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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              

Aug. 11-13

St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, Huge Rummage Sale with food and bake sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily with half-price and Fill A Bag sale on Saturday.

 

Aug. 14

Lake Central High School Choir Alumni, St. John, “Michael T. Lewis in Song, A Celebration of Music, Mentorship, Life and Love,” honoring the late LCHS choir director/stage director, actor and singer, 2 p.m. in the Lake Central High School Auditorium. Lewis was also a former Lowell resident and choir member at St. Edward parish. Donations will benefit the Michael T. Lewis Scholarship Fund.

 

Aug. 21

Sharing Foundation, Rolling Prairie, Father Dennis Blaney’s 90th Birthday Luncheon, 2 p.m. at The Croatian Center, 8550 Taft St., Merrillville. Tickets are available for $25 until Aug. 12 or sold out, with proceeds benefitting Sharing Meadows. Cash bar. For tickets or to make a donation, send to SHARE Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 and write “Fr. Blaney Birthday” in the check memo. Call 778-2585 with questions.

 

Education           

Aug. 17

Diocese of Gary, Virtus Safe Environment Training, 6-9 p.m. in the St. John the Baptist School Founders’ Room, Whiting. Register at virtusonline.org.

 

Aug. 19-20

Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program in English, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph, Hammond. Registration and payment available at dioceseofgary.org. Also available Sept. 23-24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso.

 

Sept. 9-10

Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program in Spanish, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, and Oct. 21-22 at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Registration and payment available at dioceseofgary.org. Also available in English on Aug. 19-20 and Sept. 23-24 at other parishes.

 

Food and Festivals           .              

Aug. 7

Share Foundation, Rolling Prairie, 28th annual Leprechaun Hunt with all you can eat and drink, live entertainment, children’s activities, hayrides, fishing and hunt for 33 cash prize ceramic leprechauns hidden on the grounds, noon-6 p.m. (hunt ends at 5 p.m.) at Sharing Meadows, LaPorte. Tickets discounted in advance, children 13 and younger attend free with guardian. 778-2585 or sharefoundation.org

 

Aug. 14

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Chicken Dinner, 12:30 p.m. at Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 U.S. 41. Tickets available after all Masses and in the parish office.

 

Aug. 20

Holy Spirit, Winfield, Cheers and Beers bear and wine tasting, food, raffles and silent auction fundraiser sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Volunteers needed; contact Renee Clayton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 21

St. John Bosco, Hammond, Parish Picnic, noon-5 p.m. with Polish/Mexican/American food, soda, beer and wine coolers, polka band from noon-3 p.m. and deejay from 3-5 p.m. kid’s games, raffles and bingo (in A/C hall). No admission charge. Lawn chairs welcome. 844-9027

 

Aug. 26

Marquette High School, Michigan City, Blazer Block Party with food, music, dancing, games and cash bar, 6-10 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ticket information. Children 10 and younger admitted free.

 

Aug. 27

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Holy Name Farm Stand, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in front parking lot. Also available Sept. 30

 

Sept. 10

St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Seventh annual Festa Italiana Community Celebration with a parade at 3:30 p.m., AYCE spaghetti dinner from 4-8 p.m. (or while quantities last), and music by Midwest Mike until 9 p.m. Silent auction, basket raffles, fresh cannoli and home-baked desserts, and carryouts available in Lessard Hall. Tickets discounted for children 6-11; younger children eat free. Call 712-1000 for tickets.

Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Judson, Blessed Mother’s Birthday Party and Potluck hosted by the Legion of Mary, Mother Exterminatrix of Heresies Praesidium, 11 a.m. Legionary Prayers with Rosary, followed by potluck at noon at North Judson Park, Pavilion #1. RSVP to Joan at 828-3311.

 

Sept. 28

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS field trip for all 51 and older, to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” show at Starved Rock Lodge in Illinois, depart from parish parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and return at approx. 4:45 p.m. Call Carol at 736-5085 to purchase tickets by Aug. 28.

 

Gatherings & Classes

Aug. 17

St. Thomas More, Munster, Seniors of STM group meets at 1 p.m. at Weis Center for age 55 and older. This final summer meeting will include card, table and dice games.

 

Sept. 14

St. Thomas More, Munster, STMCareer Networking Group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the main hall of STM Weis Center. Wear a mask. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link.

 

Health & Fitness

Aug. 11

Franciscan Health Cancer Center, “Tickled Pink” comedy and breast cancer prevention event including breast cancer survivor and comedienne Tracy DeGraaf, Q-and-A panel, free health screenings, dinner, chair massages and mammogram registration. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 11 at Avenue 912, 202 W. Ridge Road, Griffith. Free, but seating is limited. Register at (800) 931-3322.

 

Aug. 14

Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 10811, Merrillville, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Parish Activity Center, Merrillville. Reservations recommended; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767. Sponsor code is ladycons. Also Dec. 4.

 

Aug. 15

Share Foundation, Rolling Prairie, 29th annual Share Classic 2022 Golf Outing at Long Beach Country Club, including golf, food and a raffle to benefit Sharing Meadows. Sponsorships welcome. Call 778-2585 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Aug. 28

Knights of Columbus Council 26008, Griffith, Golf outing, shotgun start for four-player scramble with best ball format at 1 p.m. at Palmira Golf Course, St. John. Fee includes goodie bag, snack on course and dinner. Prizes for top three teams and contests. Contact Richard Pelzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-8639 or Brian Cristofaro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (708) 717-0634.

 

Outreach

Aug. 6

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Drive-Thru Food Pantry open to all in need, 10 a.m.-noon. Do not arrive before 9:30 a.m. and please remain in vehicle. Open to all.

 

Aug. 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, x205

 

PORTER COUNTY

Aug. 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. 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.

 

Respect Life

Aug. 6

St. Edward, Lowell, Prayer Warriors Family Rosary Prayer Service for Life, 9 a.m. Mass in church followed by Rosary service outdoors at the Marian Grotto with Father Rick Holy. Bring a lawn chair. Contact Mark Gabrione at (847) 630-5990 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Social Outings/Trips

Sept. 13-24

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpine European Pilgrimage led by Bishop Emeritus Dale Melczek and Father Martin Dobrzynski, including Passion Play of Oberammergau. For more information, contact Father Dobrzynski at 322-4505, x220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sept. 28

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, GEMS day trip for all 51 and older to Starved Rock for lunch and a show, leaving from church lit at 9:45 a.m. and returning about 4:45 p.m. Payment is due by Aug. 28 or until tickets sell out, and is nonrefundable. Call Carol at 736-5085.

 

Nov. 9-18

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and more, with Father Declan McNicholas. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Spirituality

Multiple dates

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Marian Devotions with monthly intention, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 21, 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and 18, and 6:15 p.m. Oct. 2 outdoors at grotto.

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Movie Night, 7 p.m. Aug. 17 screening “What If?” in the Parish Center Lobby. Popcorn included. Sign up on pastorstoolbox.com via link on website stmatthiasparish.net.

                               

Aug. 9

Diocese of Gary, Rite of Candidacy Mass for seminarians Nicholas Emsing and William O’Donnell, celebrated by Bishop Robert J. McClory, 5 p.m. at St. Paul, Valparaiso

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Taize Prayer Service in person or via livestream for ecumenical song, prayer, quiet contemplation and inspired readings, 6-7 p.m. (CST) in Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. To find a link to the livestream, visit Taize.SistersofProvidence.org or call (812) 535-2952.

 

Aug. 26-28

Bonds of Marian Love, Diocese of Gary, Conversion Retreat in Spanish, 8 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Lake Ministries House, 13701 Lauerman St., Cedar Lake. Donation includes lodging and meals. Visit bondsofmarianlove.com or call Juana at 365-0582 or Lolita at (708) 833-1578.

 

Aug. 28

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Annual Outdoor Mass and Picnic, 11 a.m. at Central Park Pavilion in downtown Valparaiso

 

Sept. 22-25

Diocese of Gary Cursillo Movement, Men’s Cursillo Weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday evening at Camp Lawrence, Valparaiso. Contact Dan Sweet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Shanona Piegat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Support Groups

Ongoing

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Multiple dates

Palliative Care Dept. of Franciscan Health Dyer/Hammond/Munster, Grief support groups using book “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 4 (first session was Aug. 2) at location to be determined. Call Nicholas Perkins or Chris Kalia at 864-2055 to register.

 

Vocations

Ongoing

Serra Club of Northwest Indiana, prayer meeting to foster and affirm vocations to priesthood and avowed religious life, 6:30 p.m. first and third Monday of every month at St. Bridget, Hobart. Call Susan Gryfakis at 688-8209 or John Vidal at 689-7324.

 

Aug. 20

Our Lady of Lourdes Franciscan Fraternity Secular Order, “Come and See” orientation for prospective members, 9 a.m. in lower level church hall at Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake. For more information, call formation director Tina Popiela at 730-3933.

 

Volunteering

Ongoing

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Mission Meals volunteers are needed 2-3 times monthly to cook a meal for men at the Hammond homeless shelter. Meat and pantry staples are supplied. Call the rectory Office of Faith Formation at 659-0023, x106 for more information.

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