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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
Holy Name, Cedar Lake,
'Tamale Sales,' Orders (by dozen) taken after Masses Sept. 5-6. Delivery Sept. 12-13.



Sept. 5-6
Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Altar & Garden Guild Bake Sale.' Benefit for autumn garden supplies.



Sept. 12
St. Mary Catholic Community School, Crown Point, 'Annual Golf Outing,' noon lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start, Youche CC. 629-5566 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sept. 14
Shrine of Christ's Passion, St. John, 'Annual Shrine Golf Classic,' 11 a.m. registration, White Hawk CC, Crown Point. 765-1760 or



Sept. 19-20
Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Ind., 'Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo.' Series of cycling events to benefit sisters' work.



Sept. 20
St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Food Pantry Benefit Concert,' 4-7 p.m. Casa Maria Hall. Benefit for parish food pantry. Wine tasting also. 865-5482



Sept. 25
St. Anthony Home/Hospice Franciscan Communities, 'Dinner-Dance & Raffle,' 6 p.m. cocktail hour, 7 p.m. dinner, Avalon Manor. 661-5105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sept. 26
St. Vincent de Paul District Council of Gary, 'Annual Friends of the Poor Walk,' Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point & Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, Valparaiso, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk begins, both sites.



Oct. 9
St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'St. Agnes Gala,' 6-10 p.m., Valparaiso Country Club. 464-4831



Oct. 11
Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Tea Fundraiser: Autumn Reflections,' 2-4:30 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help social hall, Hammond. 398-5047 or



Oct. 24
Franciscan Alliance Foundation, 'Northern Indiana Gala,' Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. program, dinner. Benefit for missions program. 661-3401



Nov. 14
Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'K of C Wine & Brew Tasting Fundraiser,' 6-9 p.m., parish hall. 762-8416 or 850-4290



Multiple Dates
• 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.
• St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Fatima-Lourdes-Spain Pilgrimage,' March 7-17, 2016. $3,598/person. Led by Fr. Yadron. 836-8610
• Franciscan Senior Promise, 'Day Trips,' Sept. 15, Notre Dame & South Bend Legends; Oct. 6, Historic Pullman Neighborhood; Dec. 4, Christmas at Rosewood of Delavan, Wisc. Fees vary per trip. 1-800-931-3322



Oct. 8
ARCS of St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Trip to Barrington, Ill.' Includes lunch, visit at tourism center in Hammond. Fees. 662-2236 or 942-6211



Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
• Franciscan Senior Promise, 'Lunch Bunches,' Oct. 20, Dante's Restaurant, Highland; Dec. 15, White Rhino Restaurant, Dyer, 1 p.m. For those age 55-older. 1-800-931-3322
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Fall Fish Frys,' Fri., Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 11, 4-7 p.m., Casa Maria Hall.



Sept. 5-6
All Saints, Hammond, 'Parish Festival,' Sept. 5, 4-9 p.m.; Sept. 6 (Polish Day), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food, games, beer garden, raffles. 932-0204



Sept. 13
• St. Joseph, Hammond, 'Parish Picnic,' noon-5 p.m. Food, games, raffles, car show. 844-6374
• Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Mexican Independence Day Celebration,' 6 p.m. bilingual Mass, followed by food & fellowship in church basement.



Sept. 20
St. Joseph the Worker, Gary, 'Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner,' 11 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. Choice of sauces. Raffle. 688-6558



Sept. 24
K of C Msgr. Hoffmann Council 13003, Merrillville, 'Pork Chop Dinner,' 4-7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc parish hall. Hot dog platter also. 508-0537 or 980-5155



Sept. 27
St. Ann of the Dunes, Beverly Shores, 'Annual Oktoberfest,' 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Food, music, children's activities, under 3 tents. 465-9224



Oct. 3
St. Casimir, Hammond, 'Parish's 125th Jubilee Celebration,' 4 p.m. Mass, followed by open house. 931-2589



Oct. 4
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City, 'Annual Chicken Dinner,' Elks Lodge 432, Hwy. 20, Michigan City. 878-1835 or 871-2725



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.
• Office of Intercultural Ministries, 'Marriage Prep Classes in Spanish,' Nov. 7 & 14, all 3-6 p.m., 3814 Grand Blvd., East Chicago. 397-2125
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Hammond-Dyer, 'Senior Promise Meetings,' Sept. 10, Financial Checkup, Dyer; Oct. 8, Medicare Options, Hammond; Nov. 12, Eating Healthy in Restaurants, Dyer, all at 10 a.m. Open to those age 55-older 1-800-931-3322
• Polish-American Cultural Society of NW Ind., 'Meetings,' Sept. 9, Portage Public Library; Sept. 23, St. Mary school building, Michigan City, both at 5 p.m. Meeting Sept. 23 features Polish paper cutting craft demonstration. 464-1369

 • Diocese of Gary, 'Public Meetings on Proposed 2017 Diocesan Synod,' Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 12, 9-11 a.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall, Merrillville.


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



Sept. 17
St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Career Networking Group,' 7-9 p.m., Weis Center. Topic: Critical Thinking. Open to all. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sept. 20
Garden Chalet Banquets, Worth, Ill., 'Midwest Slovak Pastoral Seminar.' Fees. 773-763-0810 or 708-387-7812



Sept. 27
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Bereavement Social: Sharing Photos,' 1:30-3:30 p.m., room 2. 924-2323 or 924-4708



Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' 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 'Gentle Yoga,' Thurs., Aug. 6-Sept. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fees. 865-1531
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Zumba Gold Classes,' Wed., 12:30 p.m., parish hall. For all fitness levels. Fees. 947-0509
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Mindful Chair Exercises,' 31, 8-9 a.m., St. Patrick Hall. 'Arthritis Prevention Seminar,' Aug. 25, 7 p.m., St. Patrick Hall. 322-4505 x241
• Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region, 'Lung Screenings,' sites in Chesterton, Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso. Fees. 1-855-472-1659 'Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinics,' Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City; Sept. 11, Chesterton Health & Emergency Center, all noon-2 p.m. 769-8962
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Baby Care Class,' Sept. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Fees. 'Infant CPR & Choking Class,' Sept. 17, 6 & 8 p.m. Fees. 'Safe Sitter,' Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fees. 757-6368
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'CPR Courses,' Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton. 983-9832 x0 'Infant Care Class,' Sept. 25, 6 p.m. for class, tours at 5:30 p.m. 1-800-931-3322
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond, Dyer, 'Free Prostate Cancer Screenings,' Sept. 10, Hammond campus; Sept. 24, Dyer, both 5-7 p.m. 1-800-931-3322
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Diabetes Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234 'Program on Coumadin,' Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m. Free. 'Blood Profile Screening,' Sept. 10, 8-10:30 a.m. Fees. 'Diabetic Screening,' Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, 9235 Broadway, Merrillville. Free. 'Program on Weight-Loss Surgery,' Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m. 'Smoking Cessation Classes,' Tues., Oct. 13-Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. conference room 4. Fees. 836-3477
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' Sept. 4, K of C Council 1347 at St. Bridget gym, Hobart, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Sept. 14, St. Paul, Valparaiso, social hall, noon-6 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or



Sept. 19
Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness-Schererville, 'Anyone Can Do A 5K Walk-Run,' 8 a.m., Plum Creek Subdivision. or



Oct. 17
St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Annual Health Fair,' social hall.



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. 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, Sept. 5.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary at grotto after Mass. Next Masses, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7.



Sept. 12
All Saints, Hammond, 'Flea Market,' 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors sought. 616-5820, 880-7953, or 932-0204



Sept. 25-26
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Rummage, Bake, & Pierogi Sale,' Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations accepted Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 924-5783 or 227-9283



Oct. 3-4
Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Trash & Treasure Sale.' 879-2541 or 879-8053



Nov. 14-15
St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Women's Club Holiday Craft Fair,' 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15, held at Our Lady of Consolation. Crafters welcome. 805-0619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Weekend Programs,' Oct. 9-11, Dec.11-13, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 630-577-0778 or
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Marian Devotions,' Sun., thru Oct. 18, starting at dusk, Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, east side of parish cemetery. 322-4505 x239 'Bible Study: Unlocking Mysteries of the Bible,' Tues., Sept. 8-Oct. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., St., Patrick Hall. Fees. 'Bible Study: Biblical Timeline,' Thurs., 10-11:30 a.m. Session 1, Sept. 3-Nov. 12 (exc. Oct. 22); Session 2, Jan. 28-March 10, 2016; Session 3, April 7-May 19, 2016. Fees. Signups after Masses. 322-4505 x241 'Bible Study: Book of Isaiah,' Mon. or Wed., Sept. 18 thru April 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Fees. 322-1717 or 808-3255
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Women of Grace Series,' 9-week program starts Sept. 9, 7-9 p.m., or Sept. 11, noon-2 p.m., Newman Room. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven, '7-Day Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows,' Sept. 9-15, 7 p.m. nightly, with 5:30 p.m. Mass Sept. 15. Special devotion Sept. 12 for Holy Name of Mary. Open to all. 771-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Parish Book Club: Rediscover Catholicism,' orientation session Sept. 10, 7-7:30 p.m.; meetings Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 934-0967
• Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, 'All-Night Vigil,' Sept. 4-5, starting with 7 p.m. Mass, Carmelite Monastery, Munster. 'Observance of 98th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions,' Sept. 13, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m., Carmelite Monastery. 836-8779 or 887-7829
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Journal Writing Group,' 6-week program starts Sept. 15, meets 3rd Tues. (ex. Dec.), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fees. 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047 or
• Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Workshop on Luke: Herald of Justice,' Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Providence Hall community room. Fees. '12-Step Spirituality Retreat,' Sept. 19, 9:30-3:30 p.m., community room. Fees. 'In the Light of Providence Retreat: Photographic Journey,' Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Fees. 'Guerin Fest,' Oct. 17-18, 10 a.m. Oct. 17-noon Oct. 18, Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Speakers, prayer experiences. Fees. 812-535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sept. 13
Office of Intercultural Ministries, 'Asian Catholic Unity Day,' 2 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville. Bishop Hying, principal celebrant. Ethnic dancing, dinner buffet follow. Open to all. 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Oct. 21
Catholic Foundation for NW Indiana, '2015 Red Mass,' Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 8 a.m. Mass, 9 a.m. breakfast & seminar. Offered for legal & financial communities. 769-9292 x290 or



Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'Family Rosary,' last Sunday of the month, 7 p.m.



• 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.
• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Prayer for Peace Group,' 7 p.m., in chapel.



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.



• 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. 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.



Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Men's Rosary & Doughnuts,' 7:30 a.m., in church. Brief talk, doughnuts & coffee afterward.



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



Oct. 16-18
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Fall Discernment Weekend: Rooted for Tomorrow,' open to single Catholic women ages 18-42. 1-812-535-2895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Support Groups
In Progress
• 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, 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 Fall Series,' Wed., started Aug. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or



Coming Soon
• Hospice Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, 'Grief Support Group,' 6 Mon., Sept. 14 thru Oct. 19, 2:30-4 p.m., 203 Franciscan Dr. 661-5304
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Bereavement Group Sessions,' Mon., Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 7 p.m., ministry room of building 2. 926-1282
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Grief Support,' 7 sessions starting Sept. 24, 7 p.m., in church. 322-4505 x241
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Divorce & Beyond,' weekly sessions, Mon., Oct. 5 thru Jan. 11, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Agnes Center. 663-0044



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


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