SS Peter & Paul 
Catholic Church

Welcome!

SS Peter & Paul Parish is a Roman Catholic faith community dedicated to following the call of Jesus Christ to serve God and all of God's people. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we seek the spiritual development of our parish and our community. Our parish family welcomes all to join us in prayerful celebration and Christian fellowship.

Our address is 5885 Harrison Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

The parish office phone number is (219) 980-2693.

The fax number is (219) 980-2851.

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NEW MASS SCHEDULES

AT SS. PETER & PAUL PARISH AND ITS CLUSTERED PARISHES,

ST. JOAN OF ARC & ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE PARISHES 

(Effective August, 2019)

 

LORD'S DAY MASSES

AT SS. PETER & PAUL CHURCH

5885 Harrison Street

Saturday  4:00 pm

Sunday   10:00 am

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on the first Sunday of the month after the 10:00 am Mass !

AT ST. JOAN OF ARC CHURCH

200 East 78th Avenue

Sunday at 8:30 am and 11:30 am

AT ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE CHURCH

801 West 73rd Avenue

Saturday at 5:00 pm

Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

 

MORNING MASSES

​Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 7:30 am

St. Andrew the Apostle Church

801 West 73rd Avenue, Merrillville

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 8:00 am

St. Joan of Arc Church

200 East 78th Avenue, Merrillville

(Recitation of the Rosary for Peace before daily Mass at 7:30 am)

Thursday - 8:00 am with the Aquinas School Family

St. Andrew the Apostle Church

801 West 73rd Avenue, Merrillville

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EVENING WEEKDAY MASS

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew the Apostle Church

801 West 73rd Avenue, Merrillville

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UPCOMING HOLY DAY & HOLIDAY MASS SCHEDULE

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE MASS SCHEDULES  

FOR HOLY DAYS, HOLIDAY MASSES & SERVICES

THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR!

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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

SS. Peter & Paul Chapel

Wednesdays - 1:00 pm - ?

St. Andrew the Apostle Church

801 West 73rd Avenue

Wednesdays - 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm.

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FOR OTHER SACRAMENTS

(Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, etc.),

please call the parish office at (219) 980-2693.

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PARISH WEBSITES: 

SS. Peter & Paul Parish - www.stpeterpaul.org

St. Joan of Arc Parish -  www.stjoanmerr.org

PARISH E-MAIL ADDRESSES:

SS. Peter & Paul Parish - ssppchurch@msn.com

St. Joan of Arc Parish - StJoanMerr@comcast.net

St. Andrew the Apostle Parish - standrew73rd@gmail.com

 

Upcoming Events and Parish News

OUR ADVENT SPIRITUAL READING

REDISCOVER THE ROSARY, by Mathew Kelly, Discussion

 

Wednesdays - November 20, December 4, and December 11 at 12:10 pm,

at St. Joan of Arc or 7:00 pm, at St. Andrew Church.

Light Lunch provided at St. Joan of Arc.

 

Cost of the book is $10.00. (We are subsidizing it a bit as Fr. Meade thought that $15.00 for hardbound was more than we are used to asking).

 

Please click on the link here to see a flier for this Advent discussion.

 

Contact the parish offices for a book!

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE A LISTING OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS  

WHO HAVE BEEN BURIED FROM

SS. PETER & PAUL AND ST. JOAN OF ARC PARISHES

SINCE ALL SOULS DAY LAST YEAR.

MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM!

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TABLE OF MEMORIES

We will be setting up our Table of Memories this weekend

(starting November 1, 2019) as we have done in the past.

Please bring a photo of any deceased relative or friend that you would like
to include. You may give them to Betsy McDonald or Bert Martinez this weekend.
Please make sure that your name and phone number are on the back

so that they can be returned when the display is taken down.
Thank you for participating!

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++  PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE MASS SCHEDULES  ++

FOR HOLY DAYS, HOLIDAY MASSES & SERVICES

THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR!

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PET BLESSING PICTURES

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE PICTURES OF

DEACON MALCOLM AND SHIRLEY LUNSFORD

AND OUR PARISHIONERS & THEIR PETS AT THE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019 PET BLESSING!
(From the October, 13, 2019 bulletin)

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2019 AND 2020 MASS BOOKS AVAILABLE

There are still weekday Masses available for 2019 (at St. Joan of Arc Church at 8:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), and the 2020 Mass Book is now available.  If you’d like a Mass said for your loved one or friend, please come to the parish office to make arrangements for your Mass intentions.  Intentions include our deceased, marriage anniversaries, birthdays, in thanksgiving, for good health or other special intentions.  Mass intention reservations cannot be made over the phone but must be made at the parish office.  Each Mass intention is $10.00.

 

WHEN YOUR MASS IS SCHEDULED

Please let the ushers know before Mass begins so that you and/or a member(s) of

the family may bring up the Offertory Gifts.

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VOCATION CROSS 

Several years ago, SS Peter and Paul Parish started a Vocation Cross program.

Several parishes in the Diocese of Gary are involved in this ministry to pray for vocations. At each weekend Mass, an individual or family takes home a cross containing pictures of our current seminarians and prays for them that week. They return the cross the following weekend to church. This cross comes with a book of prayers and other items to assist you in your prayer.  If you are interested in taking home this cross and being put on the rotation schedule or want more information, please contact Roxanne at the parish office at (219) 980-2693 to sign up.

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YOUTH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES GRADES 1-8 INCLUSIVE 

SS. Peter and Paul, St. Joan of Arc, St. Andrew and Our Lady of Consolation Parishes are joining in a common religious formation program for our younger parishioners. Classes will be held at St. Andrew's Parish, 801 West 73rd Avenue. 

Grades 1-6 will be on Monday evenings beginning September 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. We would like to think of 7th and 8th Grades as Confirmation formation years 1 and 2. For these classes, we have two choices -- Sunday from 9:15 to 10:25 a.m.

or Monday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

The cost for a child in Grades 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 is $65.00 for materials, and $85.00 for Grades 2, 3, and 8 as these years also have an extra material component for sacramental preparation for First Confession, First Communion or Confirmation. 

We would like to have registered children after this weekend Masses,

but we will also register them in our parish offices or after Mass next Sunday,

August 24-25.  Please call the parish office at (219) 980-2693 for more information.

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BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER

Almighty God, We give you our school.

We give you all the teachers and staff who work here.

We give you all the children who study here.

We pray that our school would be place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.

May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love - - 

A place where everyone is respected and all are deeply valued.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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DIOCESE OF GARY SYNOD

Click here to read the SS. Peter & Paul Parish and St. Joan of Arc Parish SYNOD GOALS.  Let's all do what we can to make these goals reality ! 

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VISITATION ROOM FOR FUNERALS

The Visitation Room for Funerals is available to the families of anyone who is having a loved one buried from SS. Peter & Paul Parish.  It may make it easier to meet at the church rather than at the funeral home on the morning of the funeral Mass.  

There is no charge for the use of the room, and the choice is yours.

 Please inform your funeral director if you desire to use the Visitation Room for Funerals.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WITH HEARING AIDS

Our “Hearing Loop” has been installed in the church to help you more fully participate in the beauty of the Liturgy.  What is a Hearing Loop?  By transmitting magnetic signals through a wire surrounding the audience to a hearing aid equipped with a telecoil, hearing loops deliver sound straight from the source and into the listener's head without the extraneous noise or the typical blurring of sound that many experience when they wear hearing aids.  All listeners have to do is flip a switch to turn on the telecoil, or receiver, inside their ear.  Most hearing aids already include telecoils.  This loop works with the “T” (telephone) coil found in many types of hearing devices.  

-- IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN HEAR WITH OUR NEW SYSTEM -- 

you should contact your audiologist and ask whether or not your device has a “T” coil and if it has been activated.  Your professional should be able to give you this information.  Please let them know that you want to be able to hear through your “T” coil and that it needs to be in the ON position when you come into church.  (You would not keep it on for normal use.)  You may need to go to your audiologist in order to have your coil activated or to be shown how to turn it on.

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CASH REWARDS EARNED WHEN YOU SHOP AT GORDON FOOD SERVICE.

SS. Peter & Paul Parish receives rebates for the parish from your purchases

at Gordon Food Service, 1601 West 81st Avenue, Merrillville.

You must mention SS. Peter & Paul Church in Merrillville for us to receive the donation.  Thanks for your support !!

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OUR PARISH EARNED ANOTHER FREE RECYCLED BENCH

from the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for collecting plastic caps.

Thanks to all parishioners who helped by saving their caps!

Special thanks to parishioner Pete Giannini for picking up the bench for us in Hammond.

Click here to see a picture of the recycled bench.

 

Minister Schedules

 
 
 
 

Pastoral Staff

Reverend James W. Meade

Pastor

(219) 980-2693

Malcolm Lunsford

Deacon

w9malx@gmail.com

Roxanne Poturalski

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

(219) 980-2693

roxannesspp@gmail.com

Michael Cierski

Director of Music

(708) 785-4985

mcierski@hotmail.com

Bill Mindas

Building and Grounds

mindassspp@yahoo.com

 

Music Ministry

ENJOY LAURA'S FINAL CONCERT!

Click here.

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW CHOIR DIRECTOR, MICHAEL CIERSKI

Mike Cierski resides in Hobart, IN. with his wife, Rossi, and their beloved dog, Buster.  They love
outdoor activities, motor sports, gardening and relaxing with friends and family.

From an early age, Mike has been passionate about music. He started his formal music education

around age  five years old taking piano lessons and singing in the St. Victor Parish choir, Calumet City, IL. under he direction of Laura Monteen. At the age of nine, he joined the St. Victor children’s choir and

knew he wanted to make music a part of his life.

Exploring the music world more in high school, he attended Art of Music Camp at Concordia University in River Forest, IL. for three years. He also played piano/organ for numerous choirs and churches developing his music skills. After high school, Mike started his college career at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL., where he would major in music and organ performance under the mentorship of

Albert Jackson. During that time, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Theatre Organ Society where he developed youth programs such as the Theatre Organ Summer Camp, Youth Corner (articles of youth related topic in ATOS bi-monthly publication of Theatre Organ), Award recognition for
outstanding theatre organ students, and producing and presenting lectures and concerts for
students at college campuses to promote the theatre organ art form. During this time, Mike
wanted to give back to the community which gave so much to him.

He decided to become a music teacher and inspire the next generation of musicians. Mike graduated from Chicago State University with a Bachelor in Music Education with Honors. He continued his education at VanderCook College of Music and earned his Masters in Music Education degree with a 4.0.
Mike currently teaches general music and choir at West Harvey/Dixmoor Illinois School District 147
and produces/directs the musicals at South Suburban College.

He also directs the Southlake Children’s Choir, Crown Point, IN.

Mike and his wife, Rossi, are excited to be part of SS. Peter and Paul family.

Please pray for them as they start their new journey in faith.

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Our Mission Statement

The purpose and mission of the music ministry of SS. Peter and Paul is to bring people into closer relationship with Christ through our music.

We strive to help all in worship of our God by encouraging active participation of the assembly during Mass and in celebration of other liturgical events.

We rehearse together to make our music more pleasing so as not to become a distraction to others.

Our musical community also acts in a leadership role as an example of

people working together for the Lord, as well as working together as a community of believers

who respect and support one another through prayer.

The music ministry consists of:

Singers (choir and cantors); instrumentalists and director/organist. 


Instrumentalists:

Instrumentalists accompany the choirs.


Cantors: 

Cantors lead the assembly in their sung prayer.

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Praise Choir:

The Praise Choir sings every Sunday at the 10 a.m. Mass, year round.  We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. from September through May.  This choir also sings for special Masses (Anointing of the Sick, All Souls Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holy Week and extra celebrations, including Confirmation, anniversaries and missions.) The group is currently made up of adults of all ages.

Marian Funeral Choir:

The Marian (funeral) Choir sings for every parish funeral. We rehearse rarely as needed and

average at least 40 funerals per year. All of the members are seniors.

Hosanna Ensemble:

The Hosanna ensemble is a select small group of experienced singers. They sing once a month,

usually at the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Mass, but sing as needed for special events.

For more information about singing with us, call Michael Cierski at 708-785-4985

or email him at:  mcierski@hotmail.com

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FORMER DIRECTOR, LAURA MONTEEN'S, NEW ADDRESS: 

Laura and John Monteen

1500 N Sunview Pkwy, Unit 26

Gilbert, AZ 85234

Thanks to all who made LAURA MONTEEN'S last Mass and retirement party a success!

God is Good ... ALL THE TIME!

TO SEE PICTURES FROM LAURA'S LAST MASS & FAREWELL PARTY ON JUNE 30TH, CLICK HERE.

Click here to see the June 30, 2019, Bulletin Cover featuring Laura Monteen and her Family.

To read Laura's heartfelt message to the SSPP Parish Family, click here.

 

Enjoy Laura's Final Concert Again!  Click here.

 
 

Contact
SS Peter & Paul Church

5885 Harrison St, Merrillville, IN 46410, USA

Phone (219) 980-2693

Fax (219) 980-2851

 

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