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Life News in Brief - October 2015

The Northern Cross - October 2015
Life News in Brief 

Tea for Two

Northland Family Programs invites mothers and daughters to the “Tea for Two” event for girls ages 9-13 and their mothers (or a female relative, friend or mentor in place of the mother). The program is designed to help strengthen the mother-daughter relationship during this time of change. Learn about body changes and cycles, self-image and effective communication in a short presentation. Then the two of you will sit down for tea and take time to talk. After teatime, the pair will complete a keepsake craft together. The tea will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Cost is $20. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 6. For more information and to pre-register, call Kathy at (219) 786-2378.

Northland Family Program dinner dance Oct. 24

Northland Family Programs is hosting its annual dinner dance on Oct. 24 in the Horizon Room at the DECC in Duluth. The evening begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the course of the evening there will be opportunities to bid on items at the silent auction. Cost is $25 a ticket. This is a fun evening and a wonderful way to help out the organization. Please plan on attending and invite your friends and neighbors. For tickets and more information call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. Deadline for ordering tickets is Oct. 20.

Night 4 Life

The 2015 Night 4 Life “Jazz and Jewels” evening will be held at the Greysolon Ballroom, 213 E. Superior St. in Duluth. Event benefits moms and babies served by the Women’s Care Center-Duluth, a nonprofit whose fundamental mission is to provide love, hope and encouragement to women who are pregnant, helping them to choose life for their developing babies. The time of the event is 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and includes dinner. RSVP by Oct. 21. Pre-sale tickets only. For information or to purchase tickets call (218) 623-7100 or email

40 Days for Life

Organizers invite your prayerful presence during the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. The campaign continues through Nov. 1. The campaign calls us to witness in three ways for an end to abortion: by keeping a peaceful vigil, through prayer and fasting, and through community outreach.

Opportunities to participate in 40 Days for Life within the Diocese of Duluth:


Bishop Paul Sirba will offer Mass at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. First St. in Duluth to celebrate the mid-point of the 40 Days for Life campaign.

All are invited to participate in the 40 Days for Life Duluth vigil which started in September. People are needed for one-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in front of the Building for Women, 32 E. First St., Duluth, which houses the abortion clinic. More than 400 babies are killed there each year. Newcomers can be paired with a veteran. Visit the website or call Paulette Moreland at (218) 348-1345 for more information.

Grand Rapids

A peaceful prayer witness is planned at Planned Parenthood in Grand Rapids each day they are open through the month of October. Planned Parenthood is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Church joins with other churches from the area. Contact the organizer of the witness Catherine Mclynn at (218) 326-1313 or email at to sign up. People can also stop by and join the witness when Planned Parenthood is open. All are welcome to walk and pray anytime between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday in October.


To find out more about Walker’s campaign and how to participate, visit or email Kristen at or stop in at the tent anytime. The vigil will be held outside the Cass County Courthouse, 300 Minnesota Ave. W., Walker.

MCCL fall tour

The MCCL fall tour continues in October to bring pro-life education on abortion, health care, legislation and other issues throughout Minnesota. Knowledgeable pro-live speakers from MCCL’s state office will go to various locations throughout the state. Every event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

The last Fall Tour event in the Diocese of Duluth will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the social hall at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. An event near the Diocese of Duluth will be Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Great River Regional Library, room 104, 1300 W. St. Germain St.