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Multiple Dates
Holy Name, Cedar Lake,
'Tamale Sales,' Orders (by dozen) taken after Masses Aug. 29-30, Sept. 5-6. Delivery Sept. 12-13.


Aug. 2
Sharing Meadows, Rolling Prairie, 'Annual Leprechaun Hunt,' noon-6 p.m. Admission fees. 778-2585


Aug. 9
Notre Dame School, Michigan City, 'Pancake Breakfast.' Benefit for 8th-grade trip to Washington, D.C.


Aug. 24
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, 'Annual Golf Outing,' 8 a.m. registration, Briar Ridge CC, Schererville. $150/golfer. Sponsorships available. 886-3549


Aug. 29
K of C Councils 16008 & 8080, Highland, 'Pasta Night Out & Silent Auction,' 6 p.m.-midnight, St. James the Less hall. Benefit for local police officer. Silent auction ends at 11 p.m.


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. 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. 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


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


Sept. 15
Franciscan Senior Promise, 'Notre Dame & South Bend Legends.' 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
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Summer Festival,' Aug. 7-8. 322-4505
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Western Days Festival,' Aug. 20-23. 924-4163


Aug. 2
St. Stanislaus, East Chicago, 'Parish Festival,' noon-10 p.m. 398-2341


Aug. 8
Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Parish Festival & Back to School Night,' 4 p.m. outdoor Mass, festivities follow, 5-11 p.m. 872-4844


Aug. 16
St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, 'Chicken Dinner,' 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., parish hall.


Aug. 18
Franciscan Senior Promise, 'Lunch Bunches,' Town Club Restaurant, Highland, 1 p.m. For those age 55-older. 1-800-931-3322


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,' Aug. 1 & 8, Nov. 7 & 14, all 3-6 p.m., 3814 Grand Blvd., East Chicago. 397-2125
• Gary Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, 'Training Sessions for Adults,' Aug. 3, Holy Spirit, Winfield; Aug. 12, St. Patrick School, Chesterton, both at 6 p.m. For helping in Pathway to Adventure, LaSalle councils. 926-3028 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health, 'Senior Promise Meetings,' Aug. 13, Hoarding, Hammond campus; Sept. 10, Financial Checkup, Dyer, both at 10 a.m. Open to those age 55-older 1-800-931-3322
• Polish-American Cultural Society of NW Ind., 'Meetings,' Aug. 5, Portage Public Library; Aug. 19, Sept. 23, St. Mary school building, Michigan City, all at 5 p.m. Meeting Sept. 23 features Polish paper cutting craft demonstration. 464-1369


Aug. 6
Sacred Heart, LaPorte, 'Info session with Jennifer Dyer of Catholic Charities,' 6:30 p.m. 575-1090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Aug. 21
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'All-Class Reuniting,' 5:30 p.m., main gym. Sponsored by class of '65; open to classes of '63, '64, '66, '67, '68. 


Aug. 29
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Creator's Corner: Scrapbooking & Papercrafting Event,' 9 a.m.-9 p.m., school gym. Fees. 308-4802, 365-1653, or


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


Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' 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 '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,' Aug. 10, 17, 24, 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 'Heart to Heart Program: Venous Disorders & Treatment,' Aug. 1, 9 a.m., Centennial Park Clubhouse, Munster. Free. 1-800-931-3322
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' August, 1-3 p.m. Tues., 6-8 p.m. Wed. Fees. 757-6268 'Baby Care Class,' Aug. 13, Sept. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Fees. 'Infant CPR & Choking Class,' Aug. 20, 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,' Aug. 3, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton. 983-9832 x0 'Safe Sitter Class,' July 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fees. 'Infant Care Class,' Aug. 21, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. for class, tours at 5:30 p.m. 1-800-931-3322
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Diabetes Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234


Aug. 7
Franciscan Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 'Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic,' noon-2 p.m. 769-8962


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, Aug. 1.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary at grotto after Mass. Next Masses, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7.


July 31-Aug. 2
Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 'Parish Rummage Sale.' 769-1755


July 31-Aug. 2
St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, 'Parish Rummage Sale.' 962-8626


Aug. 1
Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Five & Nine Antique, Rummage sale,' 7 a.m.-2 p.m., at school. 887-5281


Aug. 6-8
Assumption BVM, New Chicago, 'Rummage Sale,' 9 a.m.-3 p.m., classrooms. 616-3512


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
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Weekend Programs,' Aug. 7-9, 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 in August. 322-4505 x241
• Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, 'Observance of 98th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions,' Aug. 13, Sept. 13, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m., Carmelite Monastery, Munster. 'All-Night Vigil,' Aug. 7-8, 7 p.m.-6 a.m., Carmelite Monastery. 836-8779 or 887-7829


Aug. 2
Office of Intercultural Ministries, 'Migrant Ministry Mass,' Herr Farm, Lowell, 4 p.m. 397-2125


Oct. 17-18
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Guerin Fest,' 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.


• 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.


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.


Multiple Dates
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, '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.


Aug. 5
Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations,' 6:30-8 p.m. Featuring Bishop Hying. 872-9196 or


Oct. 16-18
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Fall Discernment Weekend,' 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.


Youth/Young Adults
Multiple Dates
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Theology on Tap,' Sun., thru Aug. 2, OLG school cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Theology on Tap,' Wed., thru Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Crown Brewing. 663-0044 or


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


Coming Soon
Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, '2015 Fall Series,' Wed., starting Aug. 26, 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, 'Breast Cancer Support Group,' second Wed., 6 p.m. 757-6010


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