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Community Calendar

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 219-736-6577; or mail it to the newspaper office 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. 22

Dawn Brancheau Foundation, Lake County, Ninth annual Two-Mile Dream Big Walk to aid children’s and animal causes, with presentation of animals by SeaWorld, community service projects and picnic, 1:30-5 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point. To register or make a donation, visit dawnsfoundation.org/events.

 

Sept. 25-27

St. James the Less, Highland, Rummage, Baked Goods and Pierogi Sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Bag sale for clothing. Call Chris at 810-2043 with questions.

 

Sept. 26-27

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Fall Garage and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Drop off donations from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19-23. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 682-5272 for volunteer opportunities.

 

Sept. 28

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 12th annual Friends of the Poor Walk, 9 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. start at Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point (call Diane at 845-7531) and Gabis Arboretum in Valparaiso (call Cindy at 462-5632). Potluck luncheon after the walk at Lemon Lake. Register at fopwalk.org.

 

Oct. 4

St. Adalbert, Whiting, Feast of St. Francis collection drive for Whiting Animal Shelter, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Bring wet and dry dog and cat food, non-clumping kitty litter, busy dog bones, paper towels, laundry detergent and  PineSol. Visit facebook at St. Adalbert Church, Whiting, IN.

 

Oct. 12

Franciscan Health Hammond, Fall Harvest Variety Show benefitting the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults program, 2-4 p.m. at Faith Church, 8910 Grace St., Highland. Free admission, door prizes and refreshments. Accepting donations of T-shirts, socks and sweatshirts/pants in L-XL. Call 932-2300, x33292 with questions.

 

Nov. 9-10

St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Rummage Sale hosted by women’s club, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAARS

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Multiple dates

Franciscan Health EMS Academy, Emergency Medical Technician certification classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, July 8-Dec. 12 at Franciscan Health Crown Point (apply by June 28), and Sept. 9-Jan. 16 at Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation, Valparaiso. Visit franciscanhealth.org/EMSCrownPoint, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 757-6461.

 

Diocese of Gary, Evangelization Training Series, 14 sessions (seven in the fall, seven in the spring), 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 and Feb. 20-April 2 at St. Paul, Valparaiso. Call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Ongoing

• St. Thomas More, Munster, STMCareer Networking Group meeting, 7-9 p.m. second Wednesday (new day) of the month at STM Weis Center, 8635 Calumet Ave. Free and open to all. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

• St. Joseph, Hammond, Art & Heritage tours of the church, after 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Gather near choir pews for 15-20 minute tours. 932-0702

 

Ancilla College, Donaldson, Open House for prospective students and families, noon-2 p.m. (CDT) two miles south of U.S. 30 on Road at Center at Donaldson, near Plymouth. RSVP at ancilla.edu/open-house or call (866) 262-4552.

 

Andrean High School, Merrillville, Parent Tours of the school, 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. Register at andreanhs.org/rsvp.

 

Sept. 21 and 25

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in Spanish, “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Sept. 24

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, St. Michael Book Club open to all parishioners, 11 a.m.-noon discussing the book “Two Steps Forward” by Sharon Garlough Brown. To order book for Sept. 24 distribution, call Peg Kolarik by Aug. 31, or bring own copy.

 

Sept. 30

United State Catholic Conference of Bishops, Listening Session on Racism with group presentations, 5-7 p.m. (CST) in the Michael A. Evans Building at Marian University, 3000 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis. Public invited to attend and submit comments in writing at this free event.

 

Oct. 2

St. Mary School, Griffith, VIRTUS training for Diocese of Gary volunteers 18 and older working with children, 6-8:30 p.m. in school library. RSVP at virtus.org/virtus. Call Liz Stadnik at 922-2277 with questions.

 

Oct. 4

SHARE Group, Lake County, “From Under the Rug” Conference and Brunch on human trafficking, and suicide awareness and prevention with speakers and panel discussions, 9 a.m.-230 p.m. at Wicker Park Banquet Hall, Highland. No charge. RSVP to thesharegroup.us, or call 525-4335.

 

Oct. 9

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Preparing the Perfect Elevator Pitch to Attract Employers” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by Rick Riddering, director of Leadership Development at Faith Church, 7-8:30 p.m. at STM Weis Center, 8635 Calumet Ave. Free and open

 

Oct. 11-12

Diocese of Gary, Marriage Preparation classes in English, “Living a Joy-filled Marriage” from 6-9 p.m. Friday, and “Called to the Wedding Feast” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at St. Mary, Griffith. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Oct. 27

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, BNI October Roman Holiday with a special presentation about the Vatican and Rome, 3 p.m. 932-9058

 

Nov. 16

Social Teaching Ecclesial Commission, Diocese of Gary, Charity Summit to explore challenges and identify strategies, priorities and opportunities for charitable ministries within parishes, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Queen of All Saints’ Legacy Center, Michigan City. Lunch included. Free, but registration is required by Oct. 31 at 769-9292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

Sept. 15-26, 2019

Alpine Europe Pilgrimage led by Father Martin Dobrzynski of St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, air/land tour from Chicago to Germany and Austria. 322-4505, x225

 

Sept. 21

Holy Spirit, Winfield, Bus trip to the University of Notre Dame includes lunch opportunity, walking tour, free time and Mass, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5:30 p.m. Fee. Reservations due by Sept. 7.

 

Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2020

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy in Rome, the Vatican, Assisi and Pompeii with Father Kevin Huber. For more information and a brochure, call the parish at 872-9196.

 

Oct. 22

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS all 51 and older trip to The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, tour at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at the Chop House. Fee for cart. Reservations due by Sept. 1 to Carol at 738-5085.

 

Oct. 29

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Boomers and Beyond bus trip to Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. Bus leaves Wicker Park at 9 a.m. Register and pay fee at parish office.

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Ongoing

 

Sept. 15

Polish-American Society, Polish Heritage Festival with Polish-English Mass at 10:30 a.m., and food, dancers, polka band, awards, beer garden, cultural displays and vendors, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12, Michigan City. Admission fee for ages 12 and older. Facebook.com/PolishHeritageFestivalMC

 

Sept. 16

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Inaugural Founder’s Day Celebration with day-long activities and Alumni Mass at 6:30 p.m. 932-9058

 

Sept. 18

St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home, East Chicago, 29th annual Women’s Guild gala, “An Autumn Night,” with cocktails, boutique shopping and live music at 4 p.m., and a seated dinner and fashion show at 6 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets.

 

Sept. 26

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, Pork Chop Dinner hosted by Msgr. Ralph Hoffman Council 13003 Knights of Columbus, 4-7 p.m. Soft drinks and desserts available. Carryouts available. Tickets at the door.

 

Sept. 27-29

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, 13th annual St. John Oktoberfest with German food, beer garden, live bands, kids’ games and pumpkin decorating, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, 1-10:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday at U.S. 41 and 93rd Avenue parking lot. Free parking and admission. stjohnoktoberfest.com

 

Sept. 29

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Annual Picnic in the Park at Central Park Plaza downtown, starting with Mass at 1 a.m., followed by a meal, games and music.

 

Oct. 4

St. Thomas More School, Munster, Brews and Bites adult evening of tastings from restaurants and breweries, 7-11 p.m. at the Wicker Memorial Park Pavilion, Highland. Food, beer, wine, live music and raffles. Purchase tickets at school or parish office or at eventbrite.com/e/brews-and-bites-2019-tickets-68221104159.

 

Oct. 6

St. Mary the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City, Oktoberfest 2019 with dinner, raffle, music and games, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Michigan City Elks Lodge on U.S. 20. Free children’s menu for age 11 and younger. 878-1835

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, St. John Rosary Society’s 120th Anniversary Celebration, 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by brunch. Reservations and payment due by Sept. 29 to Joyce Wagner at 922-8413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 658-4138

Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine/ Salvatorian Fathers Monastery, Merrillville, Seventh Fall Gathering or Motorcycles with Mass in Polish language at noon, followed by a picnic on the grounds. Menu items vary. Rain or shine.

 

Oct. 11

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Homecoming Game and Alumni Re Tailgate Party, Warriors vs. South Central at 7 p.m., followed by party in field house through midnight for ages 21 and older. Tickets, sold at the door, include food, drink and entertainment. Contact Juli Sandoval at 932-9058, x1005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities.

 

Oct. 12

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Notre Dame Football Tailgate Party for game vs. USC, 4 p.m. start and 6:30 p.m. kickoff with TV broadcast in gym and outdoors. Open to ages 21 and older. Admission fee.

 

 

 

GATHERINGS & CLASSES

 

 Ongoing

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, Respect Life Ministry meeting with faith, fellowship & free pizza, open to all denominations and parishes, 5:30 p.m. first Thurs. Enter Door 4.

• St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, 'Acrylic Painting Classes,' Tues., 1-3 p.m., Casa Maria Hall. Fees. 865-5482
• Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministry, 'Second 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.

• Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6:30 p.m. first and third Mondays in the Cana Room.

• Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS for all 51 and older, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in St. Patrick Hall.

• St. James the Less, Highland, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6:45 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Facebook page SVDP Gary Council.

Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities, Senior Center at Pulaski Park North Hammond facilitated by Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 659-4138 for list of activities.

St. James the Less, Highland, Ephesus House programs and lunch for adults “55 and better,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3033 Condit St. 972-1944

• St. Joseph, Hammond, Alive After 55 seniors group meets for board and card games (bring your favorite), with light refreshments, 2-4 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly in Vrabely Hall. Non-parishioners welcome. Enter through south tower door; elevator available. Call Theresa at 937-9483 to RSVP or with questions.

Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities, Senior Center at Pulaski Park North Hammond facilitated by Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 659-4138 for list of activities.

St. Joseph, Hammond, Alive After 55 seniors group meets for board and card games (bring your favorite), with light refreshments, 2-4 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly in Vrabely Hall. Non-parishioners welcome. Enter through south tower door; elevator available. Call Theresa at 937-9483 to RSVP or with questions.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, 6 p.m. second Monday of month in Emmaus House and 1 p.m. fourth Monday of month in parish office. Call Pam Gabor at 682-8376 or Tricia Massa at 558-0381.

 

Sept. 19

St. Mary, Crown Point, “Reflecting on Life: A Journal Gathering” workshop for teens and adults, 7-8:30 p.m. in Hammes Hall. RSVP by Sept. 17 to 663-0044. Supplies provided.

 

Sept. 25

St. Mary, Michigan City, Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, Michigan City chapter meeting, 5 p.m. in the school. Open to all; no membership fee. Contact Theresa Child at 464-1369 with questions.

 

Oct. 2

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Living Scriptural Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, 7 p.m. in the chapel.

 

Multiple dates

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS


Multiple Dates

• St. Matthias, Crown Point, Walking Prayer Group, 9 a.m. Thursdays

• Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Blood pressure screening after 4:30 p.m. Mass every third Saturday and after 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mass every third Sunday in the main vestibule of the church.
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Chair Yoga,' Wed., 8:45 a.m., bldg. 2. 926-3495
• St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, 'Zumba Gold Classes,' Wed., 12:30 p.m., parish hall. For all fitness levels. Fees. 947-0509
St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, 'Diabeatus Management Classes,' various sites, dates. 947-6234

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Ballroom Dance Lessons sponsored by Knights of Columbus, 7-9 p.m. Mondays. No registration, all are welcome as schedule permits. Donation of $5 benefits K of C charities. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 803-0196.

Franciscan Health Fitness Center, Schererville, Pickleball available Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for those 18 and older. Non-members welcome; guest policies apply. 865-6969

• Franciscan Health Dyer, Free diabetus support group for patients and loved ones, 6-7:30 p.m. third Thursday in Blessed Mother Room. Registration required at 865-2141, x42605 or 933-2144.

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Diabetes Education Classes, 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays in Center for Diabetes, 3rd floor. Second Thursday of month in Spanish. Registration required at 392-7786.

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Well Walkers Club with speakers for ages 18 and older, 11 a.m. monthly on first Wednesdays in Professional Office Building Conference Room, North Entrance. 392-7104

St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center Assessment for ages 18 and older, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment, at 7217 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond. Free. No fasting required. Call 392-7287; walk-ins also welcome.

Franciscan Health Crown Point (St. Anthony Hospital), Diabetes education classes offering medication management, monitoring, exercise and nutrition, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in four-session series. Registration and physician’s referral required. Contact insurance company to verify cost coverage. 757-6268

Franciscan Health Hammond (St. Margaret Hospital), Free Family Birth Center tours at 6 p.m. third Wednesday every month. Register at (800) 931-3322. 

Sacred Heart, Whiting, Healing Mass, 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. For special accommodations or a ride to church, call parish office at 659-0733.

Franciscan Health Hammond, Free Family Birth Center tours at 6 p.m. third Wednesday every month. Register at (800) 931-3322.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Chair yoga class for all ages of men and women, 9 a.m. Fridays in St. Patrick Hall. Fee. Call Ursula Buchnat at 741-3276 with questions.

Franciscan Health Crown Point, Diabetes education classes, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays in three sessions in July, August and September in the Burrell Classrooms, Call 757-6268 for exact dates. Individual appointments also available. Registration and physician’s referral required. Verify insurance coverage with your insurer.

Diocese of Gary, Natural Family Planning classes begin the third Monday of every month, 6-8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Register at ccli.org or call 769-9292, x259 for more information.

 

 

Sept. 15

Franciscan Health Hammond, Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free car seats to qualified recipients, while supplies last, will be installed by a certified technician.

 

Sept. 17

St. John Kanty, Rolling Prairie, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Sept. 19

Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, Schererville, Just Dance fitness sessions, health screenings, giveaways and tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration is required at (800) 931-3322 or FranciscanHealth.org/InspriringWomen NWI

 

Sept. 20

Marquette High School, Michigan City, American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Sept. 21

Franciscan Health Michigan City, Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free car seats to qualified recipients, while supplies last, will be installed by a certified technician.

 

Sept. 24

St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, “A Woman’s Heart: Keys to Cardiac Health” program on exercise, nutrition, regular screening, signs and symptoms, 6-7 p.m. Register at 836-3477.

 

Oct. 3

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Oct. 15

Marian Council 3840 Knights of Columbus, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Oct. 20

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m.-noon. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Nov. 7

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Nov. 21

Holy Spirit, Winfield, American Red Cross blood drive, 2-7 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 5

St. Matthias, Crown Point, American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 15

St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Dec. 17

Marian Council 3840 Knights of Columbus, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

OPEN HOUSE

 

Ongoing

Ancilla College, Donaldson, Open House for prospective students and families, noon-2 p.m. (CDT) two miles south of U.S. 30 on Road at Center at Donaldson, near Plymouth. RSVP at ancilla.edu/open-house or call (866) 262-4552.

 

 

OUTREACH


Lake County

 
Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, 'St. Clare's Kitchen,' Tues., 5-6 p.m., basement of church. Sponsored by Secular Franciscans.

 

Missionaries of Charity, Gary, Overnight shelter for women/children, 3 p.m. daily in former St. Mark Convent, 509 W. Ridge Road.

 

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, 'Soup Kitchen,' Fri., noon-1 p.m., parish hall.

 

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Food pantry, 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of the month in 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 Tuesdays amd Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations accepted.

 

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Non-food Needs Pantry for local families, 9:30-11 a.m. fourth Saturday in Casa Maria North Hall. To volunteer or donate, call Karen Boyle at 865-5482.

 

St. Mary Byzantine Catholic, Whiting, Whiting/Robertsdale Community “Lunch with Friends,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall at 2011 Clark St. Call Margaret at 659-4138.

 

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, St. Joseph the Carpenter Ministry assists parishioners with small household repair projects. To request help or volunteer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 365-5678, x267.

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Gary, 7132 Arizona Ave., Hammond, For assistance or more information, call 845-7531.

 

Moms & Tots Resale Shop, Griffith, Children’s, women’s and maternity clothing and accessories, and toys, sold to support local pregnancy resource centers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at 110 W. Main St. 595-5457 or smartfunshopping.com

 

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Ephesus House programs and lunch for adults “55 and better,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3033 Condit St. 972-1944

 

St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Food pantry for residents of Dyer, Griffith, Highland, Munster, Schererville and St. John, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second Tuesday in Casa Maria North Hall. Bring two proofs of residency. Hot meal also served during same hours. Call pantry at 865-5481. 

 

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, Information and resources provided about parental rights after a miscarriage and respectful burial of the unborn. Visit miscarriedbaby.com or call Jill at 730-9199.

 

St. Ann, Gary, Free meal every Saturday except third of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

 

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Summer Farm Stand offering produce for a free will offering, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays.

 

American Cancer Society, Volunteer drivers are needed for the ACS Road To Recovery program to provide patients in need with free rides to cancer treatment. Call (800) 227-2345.

 

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 10 a.m.-noon last Thursday of every month. Indiana driver’s license or ID required. Call Liz Acevedo at 397-5803, x205.

 

 

Porter County


St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Table of Plenty Free Dinner,' Fri., 4-5:30 p.m., Chapel Hall (bldg. 2).

 

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic 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

 

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Mobile Market pick-up location for those in need of food assistance from 8-10 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month beginning Sept. 21. Each stop provides free grains, fruits, vegetables and proteins to individuals and families. To volunteer at distribution, contact Christine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 464-4042. 

 

 

LaPorte/Starke Counties

 

St. Joseph, LaPorte, St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry, 4 p.m. Mondays. Call Dick and Suzanne Sharp at 369-3347.

 

Sacred Heart, LaPorte, Food pantry, 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Call Becky Kroll at 575-7564.

 

Women’s Care Center, LaPorte, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at 512 Maple Ave. 324-4646

 

St. Peter, LaPorte, Samaritan Center counseling by appointment, in rectory. Call Natasha Yuhasz at 879-3283.

 

 

RESPECT LIFE

 

Ongoing

St. Mary, Griffith, Pro-Life Mass, 8 a.m. first Saturday.

St. Paul Respect Life Ministry, Valparaiso, Porter Hospital Abortion Policy Protest, noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at Valparaiso Courthouse. Contact Pat T. at 246-3763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Paul Respect Life Ministry, Valparaiso, Vigil at Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, Merrillville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. third Thursday every month, Pro-Life interaction to save babies lives and interest women in supportive servces from Women's Care Center and Catholic Charities, followed by free lunch and fellowship at Portillo’s, Merrillville. Transportation from St. Paul parish is available; contact Tom at 921-4712; 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. .

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Respect Life Group seeks baby items, including cribs, mattresses, high chairs, car seats and clothing sizes newborn to 2. 365-5355, 865-0217 or 365-8192

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Pro-Life Ministry meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. third Thursday of every month. Call Amy Grogan at (708) 715-2090.

 

Multiple dates

 

Sept. 14

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, International Day of Remembrance for the Unborn hosted by the parish Missionaries for Life, 1 p.m. prayer service at Sanctity of Life Shrine at The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, and 2 p.m. screening of the film “Unplanned” at SJE, 107101 Olcott  Ave. Visit facebook.com/MissionariesforlifeNWI

 

Oct. 3

LaPorte County Right to Life, Fall Banquet Gala with speaker Henriette Ngenga, a Rwandan genocide survivor, 6:30 p.m. at Heston Hills Banquet Center. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Oct. 5

St. Stephan, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., preceded by Sacrament of Reconciliation at 8:30 a.m., and followed by recitation of the Rosary.

 

Oct. 13

Diocese of Gary, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass, 4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. To have a child’s name read during candle lighting ceremony, submit by Oct. 9 to Jill at 730-9199m or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

RUMMAGE

 

 

 

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

 

Multiple Dates

St. Matthias, Crown Point, Nocturnal Adoration Society meets from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the first Thursday in the chapel

St. Patrick, Chesterton, Bereavement Ministry with faith-based approach to dealing with grief, 7 p.m. second Monday in Ministry Room, Bldg. 2. 926-1282 or 241-2732

Collegiate Catholics, Faith-sharing meeting for college-aged young adults, meets first Sunday at various locations. Call or text Lena Barajas at 765-2200 to RSVP. collegiatecatholics.org.

• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Exposition of Blessed Sacrament,' 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 'Prayer for Vocations,' every 2nd Thurs. 926-1282 x1

Holy Spirit, Winfield, Friends in Christ women’s faith discussion, 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Call Monica Duffy at 314-9657.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Blue Army Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima Mass, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. 879-9281

Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph Apostolate All-Night Vigil, 7 p.m. Mass on first Friday of the month through 6 a.m. Mass on Saturday. Confessions at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Refreshments throughout the night. 836-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• St. Matthias, Crown Point, “Walking with Purpose” Scripture study for women, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free book with registration at 663-2201.          

 Holy Spirit, Winfield, Ladies in Faithful Times (LIFT) women’s faith discussion, 6:45 p.m. check-in, 7-8 p.m. session on second and fourth Wednesdays. 661-0644

 Diocese of Gary, Ultrea for Women’s Cursillo alumni, after 10 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of every month at Holy Spirit, Winfield. Contact  Lyn Haniacek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text to 359-9529.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Marian Devotions biweekly, 8 p.m. second Sunday and 7:30 p.m. fourth Sunday at the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

• St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Eucharistic Prayer for hope and healing for the Church, priests and anyone who has been abused, 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Food and Fellowship for all in 20’s and 30’s. singles, couples, divorced, Catholic or not, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month in Legacy Center. Bring a side dish, main course is provided, and a canned good for charity. Children’s activities provided. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (218) 780-0595

• St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Fatima Devotions with benediction, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 27, May 1, June 26 and Sept. 25, followed by a reception. 879-9281

St. John the Evangelist. St. John, Alpha 201 series on questions about life and faith, including small groups on specific topics, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 12. Sign up in narthex or by emailing 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. .

Monica and Luke, Gary, Bible Study, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “Bible Beer and Beyond” adult Bible study for ages 21 and older, with Father Michael Surufka, OFM, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Sunday at St. John Malt Brothers Tap Room, St. John. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit charity.

Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, Special Fatima Devotions, 7-8 p.m. on the 13th day of May through October, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary recitation, benediction, hymns and outdoor candlelight procession. 836-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James the Less, Highland, Young Adult Bible Study for ages 18-25, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, followed by a gathering at a local restaurant. No registration. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist” four-session series, 7 p.m. starting Sept. 10 in St. Patrick Hall. Sign up after weekend Masses in August or call Janice at 322-4505, x8241

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Bible Study: Women in the Old Testament” 11-session series, 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18, in St. Patrick Hall. Sign up after Masses on August 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Direct questions to Linda at 322-1717 or Deacon Ron at 808-3255.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Theology on Tap for young adults, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 10 at Region Ale, Schererville. Topics are: “Indifference” with motivational speaker Stephen Tony on Sept. 26, “Politics and Faith: Where Do Catholics Fit In?” with Luana Leinhart of DePaul University on Oct. 3 and “How To Hear God in an Earbud Wearing World” with Deacon Allen Tatara on Oct. 10.

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Tuesday Evening Study Group discusses Bishop Robert Barron’s “Letter to a Suffering Church,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 15 and 22 in Founders Room (lower level of school). Refer questions to Margaret Saliga at 659-4138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sept. 15-26

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpine Europe Pilgrimage led by Father Martin Dobrzynski, air/land tour from Chicago to Germany and Austria. 322-4505, x225

 

Sept. 19

St. James the Less, Highland, Parish Book Club fall sign-up/book sale for “Praying the Rosary Like Never Before” by Edward Sri, 6:30-7 p.m., followed by discussion sessions 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 3-24. 934-0967

 

Sept. 22

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Marian Devotions, 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine on church grounds.

 

Sept. 24

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Coffee with the Mystics” workshop on St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (CST) in Providence Hall Conference Room. Fee. Register by Sept. 21 at (812) 535-2952, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Events.Sisters of

 

Sept. 27-28

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Parables Overnight Retreat led by Father Jerry Schweitzer, at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Check-in is at 3 p.m. (CDT) Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday. Fee includes meals, materials and refreshments, with single or double accommodations, or commuter options. Register at lindenwood.org or call (574) 935-1780.

 

Oct. 2

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Theological Aspects of the Eucharist” with Father Jerry Schweitzer, opening session of four-part Tapped In series on The Blessed Eucharist, 7 p.m. at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, 5184 Franklin St. for food, fellowship and faith. Contact Eileen at 861-3825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 3

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Transitus of St. Francis service, 7 p.m., followed by a social in the church hall.

 

Oct. 4-6

Diocese of Gary, Office for Youth and Young Adults, NWI Awakening Retreat for college-age young adults, 5:30 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Mass on Sunday in school building at Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake. Cost includes food and lodging. nwiawakening.com

 

Oct. 5

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Pet Blessing, 10 a.m. near the Blessed Mother shrine.

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Annual Pet Blessing, noon in ‘barking’ lot. 658-4138

 

Oct. 6

Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Communities, Rosary for Life and Benediction, 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Grotto, Whiting. 658-4138

Polish-American Heritage Society, 24th annual Polish-American Heritage Month Celebration, 10:30 a.m. wreath laying at Pulaski Park in Calumet City, 11:30 a.m. wreath laying at Pulaski Park in Hammond with outdoor Polish-English Mass under the gazebo, rain or shine, followed by a 1:30 p.m. luncheon and program at The Cavalier Inn, Hammond, with music from 3-6 p.m. Lunch tickets in advance only at the restaurant.

 

Oct. 9

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Ritual Aspects of the Eucharist” with Father Jordan Fetcko, second session of four-part Tapped In series on The Blessed Eucharist, 7 p.m. at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, 5184 Franklin St. for food, fellowship and faith. Contact Eileen at 861-3825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 10

St. Thomas More Holy Name Society, Munster, Evening of Reflection men’s retreat led by Father Michael Yadron, registration at 6 p.m., dinner and program at 6:30 p.m., at Carmelite Monastery, Munster. Fee and form due by Sept. 20 at parish office or Sunday collection basket.

 

Oct. 12

St. Ann, Gary, Public Square Rosary Rally to Pray for the Nation, noon at church parking lot.

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Hermitage Retreat  offering silence and solitude, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes private room, lunch, and opportunities for spiritual direction. Register at lindenwood.org or call (574) 935-1780.

 

Oct. 16

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap for ages 21 and older, “You’re Catholic? So Do You Actually Believe…?” with Matt Kresich. Pizza and beer served. Call 838-0395, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit olgcatholicchurchhighland.org.

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Missionary Aspects of the Eucharist” with Father Gregory Bim-Merle, third session of four-part Tapped In series on The Blessed Eucharist, 7 p.m. at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, 5184 Franklin St. for food, fellowship and faith. Contact Eileen at 861-3825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 18-19

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “The Worn Out Shoes of St. Katharina: A Transformational Symbol for Our Contemporary Society” retreat at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes lunch, refreshments and book, with options for single or double occupancy overnight stay or commuter. Register at lindenwood.org or call (574) 935-1780.

 

Oct. 23

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Eucharistic Miracles” with Deacon Michael Green, last session of four-part Tapped In series on The Blessed Eucharist, 7 p.m. at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, 5184 Franklin St. for food, fellowship and faith. Contact Eileen at 861-3825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Nov. 4

Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Diocese of Gary, Fall Faith Formation Series: “Introduction to Mary” with Sean Martin, director, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Free. To register, call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Nov. 7

Diocese of Gary, Mass for Deceased Bishops and Clergy, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary

 

Nov. 8-9

Diocese of Gary, Offices of Worship and Intercultural Ministry, “Source and Summit: Transfigured in the Eucharist” Liturgical Ministers Conference, 6-9 p.m. Friday in the church, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Hall, at St. Patrick, Chesterton. Registration forms available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Nov. 11

Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Diocese of Gary, Fall Faith Formation Series: ”Introduction to the Theology of the Body” with Sean Martin, director, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Free. To register, call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Nov. 18

Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Diocese of Gary, Fall Faith Formation Series: Introduction to Mary” with Sean Martin, director, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Free. To register, call 769-9292, x230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dec. 1

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap: “And God Saw That it Was Good: Beer” with Father Dominic Clemente for Catholics age 21 and older looking to explore their faith, 6:30 p.m. Beer, pizza and snacks served. 838-0395 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sundays

• St. Casimir, Hammond, Polish language Mass, 8:30 a.m.
• 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 at 3 p.m.

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, 'Pray for Peace,' after 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Bible Study, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in church hall

 

Mondays
• St. Patrick, Chesterton, 'Light of Christ Charismatic Group,' 6 p.m., bldg. 4, in library. 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.

 

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.

• Sacred Heart, Whiting, Rosary prayed in English, 7 p.m. in the parish office, 1717 LaPorte Ave.

 

Thursdays
• St. Mary, Griffith, 'Scripture Study Group for Men,' 7 p.m., rectory basement. Open to all; bring your Bible.
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond, 'Mustard Seed Charismatic Prayer Group,' 7 p.m., church gathering area. Open to all. 845-6419

• St. Mary, Crown Point, Centering Prayer, 7:45 a.m. in cry room of church.

 

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.

• St. Thomas Aquinas, Knox, ‘Mass in the Polish language,’ 6 p.m. (574) 772-4134

• Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Judson, ‘Legion of Mary Mother, Exterminatrix of Heresy Praesidium meeting, 9:15 a.m. (after 8:30 a.m. Mass). Contact Bernadette at (574) 772-3341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Sacred Heart, Whiting, Rosary prayed in Spanish, 9 a.m. in the church. 

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Ongoing

• Holy Name of Jesus, 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.
• 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

• 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

• St. Patrick, Chesterton, ‘Bereavement Ministry’ with faith-based approach to dealing with grief, conducted by those who have suffered a loss. Share or listen at 7 p.m. second Monday every month except August in Ministry Room of Building 2. 926-1282 or 241-2732

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, ‘Men's Breakfast Support Group’ for men taking care of person's with Alzheimer's Disease/dementia, 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Viking Chili Bowl Restaurant, U.S. 30, Valparaiso. Call Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

• 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. the fourth Sunday in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

• St. Paul, Valparaiso, ‘Caregiver Support Group’ for families caring for those with Alzheimer's disease/dementia, 3-4:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month at Pesto's Italian Restaurant, 3123 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Call Barb or Terri at 477-5433.

• Diocese of Gary, Merrillville, Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Support Group sponsored by Catholic Charities, 7-9 p.m. third Monday at Women’s Care Center, 8500 Broadway. Call 472-8059 (Christy or Deborah) for more information, (312) 655-7283 for LOSS intake and (312) 948-7902 to check in case of inclement weather.

• Project Rachel, Munster, Valparaiso and Hammond, Save One post-abortion 8-week support group sponsored by Project Rachel/Catholic Charities, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Munster, 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays at St. Teresa of Avila in Valparaiso and 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Catholic Charities, Hammond. Call 552-2944 for more information.

• Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness Center, Dyer, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter caregiver support group, 5:30 p.m. second Thursday. Visit alz.org/Indiana or call (800) 272-3900.

• St. Matthias, Crown Point, Self-Injury Support Group meets, 6 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of month.

• Franciscan Health Dyer, Free diabetes support group for patients and family, 6-7:30 p.m. third Thursdays in Blessed Mother Room, main level just past admitting area. Registration required at 865-2141, x42605 or 933-2144.

• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Grief Ministry, 6:30-8 p.m. every fourth Monday. Contact Rita at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Retrouvaille of NWI meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday of every month in Trinity Hall. RetrouvailleNWI.org

• St. Bridget, Hobart, St. Augustine Men’s Group helping men affected by pornography use through prayer, accountability and practical tools, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays in church basement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• St. Anthony Village of Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meeting, 3-4 p.m. last Wednesday of every month in Holy Family Conference Room. 661-5151 or franciscanministries.org

St. Peter, LaPorte, Nourish for Caregivers support group meeting, 6:30 p.m. second Wednesdays in rectory. 575-1090

Franciscan Health Dyer, Caregiver Support Group for Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, stroke and other care responsibilities, 2-3:30 p.m. in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

St. Bridget, Hobart, St. Augustine Men’s Group helping men affected by pornography use through prayer, accountability and practical tools, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays in church basement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Anthony Village of Franciscan Communities, Crown Point, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meeting, 3-4 p.m. last Wednesday of every month in Holy Family Conference Room. 661-5151 or franciscanministries.org

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Divorce & Beyond, starting Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 2019, St. Paul Newman Room at 7:00pm. Register at 219-242-2919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Multiple Dates

 

Sept. 13-15

Diocese of Gary, Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat for all women and men who have experienced an abortion, featuring God’s love and mercy and hope through scripture, meditation and sacraments. Contact Rosanne Kouris at 769-9292, x259 or the confidential Rachel’s Vineyard line at 552-2944.

 

Sept. 18

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others Inc., Crown Point, “Acknowledging a Pregnancy Loss: What to Say and Do” program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crown Point Public Library, 122 N. Main St. Free. Register at 730-9199 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit miscarriedbaby.com.

 

Sept. 22

Franciscan Health Dyer, Caregiver Support Group for Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, stroke and other care responsibilities, 2-3:30 p.m. in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

 

Oct. 6

St. James the Less, Highland, “Nuts and Bolts of Putting Affairs in Order” presentation by attorney Ken Wilk, hosted by Compassionate Friends in Grief, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Open to all.

 

Oct. 11-13

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Chicagoland Region, Couples Weekend, Wyndham Garden Hotel in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Call (630) 577-0778 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Oct. 22

Franciscan Health Dyer, Caregiver Support Group for Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, stroke and other care responsibilities, 2-3:30 p.m. in Blessed Mother Conference Room, west entrance. Call Jim and Pat Koeling at 365-3898 or (888) 303-0180.

 

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 

 

 

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.

 

Office of Vocations, Diocese of Gary, Discernment meeting for those 14 and older considering the priesthood or religious life, 6-8 p.m. on the third Friday of every month at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Call Father David Kime at 962-8626 or Father Chris Stanish at 872-9196, or visit garyvocations.com.

 

 

Oct. 11-13

Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Come and See” weekend retreat for single Catholic women 18 to 42 discerning a religious vocation, 6 p.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Free.

Learn more or register at (812) 230-4771, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Comeandsee.SistersofProvidence.org.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Ongoing

St. Mary, Griffith, ‘Tuesday Night Bingo’ volunteers needed weekly at 4 p.m. 922-2283

 

Multiple dates

• Notre Dame, Michigan City, Volunteers needed to provide meal items for men’s shelter at River of Life Church on Decatur Street on select Tuesdays, cook at home and drop off to team member for delivery to church at 6:30 p.m. Call Mary Kowalski at 879-5164 to sign up.

 

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