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Multiple Dates
St. John Bosco, Hammond,
'Family Halloween Fun,' Oct. 24-25, 6-9 p.m., school cafeteria. Sponsored by SJB youth group. Music, games, crafts. 844-9027


Oct. 25
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Super Raffle Party,' 6-10:30 p.m. Auctions, entertainment, refreshments, gaming areas. 887-5281 x243 or qtego.net/andrean


Oct. 29
K of C Women's Club, East Chicago, 'Bunco & Card Party,' 6-9 p.m., K of C hall, Indianapolis Blvd. Entry fee. Refreshments, raffles, prizes.


Nov. 2
Calumet College of St. Joseph, 'Spirits of St. Joseph Wine Tasting,' 1-4 p.m., Innsbrook CC, Merrillville. Benefit for college scholarships. 473-4318 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nov. 7
Share Foundation, 'Share Our Dreams Gala,' Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster. 778-2585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nov. 15
• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, 'Game Night,' after 4 p.m. Mass, Avila Hall. Benefit for World Youth Day 2016. saintt.com/wydgamenight.asp
• K of C Nativity of Our Savior Council, Portage, 'Wine & Beer Tasting Event,' 6-9 p.m., Nativity parish hall. More details TBA.


Nov. 22
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Silent Auction,' 6-10 p.m., parish hall. 924-4220


Nov. 12
Polonica Pilgrimage Society, 'Bus Trip to Chicago,' pickups 8:30 a.m. from Nativity of Our Savior, Portage; 9 a.m. from All Saints, Hammond; return between 5-5:30 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 31. 464-1369


Multiple Dates
St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Pilgrimage to England, Scotland,' April 13-24, 2015. $4,598/person. 836-8610 or stm-church.com


Fine Arts
Multiple Dates
Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' Oct. 23-25, 7:30 p.m., Evans Arts & Science Building Theatre.


Food & Festival

Oct. 24

• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Trunk or Treating,' 6:30-9 p.m., parish parking lot. Treats, games, pumpkin decorating, bonfire. 322-6124 x308 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'All Saints Day Celebration (Trunk or Treating),' 6-8:30 p.m., church parking lot. Pre-register in parish or narthex office. Snacks provided.


Oct. 25
St. Mary, Griffith, 'Falltober Family Fun Night,' 5-11 p.m., Hildebrandt Hall. Food, beer tent, kids' games, casino. 924-4163


Oct. 26
• Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago, 'Family Day.' Games, fellowship. 398-0253
• St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, 'ACYE Breakfast,' 8 a.m.-noon, Ameling Hall. Includes sale of pre-owned purses, jewelry, hand-crocheted scarves, men's ties; benefit for ultrasound machine. 769-2833
• St. Joseph, LaPorte, 'Vincentian Pork Chop Dinner,' noon-3 p.m., parish school cafeteria. Carryouts available.


Oct. 31
St. Mary, Griffith, 'Halloween Blessing & Treats,' 4-4:15 p.m., at church. Reflective bags also given.


Multiple Dates
St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, 'Trunk or Treating,' Oct. 30, 5 p.m., parking lot. 'Souper Soup Buffet,' Nov. 8, 3-7 p.m. Sponsored by Altar & Rosary Sodality.


Nov. 2
St. Joseph the Worker, Gary, 'Sarma & Chicken Dinners,' 11 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. Raffles, entertainment. Carryouts available. 980-1846


Nov. 6
K of C Msgr. Hoffmann Council, Merrillville, 'Chili Dinner & Taste-off,' 4-7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc parish hall. AYCE chili & hot dogs. 942-8378 or 980-5155


Nov. 8
K of C Msgr. Ryder Council 4047, Merrillville, Polish Fest Dinner,' 4-7 p.m., St. Andrew the Apostle's Ameling Hall. 769-2833


Nov. 9
Whiting K of C, Women's Groups, 'Holupky & Sausage Dinner,' 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiting K of C hall. Carryouts available. 659-2454, 659-3510, or 659-1168


Dec. 6
Polish Women's Alliance Dist. 3, 'Christmas Wigilia Meal,' noon start, Carmelite Banquet Hall, Munster. RSVP by Dec. 1. 218-4420


Oct. 22
Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, 'Free Hesburgh Lecture,' 6:30 p.m., school auditorium. Topic: Global issues & Catholic social teaching. Co-sponsored with ND Club of NW Ind. 932-9058 x1520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Oct. 23
St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Hot Topics of the Catholic Church,' 6:30-8:30 p.m., social hall. Featuring Fr. Patrick Boyle, Precious Blood Fr. Kevin Scalf, Fr. Martin Dobrzynski. Admission fee. 365-0631


Oct. 30
Sacred Heart, LaPorte, 'The Francis Effect: Why is this Man so Popular?' 6:30 p.m., parish activity center. Presenter, Andrea P. Bruinicki. Donations accepted for parish food pantry. 362-2815 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nov. 1-2
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Ministry Fair: Call to Ministry,' church hall. 924-2907 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nov. 2
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Open House,' noon-3 p.m. Entrance exams Dec. 6, Jan. 17, 8 a.m. 887-5281


Nov. 5
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Blue & Gold Night,' 6:30-8 p.m., Scholl Center. Info sessions on school. 210-4505 or marquette-hs.org


Nov. 6
Franciscan Alliance, 'Spirit of Women Little Black Dress Event,' 6-8:30 p.m., Sand Creek CC, Chesterton. Presentations, screenings, prizes. FranciscanAlliance.org/SpiritofWomen


Nov. 9
Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, 'Open House,' 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 932-9058


Nov. 10
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Veterans Day Program,' 11 a.m., Scholl Center. Marine Corps veterans invited. 873-1325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Multiple Dates
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Acrylic Painting Classes,' Tues., 1-3 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 865-5482
• Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministry, '2nd Friday Fellowship,' various sites, activities. dgyoungadult.com
• Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, 'Meetings,' Oct. 22, St. Mary school building, Michigan City, 5 p.m. 464-1369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer-Hammond, 'Senior Promise Meetings,' Nov. 13, Infection Control, Hammond, 10 a.m. Open to those age 55-plus. 800-931-3322
• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, 'Joy-Filled Marriage Program Training,' Oct. 17, 6-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall. Fees. Open to clergy, catechists, anyone helping prepare engaged couples for marriage. 765-1396, 886-3549 x331, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Office of Hispanic Ministry, 'Marriage Prep Classes in Spanish,' Nov. 1, 8, 3-6 p.m., 3814 Grand Blvd. in East Chicago. 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,'  Nov. 16, Dec. 21, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Birth Doula Training,' Oct. 23-25. 757-5754 'Infant CPR & Choking Class,' Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 6 & 8 p.m. 'Safe Sitter Course,' Nov. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fees. 'Baby Care Class,' Nov. 13, Dec. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. 'Breastfeeding Class,' Dec. 9 or 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Fees. 'Preparing for Childbirth,' Tues., Nov. 4-Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 7-9:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6 & 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fees 757-6368 'Free Weight Loss Seminar,' Nov. 19, 5 p.m., Marian Education Center. 852-2518
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'CPR Classes,' 5:30-9:30 p.m., Chesterton Omni. 983-9832 x0 'Diabetes Group Classes,' Coolspring Health Center. 'Diabetes Health Fair,' Nov. 8, 8-11 a.m., Coolspring Outpatient Center. 861-8160 'Preparing for Childbirth,' Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 5:30-9 p.m. 877-1610 'Free Weight Loss Seminar,' Dec. 3, 5 p.m., St. Francis Hall South. 852-2518
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer-Hammond, 'Diabetes Education Classes,' ongoing basis. Fees. 933-2144
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Free Weight Loss Seminars,' Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, 5 p.m., Reginald Boardroom. 852-2518
• Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton, 'CPR-AED Courses,' Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-noon; Nov. 12, Dec. 15, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 983-9832 x0.
• Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Schererville, 'Nurse on Wellness,' Nov. 4, Diabetes; Dec. 2, Metabolism, both 6-10 a.m. 865-6969 'Weight Management Program,' Oct. 21, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. 865-7340
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'PAD Screenings.' Fees. 947-6085
• St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, 'Diabetes Education Classes.' 392-7786 'Silver Sneakers Fitness Program.' For ages 65-plus. 392-7086 'Free 5-Part Series on Strokes.' Call 392-7641 for start dates. 'Health Insurance Enrollment Info Programs,' Oct. 23, Nov. 17, Dec. 9, 2 or 6 p.m., POB conference room, north entrance. comhs.org
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'YogaFit Classes,' Tues., 5:30 p.m., in chandelier room. 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' Oct. 19, St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Oct. 22, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 8 a.m.-noon; Oct. 22, Holy Spirit, Winfield, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 6, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, St. Casimir, Hammond, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Nov. 11, K of C Marian Council, Cedar Lake, 2:30-6:30 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org


St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Free Blood Pressure Screenings,' first Thurs., 10-11 a.m., H&R Spectrum. 836-3477 or comhs.org Also, 'Share Your Grief Support Group,' first Thurs., 4-5:30 p.m., conference room 4. 947-6187


St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' after 7:30/10:30 a.m. Masses first Sun. of each month.


Franciscan Community Services Adult Day Services, 'Free Blood Pressure Readings,' St. Anthony campus, Crown Point, first Mon., 9-11 a.m.; Cloister in the Woods Banquet Center, Munster, first Mon., 2-3 p.m.


Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'St. Clare's Kitchen,' Tues., 5-6 p.m., basement of church. Sponsored by Secular Franciscans.

Missionaries of Charity, Gary, 'Divine Mercy Soup Kitchen,' M-T-W-F-Sat, 9:30 a.m., former St. Mark convent, 509 W. Ridge Rd.

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, 'Soup Kitchen,' Fri., noon-1 p.m., parish hall.

St. Joseph, Dyer, 'Helping Hands Food Pantry,' open 3rd Wed., 10 a.m.-noon, 6-7:30 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. Eliz. Seton, Valparaiso.

All Saints, Hammond, 'Thrift Shop,' open T-Th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations accepted.


St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Table of Plenty Free Dinner,' Fri., 4:30-6 p.m., Chapel Hall (bldg. 2).

St. Teresa of Avila 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


Respect Life
First Sat.
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Pro-Life Mass,' 8 a.m. Next Mass, Nov. 1.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary after Mass; Holy Hour starting in Dec. Next Masses, Nov. 1, Dec. 6.


Multiple Dates
• St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Altar & Rosary Society Art & Craft Fair,' Nov. 1-2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., school gym. 836-5079
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Sodality Christmas Bazaar,' Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., school cafeteria. Includes raffle, bakery. 838-1458
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Craft Fair,' Nov. 15-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall. 805-0619


Oct. 25
• St. Adalbert, Whiting, 'Rummage Sale,' 9 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall.
• All Saints, Hammond, 'Holiday Bazaar,' 9 a.m.-3 p.m., school building.


Nov. 8
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Women's Guild Holiday Bazaar,' 9 a.m.-4 p.m., parish hall. Includes baked goods. Vendors sought. 924-1778
• St. John Bosco, Hammond, 'Altar & Rosary Society Holiday Bazaar,' 9 a.m.-2 p.m., school cafeteria. 845-4887


Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047
• Whiting-Robertsdale Faith Community, 'Symbolon 10 – Video Series on Catholicism,' Tues., starting Oct. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Sacred Heart's Rose Room. 659-4138
• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, ''Mary: 8-Week Bible Study,' Tues., Sept. 23-Nov. 11, noon-2 p.m., Sept. 23-Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Video-based series. 762-4858

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Series: W'omen of Grace, the Abundant Life,' Fri., thru Nov. 21, noon-2 p.m., Newman Room. 548-8846 or 464-4831
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Parish Mission: Signed & Sealed with the Cross,' Oct. 26-28, 7 p.m., in church Speaker, Franciscan Fr. Albert Hasse. 322-4505


Oct. 25
Camino y Esperanza (Way & Hope), 'Pastoral Matrimonial Congress,' Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond. Fees. 406-1467, 671-7799, or CaminoyEsperanza.net


Nov. 1
St. Margaret Mary, Hammond, 'Retreat in Spanish,' 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 931-5229


St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Light of Christ Charismatic Group,' 6 p.m., bldg. 4, in library. 921-1428 or 312-320-7145


• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Scripture Study Group for Men,' 7 p.m., rectory basement. Open to all; bring your Bible.
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Exposition of Blessed Sacrament,' 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 'Prayer for Vocations,' every 2nd Thurs. 926-1282 x1
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Mustard Seed Prayer Group,' 7 p.m., church gathering area. Open to all. 845-6419


• 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.


Support Groups
In Progress
• Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Grief Support Group,' 1st/3rd Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., parish office.
• Holy Trinity (Croatian), East Chicago, 'Free Parent Support Group,' Mon/Thurs, 10 a.m.-noon. 886-1111
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Alcoholics Anonymous,' Sun., 8 p.m., classroom F.
• Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven, '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
• Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, 'Fall Series,' Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Divorce & Beyond,' started Sept. 9, 7-9 p.m., Newman Room. Fees. 464-4831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Bereavement Sessions,' 7 meetings, started Sept. 18, Thurs., 7-8:30 p.m., meeting room in St. Patrick Hall. 322-4505 x241


Multiple Dates
St. Patrick, Chesterton, '5-Week Bereavement Workshop,' Mon., Oct. 13 thru Nov. 10, 7 p.m., ministry room of building 2. 926-1282


Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Bariatric Surgery Support Group,' first Tues., 6 p.m., Reginald Board Room; first Thurs.,11 a.m., Blessed Mother Room. 852-2518


Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond, 'Parkinson's Disease Support Group,' first Sat., 2-4 p.m.


Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Parkinson's Disease Support Group,' first Mon., 4-6 p.m., Marian Education Center. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Franciscan Hammond Clinic, 'Diabetes Support Group,' first Thurs., 6 p.m. 836-5800


Multiple Dates
• Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, 'Retreat for Young Women,' Oct. 24-26. For women ages 17-35, interested in religious life. 414-453-4040 or carmelitedcjnorth.org
• Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Fall Discernment Weekend,' Oct. 31-Nov. 2. For Catholic women ages 18-42. No charge. 1-800-860-1840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Diocese of Gary Vocations Office, 'Discernment Weekend,' Nov. 6-8, Bishop Bruté College Seminary, Indianapolis. For young men ages high school thru college. 743-5217 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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