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Iife news in brief - October 2014

The Northern Cross - October 2014


Life News in Brief

Knights of Columbus fund purchase of ultrasound

The Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 4798, which includes men from the parishes in Sandstone, Willow River, Sturgeon Lake and Moose Lake, donated $30,500 to the Sandstone Options for Women pregnancy care center, covering the entire purchase price of a new ultrasound machine. Sandstone Options for Women is a pregnancy care center in Sandstone. The center is an outgrowth of a benevolence project undertaken by Deacon Jim Mostek during his time in the deacon formation program. Deacon Mostek and his wife, Nancy, have spearheaded the effort to get Sandstone Options for Women up and running. They opened their doors early this summer with a grand opening Sept. 18. When the local Knights of Columbus learned of the efforts to open a new pregnancy care center in the area, they wanted to help. “We were aware of the positive impact ultrasound can have in encouraging mothers to choose life, and we knew that the International Knights of Columbus offered matching funds to local councils for funding ultrasound machines, so we saw this as our best chance to help,” said Tim Malone of the local council. Fourth Degree Knight Bill Niedzielski took the lead and inspired the other knights of the council with a pledge of $10,000. Other council members chipped in as they were able. Donations also came in from other concerned individuals, $1,000 from the St. Mary’s Men’s Club in Willow River and $200 from brother Knights in Hinckley. The $15,250 needed to qualify for matching funds from the Knights of Columbus Supreme was raised in just 60 days. The ultrasound was delivered in August and will soon be in use. “Pro-life causes have been a priority for our local council and we are confident that this ultrasound machine will encourage many young women to choose life. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to help in this way,” Malone said.

St. Benedict Knights to mark middle of 40 Days vigil

Join the St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus as they pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the 40 Days for Life mid-vigil event at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14. The chaplet will be prayed in front of the abortion clinic, the Women’s Health Center within the Building for Women, 32 E. First St., Duluth. All are welcome. 40 Days for Life runs from Wednesday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 2, and participants will be maintaining a continual prayerful, peaceful vigil from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Building for Women during this time. Call Paulette Moreland for more information at (218) 348-1345 or visit the website

Northland Family Programs dinner

Northland Family Programs will hold its 35th anniversary dinner and dance Oct. 25. The event will be held in the Horizon Room at the DECC in Duluth. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing to the music of a DJ from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 a ticket and must be purchased by Oct. 20. A silent auction will also be held that evening with many items. For tickets, call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279.

Night 4 Life at WCC

The fourth annual Night 4 Life for the Women’s Care Center will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Greysolon Ballroom, 213 E. Superior St., Duluth. There will be bingo, live auction and raffle. Admission is $30. The event benefits moms and babies served by the Women’s Care Center. RSVP by Oct. 21. Pre-sale admissions only. Contact Colleen at

MCCL Fall Tour

The Fall Tour of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is an annual program to educate and train pro-life leaders in communities all over the state. The 2014 tour will deliver fresh, relevant updates on the issues that threaten human life in Minnesota. Participants will also receive MCCL’s packet of essential materials. The tour will include 46 meetings throughout the state. The remaining meeting in the Diocese of Duluth is Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. Visit for date details and the latest information for meetings in the state.