Calendar March 19, 2023


March 23-25

  Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Spring Rummage Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 13039 U.S. 41. Drop off donations 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 17-21 at Holy Name or March 22 at K of C Hall. Contact or call 390-3325.

March 26

  St. Margaret Ann Polish Language School, Merrillville, Polish Bazaar, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine's Millennium Hall, Merrillville. Carryout dinners available for purchase. Admission is free; purchases are cash only. Booth space still available; call Malgosia Blachut at 613-5148.

March 29

    Share Foundation with the Handicapped, Rolling Prairie, Annual Spring Luncheon to benefit the Villagers of Sharing Meadows, Halls of St. George, Schererville. Call 778-2585 for ticket information.

April 14

    Lake County Right to Life, Fiftieth Annual Fundraising Banquet, 6-9 p.m. at Avalon Manor, Hobart. For more info, contact 838-1138 or, and to RSVP (required), call or email


Diocese of Gary, Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program in English, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart in LaPorte. Registration and payment available at Also Aug. 18-19 at St. James the Less in Highland and Sept. 29-30 at Sacred Heart in LaPorte.

Fish Frys

Multiple dates

  Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Annual Lenten Fish/Shrimp Fry hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 12951, 4-7 p.m. Fridays through March 31. Discount for senior citizens. Season tickets available.

  Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, All You Can Eat Lenten Buffet hosted by the Merrillville parishes, 4-6:30 p.m. on Fridays through March 31, in Vamos Hall. Formerly held at St. Andrew/Holy Martyrs. Cost is discounted for seniors, children 6-11 and carryouts. Children 5 and younger eat free.

  St. Bridget, Hobart, Annual Fish Fry hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 1347, 4-7 p.m. Fridays through March 31 in school hall, featuring a variety of fish and shrimp dinners. Carryouts available. Children 8 and younger eat for half price, or from special menu.

  Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, Lenten Pierogi Dinners hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 12149, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays through March 31 with cabbage and noodles and soup/salad bar. Desserts available. Children’s menu for ages 4-8; younger children eat free.

  St. Mary School, Griffith, Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 24, in Hildebrandt Hall. Dine in or carryout, cash or check only. Fish, shrimp or combo dinner, with children’s menu for ages 12 and younger. Carryout orders can be called in after 4:30 p.m. to 922-2282. Call 924-8633 for more info.

  St. John Bosco School, Hammond, Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 24, with perch, shrimp and pierogi dinners, pizza, salad bar and desserts. Children’s meal for those 10 and younger. Carryouts available. Park in school lot on 171st Place and enter through Door C.

  St. Maria Goretti, Dyer, Lenten Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m. Fridays through March 31 in Casa Maria Banquet Hall. Adult dinner with battered or baked fish, AYCE salad bar and sides; cash bar and bake sale. Children’s dinner for ages 6-12; younger children eat free. Carryouts available. 865-8956

  Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, Fish Fry-Days, 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through March 24, with perch, pollock and shrimp dinners, all with sides, AYCE salad bar, potato, beverage and dessert. Discount for children 4-10; children 3 and younger eat free. Proceeds benefit BNI Athletic Dept.

  St. Patrick, East Chicago, Fish Fridays, 1 a.m.-6 p.m. or until sold out on Fridays through March 31 with tilapia, perch, shrimp, seafood combo, enchilada and potato taco dinners available. Beverages and desserts available.

March 24

  Holy Spirit, Winfield, Fish Fry hosted by Knights of Columbus, 4-7 p.m.

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, Fish Fry Friday, 4-7 p.m. at Great Oaks Banquet Hall, Cedar Lake.

  St. James the Less, Highland, Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the church hall. Carryouts available 4-7:30 p.m. Call 838-4873 or 924-4220.

  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago, Lenten Dinner featuring fish, shrimp and pierogi, 4-7 p.m. in church hall. Call 962-1073 for more information.

Food and Festivals

Multiple dates

  St. John the Baptist, Whiting, Lenten Reflections Concert Series, 4 p.m. Sundays through March 26 in the church: soprano Mary Ann Poracky Beatty and pianist Mark James Meier on March 19 and Parish Mission Concert with Daniel Oberreuter on March 26. Free will offering welcome. 659-4400

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, Movie Nights featuring Season 3 of “The Chosen,” 7 p.m. Wednesdays through  March 29 in the Parish Center Lobby.

  St. John Bosco, Hammond, Lenten Soup Supper hosted by the SJB Youth Group, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 29, in parish hall. Cost includes variety of soups, salad, bread, beverage and dessert.

March 19

  St. Patrick, East Chicago, Annual St. Patrick Feast Day Celebration, bilingual Mass celebrated by Father Diego Florez, followed by a catered family-style luncheon with entertainment by the Mayer Irish Dancers and bagpipers. Tickets available only in advance for adults and children 7-12; younger children admitted free. Call 398-1036.

March 20

  St. Joseph, Dyer, Parish Potluck Dinner in honor of Feast Day of Patron Saint, following 5 p.m. Mass. Bring a favorite dish to share. Reservations required to prepare dinner seating; call Cusick family at 865-6255 with name, number attending and dish to share. Beverages supplied by Knights of Columbus Council 8082.

March 25

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, ”Brews and Bros” hosted by the Knights of Columbus, 2 p.m. in the large hall. Open to all men.

March 26

  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Chicago, Bingo Social with dinners, sandwiches, bake sale, raffles and door prizes. Doors open at noon, games start at 2 p.m. Call 962-1073 for more information.

April 2

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8:30 a.m.-noon in the large hall. Pancakes and sausage, crafts ad photos with the Easter Bunny. Free will offering. Sign up by March 30 at via link at

April 7

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, At The Movies with “The Passion of Christ,” noon in the Parish Center Lobby.

Gatherings & Classes

March 26

  St. Thomas More, Munster, Mass honoring deceased members of Seniors of STM, 10 a.m., followed by breakfast. Advance reservations required by calling 836-8610.


March 28

  St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, GEMS meeting for all 51 and older at 10 a.m. with speaker Barbara Rossi from Frasciscan Insurance Services. RSVP tol Carol at 736-5085.


April 6

  St. Thomas More, Munster, Seniors of STM business meeting and election of 2023-24 officers for ages 55 and older, 1 p.m. at Weis Center with speaker Deacon Bob Marben of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

Health & Fitness

March 18

  Franciscan Health, Crown Point, Child Car Seat Safety Clinic in partnership with Geminus Regional Health Systems, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Kouts Volunteer Fire Dept., 108 E. Mentor St. Free car seats to qualifying Indiana residents, installed by a certified technician. Caregivers must bring child to the event to all a proper fit. For an appointment and determine eligibility, call Marissa Adcock at 488-1380.


March 21

  St. James the Less, Highland, Community Blood Drive, 2:30-6:45 p.m. in the parish hall. Make an appointment at 1-800-7TO-GIVE; walk-ins also welcome.


March 28

  St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, GEMS meeting for all 51 and older at 10 a.m. with program by Barbara Rossi on 2023 Medicare changes. To reserve a seat, call Carol at 736-5085 by March 13.


April 2

  Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 4047, Merrillville, American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.  at Our Lady of Consolation Parish Activity Center. Schedule appointment by calling (800) 733-2767 or online at using Sponsor Code: ladycons.

Also May 28, July 23, Sept. 17 (tentative) and Nov. 12.


March 25

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, Pick 7 Food Pantry open to all in need, 10 a.m.-noon in the large/small halls. Each person can pick seven items from available options. Also April 29.


March 30

  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 noon-2 p.m. To volunteer at distribution, contact Christine at or call the office at 464-4042. 


April 13

  Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville, Mobile Food Pantry visit sponsored by Catholic Charities, 2-3 p.m. second Thursday of every month in church parking lot. Indiana driver’s license or state ID required. 397-5803, x205

Respect Life

April 1

  St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., followed by Holy Hour including Morning Office, rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, litany and benediction. Reconciliation available at 8:30 a.m. 


April 14

  Lake County Right to Life, Highland, Annual LCRTL fundraising banquet, 7 p.m. at Avalon Manor, Hobart. Dinner will be followed by speaker Seth Gruber on “Sharing Your Pro-Life Views with Family and Friends Easily” and update on group activities. No charge, but donations are welcome and reservations are required at 838-1138 or


March 23

    St. Paul, Valparaiso, “The Four Ingredients for the Call and Activation of Going Forth on Mission” Lenten Series with Father Jerry Schweitzer ends, 7-9 p.m. in  Social Hall. Enter Door 13.


March 25

  St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Youth Alpha Day Away, 10 a.m. at Camp Lawrence, Valparaiso. 365-5678


March 26

  Diocese of Gary, Office of Intercultural Ministry, Annual Apostolate for the Other Abled Mass with Bishop Robert J. McClory as celebrant, 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary, followed by a reception.

  Christ Our Savior, South Holland, Ill., “The Living Last Supper” performance, 1:30 p.m. at the church, 880 E. 154th St.


March 31

  Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Gary, Eucharistic Revival 2022-25 Holy Hour with Father Roger J. Landry as speaker, 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Joseph, Hammond.  

  Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Lenten Living Rosary praying the Sorrowful Mysteries, 7 p.m.


April 1

  Diocese of Gary, Northwest Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond. Open to all women high school age and older, with Mass, confessions, adoration, rosary, speakers and vendors. Register and pay online at or call 769-9292.

  Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Faith and the Arts” program on how faith can be strengthened using works of art, 8 -11 a.m. (CST) in person and virtual. Fee includes materials and refreshments. Register by March 30 at or (812) 535-2952. Also May 20 and June 3.


April 2

  St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City, Palm Sunday Veneration of Christ’s Cross, following 10 a.m. Mass until 2 p.m. Parish collection of relics will also be displayed.


April 6

  Diocese of Gary, Chrism Mass, 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary

  Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Guided meditation presented virtually, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (CST). Contact or (812) 535-2952. 


April 7

  St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville,  Taize Prayer Service, 7 p.m. 

  Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Good Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m. 


April 8

  St. Matthias, Crown Point, Traditional Polish Easter Basket Blessing, noon in the church.

  St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Blessing of the First Foods of Easter, 9 a.m.


March 21

  Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “A Day in the Life of a Sister” virtual mini-retreat for single women 18-42 interested in learning more about religious sisters, 6:30-7:45 p.m.(CST) with Sister Tracey Horan, SP. Sign up at or contact Sister Joni Luna, SP at (361) 500-9505 or for more info.


April 14-16

  Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Come and See spring weekend retreat for single women 18-42 interested in learning more about religious sisters, 3 p.m. (CST) Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday. Food and housing provided. Sign up at or contact Sister Joni Luna, SP at (361) 500-9505 or