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BENEFITS
Multiple Dates

 

May 13

St. Jude House, Crown Point, ‘Stand Up for St. Jude House’ benefit dinner, comedy show and silent auction. Cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 7:30. Call Dawn Duty at 662-7066, x14 for tickets.

 

May 14

Notre Dame, Michigan City, ‘ONE Event’ fundraiser for Notre Dame Catholic School, with food stations, cocktails, silent and live auctions, 6:30 p.m. at Barker Hall, 600 Franklin St. Call 872-6216 for reservations.

 

May 21

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, ‘Second annual SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger, 8 a.m. in the SMG parking lot, followed by a pancake breakfast. Cost for run/walk includes breakfast, or purchase breakfast only. All proceeds benefit SMG Food Pantry.

 

May 22

Nazareth Home Advisory Council, East Chicago, ‘Char-A-Tea and Fashion Show’ benefit lunch, style show, vendor tables and music, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Cloister in the Woods, 1101 Park Drive, Munster. Call Ancilla Systems at 947-8500, Peggy Guernsey at 743-5217 or Joyce Koch at 712-6505.

 

June 13

Ancilla College, Donaldson, ‘21st Annual Ancilla Golf Classic,’ 11 a.m. at Swan Lake Resort with lunch, dinner and prizes. Sponsorships available until May 27. Benefits scholarships. Register by June 6 at ancilla.edu/golfclassic.

 

EDUCATION

May 21

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, ‘Class of 2020 entrance exam,’ 8 a.m. to noon; arrive by 7:45 using Door A and bring two, No. 2 pencils. Fee. Register at 932-9058.

 

 

EXCURSIONS/TRIPS

July 23-30

St. James the Less Church, Highland, Canadian Fishing Trip to Eagle Lake in Ontario, with transportation, lodging, license, boats, guide, bait and all meals. Reserve a spot by May 31. Call Mike Krupa at 670-9601.

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 May 7

St. Stanislaus, East Chicago, ‘Taco/Tamale Dinner’ sponsored by the Home & School Association, 4-7 p.m. in the Social Hall.

• St. Michael the Archangel Council 12177 Knights of Columbus, Schererville, ‘Cinco de Mayo dinner and music for all ages, 5-9 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall, 1 W. Wilhelm St., Carryouts available. Tickets after all Masses thru May 1, at church office, and by calling Rob Guetzloff at 712-3025.

 

 May 8

The Knights of Columbus St. Pope John Paul II council 16008, St. James the Less, Highland, Mother's Day French Toast Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parish hall. Free will donation. Visit www.facebook.com/KOC16008.

 

May 15

• St. Andrew, Merrillville, ‘All-You-Can-Eat Italian Festival of Food,’ noon to 4 p.m. in Ameling Hall, 801 W. 73rd Ave.

St. Mary Rosary Society, Griffith, ‘In the Garden’ Spring Tea with light lunch, variety of teas, dessert and basket raffle, 1-4 p.m. in Hildebrandt Hall, 525 N. Lafayette St. Bring a teacup. Advance tickets only; call Phyllis Reyes at 629-4266 or Connie Perez at 924-2928.

• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ with lunch, entertainment, Wonderland characters, raffles and silent auction, noon to 3 p.m. in the Social Center. Proceeds benefit Roof Repair Fund.

 

May 21

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, ‘Second annual SMG 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger, 8 a.m. in the SMG parking lot, followed by a pancake breakfast. Cost for run/walk includes breakfast, or purchase breakfast only. All proceeds benefit SMG Food Pantry.

 

May 26, June 23

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, ‘Pork Chop Dinner’ hosted by Knights of Columbus Msgr. Hoffman Council 13003, 4-7 p.m. in the parish hall. Proceeds support community and parish ministries. Call Dave Gough at 508-0537 or John Zolondz at 980-5155.

 

June 12

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, ‘Alumni Day at Queen of All Saints Festival,’ Alumni Mass at 11:30 a.m., festival 1-5 p.m., stop by Family Tent near Info Booth; free alumni T-shirt to first 100 visitors. Visit qas.org/alumni.php.

 

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, '2nd 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.

 

May 25

Polish-American Cultural Society of Northwest Indiana, Michigan City, ‘Michigan City Chapter meeting,’ 5 p.m. at St. Mary School Building, 321 W. 11th St. Call Theresa Child at 464-1369.

 

Multiple Dates

• Office of Intercultural Ministries, 'Marriage Prep in Spanish,' May 7, 14; Aug. 6, 13, Nov. 5, 12, all 3-6 p.m. at office, 3814 Grand Blvd., East Chicago. 397-2125

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure/Sugar Screenings,' May, 4, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' May 8, Sept. 4, Nov. 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 'Blood Testing by Healthchek,' May 4, Sept. 7, Hammes Hall, door F. Fees. 663-6779
• 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, 'Diabetes Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234

• Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Crown Point, medical terminology class at hospital, nine-week course begins April 5 and continues Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.  Fees. To register, call 757-6368.

 

May 4

St. Mary, Crown Point, ‘Blood Testing by Healthchek,’ Hammes Hall, Door F. Fees. Call 663-6779.

 

May 5

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

• St. Michael, the Archangel, Schererville, ‘Behavioral Health Awareness’ program presented by Jennifer Francis from Franciscan St. Margaret Health – Dyer, 7 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall.

 

May 8

St. Mary, Crown Point, ‘Foresters Blood Drive,’ 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Center.

 

May 10

• Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3840, Cedar Lake, ‘American Red Cross blood drive,’ 1-6 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 13039 U.S. 41. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

• Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton, ‘American Red Cross blood drive,’ 2-8 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

May 14-15

St. Michael, the Archangel, Schererville, ‘Blood pressure, glucose and oxygen level screenings’ taken after 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses in east coat room. 322-4505, x241

 

May 16

• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, ‘American Red Cross blood drive,’ 1-7 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

• St. John Kanty, Rolling Prairie, ‘American Red Cross blood drive,’ 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or walk in.

 

May 24

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, ‘New Treatment Concepts: Osteoarthritis in the Knee’ program, 6 p.m. in the auditorium; use West Entrance. Register at (866) 836-3477.

 

June 27-29

Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Schererville, ‘Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp’ for youth 5-18 who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Free instruction. Call 865-6969.

 

OPEN HOUSE

 

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.

 

 

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.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m.

 

RUMMAGE/BAZAARS

 

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

Multiple Dates

Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, ‘Daytime Retreats,’ 9 a.m.-5 p.m., T-F-Sat. Contact 398-5047 or bethanyretreathouse.org. New Dream Group is forming, to meet the 3rd Wed. of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register, contact www.bethanyretreathouse.org or 398-5047.

Catholic Theological at Chicago, ‘Spring Lecture Series – The Cross in Scripture and Theology,’ Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. thru May 3 at 8 p.m. Register online at www.ctu.edu/lecturespring_2016 or call 773-371-5453.

• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Retreat in Daily Life,' 16-part series with Sacred Heart (LaPorte) thru May 2016. Debbie, 872-9196

• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, ‘Bible Study: Biblical Timeline,’ 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays through May 19. Fee. Sign up after Masses or call 322-4505, x241.

 

May 7

Holy Spirit, Winfield, ‘Healing Mass,’ 10 a.m.

 

May 13

Carmelite Monastery, Munster, ‘Fatima Devotions with the Blue Army,’ 7-8 p.m. 836-8779

 

May 13-14

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Terre Haute, ‘Art, Journaling, and Art Journaling Retreat’ 10 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday (EDT) in the Providence Hall Activity Room. Fee includes meals and lodging. Register by May 9 at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 14

• St. Michael, Schererville, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 9-11 a.m. in Parish Social Hall, followed by procession to church for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and to the Lourdes Shrine on the grounds to pray the rosary.

• St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 5 p.m.

 

May 15

St. Mary, Michigan City, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 11 a.m.

• Salvatorian Fathers Monastery, Merrillville, ‘50th Anniversary of Ordination Mass’ celebrated by Father Josef Zuziak in the Polish language, noon at the Czestochowa Shrine, Banquet follows in Millennium Hall. Banquet reservations required at 884-0714.

 

May 16

St. Stanislaus Kostka School, Michigan City, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 1 p.m.

 

May 17

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 7 p.m.

 

May 18

St. Joseph, Hammond, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 7 p.m.

• St. Thomas More, Munster, ‘The Year of Mercy in the Gospel of St. Luke’ with speaker Father Gerald Schweitzer, 7 in Solar Room, sponsored by STM Religious Education/Formation Commission. Refreshments follow.

 

May 19

St. Mary, Kouts, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 7 p.m.

 

May 20

St. Ann, Gary, ‘Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage,’ 7 p.m. with Eucharistic blessing, candlelight rosary, Lourdes water and grotto rock. Call Paula at 384-2081.

 

May 20-22

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Terre Haute, ‘The Song of My Heart Retreat: Love Cannot Be Silenced’ with music, meditation, movement and shared prayer, 7 p.m. Friday to 1:30 p.m. Sunday (EDT) in the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center on campus. Fee. Register by May 13 at Events.SistersofProvidence.org, (812) 535-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 22

St. Thomas More, Munster, ‘99th Anniversary of Fatima May Crowning’ sponsored by the Gary Diocese-Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, 7 p.m. with guest speaker Father Bartholomew Stanowski, OCD. 836-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 29

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, ‘50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood for Father Joseph Vamos,’ Mass at 11 a.m. and open house from noon to 4 p.m. in Vamos Hall. RSVP at 769-1755.

 

June 3-4, July 1-2, Aug. 5-6, Sept. 2-3

Carmelite Monastery, Munster, ‘Blue Army All-Night Vigil,’ 6:30 p.m. Friday thru 6 a.m. Saturday. 836-8779

 

June 10-12

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, ‘Weekend Programs,’ Elk Grove Village, Ill. Contact (630) 577-0778 or wwme-chicagoland.org.

 

July 13

Carmelite Monastery, Munster, ‘ 99th Anniversary of Third Apparition Fatima Devotions with the Blue Army,’ 7-8 p.m. 836-8779

 

Aug. 19

Carmelite Monastery, Munster, ‘ 99th Anniversary of Fourth Apparition Fatima Devotions with the Blue Army,’ 7-8 p.m. 836-8779

 

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.

• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, ‘Retreat in Daily Life,’ 16-part series with Sacred Heart (LaPorte), 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays thru May. Call 872-9196. 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Ongoing

• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, ‘ARCS for Retired Catholic Seniors 55+,’ 4th Sun, 12:30 p.m., in church hall.

• 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.

• 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. fourth Sunday of every month in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. April 24 meeting features Monika Basile from We Are Family Home Care. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.
• 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
• Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, '2016 Winter Series,' started Jan. 6; Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com

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

 

Multiple Dates

St. Michael, Schererville, ‘Bereavement educational and support group sessions,’ 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 31-May 12,

in SW meeting room of St. Patrick Hall. Call 322-4505, x241 to register.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sundays

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, ‘Sacred Grounds Coffee Bar coordinators and volunteers needed,’ Call parish office at 365-5678 or 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.

 

May 14

Holy Name, Cedar Lake, ‘Community Garden Planting Day’ to plant vegetables and flowers, stake tomato cages and build plant supports, 9-10 a.m. Refreshments. Call Anita Torok at 374-7341.

 

May 21

Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, ‘Annual Volunteer Garden Day,’ 2-4 p.m. at 222 Lithuanica Ave. Tasks for all skill levels; lunch provided. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 398-5047.

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