Why Would Anyone Become Catholic? (from Formed.org)


The Search for Truth Leads to the Catholic Church


Why would intelligent, successful people give up careers, alienate friends, and cause havoc in their families . . . to become Catholic? The movie, Convinced, shares the story of over 20 people from all walks of life as they journey towards home to the Catholic Church.

Featuring Dr. Scott Hahn, Jennifer Fulwiler, Abby Johnson, Jeff Cavins, Brandon Vogt, and many more!






I LOVE every journey of how each person came to believe the Catholic faith. I feel the video covers a wide span of questioning and processing for each individual, which relates to so many searching for the truth.

—Melissa A., Lemoore, CA


Passport to Our Heritage 2018

Passport to our Heritage is St. Michael’s major fundraising event. An exciting social event for guests age 21 and over, “Passport” encourages the involvement of the entire St. Michael Community, celebrating our past and investing into the future of our school and parish.

The event features various “Ports of Call”, where our families donate their time, talent and treasure to provide specialty cuisine and cocktails representing their cultural heritage. You can travel from Port to Port, experiencing the world through our own community. The event also features live and silent auctions, with something for everyone including fantastic packages from area businesses and unique opportunities within our own community. There are fun games and prizes to win, and a DJ plays to dance the night away.

Tickets are on sale beginning March 12th for $40 per person. Tickets will also be $50 per person at the door. Ticket prices include food at all ports, as well as beer and wine throughout the evening. Specialty cocktails are also available for purchase at the ports.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018                        5:30 PM – Midnight



There is so much to do as Passport…

Camaraderie, dining and dancing are just the “takeoff” events of the night. The voyage continues throughout the night with the highlight event, the Live and Silent Auctions.

Included in the auctions are amazing products and packages donated from local community members and businesses, alongside other parish items you might not expect, like:

  • Limo Lunch with Miss Kennedy
  • Reserved Front Pew at First Communion Masses
  • Dinner with Father Marty at the Rectory

Another feature of the auction are the Kids’ Projects. Close to the hearts of our St. Michael Catholic School parents, these crafty projects are created by each class of children, preschool through 8th Grade, for your enjoyment. But the auction highlights do not stop there. Also included is Bubbles and Bling. This exclusive subset of our silent auction features gorgeous pieces from local fine jewelers and specialty accessories.


From the Ports of Call…

The “boarding pass” ticket price includes the all-you-can-eat specialty cuisine at our ports of call. Cultural ports vary each year, but have included:

  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • USA

Taste your way around the world without having to leave Northwest Indiana. Beer and wine are also included with the “boarding pass” ticket. Additional specialty cocktails are available for purchase at each port.


…to the Final Destination

All the proceeds of Passport to our Heritage benefit the St. Michael Parish Community.

St. Michael Catholic School provides a quality Catholic education to students attending preschool through 8th Grade. In addition, over six hundred children receive instruction in their faith through our Faith Formation program.

Our school and parish take the utmost pride in providing an excellent education for our future leaders, with a devoted staff in a family-oriented environment.


How You Can Help…

Passport to our Heritage could not exist without the generous support of our community of sponsors, donors, and volunteers.


For more information on general event sponsorship packages, including a wide variety of promotional opportunities, please contact:
Jennifer Poskin, Co-Chair
(219) 313-7708, sjposkin@att.net

To help provide food, beverages, and related products for our Ports of Call, please contact:
Tracy Haws

To donate an item or experience to our silent or live auctions, please contact:
Maria Dahn

To volunteer to assist with event set-up or operations, please contact:
Kim Knueppel, Co-Chair
(219) 718-7986, kimknueppel@me.com

Now is the Time of Mercy (from Formed.org)

In Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God’s love and mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of Saint Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope Saint John Paul II.


Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry you’ve come to know from Augustine Instiute Studios, the vast panorama of God’s work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.






How do you comment on beauty and excellence? This series is filled with historical information and is also overflowing with so much love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

—Erin G., Covington, NY

The Trials of St. Patrick (from Formed.org)


Follow Saint Patrick on his dramatic journey through hardship and loss to mercy and forgiveness.

His story will come to life in Augustine Institute Radio Theatre’s audio drama featuring award-winning actors, and cinematic sound and music – available in its entirety on FORMED!




The Trials of St. Patrick brings to life the heroic and holy witness of a beloved saint. I highly recommend this captivating audio series as an inspiration for all listeners! 


— Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Denver

Enter into the Mystery of the Cross (from Formed.org)

In this beautiful Lighthouse Talk, Monsignor James Shea guides us along the Stations of the Cross, teaching us how to open our hearts more to the suffering and loneliness of Jesus on His way to Calvary.

Weaving together the insights of keen believers like Father Richard Neuhaus, Caryll Houselander, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and Dr. James Edwards, these powerful meditations take us into the depths of Christ’s agony and back out again into the joy of what His sacrifice means for us.




Radiate Rock

WHEN:          Saturday, April 14th

Meet at 5:00pm Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, Schererville

Dance to follow in gym from 6:00-10:00pm


FEE:                 $10 & Can of food/Household
paper product for Good Samaritans

                        ($10 includes pizza, snacks, and DJ)

                        Cash/Checks accepted at door — Checks payable to St. Michael Church


WAIVER:       Permission form/waiver & payment will be collected at the door

                 Download Here

NOTE:            RSVP attendance to mzvyak@gmail.com  by Sunday, April 8th

Reflect on the Meaning of the Cross (from Formed.org)

Reflect on the meaning of the cross with Father Mike Schmitz


In this inspiring Lighthouse Talk, Father Mike Schmitz explores how God’s rescue mission includes the need for each of us to embrace our own cross, that we may re-establish trust in the Father and fully understand that love requires sacrifice.



A Lent to Remember (from Formed.org)

Be Restored by God’s Mercy


A Lent to Remember is a beautiful presentation on the transforming power of mercy in the Sacrament of Confession, using the Augustine Institute productions Symbolon and Forgiven.

No matter what you have done, no matter how long you have been away, Jesus is waiting for you with open arms this Lent!




Your Weekly Formed.org Recommendation

Enrich your marriage with this award-winning series!


More than a union based on romantic love or mutual fulfillment, marriage goes back to the very essence of what it is to be human – and reflects a design placed in our hearts by God himself.

Beloved, an Augustine Institute Studios original production, explores the spiritual and eternal reality behind “I Do.”

Beautifully filmed and featuring acclaimed speakers, Beloved speaks to the very heart of every husband and wife, bringing sacramental truth and  God-infused love into the everyday challenges of married life.