Calendar May 4, 2023


Multiple dates

      St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 8624 White Oak Ave., Munster, Pierogi Sale hosted by First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association-Life Helen Kocan District; place orders May 15-18 by calling 838-9811 and pick up from 1-3 p.m. May 19.

      St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Gardener’s Flower Sale, call Cheryl by May 7 at 242-2630 to order. Pick up order from 9 a.m.-noon on May 13 at the rectory garage off Anna Street. Payment due at pickup.

May 6-7

      St. Helen, Hebron, Pre-Mothers Day Flower Sale of geraniums in two sizes, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-noon Sunday. Cash and checks only.

May 12-13

      Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, Knights of Columbus Mother’s Day Flower Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and after 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, in north parking lot across Barker Avenue. Proceeds benefit the parish.

May 20

      St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Drive-Thru Nelson’s BBQ Sale hosted by Valparaiso Knights of Columbus Council #738 to benefit charities serving women, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the parish. Pre-order forms available at church entrance or purchase on site.

June 10

      Sojourner Truth House, Gary, 24th Annual Walk for STH fundraiser, check-in and registration at 8 a.m., warm-up and speakers at 8:30 and walk at 9 a.m. at STH, 410 W. 13th Ave. Vendor tables, games and more. For more information or to register as an individual or team leader, visit


May 13

   St. Paul, Valparaiso, Young Lady’s Quinceanera Retreat for youth 14-16 interested in having a quinceanera, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fee includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Register at

Food and Festivals

May 6

   Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m. in school gym, Fee for individuals or teams of 8 payable at the door or call 390-3325. Cash prize for first place, gift cards for second and third. Food and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Young Adult Ministry.

May 7

   Philippine Professionals Association Inc., Santacruzan Celebration with potluck dinner, 1:30-5 p.m. at St. Michael The Archangel, Schererville. Bring a dish to share. Contact Mindy Carlay at 201-0399 or Evelyn Banzon at 629-9464.

May 13

   Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, BNI Band and Alumni Concert, 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Band alumni invited to participate; bring instruments to rehearsal from 2-4 p.m. using Door C, followed by a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. in cafeteria. Email by May 5 to confirm.

May 21

   Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Centennial Anniversary of the PHJC in Donaldson, 1 p.m. (CST) Celebration of the Eucharist and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Family Fun Activities at the Center at Donaldson campus. (574) 936-9936

Gatherings & Classes

May 10

   St. Thomas More, Munster, STMCareer Networking Group meeting on “Finding a Job in Another State,” 7-8:30 p.m. in the main hall of STM Weis Center. Email Bring cover letter, resume and thank you note to be critiqued.

May 17

   St. Thomas More, Munster, Seniors of STM Bingo Bonanza for ages 55 and older, 1 p.m. at the Weis Center. Bring a friend. 836-8610.

May 20

   Our Lady of Lourdes Fraternity, Secular Order of Franciscans, Monthly fraternity meeting, inquiry formation meeting at 9 a.m. and fraternity meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake.

Health & Fitness



   Diocese of Gary, Natural Family Planning classes begin the third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, Merrillville. Registration and payment available at or call 769-9292, x259.

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

May 15

      St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, American Red Cross blood drive, 1-7 p.m. in Avila Hall. For an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

May 21

      Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake, Cyber Safety/Home Security Workshop hosted by the Health and Safety Ministry, noon in the lower level church hall. Light lunch included. Register at 232-2781 or

May 22

   Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, Marquette Mulligan four-person scramble golf outing, 10 a.m. shotgun start at Long Beach Country Club, with greens/cart fee, hole contests, lunch, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Register by May 15; contact Brad Collignon at 873-1325 or

May 24

   Franciscan Health, Northern Division, Diabetes Prevention Program information session for those 18 and older diagnosed as prediabetic, 4:30 p.m. at location to be determined. Free. Contact Amy Lambert at or 306-4745 for more information or to register.

May 30

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


Respect Life

May 6

   St. Stephen, Martyr, Merrillville, Respect Life Mass, 9 a.m., followed by followed by rosary outdoors at the grotto.

May 7

   Diocese of Gary, Remembering the Children: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass hosted by Miscarriage, Mothers and Others, 2 p.m. at St. James the Less, Highland. 730-9199 or

Social Outings / Trips

July 19

   St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, GEMS (ages 51 and older) day trip to Harbor Cruise of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, 11:45 a.m.1:15 p.m. Cost due on cruise day; lunch is on your own. Call Carol at 736-5085 by July 11 for reservations. Group will meet in church parking lot to carpool.

July 28-Aug. 7, 2023

   Office for Youth & Young Adults, Diocese of Gary, Pilgrimage for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal for ages 16-35 (under 18 with guardian), with visits to Fatima and Santarem. Package costs $4,000 and includes round trip airfare and transfers, lodging for nine nights, WYD registration, some tours, some meals and guide. For more information and registration, visit or email

Aug. 18-22

   California Missions Pilgrimage, Visit five mission churches and taste at several wineries in Northern California with Father Declan McNicholas and Louie Cain of St. John the Evangelist in St. John. Fee includes airfare, hotel, tours and more. Visit

Aug. 22

   St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, GEMS (ages 51 and older) bus trip to Starved Rock, Ill. for Las Vegas Headliner Show. Non-refundable fee includes transportation, lunch and show. Call Carol at 736-5085 for reservations.

Oct. 30-Nov. 13

   Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago, Pilgrimage to the sanctuaries of Spain, Portugal and France with Father Fernando Orejuela, including flight to and from Chicago, hotels, daily breakfast and dinner, and Spanish-speaking guide. For more information, contact Erica Jimenez at (773) 580-9928.

Nov. 8-17

   St. Michael the Archangel, Schererville, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land hosted by Father Martin Dobrzynski, Nov. 8-17. Contact Father Dobrzynski at 322-4505, x 8233 or


Multiple dates  

   St. Paul, Valparaiso, “Re-discovering the Eucharist” adult formation series, 10-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, May 8, 15 and 22, in the Social Hall.

   St. James the Less, Highland, “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist” four-week adult formation series with videos and discussion, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Thursdays through May 11 in Room 3. Call Art Zuhl at 924-9430 with questions.

   Whiting Catholic Community, Outdoor Rosary recited at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Immaculate Conception Grotto, 2000 White Oak Ave., spring through fall, weather permitting. Call Lucille at 659-2949 with questions.

May 7

   Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Merrillville, 14th annual Polish Bikers Pilgrimage and Blessing of Motorcycles on the Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of Poland and Polish Constitution Day, hosted  Katyn Riders Society, noon Mass in Polish, followed by 1 p.m. blessing and a picnic on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine. 884-0714

May 8-9

   St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, ”Our Restless Journey” two-day mission with Father Tom McCarthy, 7 p.m. both evenings.

May 9

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, “Paying Attention” Taize Prayer Service in person or via livestream for ecumenical song, prayer, quiet contemplation and inspired readings, 6-7 p.m. (CST) in Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. To find a link to the livestream, visit or call (812) 535-2952. Also June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12

May 11

   Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Virtual Guided Meditation program, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (CST). Free through Zoom; registration requested at or (812) 535-2952. Also June 8.

May 13

   Whiting Catholic Community, May Crowning, 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Grotto, 2000 White Oak Ave. Call Lucille ay 659-2949 with questions.

   Carmelite Shrine and Monastery, Munster, Special Fatima Devotions, 7-8 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary recitation, benediction, hymns and outdoor candlelight procession. 836-8779 or

May 18-21

   Diocese of Gary, Cursillos in Christianity, Women’s Cursillo Retreat with prayer, reflection and community building, Camp Lawrence in Valparaiso. Visit or email

May 20

   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 May 18 at or (812) 535-2952. Also June 3.

June 3

   Diocese of Gary, Mass of Priestly Ordination for Deacon Robert Ross, 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary.

June 4

   Diocese of Gary, Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass, 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary. RSVP at 769-9292.

June 11

   Queen of All Saints, Michigan City, City-wide Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, 2 p.m. beginning at QAS and continuing to St. Mary (two miles) followed by a benediction service and a picnic at the Scholl Center. Buses will return walkers to their cars.

Support Groups

Multiple dates

   Franciscan Health – Northern Division, “Understanding Your Grief” 10-week grief support group series, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through June 20. No fee, but registration is required to find out location; no food or beverages allowed. Contact chaplain Nicholas Perkins or social worker Chris Kalina at 864-2055 for more information, locations and registration.


June 30

   Serra Club of Northwest Indiana, Second Annual Sisters’ Picnic, 5:30 p.m. Mass in church and 6:30 p.m. dinner (by invitation) in school gym at St. Bridget, Hobart. Call Susan Gryfakis at 688-8209.


Multiple dates

   St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso, Café Manna volunteers needed from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 11-Aug. 17. Visit or call 464-4042 to sign up.

May 18

   St. John the Evangelist, St. John, Up to 20 volunteers needed from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month to fill and decorate care packages for cancer patients at Phil’s Friends in Crown Point. Contact parish office at