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Multiple Dates
Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond,
'All-Alumni Revue: Rhapsody in Blue & Gold,' May 29, 7 p.m. BNI auditorium. Benefit for Noll Annual Fund. 'We Are Warriors 5K Run,' May 30, 8:30 a.m. start, fieldhouse. 313-0565 or


May 28
St. Bridget, Hobart, 'Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction,' 4-7 p.m., parish center. Benefit for Boy Scout Troop 69. 942-5716 or 947-1529


June 6
St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, '5K Run/Walk,' 8 a.m., Nelson Park in Trail Creek. Benefit for parish.


June 7
St. Paul Catholic School, Valparaiso, 'Deacon Jack McGuckin Golf Tournament,' 11 a.m., The Course at Aberdeen. Includes silent auction. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


June 13
Sojourner Truth House, Gary, 'Walk for Sojourner Truth House,' 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk (1.6 miles).


June 19
• St. John the Evangelist School, St. John, 'Annual SJE Endowment Golf Classic,' White Hawk CC, Crown Point. 650-2209 or
• Vocations Office, K of C Lincoln Assembly 235, 'Benefit Dinner Buffet,' 6-8 p.m., St. James the Less hall, Highland. $50/person. Benefit for sending seminarians to World Youth Day. 614-6511 or 776-8773


June 20
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Legion of Mary Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction,' 5-9 p.m., SJE school gym. Benefit for family of ALS patient. 671-7033 or 365-0582


July 13
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Andrean 59er Classic Golf Outing,' 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. shotgun start, Sand Creek CC, Chesterton. $200/golfer, $50 dinner & auction only. 887-5282 x243 or


Multiple Dates
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Annual Fishing Trip to Eagle Lake, Ontario,' July 25-Aug. 1. $1,485/person. 923-8860 or 670-9601
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Excursion: Turkey, Greece,' Oct. 14-25. $3,985/person. Led by Bishop Melczek, Fr. Dobrzynski. 322-4505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


May 27
Polonia Pilgrimage Society, 'Bus Trip to Lemont, Ill.,' 8:30 a.m. departure from Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 9 a.m. departure from All Saints, Hammond. Tours of churches, convents. 464-1369


June 10
St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'ARCS Trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,' 9 a.m. departure from church. Includes lunch. 662-2236


Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Parish Festival,' June 11-14. Purchase armbands thru
• St. Andrew the Apostle, Calumet City, Ill., 'Annual SummerFest,' June 27-28, church grounds. 708-862-4165
• St. Thomas More, Munster, 'St. Thomas More FunDays,' June 24-28.
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Beer Garden Festival,' July 1-5. 838-0395
• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'Parish Festival,' July 9-12. 762-4858
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'SJE Fest 2015,' July 23-26.
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Summer Festival,' Aug. 7-8. 322-4505
• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Parish Festival,' 4 p.m. outdoor Mass, festivities follow. 872-4844
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Western Days Festival,' Aug. 20-23. 924-4163


June 20
All Saints, Hammond, 'Italian Night,' 5-7 p.m. AYCE pastas, sauces.


June 28
St. Joseph the Worker, Gary, 'Croatian Parish Day,' 11 a.m. Mass, festival in church hall afterward. Bishop Hying, principal celebrate at Mass. 688-6558 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.
• Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, 'Class of '65 Re,' May 29-31. Includes pizza party, dinner, & picnic. Weekend or nightly rates. 696-1805 or 864-8708.
• Office of Intercultural Ministries, 'Marriage Prep Classes in Spanish,' Aug. 1 & 8, Nov. 7 & 14, all 3-6 p.m., 3814 Grand Blvd., East Chicago. 397-2125
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health, 'Senior Promise Meetings,' June 11, Pulmonary Problems & Disorders, Hammond; July 9, Stress Management, Dyer, all at 10 a.m. Open to those ages 55-older. 1-800-931-3322
• Polish-American Cultural Society of NW Indiana, 'Meetings,' June 10, Portage Public Library; June 24, St. Mary school building, Michigan City, both at 5 p.m. 464-1369


May 29
Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 'Human Trafficking National Conference & Brunch: An Educational Experience,' 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Vamos Hall. Federal, state officials to speak. Fees.


June 10
St. Joseph, Hammond, 'Day at Carmelite Monastery & Shrine, Munster,' 10 a.m. Mass, followed by tour, luncheon. Fees. 844-6374


June 26
Catholic Theological , Chicago, 'Murnion Lecture: Is Common Ground Possible in Pursuit of Racial Justice?,' 7 p.m., CTU's Bernardin Center. RSVP by June 5. 773-372-5432


Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' Sept. 6, Nov. 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'YogaFit Classes,' Tues., 5:30 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
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' June 4, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; June 7, St. Casimir, Hammond, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 8, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton, 2-8 p.m.; June 11, Chesterton Health & Emergency Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or
• Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region, 'Lung Screenings,' sites in Chesterton, Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso. Fees. 1-855-472-1659
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' June, July, August, 1-3 p.m. Tues., 6-8 p.m. Wed. Fees. 757-6268
• Franciscan Hammond Clinic, Munster, 'Free Hearing Screenings,' in May. 836-3600.
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Early Pregnancy Class,' May 27, 7-9 p.m., conference room 3. 947-6084 'Diabetes Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Zumba Gold Classes,' Wed., 12:30 p.m., parish hall. For all fitness levels. Fees. 947-0509


May 28
St. Mary, Griffith, 'Spring Blood Drive,' 2-6 p.m. 924-4163


May 30
Franciscan Alliance Spirit of Women, 'Listen Up, Ladies Event,' 8 a.m., Youche Country Club, Crown Point. Speakers, screenings, refreshments. 1-800-931-3322


June 11
Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'Safe Sitter Babysitting Course,' 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fees. 1-800-931-3322


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. Sale June 16, 18.


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, June 6.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary after Mass. Next Masses, June 6, July 4, Aug. 1.


June 4-5
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Peace & Social Justice Rummage Sale,' June 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., June 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., school gym. Donation drop-offs May 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., May 31, 1-5 p.m. 677-2967


June 10-13
St. Edward, Lowell, 'Parish Rummage Sale,' June 10-11, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., June 12, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., June 13, 7 a.m.-noon. Drop-offs June 2-9, 9 a.m. start. 476-6735


Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Weekend Programs,' June 12-14, Aug. 7-9, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 630-577-0778 or
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Bereavement Sessions,' Thurs., started April 9 for seven weeks, 7-8:30 p.m., southwest meeting room in St. Patrick Hall. 322-4505 x241 'Marian Devotions,' Sun., thru Oct. 18, starting at dusk, Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, east side of cemetery. 322-4505 x239 'Bible Study: Story of the Eucharist in Scripture,' Tues., June 16 thru July 21, 7-8:30 p.m., parish hall. Fees. 322-1717 or 808-3255


May 27
Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 'Mary: Biblical Walk with Blessed Mother,' after 8 a.m. Mass, repeated at 7 p.m., parish activity center. Fees. 769-2295 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


May 30
Elizabeth Ministry, 'Service of Light Mass,' 10 a.m., St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville. 558-2187 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


May 31
Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, 'Annual May Crowning,' 7 p.m., St. Thomas More, Munster. 836-8779


June 16
Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Celebration of Life Service,' 6:30-8 p.m. Bring photo of deceased loved one. 232-2778 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


June 22
K of C of Diocese of Gary, 'Opening Mass for Fortnight for Freedom,' 6 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, St. John. Bishop Hying, principal celebrant. Chaplet of Divine Mercy after Mass. 712-4533


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


St. Joseph, Hammond, 'Eucharistic Adoration,' 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., religious education building chapel. Divine Mercy at 3:30 p.m.


• 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.


Multiple Dates
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, 'High School Come & See,' June 25-27. 'Young Adult Summer Discernment Retreat,' July 17-19. 'High School Retreat,' Oct., 17-18. 'Young Adult Fall Discernment Retreat,' Nov. 6-8. All at motherhouse in Mishawaka. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Youth/Young Adults
Multiple Dates
• Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Art Summer Camp,' June 14-July 3, at school, 9-10:30 a.m. for grades 3-5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 6-8. Fees. 210-4507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• CYO Camp Lawrence, Valparaiso, 'Summer Camping Season,' June 24 thru July 25. 736-8931 or
• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Tapped In,' June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, Scarby's Pub (tentatively).
• Office of Youth & Young Adults, 'CYX - Catholic Youth Xperience,' July 17-19, Valparaiso University. For incoming high school freshmen to outgoing seniors.


Support Groups
In Progress
• Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Grief Support Group,' 1st/3rd Tues., 6:30-8 p.m., parish office building.
• 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, '2015 Spring-Summer Series,' Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Divorce & Beyond,' 10-week series, began April 21, 7-9 p.m., Newman Room. Fees. 464-4831


St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Free Blood Pressure Screenings,' first Thurs., 10-11 a.m., H&R Spectrum. 836-3477 or 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.


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


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