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Benefits
Jan. 1
St. Mary School Athletic Association, Griffith,
'New Year's Day Bingo,' Doors open 11 a.m., early games 1 p.m., regulars 2 p.m. Setup fees. 922-2283

 

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

 

Food & Festival

Dec. 31

All Saints, Hammond, 'New Year's Eve Party.' Advance ticket sales only. 932-0204

 

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

 

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

 

Gatherings
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
• Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, 'Entrance Exams,' Jan. 17, 31, 8 a.m.-noon. Fees. 932-9058 or bishopnoll.org

• Andrean HS, Merrillville, 'Open House,' Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m. Use entrance L. 'Entrance Exam,' Jan. 17, 8-11:30 a.m., use entrance A. No fees. 887-5281 x228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dec. 17
Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, 'Meeting,' 5 p.m., St. Mary school building, Michigan City. 464-1369

 

Dec. 18
St. Thomas More, Munster, 'Career Networking Group,' 7-9 p.m., Weis Center. Guest speaker. Group meets 3rd Thurs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jan. 11
Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary, '8th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,' 3 p.m. Music by Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir. Open to the public.

 

Health & Fitness
Multiple Dates
• St. Mary, Crown Point, 'Blood Pressure Screenings,' Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, after all Masses, St. Agnes Center. 'Foresters Blood Drives,' Feb. 15, May 10, Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hammes Hall. 663-6779
• Woodland Cancer Care Center, Michigan City, 'Freedom from Smoking Classes,' Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 931-3322
• Franciscan Hammond Clinic, Munster, 'Free Seminars: Health Insurance Marketplace,' Jan. 7, 21, 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, 'Teen Childbirth Prep Classes,' Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; open to ages 13-19. 836-3477 or comhs.org
• 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. 5, 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, noon-5 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Marquette Catholic HS, Michigan City, 'Time2Play Hoops Youth Basketball,' Sun., thru Jan. 11. Open to boys & girls grades 3-8. Fees. 629-6393 or 312-623-6642
• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Chair Yoga,' Dec. 16, 18, 10-11 a.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 933-6634
• Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region, 'Lung Screenings,' sites in Chesterton, Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, Valparaiso. Fees. 1-855-472-1659

 

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, 'Free Sessions: Patient Navigation for Cancer Care,' fourth Tues., 3-4:30 p.m., Marian Education Center. 757-6407

 

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. Elizabeth 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. Next Masses, Jan. 3, 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, Jan. 3, 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
• Whiting-Robertsdale Faith Community, 'Symbolon 10 – Video Series on Catholicism,' Tues., 6:30-8 p.m., Sacred Heart Rose Room; Thurs., St. John the Baptist Founders Room, 3:15-4:45 p.m., ending Dec. 18. 659-4138
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 'Weekend Programs,' Feb. 13-15, April 17-19, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 630-577-0778 or mejoliet.org

 

Dec. 28
St. Matthias, Crown Point, 'Service for Loss of a Child,' 4 p.m. Fellowship afterward. 663-2201

 

Dec. 29
St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Christmas Vacation Bible School,' 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fees. 322-6124 x314

 

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

 

Starting Soon
• Wounded Healers Grief Support Groups, '2015 Winter Series,' starting Jan. 7; runs Wed., 7-8:30 p.m., St. James the Less, Highland. 924-5577 or woundedhealers-nwi.com
• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 'Divorce & Beyond,' 10-week series begins Jan. 12. Open to all faiths. 365-5678 or stjohnparish.org

 

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer, 'Caregiver Support Group,' fourth Sun., 2 p.m. 365-3898 or 1-888-303-0180 Also, 'Fibromyalgia Support Group,' fourth Sat., 10 a.m., Reginald Ballroom. 708-539-9896 Also, 'Mothers of Multiple Miracles,' fourth Mon., 7 p.m. 1-800-931-3322

 

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Lupus Support Group Meetings,' fourth Mon., 6:30-8 p.m., room 3, west tower. 836-3477 Also, 'Hope Network Cancer Support Group,' last Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., education center. 945-4560

 

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, 'Breast Cancer Support Group,' fourth Thurs., 4 p.m.

 

Holy Spirit, Winfield, 'Support Group for Those Caring for Special-Needs Children,' last Tues. 540-529-7980 or 661-0644

 

Franciscan Hammond Clinic, Munster, 'Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group,' fourth Thurs., 6 p.m. 836-5800

 

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