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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 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.

Marriage Preparation Classes for 2018-19

The class schedule 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

Sick Calls

Please inform the Church Office of any shut-in who would like a visit that will be scheduled by either 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, September 29 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In memory of Larry Ryan from Family and Friends

Sunday, September 30 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Manda Kazmier from Family and Friends

Sunday, September 30 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Martin Bergerson from Family & Friends

Friday, October 5 - 8:00 AM
Intention: For the People of St Ann


Saturday, October 6 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Dr. Thomas Munson from Family and Friends

Sunday, October 7 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Bill Sullivan from Family & Friends

Sunday, October 7 - 10:00 AM
Intention: For Thomas and Carolyn Gozdecki, 59th Anniversary


Saturday October 13 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Leo & Lottie Nekus from Family and Friends

Sunday, October 14 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of James & Patricia Hollingsworth from the Hollingsworth and Farese Family

Sunday, October 14 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Joseph Niepokoj from Momo Stojic


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 monthLithuanian choir practice - Wednesday evening preceding 3rd Sunday

St. Ann Choir Practice - Thursday evenings

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.


Marriage Preparation Classes

The class schedule 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.

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS)

Catholic Charities is offering a monthly support group for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. The group offers a safe, nonjudgmental environment where survivors can share their feelings and experiences. Group participants will receive information and hope from trained LOSS facilitators. The group meets the third Monday of each month from 7-9pm at the Women's Care Center, 8500 Broadway, Suite B, Merrillville, IN. For further information call 312-655-7284.

NWI Catholic Men's Conference

Men, is life too hectic? Could you use a day to regain perspective and balance? Experience a new spiritual experience with our Lord. A line-up of dynamic speakers will share insights into living out masculinity and heroic virtue, drawing from their own faith journeys. Mass, confession, great talks, and private time will give you the opportunity to reflect on what is going on in your life and the importance of a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. The event will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018 beginning with 8:00 am Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton, IN. Cost is $30 for adults; $20 for college and high school students. To register visit the Conference web site at



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.

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!

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.

St. Patrick Church Bereavement Ministry

This ministry was formed to bring a faith-based approach to those who are working through various stages of grief. Ministry members bring a perspective of having lost a spouse, children, parent(s), sibling, and friend. It is a time to explore and to share the wide range of emotions dealing with bereavement. To discover the faith that helps those who have suffered a loss. Come to share or come to listen; all are welcome. The ministry meets the second Monday of each month except August and every meeting is open to all friends of St. Patrick's parish. Please join us at St. Patrick Parish, 638 N. Calumet Rd.,
Chesterton, In 46304 in the Ministry Room of Building 2 at 7 PM. Questions, contact the church office at 219.926.1282 or 219.241.2732.

Polish Heritage Festival

The Polish Heritage Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 16th, at Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. Hwy. 12, in Michigan City, Ind. A Polish-English Mass with main celebrant Bishop Donald Hying will be at 11 a.m. in the Symphony Garden, followed by festivities from 12 to 5 pm. Other highlights include food by the Cavalier Inn and the Baker's Dozen bakery; a kiszka booth and beer garden; Polish folk dancers and folk song workshops; cultural displays; pisanki (Polish Easter egg decorating) demonstrations; raffles; vendors; and much more! Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 12.

Youth Ministry Retreat -Faith Over Fear

Igniting the Fire presents: Faith Over Fear. Where can you stay up all night, hang out with friends, talk, eat, have a great time and your parents won't care? The Youth Ministry of Holy Spirit Parish of Crown Point invites students in 6th-12th grade to join them Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th for an amazing all night retreat that has been developed for youth. To register online at Registration fee is $30.00 per person. Sibling discount is available. Payments must accompany registration. Deadline registration is September 7th.
Historic Background and Practices of the Islam Faith
St Michael the Archangel of Schererville will host a presentation by Dr. Shahbal Arfeen of the NWI Islamic Center at St Michael the Archangel Church @ 1 E Wilhelm St., Schererville on Wednesday, September 12th @ 7:00 pm in the St. Patrick Hall. Come join them for the evening to learn more about the Islam faith tradition, background and practices. Please call 219-322-4505 ext 241 for additional information.

Christ in Concert

Merrillville parishes Ss Peter and Paul and St. Joan of Arc are sponsoring Christ in Concert, a new event featuring short inspirational talks and choir and solo music.
Christ in Concert is being held at Ss Peter and Paul Church, 5885 Harrison Street, Merrillville, on Sunday, September 16th at 3:00 pm. If you know someone who is
interested in joining the church, or if you are a Catholic who has not been using the faith on a day-to-day basis, or if you might just need a little spiritual
enrichment yourself, please plan on coming to Christ in Concert 2018! Light refreshments will be served. For information contact: 219-741-6049.

St. Mary's Annual Raffle and Chicken Dinner

St Mary's Church in Michigan City will hold their annual chicken dinner on October 7th. Doors will open at 11:00 am and serving starts at 12:30 pm. Raffle drawing will be held at 2:00 pm. Music, prizes and family fun. Tickets in advance are adults $15.00, $17.00 at the door. Child $9.00. Reservations advised before September 23rd from any St. Mary Parishioner or call 871-2725 or 878-1835. Email: or


"There is a ministry called SPRED (special religious development) that offers both the adult volunteers and our friends with developmental, intellectual, and learning challenges a place of peace to grow in their faith. We offer an opportunity to develop a sense of the sacred so
our environment speaks of the sacred. We offer an opportunity to remember a time in our lives when and depending on the evening we recall various aspects of our ordinary, everyday lives to become more grateful for what God has given to us. Join Monica and others on: Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary Parish, on 525 N. Broad Street Griffith, Indiana.

Share Foundation Fall Mini-Camps

It's time again to help out Camp Sharing Meadows, the Share Foundation's camp program for adults with disabilities. We have multiple campers who come to mini-camps (which are weekend long overnight camps) and we always need more counsellors, especially those who have a heart for people with disabilities. This is a free camp for volunteers, and we pay you in free food and lots of love from campers! Our mini-camp dates are September 21-23rd, October 12-14th, November 9-11th and December 7-9th. If you would like more information and how to apply, please visit the website at

St. Mary of the Lake Mural Dedication

St. Mary of the Lake Parish invites you to their Open House on Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm. Come see the grandeur beauty of the new mural "The Ascension". This masterpiece was created by Artist Edgardo De Guzman of the Philippines, and it was transferred to the wall behind our Altar by Muralist, Felix Maldonado. You will be able to meet and greet these two very talented artists. The open house will conclude at 4:00 pm with a Blessing and Dedication service. Light refreshments will follow at Lessard Hall and additional artwork by Edgardo De Guzman will be available to you. All are welcome. St. Mary of the Lake, 6060 Miller Ave., Gary.




I hope you have noticed the beautiful sign at the entrance of our parking lot. The sign was designed and built by members of our EIA group along with the help of Mike Opat and Mark Graff. The statue of St. Ann is the original statue from the old shrine that was located near the kitchen doors. The statue suffered extensive damage. Members of the EIA spent painstaking hours cleaning and restoring it to its original state. A protective coating has been applied to the statue as well. A great thank you to members of our EIA as well as Mike Opat and Mark Graff. We are very appreciative of their time and talents.
Fr. John


God's Blessing to all the students who have, or will soon be starting a new year of school! As your parish family we wish you the best and stand behind you as you continue your academic and religious education. Parents, please remember to get your registration forms for CCD into the office by September 1st or 2nd. The forms can be dropped off at the back of church before or after Mass. CCD classes will begin the week after Labor Day weekend, September 9th.


Fall of 2017 we explored the Signs in John's Gospel. This fall we will continue to study John's Gospel focusing on the Glory Passages, learning what we really do not know about these Glory Passages. Discern God calling you to give Him six Sundays to know Him more deeply though this study of Jesus. The six sessions will be distributed through Sept, Oct, and Nov, from 11:15 to 12:30 in St. Ann's Library. Registration forms including the dates and topics of the classes are available next to the Scrip table. These are due Sept 1st and 2nd so that materials can be prepared in time for the first session.


Parish Life Commission is inviting all CCD students, families, their instructors and all Parishioners to attend the 10:00 Mass on September 23rd. The St Ann's family will celebrate Mass with all CCD students, instructors and their families as we welcome them back to the new school year. Students, please contact CCD Director Cindy Hargarten if you would like to participate in the Mass such as a reader, gift bearer, altar server, greeter or singer. Parents can also email Mrs. Hargarten at All students are encouraged to participate in this very special Mass. Please contact Mrs. Hargarten before
September 16th. We hope to see everyone there!

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.


Bishop Donald J. Hying's post-synodal pastoral response is available for reading or downloading at or Important for all the faithful of the Diocese of Gary, the bishop's response includes the key initiatives and strategies that were identified as priorities at the June 2017 synod process, as well as next steps for implementation as we move into growing the future of our diocese, parishes and organizations.

In this spirit, for the last eight months, St Ann's Synod Team met jointly with St. Patrick's team on a monthly basis to discuss Synod issues and to select three topics of interest to our parish. The topics chosen by our team were (1) Evangelization, (2) Marriage and Family, and (3) Sacraments, Prayers, and Worship.

At this time, we concluded our joint meetings and St. Ann's team will begin working on the established plan for the implementation of the proposal presented to Bishop Donald Hying.

I would like to personally thank Parish Delegates for their consistent work with the Synod project, in particular Jim Oates, Janine Girzadas, Phil Farese, Sister Melanie Rauh, and Phil and Cindy Hargarten. I would also like to thank members of the Pastoral Council and other parishioners who provided input.

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!








Peace and Social Justice Commission invites you to donate shoes--either new or gently used--for a new program at Sojourner Truth House called "Give Old Shoes New Life and Take Steps to End Homelessness." Place your shoes in the plastic bin in the back of church and we will make sure they are delivered to the good sisters at STH. Thank you for your generosity!


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

September 2--Registration; 9; 16; 23; 30;

a "Welcome Back to CCD Mass " will be held September 23rd, at 10:00 AM (after regular class).

All Students are expected to attend

October 7; 14; 21;28--No CCD-Fall Break

November 4; 11; 18;25--No CCD--Thanksgiving

December 2; 9; 16; 23 & 30--No CCD-Christmas Break

January 6; No CCD-Christmas Break;13; 20; 27;

February 3; 10;17--No CCD- Presidents Day; 24;

March 3; ( Saturday March 9, 2018 - First Reconciliation) 10; 17; 24 & 31--No CCD- Spring Break

April 7; 14; 21--No CCD--Easter ;(Saturday April 27, 2018 - Confirmation Retreat); 28 Last Class.

May 4--Confirmation MASS at 6:30 PM
May 5--First Communion


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.



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Last update: September 06, 2018


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