Live Streaming Friends of the Foundation Reception

Like many of our local Catholic Churches, the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana is going virtual! Join us remotely or in person for the November 11th Friends of the Foundation Annual Event.

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We are blessed by our benefactors who have embraced the opportunity to help us continue the work of the Lord, despite the challenges our world has faced this year. We understand that due to the coronavirus, some of our friends may not be comfortable attending our annual gathering in person. The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes an update on 2020 Mercy Grant recipients and remarks from the Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, Bishop of Gary. The event will be held at Briar Ridge Country Club, 123 Country Club Drive, Schererville Indiana.

The structure for the event will be slightly different to accommodate safety protocols to guard against exposure to the coronavirus. Those attending the event in person are asked to practice social distancing (6-feet of distance) and to wear masks. The country club follows strict safety protocols and will have chairs and tables organized to support a safe environment for gathering. Food and drink will be brought to guests at their tables. Masks will be required for entry and should be worn when not seated at tables.

Watch this page for the link to the streamed event.

RED MASS – October 1, 2020

Bishop McClory celebrates the Holy Mass

Save the date! October 1st at 8:30 AM, Bishop Robert J. McClory will celebrate the annual Red Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Merrillville, Indiana. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana.

The history of the Red Mass goes back to 1245 and was first celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris, spreading across Europe, with the first U.S. Red Mass taking place in 1877. The Red Mass traditionally opened the beginning of the Law Term and included all members of the Bench and Bar. The contemporary Red Mass includes blessings and prayers for the legal community.

The Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana hosts the Red Mass and gives those in the legal field a chance to celebrate the Mass with Bishop McClory, who is both a civil lawyer and a Canon lawyer.

The Mass is open to all faiths and will be followed by a continuing education seminar with guest speaker, Judge M. J. McDermott, including free refreshments and social networking. Those attending can elect to receive 1 hour of CLE Credits.

For health & safety wear your mask and practice social distancing.

For information and details contact Judy Holicky at the Foundation at 219-769-9292 x 268 OR

NOTE: new Mass time is 8:30 AM, not 8:00 AM! See you then!

Register Today!

Waiting For The New “Normal” With Prayers And Thanksgiving

We are keeping everyone in prayer during this time of “social distancing.”  Bishop McClory is streaming inspiring messages and his Sunday Masses at the Cathedral through the diocesan website  This is an excellent opportunity to spend more quiet time in prayer and to deepen your relationship with Jesus, and to pray together as a family.

We have postponed our 2020 Mercy Grant cycle temporarily and will post more details as they become available.  Please continue to support the Mercy Fund with your gifts.  Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.


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Welcome Bishop McClory!

Bishop Robert J. McClory
Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, Bishop of Gary

“My initial goals as your bishop are simple: to be an engaged and hope-filled presence throughout the diocese, to deepen my understanding of the needs of our local church and community and to build upon the foundation laid by the 2017 synod. 

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Bishop Hying’s Birthday Bash 2018

Bishop Hying's Birthday Bash 2018

August 14th is Bishop Hying’s Birthday Bash 2018 at U.S. Steel Yard, home of the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

Join us for an evening of fun for the whole family as we celebrate Bishop Hying’s birthday and raise money for the Mercy Fund established through the Catholic Foundation to provide funding for projects that embody spiritual and corporal works of mercy throughout our Diocese.

New this year: the Catholic Foundation will be honoring the Mercy Fund’s first grant recipients during the game.

2018 Ticket Packages

This year, we are offering three options for ticket packages:

$40 – admission to game + three hour BBQ + beer/wine wristband

$30 – admission to game + three hour BBQ

$10 – admission to game

Children three and younger are free

Pre-Order Ticket Sales

Parishes are invited to place ticket orders by completing and returning a ticket request form along with payment to the Catholic Foundation by July 24th. Tickets and wristbands will be distributed to parish offices, marked with names and grouped for seating preference, by July 27th.   No wait at will-call!  Please contact Liz Metts at to request the ticket request form.

Online Ticket Sales

Tickets will also be available for purchase online at after May 19th.  Individuals will be able to select their seat(s) and ticket packages, pay online, and print their tickets ahead of time.  Unprinted tickets will be available at the stadium will-call window on game day.  Please note that ALL BBQ and drink wristbands must be picked up at the stadium’s will-call window on game day.