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Life News in Brief - April 2017

The Northern Cross - April 2017
Life News in Brief

Together for Life Banquet set for April 30

The sixth annual Together for Life Banquet will be held Sunday, April 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Greysolon Ballroom, 231 East Superior Street, Duluth. The banquet is an annual event designed to raise involvement and funds to promote a Culture of Life in the Northland through supporting a network of life-affirming organizations, as well as the Together for Life organization, formerly known as Guiding Star Duluth. Almost 200 guests attended the event last year, and organizers say this year’s event is shaping up to be its best yet.

Collaborative partners who will benefit from the event include Birth- Right, Northland Family Programs, Blessed Nuno, the Diocese of Duluth’s Marriage and Family Life Office, and the Diocese of Superior’s Respect Life Office.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and guests will have an opportunity to visit exhibitors from the different organizations and to win something from the “Beverage Bazaar” exhibit, which will include teas, coffees, wine, and beer. The dinner and program begin at 6 p.m., with keynote speaker Rebecca Ballard speaking on “Adoption: My Journey of Restoration.” Following the speaker, there will be a presentation of the annual Father Crossman Culture of Life Award and the Culture of Life Organizational Award.

Those hoping to attend should RSVP by April 15 to reserve a seat. Together for Life is also seeking underwriters and table sponsors. See the website togetherforlifenorthland. org/tfl-banquet for additional information.

Together for Life was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit under what is now known as the Guiding Star Project, which continues to open centers across the country. In October 2016, Together for Life ended its affiliation with the Guiding Star Project.

Together for Life officials say they continue to focus on developing partnerships among local life-affirming organizations collaborating together to serve women, children and families in need in areas such as pregnancy support, adoption services, post-abortive counseling, natural family planning, midwifery care, childbirth services, lactation consulting, perinatal or adult hospice support, and drop-in daycare.

Birthright baby shower

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret 1888, Eveleth, sponsored its eighth annual Birthright Baby Shower at Resurrection Church recently. The gifts donated by parishioners of Resurrection and St. Joseph’s Church, Gilbert, were donated to Options for Women. Calli and Wanda, volunteers at Options for Women in Virginia, are shown with some of the gift donations. Options for Women, Iron Range, is a pro-life organization dedicated to the belief that everyone has a right to life from conception to natural death.

Christ Child Society offers education grant

The Christ Child Society of Duluth is pleased to announce that it is making available to a parent attending Lake Superior College in Duluth a grant opportunity in the amount of $2,000. Awardee will receive $1,000 per semester contingent upon maintaining academic proficiency minimum of GPA of 2 and demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is intended to honor Mary Virginia Merrick, founder of the Christ Child Society, and her lifetime of work assisting children in need by supporting the parent in acquiring the education and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. For further information contact Kathy Forsman at

Project Rachel

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help you heal through its post-abortion ministry, Project Rachel. This ministry offers a confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your experience. A willing prson to listen who has been specially trained to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflict is just a confidential call away at (218) 421-7110. Move beyond the pain, call today.