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Sacrament of Baptism

Celebrated usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Please get in touch with the office 2 months in advance. In choosing Godparents please remember that at least one must be a practicing Catholics (must be confirmed, married in church and eligible to receive the sacraments) Non Catholics of a Christian denomination may only act as sponsor; only one non Catholic sponsor is permitted.*

Sacrament of Marriage

Arrangements must be made with the our Wedding Coordinator one year in advance. Couples must attend Pre-Cana or Marriage Preparation Classes, and a Natural Familly Planning Course sponsored by the Diocese before Marriage.

*(Please note that pamphlets listing the detailed requirements for the sacraments are available in the back of the church).

Sick Calls

Please inform the Church Office of any shut-in who would like a visit that will be scheduled by the Pastor or a Eucharistic Minister.

New Parishioners

Permanent residents as well as summer residents are welcome. All are welcome! All are encouraged to register. Please use the form provided on the table in the back of church. You may drop it in the collection basket when completed. Provided information will be used exclusively for parish records and mailings, which will help you keep informed about St. Ann's parish. Envelopes are available for those who request them. Contribution statements are automatically generated in January for the prior year. Separate statements are available for larger donations.

Printable Registration Form

Mass Schedule at St. Ann of the Dunes


Saturday January 13 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Terrence Murphy from M. J. Loftus

Sunday January 14 - 8:00 AM
Intention: All Souls Remembrance from Roger Hess

Sunday January 14 - 10:00 AM
Intention: For the Special Intention of Mike Pesko from Parish


Saturday January 20 - 6:00 PM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

Sunday January 21 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Catherine and Eugene Sanders and son Douglas

Sunday January 21 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Felicia Smigiel from Husband Felix and Family

Intention: In Memory of Albert Zakarka from Marie Deksnis



St. Ann of the Dunes 2018 Calendar

Pastoral Council meets 3rd Sunday of the month

Pastoral Finance Commitee (Quarterly Meetings Upon Notification)

Stewardship Commission meets 2nd Sunday of the month

Peace & Social Justice, 1st Sunday of the month

Parish Life, 1st Sunday of the month

Spirituality & Worship, 4th Sunday of the month

Lithuanian Mass - 3rd Sunday of the month

Lithuanian choir practice - Wednesday evening preceding 3rd Sunday

St. Ann Choir Practice - Tuesday evening

St. Ann Guild Board - meets every First Wednesday of the Month


Treats after Sunday Mass are a St. Ann's tradition that everyone enjoys. It is an opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Our thanks to the families who take upon themselves to provide treats for our parish community. It is also an opportunity for many of our members to display their baking talents, Thank you to all the volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to bring treats! The generosity of St. Ann's parish community is overwhelming and always appreciated. We are well on our way to months full of tasty treats to strengthen the community feeling that makes St. Ann so special and unique. Please continue to sign up throughout the year, as there are always volunteers needed!


Our sincerest thanks to all our hospitality "hosts" and "hostesses".
We appreciate the sharing of your talents with st. Ann's parish community and your
dedication to maintain a welcoming atmosphere. God Bless you!


St. Ann is honored to have members serving in both the Armed Services and the Peace Corps. As a community of Christ's people, we at St. Ann's honor their service and salute their dedication by offering prayers for their safety and welfare.

Please remember all members of the U.S. military in your prayers.


If you are new to our church or just visiting, please stop and introduce yourself. We are pleased to have you share in this celebration of the Eucharist. If you do not have a church home, or your church is not a home to you, we invite you to become part of our parish family. Our church is open to anyone looking for a spiritual home or a summer church home. Parish Registration Forms are at the back of church. Our ushers will be happy to give you one. We are glad you are here and hope you will join us!


There are many opportunities to participate in parish life at St. Ann's. And there are many reasons to volunteer. Make new friends. Answer a need. Show you care. Take pride in giving. Enjoy a new experience. Feel good about giving and sharing your talents and gifts. Be part of the solution. Be a positive influence. Add meaning to your day. Delight in your efforts. Build a stronger community. Have fun. Put your skills to work. Deepen your sense of belonging. Keep active. Enrich your life. Get closer to God. Be a worker in the Kingdom of Christ.

We are a growing parish. Help us continue to grow and stay vibrant. Have you thought about how YOU may be able to help your parish!? We are in need of Office Staff, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Garden Club Members, Choir Members, Treats Coordinators and Treat Makers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Commission Members, Religious Education Instructors and Aids, and SCRIP Sales Volunteers! Might this be something you could do!?! Contact the church office via email or phone, and we will put you in contact with the correct person to get you started! Thanks for your consideration. There is much to do on a regular basis to keep our Parish running.



Because of a few occurance of car breaking and stolen purses or personal items we strongly encourage our parishioners and visitors not to be overtaken by the apparent peace and serenity of our Beverly Shores enclave. Many parishioners leave their purses and other valuables in their cars. Many cars are left unlocked as well during Mass. Unfortunately events such as these become a rude awakening, and force us to be on our guards even in and around St. Ann's. Please lock your cars, and do not leave any valuables inside. Even left out of site they become rewarding trophies to a petty thief who may be siting in his car watching you as you leave your car. Should you notice a suspicious vehicle parked in or around the church parking lot do not hesitate to notify the Sherrif's Police. As the Sheriff told us: a vehicle which seems to be out of place is often time out of place...

MANY THANKS to the Elder Improvement Association (EIA)

When visitors come to St. Ann's one of the first things they notice is our unique driftwood Altar, Lector Stands and Gift tables. They are sure to be around for much longer now that the EIA has finished refurbishing them! The EIA has painstakingly repaired, cleaned, stained and varnished these pieces. This is one of many projects the EIA has taken on over the years, all to improve and beautify our parish. The EIA meets every Wednesday and is always happy to put idle hands to work. Whether you're a handyman (or woman) by trade or just have a desire to help out, call or stop by and see what they're working on now!



Everyone is welcome to request Masses at St. Ann's. Contrary to what someone recently mentioned to me, One does not have to be a parishioner nor does the intention have to be for a parishioner. To make the process easier Mass Request envelopes are available for this purpose in the back of the church or can be requested from an usher. Please fill all the info as requested keeping in mind that your choice of a date will be honored on a first come first served basis, thus your request for a specific date will be honored only if no other intention has been scheduled prior to your request and the next available Saturday, Sunday or week day will be assigned. Mass Intentions are always published two weeks in advance in the bulletin and are usually accessible on our parish web-site.


Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program Information Session

Bishop Donald J. Hying will be hosting an information session for those interested in learning more about the Diocese of Gary's Lay Ecclesial Ministry (LEM)
Formation Program. The LEM Program is a four-year program that prepares lay women and men to serve as ecclesial ministers within their parishes, as well as throughout the diocese.
Ecclesial ministers are defined as lay women and men who have been prepared professionally for specific roles of service and leadership in and for the Church. The LEM program is also a prerequisite for those men discerning their call to the permanent diaconate. Courses for the class of 2021 will begin September 2017 and the application process is open now. Bishop Donald J. Hying and Michael Wick, Chief of Staff will be present at the informational session to answer your questions. The session will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Diocese of Gary Pastoral Center, 9292 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. For further information on the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program, contact Deacon Phil Muvich at 769-9292 or by e-mail at


So, what's going on with the post-synod implementation?? Synod and continued post-synod information can be found on the Diocese of Gary website at http// or join us on Facebook for the latest updates at journey continues...

Marriage Preparation Classes

The class schedule for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 are as follows. The classes are offered on Fridays and Saturdays, couples need to attend both classes.

Living a Joy-filled Marriage, Fridays 6pm - 9pm; March 2, 2018 at Sacred Heart, LaPorte; April 13, 2018 at St. Mary, Griffith; May 4, 2018 at St. Patrick, East Chicago
August 3, 2018 at St. Stephen, Merrillville; October 19, 2018 at St. Mary, Otis

Called to the Wedding Feast offered Saturdays 9am - 4pm; March 3, 2018 at Sacred Heart, LaPorte; April 14, 2018 at St. Mary, Griffith; May 5, 2018 at St. Patrick, East Chicago; August 4, 2018 at St. Stephen, Merrillville; October 20, 2018 at St. Mary, Otis

World Youth Day 2019 pilgrimage

The Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults, in collaboration with the Office of Intercultural Ministries, is coordinating a pilgrimage to Panama for the next World Youth Day, January 24-28 2019. Included: WYD festivities, including a huge Mass with the pope. Cost is $2200, and includes transportation, hotel, meals, and WYD credentials. The first deposit of $350 is due to the diocese by November 1. To learn more, visit or call Kevin Driscoll at 219-769-9292 x229.



St Mary (Michigan City)

You are invited to stop by St Mary's Thrift Shop for new and slightly used spring and summer women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories. Very affordable and in the first week of the new month there is an additional 50% savings discount. Open Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:30am-3:30pm at 321 West 11th St (St. Mary's School Bldg). Our volunteers are ready to greet and assist you or f or more information call 219.872.7494.

Hospice Volunteers Urgently Needed

Wanted: Volunteers to help us work with Hospice Franciscan Communities and provide needed services to our community and our inpatient unit. Fundraising, answering the phone, reading to a patient...whatever your comfort level is, we will use and appreciate you. Please call 219/877-1605 x212 and ask for Linda or phone 219/877-1605 x219 and ask for Carol. Thanks for considering making someone's life a little better!

Request For Volunteers

We need YOU! St. Agnes Adult Day Center is looking for volunteers to help make our seniors' days a little better! You would be asked to help run the games and activities for our clients such as bingo, wheel of fortune, trivia and golf to name a few. If you are interested, we ask that you call and come in to shadow another volunteer before you make your decision. We are located on the St. Paul Catholic Church campus at 1859 Harrison Blvd. in Valparaiso. Please call Barb Kubiszak 477-5433 for more information. Hope to see you!

Sharing Meadows

Sharing Meadows Share Foundation is an organization that exists to assist developmentally disabled/other-abled persons and their families in many different areas. Currently, we are developing a peaceful, rural and Christian community for individuals, on 185 acres of land called Sharing Meadows. On this land we have built fifteen homes of five villages. Each house is occupied by two mild to moderate developmentally disabled/other-abled adults and a full-time live in staff member. Although the other-abled residents can provide for most of their self-care, minimal supervision and teaching is necessary to further foster their independence. Our focus is on encouraging them to be all that they can truly be physically, psychologically, and spiritually!
Sharing Meadows is recruiting for live-in Stewards to provide care of other-abled adults. Room & board, health insurance and salary included. Anyone may apply to make a difference in other's lives. Call Share Foundation (219)778-2585 email:

Wheelchair Ramp Program

The Catholic Charities Wheelchair Ramp Program has moved to North Central Community Action Agencies, INC., a partner of Catholic Charities. Since 2005, the programs 36 participating volunteers have served 24,740 hours, constructing 500 wheelchair ramps and performing 69 home safety repairs for residents of NW Indiana. If you or someone you know needs a wheelchair ramp or a home safety repair in order to remain or return safely to their home, or if you would like to volunteer or participate in the program, please contact the program at 219-872-1201, or, or stop in at N. Central Community Action Agencies, INC, 301 E 8th At, Michigan City.

Hospice Franciscan Communities - volunteers needed

Becoming a volunteer can be an invaluable experience. It can provide you with the opportunity to bring joy to others, help someone in need, enrich your soul, give back... Hospice Franciscan Communities is seeking volunteers. You can choose to become a companion to our patients, help to answer phones on the unit or help with light clerical work. No experience is necessary, and no nursing duties are performed. You have the freedom to choose the day/time, so there is great flexibility in our volunteer program. All necessary trainings and screenings are provided by hospice. For more information contact our Volunteer Specialist at (219) 877-1605.



I would like to express my sincere wishes for a blessed Christmas to all our Parishioners and Visitors. May the God-Child whose birth we celebrate bring you happiness and joy throughout 2018. Also, I extend my thanks to all the volunteers who so generously gave of their time and talents to make the Christmas Liturgies a great celebration of life and joy here at St. Ann's. I thank the children's choir, our parish choir, choir director, organist, pianist, extra musicians, our lectors and Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, greeters, those who spent time cleaning and decorating, and all those who contributed to the Christmas memorial flowers. God Bless You All!


In Memory of The Caron and Tischler Families from Ralph & Faith Caron
In Honor of the Farese Family from the Farese Family
In Memory of Harry & Wanda Shawver from Bill Shawver
In Memory of Robert Beglin and Ted & Josephine Kern from Arlene Beglin
Bob & Kay Welsh
In Honor of the Novak and Cadwell Families from the Novak Family
In Memory of Peter & Dolore, Denise and Jack Krol from the Krol Family
In Memory of the Deceased Members of the Welsh & Puntillo Families and Erin Gibbons
and In Honor of Tim Alford from the Puntillo Family
In Memory of Thomas, Julia A., Nicholas P., & Jason Hargarten and Joseph Muller
from Phil & Cindy Hargarten
In Memory of James & Margaret Bapst from Patrice Bapst
In Memory of Charlie & Alice Tomczak and Chuck Tomczak & Carol Wills
from Bryan & MaryLou Rhoda
In Memory of Ann, Walter and Tom Kociak from the Wagner Family
Jack & Judie Hilbrick
In Memory of Deceased Members of the Vasquez Family from the Vasquez Family
In Memory of Anna & John Bolla from J. Bolla
In Memory of the Clemens and Samuelson Families from Paul & Suzanne Clemens
In Memory of Robert A. Pastrick from Ruth A. Pastrick
Marvin Guenther
In Memory of Terry Murphy from Family
In Memory of Nannette Rose from Leo Rose
In Memory of Fred & Mary Stanford, George & Kathy Godfrey, and Roy Braudt from R. Stanford
In Memory of Tom from Linda Sperling
In Memory of George & Dolores Harvilla, Anthony & Anna Harvilla, and Frank & Anna Niemeyer from A. Harvilla
In Memory of Donald Keane from Mary Keane
In Memory of Andrew Hlebasko from Joe & Diane Estep & Family
In Memory of Beatrice, David and Brenden Mello from the Mello Family
In Memory of the Opat and Hruskocy Families from the Opat Family
The Parkinson Family
In Memory of Theodore & Josephine Kern, Robert Beglin And Barbara Jacobucci
from Dave & Kris Jacobucci
In Memory of Bob Mackenzie from John & Gina Brahm
In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Herb Carlson, Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur Plath, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chute and Mrs. Janice Rosenbower from the Plath Family

McSweeney Family
Cattani and Zeps Families from Robert & Chris Cattani
In Memory of Peter & Concetta Lopez from William & Debi Lopez
Vanessa Provins
In Memory of the Endriz - Kurtz Families from D.E. Kurtz
Cathy & Charles Seely
In Memory of Robert Murphy from Gloria Bolduc
Lakin Family
In Memory of Charles & Margaret VanDeKeere from Jim VanDeKeere
In Memory of the Quealy and Palmer Family & Friends from the Quealy Family
In Memory of the Palmer and Germain Families from the Palmer Family
In Memory of Leo, Jadvyga and Jozas Dambrauskas from Kristina Dambrauskas
J. Wittenburg
In Memory of Mary & Louis Klun and Angelo & Laura Quattrin from Ed & Karen Erminger
In Memory of our parents Walter, Ruth, Lester and Janet from Terry & Nancy Kolasa
Thomas & Carolyn Gozdecki
In Memory of the Plampin and Wykes Families from Barbara Plampin
In Memory of Antanas & Aras Rimavicius from Irena Rimavicious
In Memory of Paul & Mildred Davis from Art & Pam Davis
Roger Hess
In Memory of Gary Ciszewski and Joan & Bill Dickinson from Garret & Dianna Ciszewski
In Memory of Joe & Julia Jakubowicz and Joseph Kovach from the Kovach Family
In Memory of Regina & Frank Nowak from James & Sandy Pluta
In Memory of Charles Carroll Kelly from Jane Kelly
In Memory of Fred & Betty Reynolds and Tim & Dorothy Dolezal from Mary & Dan Reynolds
In Honor of the Wessel and Kern Families and Karla McBrayer from the Wessel Family
In Memory of the Clemens and Samuelson Families from Paul & Suzanne Clemens
In Memory of Pauline and Lyda from Carol Gallagher
In Memory of the Ambrosic and Martinelli Families
The Kleese Family
In Memory of the Welsh Family and Patrick Sullivan and Samantha Joyce
The Weber Family
Terry & Margaret McKenna
In Memory of Tricia White, Rose and Alex Dobkowski and Nancy Gales from Kathleen Fischer
Robert Young
In Memory of E & J,JB and EB from William Kelly
In Memory of Richard Siordia from Eileen Siordia


Many thanks...

In the upcoming weeks, we would like to say thank you to the people who donate their time and talents in service of the church. Their service is what keeps the church running throughout the year, whether they serve during Mass, on a committee, or in the office, they are much appreciated. As our church family grows, our needs increase. We are always thankful to welcome new members into our volunteer family. Most of the work requires nothing more than arriving a little early to Mass, so please don't hesitate to talk to Fr. John about where you are needed.
To our Sacristans...Thank you to our Sacristans, who come to prepare for the Mass. Sacristans are important in setting things up for Mass. The Sacristan's duties include things like helping the priest with his vestments, readying liturgical books and gathering the hosts and wine in preparation for the Eucharistic Celebration. If you can come to Mass a little early and stay a little late, please consider becoming a Sacristan. If you are interested in learning more, you can talk to Fr. John or any of our Sacristans, they will be happy to answer any questions.

Sponsor a Child from Haiti

There is now a new opportunity for those of you who would like to do even more. Sr. Marcella has begun a Sponsor-a-Child Program. Much like the ones we've been hearing about for years, the sponsorship program takes donations and uses them for just one child. Unlike the ones we are familiar with, there is no required amount to donate. Anything you donate will be assigned to a child. Because of this, some children will have multiple donors, but each donor, no matter the amount given, will receive information about their child. All contributions are equally appreciated. There is more information on the bulletin boards in the back of church. If you would like to sponsor a child, please call the parish office and someone will answer any further questions and assist you in beginning the process.

Attention Servers...

Servers, you are an important part of our parish liturgical services. Please sign up to serve once a month. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the back of church. We will now have altar servers at all our masses as available! REMINDER: Those children who just received their First Communion are now eligible to serve as Altar Servers. We can team you up with other altar servers so you may shadow along with them to become comfortable with the duties.


Thank you to everyone using an Amazon Smile account to make your Amazon purchases. As you know, 0.5% of your purchase is refunded to St. Ann's. Please be sure you have selected the proper "Saint Ann of the Dunes" as your charity. If you're not using Amazon Smile to make your purchases, why not set up an account today? If you need help, the parish office is happy to assist you!

Your Parish Contributions

As a reminder, if you wish to earmark your donations to the parish to a specific fund, your checks need to be labeled accordingly: St. Ann of the Dunes Memorial Fund, St. Ann of the Dunes Haiti Mission Fund, St. Ann of the Dunes Building Fund, St, Ann of the Dunes Guild, etc. Thank you!









St. Ann's Religious Education Program for children and youth supports parents in their role as the first and most effective teachers of their children. Our focus is on forming faith, not just teaching religion and it encompasses Sacramental Preparation and Faith Formation for children and youth.

If you are interested in assisting with the Religious Education program as a teacher, teachers aid, or even as a substitute instructor, please express your interest to Cindy. Instructors there will be a meeting on Sunday, August 30 after the 10 a.m. Mass (following treats) in the Parish House.

Religious Education classes for school age children, grades 1-8 meet in the church at 8:45 A.M. TILL 9:45 A.M.

All classes will be taught by a group of very dedicated and faith-filled volunteer catechists.

Religious Education Class Schedule

St. Ann of the Dunes CCD Schedule 2017-18
Registration August 19 & 20
August 26 & 27
September 10, First Class; September 17; September 24;
October 1; October 8; October 15; October 22; October 29 - Fall Break (No Class)
November 5 - Rosary & Stations; November 12; November 19;
November 26 - Thanksgiving (No Class)
December 3; December 10; December 17;
December 24, December 31, & January 7 - Christmas Break (No Class)
January 14; January 21; January 28;
February 4; February 11; February 25;
March 4; March 11; March 18;
March 25, April 1, - Spring Break (No Class)
April 8, April 14, Regular Class & Confirmation Retreat (Grade 8) 12:00 noon to 6:30 PM
April 15; April 22; April 21 Confirmation at 6 PM Mass
April 29; Last Class
May 6 - First Communion 10 AM Mass


All are Welcome…At the table of the Lord
Have you ever considered becoming a full member of the Christian Catholic community? If you are ready, committee and have contemplated a serious study of the Catholic faith, then this might be your time to take the next step. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process that includes a series of meetings, beginning soon here at St. Ann's, that will help you in discerning a pathway of your faith journey.

This process is also designed for those who have been away from the Church and who not have longing for a new beginning.

Need more details? Talk with Perry Cartwright or contact him through the parish office.


Diocesan policy mandates that all staff and volunteers who have substantial contact with children must pass a criminal background check and attend a VIRTUS training session within 60 days of classes starting. Please call the location of the training session to verify the date and time and to register. Each participant needs a workbook to participate. The latest dates are always available on the Diocesan Website, (click on Protecting Children). We will be holding this training here in our parish in the very near future. Watch the bulletin for more information as soon as a date has been scheduled.



Yes, Scrip carries 40 retailers on a regular basis, from gasoline to book stores, from grocery stores to Come browse our great selection. Make a purchase from our choices. When you do this you have just made a contribution, in the form of a rebate, to St. Ann's Church. Can't find a certain retailer--check out the list of retailers available to purchase as a special order. All special orders must be prepaid and will arrive the following weekend. Need right now-- go to to see your options. Just be sure to use the enrollment code for St. Ann of the Dunes so the rebate will be applied to their account in your name. Happy Shopping!


Strack & Van Til cards are once again available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations and will be on hand each week. Card have been ordered and hopefully they are available this weekend.
If there are certain retailers that you are interested in having on hand each week, please let a volunteer at the Scrip table know or call the rectory. Any retailer that is available from the GLS listing can be SPECIAL ORDERED for no extra money. To Special Order an item fill out an order form available at the Scrip table, with the denomination you would like the cards to be and how many cards you would like to order. Prepay the amount with a check or cash. Your order will be at church the following weekend. Scrip is easy to purchase and easier to use, while you are giving St. Ann's a donation at the same time with no extra cost. Give it a try, especially with all the holidays coming soon, and way to quickly!


ScripNow ecards are electronic gift cards that can be ordered and printed right from your ShopWithScrip account - perfect in those last minute situations. You can also send ScripNow eGifts via e-mail. With the option to add a personal message, just schedule a delivery for a specific date up to a year in advance for birthdays, thank-you's, graduations and more. To order browse ScripNow brands, select the product, pay with PrestoPay and receive your order in minutes. If you pay by check, your order will not be received until after the coordinator releases your order.

Last update: December 28, 2017


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