 

     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 on “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis and food in the parish center. RSVP required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Health protocols will be followed; wear a mask.

 

     Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Community, Outdoor Rosary, 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Immaculate Conception Grotto, 1800 White Oak Ave., Whiting. Bring your Rosary and a chair, if you like.

 

 

Multiple dates

 

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

 

      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.

 

      Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Community, Series on St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 25 in the lower level Mural Room at St. John the Baptist School (Use 119th St. doors). CDC precautions observed; wear a mask. Call Margaret Saliga at 659-4138 with questions.

 

 

May 2

 

     Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine (Salvatorian Fathers Monastery), Merrillville, 12th Annual Bikers Pilgrimage, Holy Mass in Polish at noon, followed by the blessing of motorcycles and a picnic on the grounds. Variety of foods available for purchase. Face coverings requested. Call 884-0714 for more information.

 

 

May 5

 

     Diocese of Gary, Annual Priest Jubilee Mass for 2020 and 2021 celebrants, 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart, LaPorte. Call Carrie Martinez at 769-9292, ext. 290 for registration

 

 

May 11

 

     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.

 

 

May 16 or 17

 

     Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Outdoor Rosary hosted by Generations of Faith, 10:15 a.m. May 16 or 6:15 p.m. May 17 at Holy Name Cemetery. Bring a lawn chair.

 

 

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.

 

     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 szyngin@iCloud,com.

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