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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 219-738-9034; or mail it to this newspaper 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.


Multiple Dates
Diocesan Peace & Social Justice Commission,
'Fair Trade Festival,' May 3-4, after Masses, St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso. Sale of Fair Trade foods, crafts. Open to public. 548-2970 or 312-217-7809


April 25
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Spring Fling Gala,' Halls of St. George, Schererville. Dinner, dancing, auctions. 365-5678 or
• Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, '33rd Annual Emporium,' 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. doors open, at school. Buffet dinner, dancing, raffles, silent/live auctions. $100/person. 932-9058 or


April 26
• St. Michael the Archangel School, Schererville, 'Passport to Our Heritage,' 5:30 p.m.-midnight, school gym. Entertainment, refreshments, silent & live auctions. 322-4531
• St. Mary Catholic Comm. School, Crown Point, 'Art from the Heart,' 6:30-10:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. Local artwork featured. Admission fee. 663-0676


April 27
• St. Bridget, Hobart, 'Luncheon & Style Show: Color Me Spring,' 11 a.m.-4 p.m., parish center. Basket raffles. Advance tickets only. 942-6441
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Mad Hatter Tea & Garden Party,' 1 p.m., parish hall. Benefit for roof replacement. Food, entertainment, raffles. 844-3438


May 2
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Celebrate the Champions,' 6 p.m., Scholl Center. Guest speaker, awards, silent auctions, raffles, refreshments. 210-4506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


May 3
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Casino Royale,' 6:10 p.m. to midnight, parish hall. Gambling, raffles, refreshments.


May 4
• St. Edward, Lowell, 'Mother's Day Tea,' 2 p.m., school gym. Benefit for Carmelite Home. Donations of clothing, toilettes, money accepted.
• St. Matthias, Crown Point, 'Women's Club Crazy Bunco,' 11 a.m. lunch, noon games. Must be 18+ to play. Tickets from parish office. 663-2201


May 15
St. Joseph's Carmelite Home, East Chicago, 'Benefit Centennial Dinner,' Halls of St. George, Schererville. Speaker, Cardinal Francis George. Tickets $150. 659-0967 or 853-9782


May 18
St. Mary, Griffith, 'Men's Club Golf Outing,' noon, Scherwood Club, Schererville. 924-3929 or 924-6077


May 19
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Marquette Mulligan Golf Outing,' noon shotgun start, Long Beach CC. $180/golfer. Includes food, raffles. 210-5406 or


June 8
St. Paul Catholic School, Valparaiso, 'Deacon Jack McGuckin Golf Outing,' 11 a.m., The Course at Aberdeen. $125/golfer. Silent auction. 246-2516 or


July 14
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Annual 59er Classic Golf Outing.' More details TBA.


Fine Arts
April 27
Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary, 'Spring Recital: Dr. Stephen Schnurr," 3 p.m. 50th anniversary of Casavant organ. Reception follows recital. 882-6079


Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
• Polish Women's Alliance, 'Mother's Day Luncheon,' May 10, noon, East Chicago K of C hall. 398-9069
• St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, 'Mother's Day Breakfast,' May 4, 8:30-11 a.m. "Father's Day Breakfast,' June 8, 8:30-11:30 a.m. 952-8626 or
• St. Casimir School, Hammond, 'Spring Fest,' May 16-17, 6 p.m.-midnight; May 18, noon-8 p.m. Ethnic music & foods, games, silent auction, kids' room, beer garden, raffle.


April 24
K of C Msgr. Hoffmann Council, Merrillville, 'Pork Chop Dinner,' 4-7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc hall. Carryouts available. 942-8378 or 942-3320


April 26
St. Mary, Kouts, 'Pork Chop Dinner,' 5-7 p.m., church hall. Carryouts available. 766-3519 or 766-3680


May 18
FCSLA Branch 81, 'Spring Luncheon,' 1 p.m., St. John the Baptist's parochial center, Whiting. 659-3238 or 659-4546


In Progress
Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven, 'Rainbows, Spectrum.' For children experiencing trauma, loss, transition. 759-2400


April 23
Polish-American Cultural Society of NW Ind., 'Meeting,' 5 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.


April 24
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Registration, Course Selection for Incoming Freshmen,' 5-8 p.m., Scholl Center library. 873-1325


April 27
St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'ARCS Seniors Group Meeting,' parish hall. Program, refreshments.


May 8
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond, 'Senior Promise Meeting,' 10 a.m. Topic, medication safety & drug interactions. 1-800-931-3322


May 17
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Freshman Placement Exam,' 9 a.m., Scholl Center computer lab. 210-4505


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. Fees. 886-3549 or 765-1396
• Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministry, '2nd Friday Fellowship,' various sites, activities.


Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drive,' May 11, Aug. 31, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779 'Healthchek Blood Testing,' May 21, 6-8 a.m., Hammes Hall (use door F). Fees. 689-1044
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' April, May, June, 1-3 p.m. Tues., 6-8 p.m. Wed. Fees. 757-6268
• 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 'Free Program: Sinus Treatments,' April 22, 6 p.m. 'Free Symposium: Stroke,' May 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., west auditorium, conference rooms. 836-3477
• St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, 'Diabetes Education Classes.' 392-7786 'Silver Sneakers Fitness Program.' For ages 65-plus. 392-7086 'Free Class: Baby Safety,' May 14, 5:30-7 p.m., cafeteria conference room. 836-3477
Franciscan Alliance, 'Programs on Sinus Problems,' April 23, 30, 6 p.m., Coolspring Health Center, Michigan City; Franciscan Omni Health Center, Chesterton. 800-931-3322
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' May 4, after Sunday Masses, in social hall. 'Free Community Health Fair,' May 17, 9 a.m.-noon, school gym. 464-7000
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' May 1, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; May 12, Marian Council K of C hall, Cedar Lake, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; May 12, St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, 1-7 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or


April 25
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond, 'Donate Life Planting Ceremony,' 12:30 p.m., meet in north lobby.


April 29
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Heartland Blood Drive,' 3-7 p.m., parish hall. 924-4220


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.


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.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:40 a.m. Holy Hour after Mass.


May 4
St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Free Program: Taking Conscience Seriously,' 1:15-3 p.m., social hall. Speaker, Gerard Bradley. Light lunch. 464-4831 x235


Multiple Dates
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Rummage Sale,' May 2-3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., assembly hall. Donation drop-offs April 26, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 902-2032 or 670-1765
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Rummage & Bake Sale,' May 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dropoffs May 14-15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 864-7438 or 924-5783
• St. Matthias, Crown Point, 'Spring Garage Sale,' May 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. Donations accepted May 15-20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 663-2201


May 3
Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven, 'Altar & Rosary Society Spring Craft Show,' 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 759-1169


Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
•Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Bible Study: Judges, 1&2 Samuel,' April 29; May 6, 13, 20, 7-8:30 p.m., OL Lourdes Friary. Presenter, Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, OFM.
• Salvatorian Fathers, Merrillville, 'Visitation of Icon of OL of Czestochowa,' April 26-27. 884-0714 or
• Diocesan Cursillo Movement, 'Cursillo Weekends,' May 1-4 (men), May 15-18 (women), Spiritual Life Center, Hammond. 508-0537
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047


April 26
Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Workshop: Drawing [on] Dreams,' 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fees; bring your own lunch. 398-5047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


April 27
St. John the Baptist, Whiting, 'Divine Mercy Prayer Service,' 3 p.m.


May 1
Holy Spirit, Winfield, 'National Day of Prayer Program,' 7 p.m., Speaker, Joe Faulstich. All churches welcome.


May 4
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'May Crowning,' following 11:30 a.m. Mass, on grounds adjacent to The Shrine of Christ's Passion. Laudate Concert to follow, 3 p.m. 


May 8
St. Edward, Lowell, 'Daughters of Isabella Evening of Reflection,' 4:30 p.m., in church; potluck dinner follows, school gym.


May 10
Catholic Charities, 'Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass & Reception,' 4 p.m., Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary. 886-3549 x331


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.
• Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, 'Spring-Summer Series,' Wed., begins April 30, 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or
• Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven, 'Compassionate Friends,' 1st Thurs., 7-9 p.m. For those who have lost children or grandchildren. 462-0921


Multiple Dates
Hospice Franciscan Communities, 'Grief Recovery Outreach Program,' Tues., April 22-June 24, 5-7 p.m. St. Anthony Assisted Living, Holy Family Center. No admittance after first 3 weeks. 661-5326


April 27
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Caregiver Support Group,' 2 p.m. Open to all. 365-3898 or 888-303-0180


Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Bariatric Surgery Support Group,' first Tues., 6 p.m., Reginald Board Room.


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


Omni Health & Fitness, Schererville, 'Rehabilitation Club,' first Thurs., 3 p.m.


Franciscan Hammond Clinic, Munster, 'Diabetes Support Group,' first Thurs., 6 p.m.


Multiple Dates
Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, 'Camp Marian – Summer Camp for Girls,' June 16-18, at monastery, for girls in gr. 5-8. 812-367-1411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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