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Dear Members of the Catholic Parishes in Merrillville,

The faithful in the Diocese of Gary continue to mourn the sudden passing of Fr. James Meade, Pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, and St. Joan of Arc Parish.  Not only was he a faithful priest, he was also a man of vision who recognized the need to explore new ways to minister to Catholics in Merrillville. In fact, he even created a website. He wanted to provide opportunities for people to draw near to the Lord.

Prompted by Fr. Meade’s vision and in light of the shifting landscape in Merrillville, Bishop Robert McClory has initiated an effort to engage the clergy and lay faithful in the five parishes in the Merrillville area, Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Stephen the Martyr, and Our Lady of Consolation, to shape the presence of the Catholic Church in Merrillville for the next generation.  As Chancellor of the Diocese of Gary and Pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish and Queen of All Saints Parish in Michigan City, Bishop McClory has asked me to facilitate this process, with assistance from Deacon Daniel Lowery.

The principal aim of this process is two-fold:

  • Meet the sacramental and pastoral needs of Catholics in the Merrillville area
  • Answer the call of the Diocese of Gary Synod to make disciples.

In this process, I have asked pastors and administrator to select three 3 parishioners from each parish, who, together with the clergy of the Merrillville parishes, will meet collaboratively over 4-5 sessions to discern recommendations.  These sessions will include exploring the current ministry landscape, reviewing potential future strategies and options for an effective presence in Merrillville, and formulating recommendations for Bishop McClory’s consideration. The goal is to have a set of recommendations submitted to Bishop McClory by June 1, 2021.

Additionally, so that all parishioners can learn about the process and provide feedback and input into the recommendation process, I will facilitate two open sessions for each parish.  Given the pandemic, these meetings will likely be conducted virtually using Zoom but may also include in-person sessions.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at khuber@dcgary.org. I look forward to collaborating with you in this process.  As we prepare, please join me in praying to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, guidance, and clarity.

Faithfully yours in the Lord,
Fr. Kevin Huber
Chancellor

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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.