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Life News in Brief - December 2016

The Northern Cross - December 2016
Life News in Brief

Post-abortion counseling available

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help women and men 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 person 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.

Guiding Star announces center in Twin Cities

Wakota Life Care Center announced in October that it has signed an affiliation agreement with the Guiding Star Project to become the first Guiding Star Center in the Twin Cities metro area. This comes after many months of exploration and discussions between the Twin Cities Guiding Star Board, the Guiding Star Project and the Wakota Life Care Center Board. The announcement was made during Wakota’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Church of St. Joseph in West St. Paul. This affiliation will expand Wakota’s current services in the core areas of Natural Fertility Care and family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding and postpartum support, and family life support. “For the past 40 years, we’ve been proud to serve thousands of families in need of support before, during and after pregnancy by providing a variety of services including access to prenatal care, material assistance, robust community referrals, and much more. This affiliation means that we can immediately offer an expanded palette of services and greater access to resources that our clients have asked for,” said Ginny Cronin, executive director of Wakota Life Care Center. The Guiding Star Project seeks to connect and expand existing organizations that are focused on authentic women’s health to increase services available to women in one convenient location. All women are welcome. The Guiding Star Project is establishing Guiding Star Centers across the country. Guiding Star’s first fully operational center was opened in Tampa, Florida, in 2015.

Respect Life Essay Contest 2016

The Diocese of Duluth strives to promote the ability of middle school students as well as high school students to articulate an argument for respecting life. The contest theme this year is “Moved by Mercy.” Officials encourage all middle school and high school students to participate in this contest. Essays must be turned in to your parish and postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 9. Prize money will be award to first, second and third place winners in each category.

Diaper drive supports Women’s Care Center

Knights of Columbus Msgr. O’Shea Council No. 15761 of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, held a diaper drive at the Cathedral Oct. 29-30 for the Women’s Care Center in Duluth. The Women’s Care Center provides free counseling, support and education for women facing unplanned pregnancies. The council collected 25 bags and boxes of diapers and $886, which they presented to the center on Monday, Oct. 31.