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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.


Jan. 24
St. John the Evangelist Educational Foundation, St. John,
'Wine & Craft Beer Tasting,' 7-9:30 p.m., school gym. Fees. 365-0206 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jan. 25
• St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, 'Annual AYCE Soup Kitchen, Salad Bar, & Bake Sale,' 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ameling Hall. Benefit for Deacon Modrak Tuition Assistance Fund. 662-2437
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Soup Cook-Off,' noon-2 p.m., social hall. Entry fees. Soups accepted thru 11:30 a.m. Benefits parish roof fund.


Jan. 31
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, 'Trivia Night,' 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. games start, Avila Hall. Entry fees.


Feb. 1
• Whiting K of C, 'Super Bowl Party,' 4:30 p.m. start. Fees. Dinner, drinks.
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Super Raffle Football Party,' doors open 3 p.m., parish hall. Fees. Must be 21-plus to enter. 322-6130
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Men's Club Super Bowl Party.' 838-7733 or 924-3929


Feb. 27
St. Jude House, Crown Point, 'Comedy Show & Dinner Benefit,' 6 p.m., Avalon Manor, Hobart. Dinner, entertainment, live & silent auctions. 662-7066 x14


March 22
Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, 'Fashion Expo & Dinner: Runnin' Wild with Style,' 3 p.m., Avalon Manor, Hobart. 801-0397 or 883-1861


March 25
Share Foundation, 'Annual Spring Luncheon,' 10:30 a.m., Halls of St. George, Schererville. Food, door prizes, entertainment. 778-2585, 663-5271, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Multiple Dates
• St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Pilgrimage: England, Scotland,' April 13-24, 2015. $4,598/person. 836-8610 or
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Excursion: Turkey, Greece,' Oct. 14-25, 2015. $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.


Fine Arts
Multiple Dates
Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, 'SJC Art Show,' thru Feb. 13, Wells Community Cultural Center, Lafayette. 'An Evening with the Columbian Players,' Jan. 29, 30, 31.


Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
K of C St. John Paul II Council 16008, Highland, 'Chili Cookoff,' Jan. 25, 1-5 p.m., St. James the Less parish hall. 'Valentine's Dinner-Dance,' Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, St. James hall. Advance tickets only. 776-8773 or 742-7013


Jan. 25
St. Mary Catholic Community School, Crown Point, 'Pancake Breakfast & Open House,' 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Jan. 29
K of C Msgr. Hoffmann Council 13003, Merrillville, 'AYCE Pasta Dinner,' 4-7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc parish hall. 942-8378 or 980-5155


Jan. 29
K of C Council 8082, Dyer, 'Paczki Ball Dinner-Dance,' 5:30-11:30 p.m., St. Maria Goretti's Casa Maria Hall. 864-7343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Feb. 8
• Holy Name, Cedar Lake, 'Spaghetti Dinner,' noon-3 p.m. Tickets sold after Masses.
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Rosary Society Card & Bunco Party,' Hildebrandt Hall, doors open 12:30 p.m. 924-0790
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Mardi Gras Family Activity Day,' noon-3 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. 322-6124 x314
• St. Joseph the Worker, Gary, 'AYCE Soup, Salad, & Dessert Luncheon,' 11 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. 688-6558


Feb. 13
Holy Spirit, Winfield, 'Mardi Gras Celebration,' doors open 5:30 p.m., Parish Life Center. Tickets sold after Masses; also from parish office.


Feb. 13-15
St. John the Baptist, Whiting, 'Winter Festival.' Games, food, entertainment.


Feb. 14
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'That's Amore Dinner-Dance.' For married couples. Tickets from parish office. 322-4505
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Men's Club Valentine's Dinner-Dance,' 5 p.m. doors open, Hildebrandt Hall. 712-2629 or 838-7733


Feb. 22
Knights of Lithuania Council 82, Gary, 'Annual Lithuanian Independence Day Celebration,' doors open 12:30 p.m., Griffith American Post 66. Fees. 322-4533 or 884-2220


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.
• St. Matthias, Crown Point, 'Cupcakes & Canvas for Kids,' Feb. 8, noon-2 p.m., parish hall. Fees. 'Wine & Canvas for Adults,' Feb. 22, noon-3 p.m., parish hall. Fees. 663-4281 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, 'Saturday at the Movies,' Jan. 31, noon. Free admission, refreshments. 'Men's Club Super Bowl Party,' Feb. 1, 3 p.m. Fees. 883-1861
• Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, 'Class of '65 Reuniting,' May 29-31. Includes pizza party, dinner, & picnic. Weekend or nightly rates. 696-1805 or 864-8708.
• Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, 'Open Houses,' Feb. 8, St. Mary Convent, Griffith, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Feb. 8, St. John the Evangelist Convent, St. John, 1-4 p.m.; Feb. 8, Franciscan St. Anthony Health Convent, Michigan City, 1-4 p.m.; Feb. 9, Franciscan St. Margaret Health Convent, Hammond, 2-4 p.m.
• Office of Hispanic Ministry, 'Quinceañera Prep Classes,' Jan. 24, 31, St. Margaret Mary, Hammond, noon-5 p.m. 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jan. 25
• St. Joseph, Hammond, 'Guest Speaker,' 10 a.m., Vrabely Hall. Topics: wills, other legal matters. Sponsored by Altar & Rosary Society.
• St. Matthias, Crown Point, 'Polka Mass & Polish Luncheon,' noon Mass, followed by luncheon, parish hall. 663-2201


Jan. 28
Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, 'Meeting,' St. Mary school building, Michigan City, 5 p.m. 464-1369


Feb. 3
Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, 'Calumet Revisited: Underground Railroad,' 5 p.m., main building room 265. 933-7149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Feb. 6
St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, 'Women & Heart Health Luncheon,' 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 392-7135


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,' Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' Feb. 15, May 10, Sept. 6, Nov. 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' Feb. thru April, 1-3 p.m. Tues, 6-8 p.m. Wed., Burrell classrooms, lower level. Fees. 757-6268
• Franciscan Hammond Clinic, Munster, 'Free Seminars: Health Insurance Marketplace,' Jan. 28, Feb. 4, noon-5 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, 'Health Insurance Marketplace Seminar,' Feb. 5, 6-7 p.m., Professional Office Building conference room. 'PAD Screening,' Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m. Fees. 836-3477 'Free Program: Help for the Uninsured,' Feb. 19, 2 or 6 p.m. 934-8888 'Heart Health Fair,' Feb. 21, 9 a.m.1- p.m., main lobby. 'Teen Childbirth Prep Classes,' Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., POB conference room. 836-3477
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'YogaFit Classes,' Tues., 5:30 p.m., in chandelier room. 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• Coolspring Health Center, Michigan City, 'Free Seminars: Health Insurance Marketplace,' Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, noon-5 p.m. Use entrance B. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' Feb. 5, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30; Feb. 12, Holy Spirit, Winfield, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Feb. 12, Chesterton Health & Emergency Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Feb. 13, Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, noon-6 p.m.; Feb. 15, Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or
• 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, 'Choice in Childbirth Classes,' Tues., Feb. 24-March 31, April 14-May 19, 6:30-9 p.m., conference rooms 3 & 3A. Fees. 'Free Program on Coumadin,' Feb. 19, May 21, 1-2 p.m., conference room 3, 3A. 'Blood Profile Screening,' March 11, 8-10:30 a.m., outpatient lab, 5th floor. Fees. 'Weekend Warrior Childbirth Classes,' March 21, May 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 22, May 17, 1-5 p.m. conference rooms 3 & 3A. Fees. 'Coronary Heart Appraisal,' April 4, 8-10:30 a.m., outpatient lab, 1st floor. Fees. 836-3477 'Breastfeeding Class,' Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 7-9 p.m., conference room 3. 'Early Pregnancy Class,' Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, 7-9 p.m., conference room 3. 947-6084 'Diabetes Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234


Jan. 27
St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Blood Drive,' 3-7 p.m., Trinity Hall.


Jan. 31
St. John the Baptist, Whiting, 'Blood Drive,' 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Panel Room. 659-3359


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 Masses, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Holy Hour after Mass. Next Masses, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4.


Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047
• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Theology on Tap,' Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, Scarby's South Shore Pub, Michigan City. Open to young adults, 20s & 30s. or 861-3825 'Quick Journey Through the Bible,' Feb. 17, 19, 24, March 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 3:30-5 p.m. Fees. 872-9196
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Weekend Programs,' Feb. 13-15, April 17-19, June 12-14, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 630-577-0778 or
• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'Lenten Study Series,' beginning Feb. 10, Tues., noon in church lobby or 6:30 p.m. in Cana Room.
• Whiting-Robertsdale Faith Community, 'Symbolon Series: Part II,' Tues., 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart's Rose Room. 659-4138


Feb. 6-7
Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, 'All-Night Vigil,' Carmelite Monastery, Munster, beginning with confessions, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, concluding with Mass, 6 a.m. Feb. 7. Refreshments throughout night. 836-8779


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
• Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, '2015 Winter Series,' running Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Divorce & Beyond,' 10-week series, in progress since Jan. 12. Open to all faiths. 365-5678 or
• Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, 'Divorce & Beyond,' 10-week series beginning Jan. 26. 874-9669


Jan. 25
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Caregiver Support Group,' 2 p.m. 365-3898 or 888-303-0180


Feb 13-15
Retrouvaille, 'Weekend Program for Married Couples,' Chesterton. Designed to rebuild loving relationships. 800-470-2230 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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