Deadline for Mercy Grant Applications is 8/1/22!

Miscarriage, Mothers & Others received a 2021 Mercy Grant to spread the word about available support services for families who have lost a child through miscarriage.

Apply here for the 2022 Mercy Grant cycle.

­The purpose of the Mercy Fund is to provide competitive grants for projects of mercy within the Diocese of Gary.  In general, grants are to be used for projects that support the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy which

  • Care for the poor and marginalized
  • Bring hope to the hopeless
  • Protect those too young or old to advocate for themselves.

short video presentation shows the history of the Foundation.

Friends of the Foundation

The Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana supports over 40 Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Gary, from STEM curriculum and scholarships for Catholic schools, to religious education, and formation of lay ministers, deacons, and seminarians. The endowments fund these ministry programs in perpetuity allowing you to become part of the long term future of Catholicism in Northwest Indiana.

The Foundation is hosting its sixth annual Friends of the Foundation reception this November to honor our donors. Hors d oeuvres and wine will be served. Winners of this year’s Mercy Grant will be introduced. You may RSVP now through October 30th.

To find out more about funding the future of Catholicism in the Diocese or Gary or to reserve your spot, contact Judy Holicky at 219-769-9292, ext. 268 or

Students celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2021 by honoring hometown heroes and dressing up as health care workers, teachers, firefighters, and more. They also wrote thank-you letters to show their appreciation of service and support for first responders. (provided photo)


Bishop Robert J. McClory will host the annual Red Mass at 8:30 AM, October 7, 2021 at Our Lady of Consolation in Merrillville IN.


Red Mass brings members of the bar, government officials, the judiciary, and all those who work for justice in our world together to reflect and pray for guidance in the coming year.

The “Red Mass” is an historical tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the thirteenth century when it officially opened the term of the court.

Following the Mass, there will be a FREE breakfast sponsored by Horizon Bank/Trust and Wealth Management with a Continuing Education Seminar presented by Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura. This year’s topic is “Lessons Learned from a Legal Career in Public Service – Keeping your Faith while Having Faith in the System…A Balancing Act.”

Those attending the seminar can elect to receive 1 hour of CLE .

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to network with other legal and financial professionals in the community.  This event is open to people of all faiths in the legal and finance community. Non-Catholics may attend just the breakfast and free continuing education seminar if they prefer.

Register Today!

For more information or details connect with the Foundation at, or call Judy Holicky, 219-769-9292 x 268.

New Endowment Funds

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With the addition of six new endowment funds in the second half of 2020 and continued wise investments, the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana now manages over $13,000,000! We welcomed these new organizations to our list of funds: St. Casimir Parish in Hammond, Sacred Heart Parish in Whiting, St. Paul’s Parish in Valparaiso, the Staley Scholarship for Andrean High School, and two funds for St. Patrick’s in Chesterton, one for the Church and the second is the James & Barbara Thorstad Scholarship for St. Patrick’s School.

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 for the November 11th Friends of the Foundation Annual Event.

Click Here to Register!

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

Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, Bishop of Gary.

The event will be slightly different and will be held virtually.


RED MASS – October 7, 2021

Bishop McClory celebrates the Holy Mass

Save the date! October 7th 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 Mary Beth Bonaventura, including a light breakfast and social networking. Those attending can elect to receive 1 hour of CLE Credits.

Participants are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations for social distancing.

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

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

Register Today!

Waiting For The New “Normal” With Prayers And Thanksgiving

St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point celebrated Catholic Schools Week starting Feb. 1, when students honored hometown heroes by dressing up as health care workers, teachers, firefighters, and more. They also wrote thank-you letters to those folks to show their appreciation of service and support. (provided photo)

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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First six Mercy Fund grants score big at baseball fundraiser

Bishop Donald J. Hying (center) throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Gary SouthShore RailCats pitcher Alex Gunn (foreground) as he is flanked by individuals who represent local agencies that were awarded grants from the Mercy Fund of the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana, at the annual Bishop’s Birthday Bash at United States Steel Steel Yard in Gary on Aug. 14. The foundation awarded the first six grants from the new fund and invited representatives to join Bishop Hying on the field at the game attended by area faithful. (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)


GARY – The Gary SouthShore RailCats beat the Winnipeg Goldeyes 5-2 at the Bishop’s Birthday Bash on Aug. 14, but the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Indiana scored an even bigger win, awarding its first six $1,000 Mercy Fund grants.

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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.