It remains important for our Church to protect children and young persons from the evils of abuse.  The Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend remains committed to upholding and following its guidelines, policies and procedures that were implemented for the protection of children and young people.  These can be reviewed on the diocese's website,, under "Youth Protection."

If you have reason to believe that a minor may be a victim of child abuse or neglect, Indiana law requires that you report this to civil authorities.  If you or someone you know was abused as a child or young person by an adult, you are encouraged to notify appropriate civil authorities of that abuse. 

In addition, if the alleged abuser is or was a priest or deacon of the Catholic Church, you are encouraged to contact Mary Glowaski, victim assistance coordinator, at 260-399-1458 or or

Rev. Mark Gurtner, vicar general of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, at P. O. Box 390, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801; at 260-399-1419 or at

The diocese is committed to helping prevent the abuse or neglect of children and young people and to assist those who have suffered harm as a result of such abuse.

Diocesan Museum in Fort Wayne is a treasure trove of religious artifacts that brings to life the history of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. From December to January, the museum presents a feature exhibit: Christmas Altar Pictures. Come and see the beauty and creativity in this exhibit featuring photos of more than thirty diocesan church altars decorated for the sacred season.  Other Christmas-related artifacts are also on display.  Located at 1103 S. Calhoun St. next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and by appointment.  Free parking is available in any cathedral lot.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is asking for volunteers to sort donations, label items, assemble weekend food bags for the Food 4 Kids Program, assist with office operations, complete computer work and filing, or personally shop for clients in the food pantry.  No matter your skillset or preference, there is a place for you.  Email to learn more.

Mishawaka Catholic Athletic Association Annual 

"The Big 50/50" Ticket

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we will not be able to hold our annual Las Vegas Night.  The ICCL did re-start all our athletic programs this school year, and we are going forward with our usual schedules.  So, we are still going to have "THE BIG" 50/50 Tickets for sale for a $100 donation.  Only 200 tickets will be sold, with a $10,000 TOTAL payout (assuming all tickets are sold).  The drawing will be held at Noon on March 17, 2022.  The plan is to have the drawing at Mishawaka Catholic School, live on the school's Facebook page.  Just like we did last year.  For additional information, payout breakdown, or tickets you can contact Tony Violi, 574-532-5033.


The priests and seminarians of the diocese prepare to face off once again in the annual Cupertino Classic Basketball Game for Vocations on December 27th.  This event is free and open to the public.  Tipoff is at 6:30 PM at the University of St. Francis Hutzell Athletic Center, 2701 Spring Street in Fort Wayne.  Mass will take place prior to game time in the St. France chapel at 3:45 PM with adoration following until 6 PM.  Come celebrate the vocation to Christ's priesthood and gather as a diocesan community.

If you have been considering professional services for your mental health, there are local resources available to help you.  Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend offers in-house counseling and connects individuals and families with counseling services throughout the diocese through the Clinical Liaison program.  A referral can be made through your pastor or through the diocesan Marriage and Family Ministry office.  For a confidential referral, email Caty Burke at or Lisa Everett at