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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.

 

 

BENEFITS

 

June 7-8

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in St. Paul School gym. Drop off donations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5-6.

 

June 8

Sojourner Truth House, Gary, 20th Anniversary Color Walk for STH, with each walker asked to raise at least $100 with a team or as an individual. Contact LaQuita Howell at 885-2282 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

June 9

St. Michael Education Foundation, Schererville, Eighth annual Education Foundation Golf Outing at Scherwood Golf. Contact Pat Cusick at 713-5472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

May 20

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Catholic Homeschool 101 and Curriculum Show-N-Tell presented by Queen of Angels Home Educators, 2-4 p.m. in Trinity Hall. Bring homeschool resources you no longer need for free swap table. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 29

St. James the Less, Highland, “Building a Vibrant Parish” informational seminar presented by Liturgical Press Institute, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Also May 30 at Sacred Heart in LaPorte

  

May 29

Sacred Heart, LaPorte, “Building a Vibrant Parish” informational seminar presented by Liturgical Press Institute, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

May 30

Sacred Heart, LaPorte, “Building a Vibrant Parish” informational seminar presented by Liturgical Press Institute, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

June 12

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Goodwill Industries: More Than a Store” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by career center manager Yiakeshia Herma of Goodwill Industries of Michiana Inc. at Griffith Career Center, 7-8:30 p.m. 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.

 

June 21-22

Diocese of Gary, “Let Us Sing To The Lord” bilingual day of formation and training for pastoral musicians in Spanish and English, hosted by the Office of Intercultural Ministry and Instituto OCP, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul, Valparaiso. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. RSVP to 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 24 and 26

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. Monday, at St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

Sept. 6-7

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, Otis. Register at dcgary.org/marriageprep.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Ongoing

 

May 19

Nazareth Home, East Chicago, Fifth annual Char-a-Tea Luncheon fashion show, raffles and entertainment, 12:30 p.m. at Wicker Park Social Center, Highland. Shopping begins at noon; wear a chic hat and receive 10 prize raffle tickets. 616-6090

St. Mary, Griffith, Rosary Society Tea, 12:30 p.m. (doors open). Tickets, discounted for children 8-12, in advance only; contact Connie at 924-2928.

 

May 23

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, Pork Chop Dinner hosted by Msgr. Hoffmann Council Knights of Columbus, 4-7 p.m. 508-053

 

June 2

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Junior Branch 58, Summer Outing with refreshments, bowling, prizes and outdoor activities for families, noon-3 p.m. at Set ‘Em Up Lanes, 235 N. Broad St., Griffith. Call Nancy Dunn at 314-0342.

 

June 6

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Young Adult Ministry dinner and social time for college and career-aged adults, 6:30 p.m. at Bridges Waterside Grille, 508 E. Second St. Catholics and non-Catholics welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 12

Notre Dame Club of Northwest Indiana, Annual Sports Night for all ages, featuring Notre Dame associate head football coach Mike Elston, dinner and raffles, 6:15 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Villa Cesare, Schererville. Order tickets from Harry Howisen at (708) 704-2424 or nwidomers.com. Proceeds fund summer service project schoarships.

 

June 19-23

St. Thomas More, Munster, Fun Days with food, live music, rides (Megapass available), kids’ and adults’ games, raffles and bingo, 5-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday, and 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Visit stmfundays.com for admission fee options.

 

June 30

St. Mary, Griffith, Open House honoring Father Theodore J. Mens, 12:30-3 p.m. in Hildebrandt Hall.

• James the Less, Highland, Thank You and Goodbye Reception for Father Keith Virus, noon-3 p.m. in parish hall

 

July 11-14

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Nativity Fest 2019 with live music, food, beer garden, carnival rides, raffle and bingo, 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 12:30-9 p.m. Sunday (Mass on the Grass at 11 a.m.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, St. John Festival with food, entertainment, carnival rides (wristband special in advance) and games, beer garden, casino games, 5K run, raffle and nightly bingo, 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.–midnight Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday. Visit stjohnfest.org or facebook.com/SJE.fest.

 

July 13

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, St. John Festival 5K, 8 a.m. Register by July 1 at stjohnfest5k.racewire.com to guarantee a T-shirt and reduced fee. New one-mile fun run added this year.

 

Aug. 2-3

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Parish Fun Fest with food vendors, musical acts, mega cash raffle and car show (4-11 p.m. Friday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. stmichaelparish.life/funfest

 

Aug. 4

Sharing Meadows, Rolling Prairie, 25th annual Leprechaun Hunt Family Fun Day with AYCE buffet and beverages, Irish entertainment, hayrides, fishing, games and hunt for cash prizes, noon-6 p.m. Advance tickets discounted through July 26; children 13 and younger attend free with parents or grandparents. Reservations at 778-2585 or leprechaunhunt.com.

 

Aug. 6

Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald Hying’s Birthday Bash & Farewell Celebration at Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game, U.S. Steelyard, Gary. Mass at 5 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m., first pitch by Bishop Hying at 6:45 p.m. Tickets available for game only; game and three-hour AYCE barbecue buffet; or game, buffet, beer wristband and bishop bobblehead. Tickets online at bit.ly/bishopbirthday, select parishes and Pastoral Center. Proceeds benefit Mercy Fund. 769-9292

 

Aug. 15-18

St. Mary, Griffith, Western Days festival with live music, food, beer garden, carnival rides (Megapass available only at rectory, and wristbands), games, car and cash raffles, bingo and Sunday night fireworks. 6-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday. 924-4163 or smgriffith.org

 

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.

 

Multiple dates

 

May 22

St. Mary, Michigan City, Polish-American Cultural Society of NWI, Michigan City Chapter meeting, 5 p.m. in the school. Open to all, contact Theresa Child at 464-1369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

 

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.

 

May 18

Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, Schererville, Free neurodevelopmental screenings for children newborn to 8 whose parents who are concerned about their child’s development, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Reserve a 15- to 30-minute screening by calling 322-1600. A recommendation will be made for an in-depth evaluation if needed.

 

May 19

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, American Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

May 20

St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-7 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

May 21

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.

 

May 23

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso, American Red Cross blood drive, 2-7 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

June 2, 4 and 6

Franciscan Health, Cancer Survivors Day Ice Cream Social, 1-3 p.m. June 2 at Franciscan Health Munster Cancer Center lobby, 1-3 p.m. June 4 in Marian Education Center at Franciscan Health Crown Point, and 3-5 p.m. June 6 at Franciscan Health Michigan City Cancer Center lobby.

 

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.

 

 

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. 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.

 

May  31

Diocese of Gary, STARs respite care program for families with special needs children of all ages, 5-9 p.m. at Chasing Dreams, 8380 Louisiana Place, Merrillville. Register at ehackett@stm-school.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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

 

June 1

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.

 

June 9

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Movie screening of “Gosnell,” a drama based on the trial of Kermit Gosnell, a physician convicted in the deaths of three infants born alive during abortion procedures, 3 p.m. Call the parish office at 365-5678 for reservations.

 

 

 

Multiple dates

 

 

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.

• St. Mary, Griffith, “Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told” DVD series with Father Michael Gaitley, 7-8 p.m. Mondays through April 8 in Tschida Hall and April 22 in church multipurpose room. 924-4163

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Divine Mercy Chaplet recitation for Lent, 12:45 p.m. March 17, 4:30 p.m. April 19 and 3 p.m. April 28 in the church.

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.

St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Bible Study on the Holy Spirit using the FORMED Wild Goose video series, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 30-May 28. Free, but registration appreciated to Margaret Saliga at 659-4138.

Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, “Catholics Returning Home” five-week series for those who want to want to learn more about the Catholic faith, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 23-May 21 in the Church Office Conference Room. Register by calling the office at 762-4858 or program director Linda Wells at 728-6987.

 

 

May 19

Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, May Crowning, 7 p.m. 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.

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Law Enforcement Mass, 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception featuring cake a children’s crafts. A blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Legacy Center. Sign up at (800) RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org code “qoas”.

 

May 21

Diocese of Gary, Lay Ecclesial Ministry graduation, 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary. Contact Deacon Dennis Guernsey at 718-5803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

May 26, 2019

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Diocesan May Crowning, 2 p.m. followed by reception in church hall. 879-9281

 

May 27

• Gary Diocesan Cemeteries, Memorial Day Masses, 10:30 a.m. with celebrant Bishop Donald J. Hying at St. John-St. Joseph Cemetery, new area off of 169th Avenue, Hammond, and 11 a.m. with celebrant Father Walter Ciesla at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Michigan City; bring lawn chairs and meet at St. Stanislaus Kostka church in case of inclement weather.

Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Memorial Day Mass celebrated by Father Frank Torres, 10 a.m. at the altar in Crucifixion Circle. In case of inclement weather

 

June 2

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap: When is Enough Enough? How to Find Calm in the Chaos with Allen Tatara 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.

 

June 9

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Mass in Celebration of the Retirement of Father Edward J. Moszur, 11 a.m., followed by open house from 2-5 p.m. at Wicker Park Social Center. RSVP for open house by May 26 at 924-8483 or 730-4080.

Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Merrillville, Pilgrimage and Blessing of Truck Drivers by the Salvatorian Fathers, Mass in the Polish language at noon, followed by blessing (rain or shine). Cafeteria-style Polish meal available afterward in millennium Hall; prices vary. Semi-truck tractor units only, no trailers please.

 

June 9-14

St. Mary, Griffith, and St. Mary, Kouts, Totus Tuus catechetical program, 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6. Register with host parish; 924-4163 for Griffith and 766-3680 for Kouts.

 

June 13

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Pints with the Pastors” sponsored by the QAS Young Adult Ministry for young adults to interact, meet priests and discover social, faith-formation and volunteer opportunities, 6 p.m. at Shoreline Brewery. Refreshments provided. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 872-9196

 

June 15

Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald Hying Farewell Mass for the Hispanic Community, 4 p.m. in the Bishop Noll Fieldhouse, Hammond

 

June 16-21

St. Paul, Valparaiso, and LaPorte Cluster (St. Peter), LaPorte, Totus Tuus catechetical program, 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6. Register with host parish; 464-4831 for St. Paul and 362-2509 for St. Peter.

 

June 22

Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald Hying Farewell Mass for the Faithful, 5 p.m. at Queen of All Saints, Michigan City

 

June 23

Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald Hying Farewell Mass for the Hispanic Community, 2 p.m. at Holy Angels Cathedral, Gary

 

June 23-29

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, 2019 Conference Retreat: “St. John of the Cross and Thomas Merton: Brothers in Christ,” check-in begins at 3 p.m. (CDT) June 23 at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, Plymouth. Fee includes single accommodations. Visit lindenwood.org by June 16 to register. (574) 935-1780 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 26

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Fatima Devotions with benediction, Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 7 p.m., followed by a reception. Also Sept. 25. 879-9281

 

July 6

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “Exploring Ways to Pray with Scripture” day retreat and Mass with Bishop Donald J. Hying, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Register by June 29 at lindenwood.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 935-1780

 

July 7-12

St. Patrick, Chesterton, and St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Totus Tuus catechetical program, 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6. Register with host parish; 926-1282 for St. Patrick and 322-4505 for St. Michael.

 

July 8-9

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “Give Thanks in All Circumstances” overnight retreat with  Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, ASC, 7:30 a.m. (CDT) Monday through 3 p.m. Tuesday at Katherine Kasper Home, with accommodations at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes meals and overnight stay. Register by July 1 at lindenwood.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 935-1780

 

July 14-19

St. Edward, Lowell, and St. John Kanty, Rolling Prairie, Totus Tuus catechetical program, 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6. Register with host parish; 696-7307 for St. Edward and 369-1210 for St. John Kanty.

July 21-26

 

July 21-26

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso, and Nativity of Our Savior, Portage, Totus Tuus catechetical program, 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for students entering grades 7-12 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for students entering grades 1-6. Register with host parish; 464-1624 for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and 762-4858 for Nativity of Our Savior.

 

July 28

St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Parish 50th Anniversary Mass, 9 a.m., followed by luncheon complements of men’s and women’s clubs (bring a dessert to share), outdoor games for adults and children, music, bingo and car show. 980-9348

 

July 28-Aug. 2

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, “Icon Workshop/Retreat on Mary of Egypt and Moses the Ethiopian,” with check in at 3 p.m. (CDT) Sunday through 10 a.m. Friday at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes tuition, supplies single accommodations and meals. Register by July 21 at lindenwood.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 935-1780

 

Aug. 17

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima (Blue Army) Mass and Investiture of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 8 a.m. Those wishing to be invested are to call 879-9281 in advance for reserved seating and to have name called when presented with scapular.

 

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

 

Nov. 7

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

 

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.

 

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. 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” support group 10-week session, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through June 26. Contact Mary Mauer at 464-4831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

 

Multiple Dates

James the Less, Highland, Wounded Healers grief support groups serving spouses, children, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends, 7-8:30 p.m. April 17, May 1, 15 and 29. Call 924-5577 or visit woundedhealers-nwi.com.

 

May 29

St. James the Less, Highland, Wounded Healers grief support groups serving spouses, children, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends, last spring session 7-8:30 p.m. Call 924-5577 or visit woundedhealers-nwi.com.

 

May 31

Diocese of Gary, STARs respite care program for families with special needs children of all ages, 5-9 p.m. at Chasing Dreams, 8380 Louisiana Place, Merrillville. Register by May 28 at 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. .

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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