EAST CHICAGO | Secrets of a time capsule hidden for nearly a century inside the old St. Mary Catholic School cornerstone are scheduled to be revealed soon.
The school was demolished this summer, but the 1913 cornerstone was preserved and will be opened at a dinner for St. Mary alumni Oct. 20.
Generations of North Side students received their early Catholic education at St. Mary, and the Rev. Stephen Gibson invites all to celebrate the parish community both past and future and learn about plans for a new school building.
"St. Mary School alumni hold a significant percentage of leadership positions in the Northwest Indiana community," Gibson said.
In recognition of St. Mary's rich history, Bishop Dale Melczek will conduct a special Mass at 6 p.m. Thursday in the church to open the Holy Year of Faith called by Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
Bricks from the old school will be available at the alumni dinner. Alumni also can become sponsors of the St. Mary Grotto.
Alumni can also bring in their old photos of St. Mary Church and school events for posting on the St. Mary website.
The reunion is scheduled to begin with a 5 p.m. Mass at St. Mary Church in East Chicago, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Griffith, 525 N. Lafayette St.
Dinner tickets are $20. For more information, call the church office at (219) 398-2409 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.