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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

 

July 18-20

Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, Annual Altar & Rosary Society Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

 

July 19-20

St. Catherine of Siena, Hammond, Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Table rental discounted for parishioners. Call for reservations: Norma (bilingual) at (708) 415-8925 or Terrie at 629-3545. Food available both days.

 

July 20

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Christmas in July sale to benefit teens trip to NCYC, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in school gym. Drop off donations of Christmas décor or set up your own booth to sell. Contact Mary Joan Dickson at 306-2919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

July 25-28

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Annual Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, in Vamos Hall 769-1755

 

July 26-28

Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Annual Rummage Sale contines 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, in Vamos Hall. 769-1755

 

Aug. 8

Holy Spirit, Winfield, St. Vincent de Paul Society fundraiser at Baker’s Square in Merrillville, 20 percent of cost of every meal purchased all day will benefit Holy Spirit SVDP if you use a voucher available at the parish or by asking at the restaurant. 661-0644

 

Aug. 10

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Bishop Noll Day at Theatre at the Center, Munster for 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances of “Over The Tavern.” Buy tickets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday at BNI to benefit Ignite & Inspire campaign, or call 932-9058 and pick up tickets at will call.

 

Aug. 12

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary, 37th annual Golf Outing, registration at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start and contests at noon at Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville, followed by dinner. Sponsorship and early registration deadline is Aug. 5. Call Jack Tonk at 718-6914.

 

Aug. 24-25

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Annual Book Faure to benefit teens trip to NCYC, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday in church hall. Fill a bag and make a donation. Drop off book donations in church office foyer.

 

 

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.

 

July 8-26

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, STEM Summer Camp for ages kindergarten through eighth grade, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday for one, two or three weeks featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Fee per week, with discounts for multiple children; grant offers free tuition to East Chicago residents. Register by June 27 with form at bishopnoll.org/summercamp or stop by main office. 932-9058

 

July 15-26

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, STEM Summer Camp for ages kindergarten through eighth grade, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday for one or two remaining weeks featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Fee per week, with discounts for multiple children; grant offers free tuition to East Chicago residents. Register with form at bishopnoll.org/summercamp or stop by main office. 932-9058

 

Aug. 4

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Home and School Association Welcome Day, 1-3 p.m. in school gym. Meet the teachers, pick up free supplies, sign up for clubs and enjoy lunch. Summer reading assignments are posted on school website under PARENTS, click on SUMMER READING.

 

Aug. 6

St. Mary Byzantine Catholic, Whiting, Iconography Workshop in the Eastern Christian tradition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Send deposit by July 26. Call 659-0277 to register.

 

Aug. 14

St. Thomas More, Munster, “Making a Positive Impression With Your (Future) Employer” STMCareer Networking Group presentation by Matthew Lambert and Jill Knight of Peoples Bank, 7-8:30 p.m. at STM Weis Center, 8635 Calumet Ave. Free and open to all. Bring resume and cover letter to have critiqued. 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.

 

Oct. 27

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

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT/EXCURSIONS

 

July 31

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Senior GEMS all 51 and older outing to play “Over The Tavern” at Theater for the Performing Arts, Munster. Call Carol at 805-0413.

 

Aug. 1

St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville, ARCS senior group tour of the University of Notre Dame and South Bend Legends, with lunch at Tippecanoe Place Mansion, leave parish parking lot at 8 a.m. Fee. Call Doris Bann at 942-6211.

 

Aug. 8

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, All-day Tour of five Catholic Churches in Chicago, meet at 8 a.m. to carpool from St. Teresa, then enjoy bus transportation provided from the first church, and dinner at an Italian eatery. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic ion the park. Register online by July 28, then RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

 

 

FISH FRYS

 

Multiple dates

 

 

 

FOOD & FESTIVAL

 

Ongoing

 

July 20

St. James the Less, Highland, “Magic of Motown” dinner and Upbeat Orchestra concert, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., music 8-11:30 p.m. Get tickets at stjameshall.org or Call 218-8453.

 

July 21

St. James the Less, Highland, Meet and Treat Ice Cream Social welcoming Father Brian Chadwick and Father Gregory Bim-Merle, 1-4 p.m. in parish hall.

 

July 28

St. Stanislaus, East Chicago, Parish Festival with Polish and Hispanic food, beer garden bingo, raffle and music, non-10 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Council 1104 Hall, Indianapolis Boulevard at South Shore Train Station.

 

July 31

Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Bishop Noll White Sox Night at Guaranteed Rate Ballpark, Chicago. BNI choir performs national anthem at 6:50 p.m., game starts at 7:10 p.m. Tickets available at whitesox.com/bni, with a portion of proceeds donated to the school.

 

Aug. 1

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, QAS Young Adult Ministry Social Dinner for college and career-aged young adults, 6:30 p.m. a Cabo’s, 731 Washington St. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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. 3

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, Free Outdoor Concert, featuring PJ Anderson at 7:30 p.m., with Faith Church band at 3 p.m., Living Stones Church band at 4:30 p.m. and St. John the Evangelist band at 6 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.

 

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. 11

St. Paul, Valparaiso, Annual Hispanic Ministry Potluck Picnic with food and games, 2 p.m. at Forest Park. Bring a dish to share.

 

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

 

Aug. 17

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Chicken Dinner with cash bar and raffles, noon at Great Oaks Banquets, 1310 S. U.S. 41. Tickets discounted for children 6-12; younger children eat free.

 

Aug. 18

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Family Festival with children’s activities, live music and raffles, 120 a.m.-3 p.m. on the front lawn. Purchase Nelson’s BBQ chicken dinners in advance at parish office or at most Masses. 688-6992

 

Aug. 24

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Creator’s Corner all-day scrapbooking and paper crafting event, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in school gym. Lunch, dinner and snacks, goody bag and raffle ticket. Fee discounted until Aug. 1. Register in parish or narthex office or contact Christina Soto at 308-4802 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bertha Sosa at 365-1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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. 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.

 

 

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.

 

Aug. 29

Diocese of Gary, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Directors of Religious Education meeting, 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at Pastoral Center, Merrillville.

 

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.

 

July 30

Diocese of Gary, Merrillville, American Red Cross blood drive, noon-5 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

July 30

St. Bridget, Hobart, American Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m. Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

July 31

St. Peter, LaPorte, American Red Cross blood drive, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 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. 

 

July 27

St. John Bosco, Hammond, Clothing Giveaway for all sizes of men, women and children who need help with their clothing needs, 9 a.m.-noon in school cafeteria east of Columbia Avenue on 171st Street. Shoes, coats, school uniforms included. 844-9027

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

July 12

Lake County Right to Life, Legislative Update and Brunch, concluding with ceremony honoring Father Theodore Mens for more than 44 years as pro-life director for Diocese of Gary, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hildebrandt Hall, At. Mary, Griffith. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Aug. 3

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.

 

 

RUMMAGE

 

Aug. 1-3

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago,  Annual rummage sale, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day with brand new items, household, fishing, tools, and furniture, but no clothing. Proceeds benefit parish’s Religious Education program. Call Dorie Little at 616-3512 with questions.

 

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.

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Alpha summer session with films, food and discussion, 6-8 p.m. Sundays, June 2-Aug. 4. stjohnparish.org/alpha

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Panorama of the New Testament” adult Bible study, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 11-July 16 (no class July 9) in St. Patrick Hall. Register after Masses or call Linda Hansen at 322-1717 or Deacon Ron Pyle at 808-3255.

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Liturgy and Spirituality adult formation class, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4-July 30 (no class July 2) in Parish Office Room 2. Sign up at 613-1591 (call or text) 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. John the Evangelist, St. John, Catholic Social Teaching, a four-week series taught by parish deacons, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9-30, in St. Francis Room. Snacks and child care provided.

 

 

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 16-17

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, “Ignite Youth” teen lock-in with family holy hour and rosary at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by teen registration, bonfire, movie, SoulCore, reconciliation, midnight Mass and adoration relay through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Register at tinyurl.com/yxhlh5nm or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

July 17

St. Mary, Crown Point, Theology on Tap: “I Was Made to Dance with Somebody” with Matt Mordini, dance competitor and retreat leader, 7 p.m. at Crown Brewing. Open to ages 21-34, with pizza and beer served.

 

July 20

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Divine Renovation Open House one-day retreat for pastors, team members and key volunteers, featuring recordings by Father James Mallon and Ron Huntley, 8:30 a.m. check-in at Shrine of Christ’s Passion through 5 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. Register at stjohnparish.org/dropenhouse

 

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 24

St. Mary, Crown Point, Theology on Tap: “Stories of Special Moments that Impact the Direction and Destiny of our Life” with Father Jerry Schweitzer, 7 p.m. at Crown Brewing. Open to ages 21-34, with pizza and beer served.

 

July 25

Knights of Columbus Msgr. Hoffmann Council, Pork Chop Dinner, 4-7 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall, Merrillville. Carryouts available.

 

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

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Marian Devotions, 8:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine on church grounds

 

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

 

July 31

St. Mary, Crown Point, Theology on Tap: “What’s Your Story?” and how to tell it with honesty, meaning and soul, presented by Father Jeff Burton, 7 p.m. at Crown Brewing. Open to ages 21-34, with pizza and beer served.

 

Aug. 4

Our Lady of Grace, Highland, Theology on Tap for ages 21 and older, Featuring seminarian Steven Caraher. 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.

• Diocese of Gary, Office of Intercultural Ministry, Migrant Ministry Mass co-sponsored by St. John the Evangelist, St. Thomas More and Holy Name of Jesus, 4 p.m. with celebrant Father Patrick Gaza at Herr Farm, Lowell. 397-2125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Aug. 6

St. John the Evangelist, St. John, SPRED faith development program for all ages of people with developmental, intellectual and learning challenges information gathering meeting, 6 p.m. in Trinity Hall.

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “Letting Yourself Go and Finding Your Deepest Purpose” Theology Uncorked session for ages 40 and up, with Father David Simonetti, appetizers and beverage available at 6:30 p.m., with program at 7 p.m. at Gamba Ristorante, Merrillville. RSVP required after all weekend Masses through Aug. 4.

 

Aug. 9

Diocese of Gary, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life, Marriage Date Night: “How to Be Married and Stay Engaged” with Dr. Jim Healy, 5:30 p.m. cash bar, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. program at Teibel’s Restaurant, Schererville. Make dinner reservations at dcgary.org/datenight.

 

Aug. 11

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, “Women’s Roles in the Church” women’s day of reflection with Father Michael Surufka, OFM, hosted by PEK sorority, lunch and program at noon in church hall. No charge, but reservations due by Aug. 4 to Judy Stoll at 374-7469 or Darlene at 663-7228.

 

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.

 

Aug. 21

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, “The Logic of Being Catholic” Theology Uncorked session for ages 40 and up, with Father Kevin Huber, appetizers and beverage available at 6:30 p.m., with program at 7 p.m. at Gamba Ristorante, Merrillville. RSVP required after all weekend Masses through Aug. 11.

 

Sept. 10

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Contemplative Prayer Day Retreat, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Road, Plymouth. Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Register by Sept. 3 at lindenwood.org. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 935-1780.

 

Sept. 12

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Alpha Kick-off Party to begin 11-session series of discussions on the Christian faith. No cost and no homework. 7-9 p.m.

 

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. 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. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

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. 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

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.

 

 

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.

 

Aug. 9-11

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Chicagoland region, Enrichment weekend for married couples and religious with 11 presentations, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Elk Grove Village. Visit wwme-chicagoland.org.

 

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.

 

July 28

Gary Serra Club of Northwest Indiana, 65th Anniversary Celebration, church service at 4 p.m. and dinner and program at 5 p.m. at St. Bridget, Hobart. All are welcome, especially priests, nuns and seminarians. Call Susan Gryfakis at 688-8209.

 

 

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.

 

July 14 and 21

Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, QAS Young Adult Ministry Volunteer Days at Friendship Gardens, 1 p.m. July 14 and 1-3 p.m. July 21 at 2055 E. U.S. 12. Bring gardening gloves and water bottle.

 

July 25

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Holy Angels Cathedral Neighborhood Clean-up Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all ages from all parishes and youth groups. Transportation provided for Holy Name parishioners with RSVP to 374-7160.

 

July 27

Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Ss. Monica and Luke/Emerson Neighborhood Clean-up Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all ages from all parishes and youth groups. Transportation provided for Holy Name parishioners with RSVP to 374-7160

 

Aug. 9

St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Annual Rebuilding Hope Mission Team project, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Campagna Academy, Schererville. Sign up to volunteer with Jim Koeling or Mike Macki.

 

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