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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

 

Feb. 18

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Ethnic Bake Sale hosted by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch 81, 2 p.m. during Senior Day at St. John the Baptist Winter Festival. Benefits St. John the Baptist School.

 

Feb. 25

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Cosmic Bingo under the black lights hosted by the Home & School Association, 7 p.m. early birds start.

 

Feb. 26

Marquette Council 3631 Knights of Columbus, Griffith, Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit Women’s Care Center, noon at K of C Hall, 1400 S. Broad St. Free admission with entry. Prizes. Enter chili at the door or call Brian Popiela at 924-4673.

 

March 3-5

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Frozen Pierogi Sale, 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, after all Masses Saturday and Sunday, in school cafeteria

 

March 9

St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, East Chicago, “An Evening of Dining, Fine Wines & Craft Beer” to benefit the home, 6-9 p.m. at The Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Fee.

 

April 5

Sharing Meadows, Rolling Prairie, “The Luncheon” with door prizes, entertainment and bake sale, hosted by Share Service League to benefit Sharing Meadows, 10:30 a.m. at Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville. Call Eileen Schweitzer at 322-5428 for tickets.

 

May 20

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Fetching Market vintage and artisan goods, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Portion of proceeds benefit the school. fetchingmarket.com

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Feb. 20

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Class of 2021 Freshmen Registration Night and scholarship application deadline, 6-7:30 p.m.

 

Feb. 21

Thomas More School, Munster, Open House for preschool through grade 8, 6-8 p.m. Contact Pam Pasyk at 836-9151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Feb. 22

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Entrance Exam, arrive by 8:15 a.m. at Door A; bring two No. 2 pencils. Fee. Register at 932-9058 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or walk in.

 

Feb. 26

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School, Schererville, Open House for preschool through grade 8, 9:30 a.m. Mass, and 11-12:30 p.m. free pancake breakfast and tours. 322-4531

 

March 9

Franciscan Health Dyer, Franciscan Senior Promise meeting on “Medicare 101,” 10 a.m. 933-2100

 

March 25-26

St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Graduate Theology Program Open House, tour facilities, observe a class and meet students. Visit saintmeinrad.edu/openhouse.

 

March 29

Queen of All Saints School, Michigan City, Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up, noon-6 p.m. Call 872-4420 to schedule appointment.

 

June 23-25

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Fiftieth Reuniting Weekend for class of 1967, Friday gathering at House of Pizza, Saturday dinner at Teibel’s Restaurant, Sunday picnic at Munster Community Park. Reservations required for all events. 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. .

       

 

 

EXCURSIONS/TRIPS

 

March 8

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Bus trip for lunch and musical “Saturday Night Fever” at Drury Lane Theatre, Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., Leave from parish lot at 10 a.m. and depart theater for return trip at 4:30 p.m. Payment secures reservation; call 865-5482.

 

March 16

Franciscan Senior Promise, Lunch and Show “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Theatre at the Center, Munster. Lunch at noon, show at 2 p.m. Transportation on your own. Payment due by Feb. 28. 933-2100

 

April 5

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, Bus trip by St. Joan of Arc Seniors for lunch and musical “Chicago” at Drury Lane Theatre, Oak Brook Terrace, Ill. Reservations due by March 8; call Doris Ban at 942-6211.

 

May 24

Franciscan Senior Promise, Tour of Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, 2 p.m., followed by optional dinner at Dick’s Restaurant. No charge for tour, transportation on your own. 933-2100

 

June 21

Franciscan Senior Promise, Lunch and Fair Oaks Farm Tour, Fair Oaks. Bus pick-up 8:45 a.m. at Franciscan Health Hammond main entrance; return at 3:15 p.m. Payment due by May 25. 933-2100

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Feb. 24

St. Helen, Hebron, All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry sponsored by Council 7473 Knights of Columbus, 4-7:30 p.m. 776-8366

 

March 3

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m. in school gym.

St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, All-You-Can-Eat Lenten Fish Fry, 3:30-8 p.m. in Lessard Hall. Children’s menu, carryouts available.

St. Thomas More, Munster, Lenten Fish/Shrimp Fry hosted by Msgr. Weis Council 10596 Knights of Columbus, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in school gym. Tickets at the door. Carryouts available.

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Feb. 18

St. Edward, Lowell, Fourth annual Dinner and Doo Wop Concert featuring Harbor Lights a cappella vocal group, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. concert. Advance tickets only at 696-7221.

 

Feb. 23

St. Anthony Village, Crown Point, “Beverages and Brushes” painting, appetizers and wine benefit for Adult Day Services, 6:30 p.m. at 203 Franciscan Drive. Reservations required at 661-5150 or 661-5325.

 

Feb. 24-25

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Carnivale Weekend: A Night at the Races from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Vegas Night Experience from 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Raffles, games, food and open bar. One- and two-night tickets available, discounted in advance. 663-2201

 

Feb. 25

Holy Spirit, Winfield, “Cheers and Beers” wine and beer tasting sponsored by Holy Spirit St. Vincent de Paul Society with silent auction, snacks and desserts, music and keepsake. Advance and designated driver tickets discounted at parish office. 252-8544

 

Feb. 26

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Organ concert of French classics and more performed by Deacon Gregory Bim-Merle, 3 p.m. Free will offering accepted.

Knights of Lithuania Council 82, Gary, and Lithuanian American Community Inc., East Chicago, Annual Lithuanian Independence Day lunch and program, 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 66, 132 N. Wiggs Ave., Griffith. Reservations requested to Loreta Vician at 614-2498 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Feb. 28

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS Fat Tuesday Celebration with food and games for all 51 and older, meeting at 10 a.m. and party from noon-2 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall. Call Carol at 805-0413 to RSVP and bring a dessert or side dish to share

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Children’s Mardi Gras with games, prizes, meal and dessert. 5-7:30 p.m. Purchase games tickets at event. 663-2201

Marquette Council 3631 Knights of Columbus, Griffith, Fat Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner, 4-8 p.m. at K of C Hall, 1400 S. Broad St. Proceeds benefit Share Foundation in Rolling Prairie.

 

March 5

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Tatitiana “Tajci” Cameron in live concert “I Thirst,” 2 p.m. with a social to follow in Panel Room of school. Donations accepted. Call Margaret at 659-4138.

St. Joseph, Hammond, Annual Card & Bunco Party presented by Altar & Rosary Society, noon-3 p.m. in Vrabley Hall (North Tower Door)). Light lunch and door prizes.

 

March 8

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by Good Shepherd Council Knights of Columbus, 4-7 p.m. (or while quantities last). Discount in advance. Carryouts available. Call Jack at 365-1505.

 

March 11

St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, All-You-Can-Eat Soup & Salad Dinner hosted by St. Stephen Men’s Club, 4-7 p.m. in parish hall.

• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Third annual Shamrock-N-Roll with craft beer tasting, dinner, silent auction, live entertainment and cash bar, 6-10 p.m. Payment due by March 1.

 

March 18

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Rockin’ with The Relics for ages 21 and older, 6-11 p.m. dinner, music and cash bar in school gym. Free babysitting. Advance tickets only at 696-8148.

 

 

GATHERINGS & CLASSES

 

 Ongoing
• 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.

 

Multiple dates

• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Drumming Circle for Adults to release, restore and heal, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6 and April 3 in Casa Maria South Hall. No experience necessary. Contact Karin Jurek at 865-8956, x302, 218-6259 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Office of Intercultural Ministries, East Chicago, Marriage Prep in Spanish, 3-6 p.m. May 6 and 13, Aug. 5 and 12 or Nov. 4 and 11 at 3814 Grand Blvd. Donation covers expenses and texts. 397-2125

• Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Elk Grove Village, Ill., Feb. 17-19, April 7-9 or June 9-11. Contact Jim and Kris for reservations at (630) 577-0778 or wwme-chicagoland.org.

 

Feb. 20

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, “Understanding Islam” program with Valparaiso University law professor Faisel Kutty, 7 p.m. in Avila Hall, lower level. Light dinner provided.

 

Feb. 22

Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, Michigan City, chapter meeting at 5 p.m. at St. Mary School, 321 W. 11th St. Call Theresa Child at 464-1369 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

March 22

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Senior Series – Bereavement, first of four biweekly programs, 10 a.m.-noon. Light lunch. April 5 topic is “Being a Caregiver,” April 19 is “Mental Health” and May 3 is a “Senior Resource Fair.” 464-4042.

 

June 23-25

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Fiftieth Re Weekend for class of 1967, Friday gathering at House of Pizza, Saturday dinner at Teibel’s Restaurant, Sunday picnic at Munster Community Park. Reservations required for all events. 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. .

 

HEALTH & FITNESS


Multiple Dates

• 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, 'YogaFit Classes,' Tues., 6:30-7:30 p.m., in chandelier room. 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Zumba Fitness Classes,' Tues., 6-7 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 742-6026
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Zumba Gold Classes,' Wed., 12:30 p.m., parish hall. For all fitness levels. Fees. 947-0509
• Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region, 'Lung Screenings,' sites in Chesterton, Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso. Fees. 1-855-472-1659
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Diabetus 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.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solutions They’re Not Telling You About” hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 9 in St. Francis Room (new church basement). Call 365-5678 to reserve a seat.

 

 

Feb. 18-19

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Blood pressure, glucose and oxygen level screenings, after 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses in the east coat room.

 

Feb. 19

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

Feb. 23

Holy Spirit, Winfield, American Red Cross blood drive, 1:30-6 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

Feb. 24

Marquette High School, Michigan City, American Red Cross blood drive, Noon-6 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

March 2

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

April 13

Franciscan Heath Crown Point, Franciscan Senior Promise meeting on “The ABC’s of Dementia,” 10 a.m. in the Marian Education Center. 933-2100

 

May 11

Franciscan Heath Hammond, Franciscan Senior Promise meeting on “Injoy Yoga,” 10 a.m. 933-2100

 

June 8

Franciscan Heath Dyer, Franciscan Senior Promise meeting on “Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness Program,” 10 a.m. 933-2100

 

July 13

Franciscan Heath Crown Point, Franciscan Senior Promise meeting on “Senior Exercises,” 10 a.m. in the Marian Education Center. 933-2100

 

Multiple dates

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solutions They’re Not Telling You About” hosted by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 9 in St. Francis Room (new church basement). Call 365-5678 to reserve a seat.

 

 

OPEN HOUSE

 

Feb. 21

St. Thomas More School, Munster, Open House for preschool through grade 8, 6-8 p.m. Contact Pam Pasyk at 836-9151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Feb. 26

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School, Schererville, Open House for preschool through grade 8, 9:30 a.m. Mass, and 11-12:30 p.m. free pancake breakfast and tours. 322-4531

 

 

OUTREACH


Lake County
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 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 T-Th, 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.

 

 

Porter County
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.

 

 

RUMMAGE/BAZAARS

 

 

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

 

Multiple Dates

• St. Bridget, Hobart, ‘Adult Bible Study: Genesis 1-11,’ 10-11:45 a.m. and 5-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Fee. Bring your Bible.

• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, ‘Stop the World’ daytime retreats,’ 9 a.m.-5 p.m., T-F-Sat. Contact 398-5047 or bethanyretreathouse.org. New Dream Group is forming, to meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Wed. of each month. To register, contact bethanyretreathouse.org or 398-5047.

• Carmelite Shrines, Munster, ‘Blue Army All-Night Vigils,’ 7 p.m. every first Friday of the month until 6 a.m. Saturday. 936-8779

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

 

Feb. 17-19

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Retreat for Busy Catholic Moms, 6 p.m. (CST) Friday to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with prayer, discussion, sharing, journaling, tours, Mass and reconciliation. Fee. Reservations due Feb. 12, or Feb. 2 with lodging, at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Feb. 23

St. James the Less, Highland, Book Club sign-up and book sale for “The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering,” 6:30-7 p.m. Discussions 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

 

Feb. 25

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Busy Moms Day Out retreat, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (CST) Fee. Reservations due Feb. 20 at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

March 3-4

• Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Second annual 24 Hours with Christ, 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday with Eucharistic Adoration, silent prayer, Rosary, Stations of the Cross and activities. 374-7160

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, “Lenten Celebration of Gratitude and Grace” with Marty Haugen, 7 p.m. concert Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Workshop and Day of Renewal on Saturday with Mass at 4 p.m. Call office at 872-4844 for payment options.

 

March 12

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Polka Mass with music by EZ Tones and Polish Luncheon (from Cavalier Inn), noon. Lunch tickets available at parish office or call 663-02201.

 

March 14

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Terre Haute, Day of Reflection for Women Ministers,

1-7 p.m. (CST) Fee includes supper. Reservations due March 7 at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

March 17-18

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Terre Haute, “Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing about Difficult Relationships,” 5-8 p.m. (CST) Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Reservations due March 10, or March 2 with housing, at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

March 18

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Lenten Morning of Reflection with Father Jerry Schweitzer, presented by Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Enrichment Committee, 8:45-11:30 a.m. in Rose Room, 1739 LaPorte Ave. Call Margaret at 659-4138.

 

March 24

St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Day of Reflection for Lay Ministers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST). Fee includes lunch, refreshments and materials. Registration form at www.saintmeinrad.edu/media/431159/day_of_reflection.pdf.

 

March 25

St. Patrick, Chesterton, Diocese of Gary Catechetical Conference, Mass, sacrament of reconciliation, and reflection on the Feast of the Annunciation, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Register at dcgary.org/office-evangelization-events.htm.

 

April 10

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Communal Penance Service, 7 p.m.

 

Sundays
• 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,' Sundays in 2016, 3 p.m.

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Pray for Peace,' after 9:30 a.m. Mass. Open to all.

 

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

• Sacred Heart, Whiting, ‘Lectionary-based Bible Study,’ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Rose Room.

 

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.

 

Thursdays
• 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 Charismatic Prayer Group,' 7 p.m., church gathering area. Open to all. 845-6419

• St. James the Less, Highland, ‘Thursday Morning Bible Study Group’ discusses ‘Prophets I’ by William A. Anderson, DMin, PhD, 9:45

 

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. .

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Ongoing

• Holy Name, 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 Pastoral Center, Merrillville, ‘Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide’ support group meeting sponsored by Catholic Charities, 7-9 p.m. the third Monday of each month beginning Nov. 21. Call LOSS intake at (312) 655-7284, and to check on meeting in case of severe weather, call (312) 948-7902.

St. James the Less, Highland, Wounded Healers winter series, seven non-denominational grief support groups for death of a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, child/grandchild and for teens and suicide survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com

• St. Anthony Village, Crown Point, Alzheimer and Dementia Caregivers support group, 10-11:30 a.m. first Tuesday of the month in Holy Family Conference Room. 661-5302

 

Multiple dates

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, “Divorce and Beyond” 10-step program for those going through a divorce, 7 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 9 through March 13. Call Deacon Ed Bodley at 365-7784.

Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, “Hope for Tomorrow” bereavement support group, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6-March 13 in the Holy Family Conference Room.

St. James the Less, Highland, Wounded Healers winter series, seven non-denominational grief support groups for death of a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, child/grandchild and for teens and suicide survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and 22, March 1 and 15 (with speaker). 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com

 

 

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.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Ongoing

• St. Mary, Griffith, ‘Tuesday Night Bingo’ volunteers needed weekly at 4 p.m. 922-2283

 

Feb. 22

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, New Volunteer Training, 6 p.m. Call 365-6010 to register.

 

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