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Multiple Dates
• Catholic Charities,
'Farmers' Market,' Aug. 9, 23; Sept. 6, 20; Oct. 4, 10 a.m., Holy Angels Cathedral parking lot, Gary. 'Golf Outing,' Aug. 25, Briar Ridge CC, Schererville, 8 a.m. $150/golfer. 886-3549 x331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. Ann of the Dunes, Beverly Shores,
'Book Giveaway,' Aug. 9, after 6 p.m. Mass; Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Free-will donation for Haiti mission fund.


Aug. 3
Sharing Meadows, Rolling Prairie, 'Leprechaun Hunt,' noon-5 p.m. 778-2585 or


Aug. 10
Notre Dame School, Michigan City, 'Pancake Breakfast,' before & after Masses. Benefit for class trip to Washington, D.C.


Aug. 18
Calumet College of St. Joseph, 'Crimson Wave Golf Outing,' 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. golf, Lost Marsh Course, Hammond. Various packages. 473-4323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Aug. 22
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Blazer Block Party,' 5-6 p.m. open house; 6-8 p.m. dinner; 6-10 p.m. dancing, cash bar. 210-4506


Sept. 21
'Nun Run 5K & Penguin Waddle Fun Walk,' 10 a.m., Wicker Park, Highland. Benefit for St. Joseph's Carmelite Home. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sept. 28
Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Autumn Tea,' 2-4:30 p.m., doors open 1:15 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help social hall, Hammond. 398-5047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sept. 9
St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'ARCS Trip to Cantigny Park & 1st Infantry Div. Military Museum, Wheaton, Ill.' 789-4725


Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Fun Festival,' Aug. 1-2, 5-11 p.m. 322-4505
• St. Mary, East Chicago, 'Parish Festival,' Aug. 1-3.
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Western Days Festival,' Aug. 14-17.
• St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, 'Parish Picnic,' Aug. 10, 1 p.m. 'Fall Festival,' Sept. 6, 5 p.m.
• All Saints, Hammond, 'Parish Festival,' Aug. 30, 4-9 p.m.; Aug. 31 (Polish Day), 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Aug. 3
St. Stanislaus, East Chicago, 'Parish Festival,' noon-10 p.m. 398-2341


Aug. 9
Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Family Festival,' 5-11 p.m. 872-4844


Aug. 10
St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, 'Chicken Dinner,' noon-1:30 p.m., church hall.


Aug. 9
Office of Religious Education, 'DRE Summer Professional Meeting,' 9 a.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall, Merrillville. 769-9292 x230


Aug. 12
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso, 'HOPE Career Networking,' second Tues., 7-9 p.m., parish hall. Free; open to all.


Aug. 23
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Scrapbooking & Papercrafting Event,' 9 a.m.-9 p.m., school gym. Fees. 308-4802 or


Multiple Dates
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Acrylic Painting Classes,' Tues., 1-3 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 865-5482
• Catholic Charities, 'Marriage Prep,' Aug. 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven. Fees. 886-3549 or 765-1396
• Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministry, '2nd Friday Fellowship,' various sites, activities.
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Theology on Tap,' Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., OLG cafeteria.
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Theology on Tap,' Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Crown Brewing.
• Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, 'Meetings,' Aug. 6, 5 p.m., Portage Public Library; Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary school building, Michigan City. 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,' Aug. 14, Interpreting Lab Results, Dyer; Sept. 11, Home Fire Safety, Hammond; Oct. 9, Medicare Updates, Dyer; Nov. 13, Flu & Other Infections, Hammond, all at 10 a.m. Open to those age 55+. 800-931-3322


Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drive,' Aug. 31, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' August, September, 1-3 p.m. Tues., 6-8 p.m. Wed. Fees. 757-6268 'Free Program: Lymphedema,' Aug. 26, noon, Breast Care Center. 757-6368
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer-Hammond, 'Diabetes Education Classes,' ongoing basis. Four, two-hour sessions. Fees. 933-2144
• 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 'Back to School Fair,' Aug. 1, 3-6 p.m., Highland office, 8141 Kennedy. 'Coronary Health Appraisal,' Aug. 7, 8-10:30 a.m. Fees. 'Free Blood Pressure Screening,' Aug. 14, noon-1 p.m., Whiting Public Library. 'PAD Screening,' Aug. 14, 2-5 p.m. Cardiac Rehab Dept. Fees. 'Free Bone Density Screening,' Aug. 20, 9-11 a.m. 'Teen Childbirth Prep Classes,' Aug. 23-24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; for ages 13-19. 'Free Class: Baby Safety,' Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. 'Physician Seminar: Immunizations,' Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m., POB conference room. 836-3477 'Free 5-Part Series on Strokes.' Call 392-7641 for start dates.
• 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,' Aug. 7, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Aug. 7, St. Mary, Kouts, 2-7 p.m.; Andrean HS, Merrillville, 12:30-6:30 p.m. 1-800-733-2767


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


Respect Life
First Sat.
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Pro-Life Mass,' 8 a.m. Next Mass, Aug. 2.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary after Mass. Next Mass, Aug. 2.


Multiple Dates
• Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 'Rummage Sale,' Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Aug. 2
St. Adalbert, Whiting, 'Rummage Sale,' 9 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. 659-4466


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, 'Encounter Weekends,' Aug. 8-11, Oct. 10-12, both at Burr Ridge, Ill. 630-577-0778 or
• 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. Fees due by Sept. 5. 762-4858


Aug. 3
• All Saints, Hammond, 'Mass in Polish Language,' 1 p.m. 932-0204
• Office of Hispanic Ministry, 'Migrant Ministry Mass,' 4 p.m., Herr Farm, Lowell. 397-2125


Sept. 14
Shrine of World Rosary of Peace, Knox, 'Blessed Mother's Birthday Party,' 2 p.m. Speaker, Fr. Ted Nordquist. Refreshments. Bring your own lawn chair.


Sept. 21
Office of Religious Education, 'Annual Catechist Retreat,' 2-6:30 p.m., Carmelite Shrine, Munster. Fees. Register online at 769-9292 x230


Oct. 11
St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Anointing of the Sick,' 2 p.m.


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


Multiple Dates
Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, 'Fall Series,' Wed., to begin Aug. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or


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, 'Parkinson's Disease Support Group,' second Mon., 2-4 p.m., third Mon., 7-9 p.m., Marian Education Center. Also, 'Free Blood Pressure Screenings,' second Tues., 9-11 a.m., Heart Institute. 757-6141


Franciscan Hammond Clinic, 'Weight Management,' second Mon., 6:30 p.m.


Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'Bariatric Surgery Support Group,' second Tues., 5 p.m., physician conference room.


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