HLDF gives out grants
The Human Life and Development Fund at the Diocese of Duluth granted $46,500 to organizations in the diocese. Organizations must abide by the mission statement of the fund, which in part states a twofold purpose: “First, to reach out to those among us who are needy — the poor, hungry, homeless and jobless, and second, to champion the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception through all its stages to natural death.” Organizations that received funding in 2015 include Emily Emergency Food Shelf, Emily; Good Samaritan Outreach, McGregor; Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity, Aitkin; Mino Miikana Cultural and Wellness Center, Duluth; Sandstone Options for Women, Sandstone; Women’s Care Center, Duluth; Damiano Center, Duluth; Northland Family Programs, Duluth and Brainerd; and Together For Life, Virginia. The committee is reviewing changes to the application process to make it less cumbersome for smaller groups to apply. These changes will take place sometime in 2016. Organizations are encouraged to apply for funding to assist in their work. Application forms and cycle dates can be found on the diocesan website www.dioceseduluth. Click on “Endowments” and then on “HLD Fund.” Giving financial support for the fund can be accomplished in several ways. Visit the website for more information.
Pro-life essay contest entries due Dec. 11
To promote the ability of middle school and high school students to articulate respect for life, the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is again sponsoring an essay contest. The third annual essay theme is “Every Life Is Worth Living.” The Office of Marriage and Family Life encourages all middle school and high school students to participate. Essays must be turned in to your parish and postmarked no later than Dec. 11. Prize money will be award to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. For more guidelines visit the diocesan website www.dioceseduluth.org.