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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.

 

 Benefits
Sept. 19
• St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago,
'Car Wash Fundraiser,' 2-4:30 p.m., north parking lot. Benefit for Cancer Resource Centre. 392-7430
• Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond,
'Homecoming Tailgate Party,' following Noll-Calumet football game, in fieldhouse. Must be 21-plus to enter. 932-9058 x10057 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sept. 20
District Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 'Annual Friends of the Poor Walk,' 9 a.m. registration, Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point; TalTree Arboretum, Valparaiso. Benefit for local SVdP conferences. Picnic after Lemon Lake walk. 845-7531 or 241-0973

 

Sept. 21
• 'Nun Run 5K & Penguin Waddle Fun Walk,' 10 a.m., Wicker Park, Highland. Benefit for St. Joseph's Carmelite Home. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. Catherine of Siena, Hammond, 'Crazy Bunco,' 1:30 p.m. doors open, 2 p.m. food served, 3 p.m. game starts. Food, raffles, prizes. 844-8280
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Smart Chicks & Old Bags,' 1-4 p.m., parish hall. Sale of donated purses, jewelry. Benefit for purchase of ultrasound machine. Tickets sold after Masses Sept. 13-14 or at the door. 365-5355
• Nazareth Home, 'Annual Gala,' 5:30-8:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville. Food stations, silent/live auctions, entertainment. $100/person. 947-8576, 947-8560, or nazarethhome.com

 

Sept. 23
Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Auxiliary, 'Amish Bakery Fundraiser,' 8:30 a.m., hospital lobby. 663-6805

 

Sept. 27
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Fun Run/Walk,' 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. 5K run, followed by 1-mile walk, south side of church. Benefit for church, school. stmichaels-parish.org
• Congregations of Merrillville, 'Feeding the Flock Fashion Show & Luncheon,' 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Avalon Manor, Hobart. Benefit for community meal kitchen remodeling. 736-0707
• Gabriel's Horn, 'Annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk,' Washington Park, Michigan City, 9 a.m. on-site registration, 10 a.m. walk. Benefit for homeless shelter. uflc.net

 

Sept. 28
Bethany House, East Chicago, 'Autumn Tea,' 2-4:30 p.m., doors open 1:15 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond. 398-5047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 1
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Blazer Trivia Night,' 6 p.m., Scholl Center. Entry fee. Must be 21-plus to enter. 210-4506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 3
St. Paul Catholic School, Valparaiso, 'Oktoberfest,' 5-9 p.m. Artisans, crafts, dinners, games, petting zoo. 462-3374

 

Oct. 4
K of C Fr. McGivney Council 8082, Highland, 'Casino Royale Vegas Night,' 6:10 p.m.-midnight, St. James the Less parish hall. 924-4220

 

Oct. 10
St. Mary Catholic Community School, Crown Point, 'Annual Teacher Appreciation Walk-a-thon.' Benefit for teaching staff. Donations accepted at school or online, fundraise.stmarycp.org/walk-a-thon

 

Oct. 19
Women's Guild of Calumet College of St. Joseph, 'Annual Scholarship Brunch,' noon, Briar Ridge CC, Schererville. 473-4325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nov. 2
Calumet College of St. Joseph, 'Spirits of St. Joseph Wine Tasting,' 1-4 p.m., Innsbrook CC, Merrillville. Benefit for college scholarships. 473-4318 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nov. 22
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Silent Auction,' 6-10 p.m., parish hall. 924-4220

 

Nov. 15
K of C Nativity of Our Savior Council, Portage, 'Wine & Beer Tasting Event,' 6-9 p.m., Nativity parish hall. More details TBA.

 

Excursions/Trips
Multiple Dates
St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Pilgrimage to England, Scotland,' April 13-24, 2015. $4,598/person. 836-8610 or stm-church.com

 

Fine Arts
Multiple Dates
Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, 'Exhibit: Graffiti Art of Felix Maldonado,' thru Oct. 2, Bernard Gallery. 473-4384 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Food & Festival
Multiple Dates
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Ministry Faire,' Sept. 27-28, after Masses, parish hall.
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Oktoberfest,' Oct. 3, 5-9 p.m.; Oct. 4-5, noon-9 p.m., 93rd & Wicker. Ethnic food, music, beer garden. Free admission. stjohnoktoberfest.com

 

Sept. 21
Sacred Heart, Whiting, 'Mexican Dinner,' 4-8 p.m., Rose Room. Open to all.

 

Sept. 25
K of C Msgr. Hoffmann Council, Merrillville, 'Pork Chop Dinner,' 4-7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc's parish hall. Hot dogs also; carryouts available. 942-8378 or 765-9083

 

Oct. 4
St. Mary, Kouts, 'Pork Chop Dinner,' 5-7 p.m., parish hall. 508-7317 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 12
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City, 'Annual Raffle & Chicken Dinner,' noon doors open, Michigan City Elks Lodge, Hwy. 20. Open to all.878-1835, 871-2725, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 16
St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'AYCE Soup & Bread Luncheon,' 11 a.m.-1 p.m., parish hall. 769-7053

 

Gatherings

Sept. 21

• Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, 'Midwest Slovak Cultural Society,' noon luncheon, followed by tour of Bishop Grutka Social Justice Center. Speaker, Msgr. Joseph Semancik. 773-763-0810 or 473-4325
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Presentation: Human Trafficking,' 4 p.m., OLG school cafeteria. Open to all.

 

Sept. 24
Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, '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.

 

Sept. 28
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Compassionate Friends in Grief Meeting,' 1:30-3:30 p.m., room 2. Speaker, Konnie Kuiper. 924-4708 or 924-2323

 

Oct. 4
Offices of Hispanic Ministry, Pastoral Councils, 'Leadership Symposium,' 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville. Main speakers, Bishop Melczek, Fr. Robin Ryan, CP. Register online, dcgary.org. 769-9292 x280 or 397-2125

 

Oct. 9
Lake County Right to Life, 'Reality Brunch: Human Trafficking in NW Indiana,' 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall, Merrillville. Fees for general public. RSVP required. 838-1138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 15
Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana, '2014 Red Mass & Educational Seminar,' 8 a.m. Mass, 9-10:30 a.m. breakfast-seminar, Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville. 769-9292 x290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nov. 1-2
St. James the Less, Highland, 'Ministry Fair: Call to Ministry,' church hall. 924-2907 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nov. 5
Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Blue & Gold Night,' 6:30-8 p.m., Scholl Center. Info sessions on school. 210-4505 or marquette-hs.org

 

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. dgyoungadult.com
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer-Hammond, 'Senior Promise Meetings,' Oct. 9, Medicare Updates, Dyer; Nov. 13, Infection Control, Hammond, all at 10 a.m. Open to those age 55-plus. 800-931-3322
• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, 'Joy-Filled Marriage Program Training,' Oct. 17, 6-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation's Vamos Hall. Fees. Open to clergy, catechists, anyone helping prepare engaged couples for marriage. 765-1396, 886-3549 x331, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Office of Hispanic Ministry, 'Marriage Prep Classes in Spanish,' Nov. 1, 8, 3-6 p.m., 3814 Grand Blvd. in East Chicago. 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Series of Diabetes Courses,' September, 1-3 p.m. Tues., 6-8 p.m. Wed. Fees. 757-6268 'Baby Care Class,' Oct. 9, 7-9:30 p.m. Fees. 'Safe Sitter Course,' Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Marian Education Center. Fees. 'Breastfeeding Class,' Oct. 7 or 8. Fees. 757-6368 'Birth Doula Training,' Oct. 23-25. 757-5754
• Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'CPR Classes,' 5:30-9:30 p.m., Chesterton Omni. 983-9832 x0 'Infant Care Class,' Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. 'Preparing for Childbirth,' Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 5:30-9 p.m. 877-1610 'Diabetes Group Classes,' Coolspring Health Center. 861-8160
• Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer-Hammond, 'Diabetes Education Classes,' ongoing basis. Fees. 933-2144 'Free Prostate Cancer Screenings,' Sept. 25, Dyer campus, 5-7 p.m. 931-3322
• St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'PAD Screenings.' Fees. 947-6085
• St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, 'Diabetes Education Classes.' 392-7786 'Silver Sneakers Fitness Program.' For ages 65-plus. 392-7086 'Free 5-Part Series on Strokes.' Call 392-7641 for start dates. 'Fall Family Health Fair,' Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hessville Family Care Center, Hammond. Free screenings, health info. 392-7135.
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'YogaFit Classes,' Tues., 5:30 p.m., in chandelier room. 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• American Red Cross, 'Blood Drives,' Sept. 22, St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, 1-7 p.m.; Sept. 23, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Chesterton, 2-8 p.m.; Sept. 30, Calumet College of St. Joseph (room 200), Whiting, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 2, St. Matthias, Crown Point, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Oct. 14, Franciscan Health & Emergency Center, Chesterton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1-800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org

 

Sept. 20
• Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness, Schererville, 'Anyone Can Do 5K Walk/Run,' 8 a.m. start. 865-6969 x3030 or 3020
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Health Fair,' 9 a.m.-noon, SJE school gym. Free screenings available.

 

Sept. 25
St. Mary, Griffith, 'Heartland Blood Drive,' 3-6 p.m., Hildebrandt Hall.

 

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Free Blood Pressure Screenings,' first Thurs., 10-11 a.m., H&R Spectrum. 836-3477 or comhs.org 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.

 

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, 6-7:30 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.

 

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 Kitchen,' 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, Oct. 4.
• St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, 'Respect Life Mass,' 9 a.m. Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m. Living Rosary after Mass; Holy Hour starting in Dec. Next Masses, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6.

 

Rummage/Bazaars
Multiple Dates
• St. Ann of the Dunes, Beverly Shores, 'Giant Rummage Sale,' Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., next to VonTobel Lumber & Hardware, Michigan City.
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Rummage, Bake, & Pierogi Sale,' Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dropoff dates Sept. 24-25. 924-5783
• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Trash & Treasure Sale,' Oct. 4-5, school gym. 872-1330, 872-5751, or 879-2541
• St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Altar & Rosary Society Art & Craft Fair,' Nov. 1-2, school gym. 836-5079
• Our Lady of Grace, Highland, 'Sodality Christmas Bazaar,' Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., school cafeteria. Includes raffle, bakery. 838-1458

 

Oct. 18
Ss. Peter and Paul, Merrillville, 'Vendor/Craft Fair,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Madden Hall. Features food court, raffles.

 

Nov. 8
• St. James the Less, Highland, 'Women's Guild Holiday Bazaar,' 9 a.m.-4 p.m., parish hall. Includes baked goods. Vendors sought. 924-1778
• St. John Bosco, Hammond, 'Altar & Rosary Society Holiday Bazaar,' 9 a.m.-2 p.m., school cafeteria. 845-4887

 

Spiritual Enrichment
Multiple Dates
• Bethany Retreat House, East Chicago, 'Daytime Retreats,' 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Fri., Sat. 398-5047
• Whiting-Robertsdale Faith Community, 'St. Therese Novena,' Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. Freewill offering, social on final night. 'Anointing of the Sick,' Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Masses at St. John the Baptist & Sacred Heart. 'Annual Pet Blessing,' Oct. 4, noon, in front of St. John the Baptist garages. 'Rosary for Life & Benediction,' Oct. 5, 2 p.m., Immaculate Conception grotto. Bring a chair. 659-4138
• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, 'Mary: 8-Week Bible Study,' Tues., Sept. 23-Nov. 11, noon-2 p.m., Sept. 23-Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Video-based series. 762-4858
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Monthly Bible Study Series: Walking with Jesus,' starts Sept. 21, following 11 a.m. Mass, parish hall. Repeated Sept. 22, 7 p.m. 769-1973
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Series: Women of Grace, the Abundant Life,' Fri., Sept. 26 thru Nov. 21, noon-2 p.m., Newman Room. 548-8846 or 464-4831
• Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, 'Revival 2014: Holding on to God's Unchanging Hand,' Sept. 28-30, 7 p.m. Leader, Bro. Gerard Jordan. 883-1861
• Diocese of Gary, 'Emmaus Program,' Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville. Topic: reconciliation. Speaker, Fr. Martin Dobrzynski. 769-9292 x280/259 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Encounter Weekends,' Oct. 10-12, Burr Ridge, Ill. 630-577-0778 or wwmejoliet.org
• Multiple Sites, 'Retreats in Spanish,' Oct. 4, Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago; Nov. 1, St. Margaret Mary, Hammond, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 931-5229

 

Sept. 23
St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Holy Name Society Evening of Reflection,' 6:30 p.m., Carmelite Monastery. Mass, dinner, Rosary, benediction. Spiritual leader, Fr. Gerald Schweitzer. 865-3566 or 803-0667

 

Oct. 2
St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station, 'Night of Recollection (in Spanish),' 7 p.m. Rosary, confessions, spiritual talk. 962-8626

 

Oct. 3
St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, 'Women in the Bible Series,' 7 p.m., sanctuary. Presenter, Anita Gutschick. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 11
St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Anointing of the Sick,' 2 p.m.

 

Oct. 19
Office of Youth & Young Adults, 'Grasta De! – Middle School Retreat,' 1-7 p.m., Andrean HS, Merrillville. grastade.com

 

Mondays
St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Light of Christ Charismatic Group,' 6 p.m., bldg. 4, in library. 921-1428 or 312-320-7145

 

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 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.

 

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, 'Fall Series,' Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com
• St. Paul, Valparaiso, 'Divorce & Beyond,' started Sept. 9, 7-9 p.m., Newman Room. Fees. 464-4831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, 'Bereavement Sessions,' 7 meetings started Sept. 18, Thurs., 7-8:30 p.m., meeting room in St. Patrick Hall. 322-4505 x241

 

Sept. 28
Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Caregiver Support Group,' 2 p.m. 365-3898 or 1-888-303-0180

 

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Bariatric Surgery Support Group,' first Tues., 6 p.m., Reginald Board Room; first Thurs.,11 a.m., Blessed Mother Room. 852-2518

 

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

 

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Parkinson's Disease Support Group,' first Mon., 4-6 p.m., Marian Education Center. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Franciscan Hammond Clinic, 'Diabetes Support Group,' first Thurs., 6 p.m. 836-5800

 

Compassionate Friends, 'Support Group Meeting,' 7 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven.

 

Vocations

Multiple Dates
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 'Fall Discernment Weekend,' Oct. 31-Nov. 2. For Catholic women ages 18-42. No charge. 1-800-860-1840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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