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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 219-736-6577; 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.



Aug. 10

   Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary, 38th annual four-person scramble golf outing, boxed lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon, plated dinner at 4:30 p.m. with Bishop Robert J. McClory at Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville. Features include putting contest, skills contests and prizes and free beverages on the course, as well as dinner only option. Sponsorships available. Contact Esther Miller at 689-3153 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sept. 26

      Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District of Gary, Inc., 13th annual Friends of the Poor Walk, live and virtual, 10 a.m. at Lemon Lake County Park, Crown Point. Register at to donate or collect pledges and walk on your own at the park or at home.



Oct. 9-10

   Diocese of Gary Office of Worship and Intercultural Ministry, “Conference ’20: Pray. Believe. Live. (Repeat)” training and renewal for lectors, EMHCs, RCIA, ministers of care, art and environment and music ministers, at St. Patrick, Chesterton


Food & Festival

Sept. 20

   Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Adam Gawlikowski & Friends folk and pop concert, 2 p.m. in school auditorium. Proceeds benefit BNI Ignite & Inspire Campaign. Tickets discounted in advance. Visit


Gatherings & Classes


    Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Order of Franciscans, Monthly gathering, 10:30 a.m. third Saturdays at Lourdes Friary, Cedar Lake.


Health & Fitness


    Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Aeroba Low Class, 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in church hall. No charge.


Aug. 10

   Franciscan Health Michigan City, Versiti Blood Center blood drive, 1-6 p.m. in mobile coach outside hospital. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled at or (800) 786-4483 and choosing your preferred time. Walk-ins are also welcome. Identification is required, and donors must wear a mask.


Aug. 16

   Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #10811, Merrillville, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Ameling Hall, St. Andrew the Apostle. Reservations required at Enter “46410” under ‘Find a Blood Drive’ and scroll down to the date to select a time to donate.




     St. Mary of the Lake, Gary, Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-noon third Monday of every month in Lessard Hall.

     Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Soup Kitchen, noon-1 p.m. Fridays.

     St. Joseph, Hammond, St. Joseph Soup Kitchen, noon-1 p.m. weekdays in lower level of church.

     Winfield Resale Shop, Winfield, sponsored by Holy Spirit, Four Seasons Methodist, Cross of Christ Lutheran and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton churches, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Th-F-Sat. at 10649 Randolph St.

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

    Ss. Monica and Luke, Gary, Food pantry, 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of month.

    Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 10 a.m.-noon fourth Thursday of every month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. Call 696-9506 for more information.



     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. 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. 


Respect Life

Sept. 3

   Lake County Right to Life, Fundraising banquet, 7 p.m. at Avalon Manor, Hobart. Call 838-1138 to RSVP.




   Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Order of Franciscans, Monthly Mass of first Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. at Franciscan Healthcare Munster chapel. Call Mary Ann Meschi at 838-3064 with questions.


Aug. 6

      Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “A Tale of Two Cities: A Priest’s Reflection from Cedar Lake to Gary” for ages 18-39, with Father Mike Surufka, OFM, 7 p.m. at Malt Brothers Brewery in St. John. Free, but space is limited and registration is required at


Aug. 8

   University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill., Live Q&A with seminary rector Father John Kartje for his self-led four-week bible study series, “Living on the Edge of Chaos: Biblical Lessons for Finding Hope in the Face of Fear.” Visit to register and receive first of four weekly sessions.


Support Groups

Oct. 23-25

   Office of Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Gary, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for women and men affected by abortion to facilitate renewal and healing in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Call 552-2944 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or visit for information.


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