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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 info@catholicfuture.org.

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 dcgary.org.  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 lmetts@catholicfuture.org to request the ticket request form.

Online Ticket Sales

Tickets will also be available for purchase online at www.catholicfuture.org 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.

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