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April 13, 2021

Dear Members of the Catholic Parishes in Merrillville,

As you know, I have been collaborating with key leaders from your parishes to envision the Catholic presence in Merrillville for the next generations, create a parish in Merrillville that is dynamic and disciple-making, and shape a process that can be used in other parish clusters throughout the Diocese of Gary.  We are seeking to respond to the call of the 2019 Diocese of Gary Synod to “Go, make disciples.”  I am very excited to be part of this process.

Complete transparency is integral to this process. To that end, I hosted two all-Merrillville parish gatherings at Vamos Hall at Our Lady of Consolation Parish on March 11, 2021. However, less than 175 members of the parishes participated. Knowing that many people have not returned to Mass to hear pulpit announcements, do not use technology for information, or receive e-mails, I am leveraging the US Postal Service to share important as we continue this process. I also want to direct you to two additional means of communication.
First, please contact the key leaders in your parish for information. They are frontline partners with me in this process. Here are your key leaders:

Our Lady of Consolation Parish: Brian Berger, Ray and Peggy Haack, and Lisa Hjertquist,
Saints Peter and Paul Parish:  Melissa Lopez, Patricia Mistak, and Janet Petrites  
St. Joan of Arc Parish:  Kelly Herbert, Renee Long, and Bill Oliver
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish: Carol Kosior, Carol Lee, and Rosa Lopez
St. Stephen, Martyr Parish:  Blanca Aranda, Carol Lukawski, and Monica Yanko

Second, please mark your calendar for the next two Merrillville parish-member meetings:

Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Vamos Hall at Our Lady of Consolation Parish
Merrillville, Indiana
We will provide the demographic information offered during the
Merrillville parish-member meeting on March 11, 2021. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
We will present the models constructed from input by the Key Leaders
Vamos Hall at Our Lady of Consolation Parish
Merrillville, Indiana

Seating at Vamos Hall is sanitized and socially distant.  The format for the meeting includes prayer, a brief presentation on the current conversation of key parish leaders, and time for questions and answers.  Members of all the Merrillville Catholic parishes are invited.

I hope you find this information helpful.  I look forward to your participation in these meetings.  Please be sure of my prayers for all the faithful in the Merrillville Catholic parishes as we continue this exciting process, trusting in the leadership and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

Faithfully yours in the Lord,
Fr. Kevin Huber

Mission Statement

We the people of Our Lady of Consolation Parish, called to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition, dedicate ourselves to living the Gospel by:

  • Worshiping God through the Eucharist
  • Fostering education
  • Instilling family values
  • Promoting social justice
  • Building a community where all are welcome

We commit ourselves to generosity and to the responsible use of our spiritual and material resources.