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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.

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Mass Schedule at St. Ann of the Dunes


Saturday, March 3 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Terrence Murphy from Family

Sunday, March 4 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Ann Kleese

Sunday, March 4 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Lottie Bielinski-Nekus

Wednesday, March 7 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Helen Barasinski

Friday, March 9- 8:00 AM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann


Saturday, March 10 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Paul Zeps from Family

Sunday, March 11 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Robert Pastrick from Mrs. Joe Woznisk

Sunday, March 11 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Jonas Vaznelis from Diana Noreika

Wednesday, March 14- 8:00 AM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

Friday, March 16 - 8:00 AM
Intention: : In Memory of Concetta Lopez



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.


Catechist Formation Sessions
The Diocese of Gary's spring Catechist Formation series starts in February. There will be five sessions:
Celebration of the Christian Mystery February 22
Life in Christ March 1
Christian Prayer March 15
All sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at the Diocese of Gary Pastoral Center at 9292 Broadway in Merrillville. To register for a session contact the Office of Religious Education via email to Emily Sutton at or call 219-769-9292.


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!

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.

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.

St Paul Catholic Church - Lenten Discussion Series

St. Paul's in Valparaiso is hosting a Lenten Speaker Series throughout Lent. Topics include a comparative study of the Bible and Qur'an, Seeing God's Presence in Scripture and the World, The Joy of Love and the Joy of Church and more. For more detailed information you will find the list of speakers on the bulletin board at the back of church, or you may visit their website,

St. Mary, Griffith Lenten Dinners

The St. Mary Home and School Association in Griffith is sponsoring their annual Lenten "Home Cooked" fish dinners from 5pm-7pm on Fridays during Lent (February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23). The fish dinners are completely prepared by St. Mary volunteers and are not catered. Dinners are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children and include beer battered fish, potato choice, salad, bread, desserts, coffee, milk or tea. There are also shrimp combo meals for $13. Beer, wine and pop are available to purchase separately. Please join them at St. Mary - Hildebrant Hall, 525 N. Lafayette Street, Griffith. All proceeds benefit the children of St. Mary School. Dine in or carryout, carryout requests can be phoned in after 4:30pm by calling 219-922-2283. For more information call 219-924-8633.

St. Michael Church - -Bible Study

St. Michael Church in Schererville is holding a Bible study class "The Bible and the Virgin Mary. Discover how Catholic beliefs about Mary build on the Old Testament as well as the Gospels and why early Christians used titles like "New Eve" and "Ark of the New Covenant" when referring to Mary. The classes begin February 21 from 7 - 8:30 PM (12 sessions) Contact Janice at 219-322-4505 x241 or

NWI Catholic Women's Conference

Are you Catholic? Are you a woman? (If not, do you know a Catholic woman?) Tickets are selling fast for our inaugural Northwest Indiana Catholic Women's Conference, set for April 21 at Queen of All Saints in Michigan City. If you register by March 23, you'll be an early bird. That means you have a chance to be 1 of 12 women to win a lunch prepared by Father Leo Patalinghug, with Bishop Hying and Father Leo. Find out more details about the conference and register online at ...





There is a variety of Lenten services and activities available here at St. Ann's, including the Lenten Speaker Series, which is sponsored by our St. Ann's Guild. Please note that there will be Masses every Wednesday and Friday at 8am.

February 14 Ash Wednesday, Mass at 8am

February 23 Stations of the Cross, 6pm

February 25 Lenten Speaker after the 10am Mass
Sr. Melanie Rauh, "Living Faith in the World Today"

March 2 Stations of the Cross, 6pm

March 4 Lenten Speaker after the 10am Mass
Rev. Tom Reilly, "Considering Judas"

March 8 Penance Service, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
confessions also offered in Lithuanian

March 9 Stations of the Cross, 6pm

March 11 Anointing of the Sick at the 10am Mass
Lenten Speaker after the 10am Mass
Fr. Jerry Schweitzer, "Conversion Stories of John"

Match 16 Stations of the Cross, 6pm

March 18 Lenten Speaker after the 8am Mass
Sean Martin, "Conversion of the Heart"

March 23 Stations of the Cross, 6pm

March 29 Holy Thursday, Mass at 6pm

March 30 Good Friday, Liturgical Service at 3pm
there will be NO 8am Mass

March 31 Easter Vigil Liturgy at 6pm

April 1 Easter Sunday, Masses at 8am and 10am

Bring in your old Palms

The palms from last year's Palm Sunday can be brought in and left in the basket at the back of church. The palms are blessed and so they must be buried or burned; they will be burned in the Easter Vigil fire.

Lenten Rice Bowls

As we begin the Lenten season, we fast and repent in preparation for the Resurrection of Jesus. As you give up your excesses this Lenten Season, fill your rice bowl with thanks that you can help those in need. The CCD Students have already received their bowls, anyone else wishing to participate can pick up a rice bowl from the table at the back of church. Please give what you can during Lent and return your boxes on Palm Sunday, March 25th

Pope Francis says, "Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty."


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.



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Last update: February 08, 2018


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