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Life News in Brief - September 2016

The Northern Cross - September 2016
Life News in Brief

40 Days for Life begins Sept. 28

The 40 Days for Life kickoff event on Tuesday, Sept 28, is the start of the 40 Days for Life campaign. In Duluth, everything starts with the celebration of Mass at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. First St., Duluth. At 7 p.m., those gathered will cross the street for the 40 Days for Life praise and prayers in front of the abortion clinic, the Women’s Health Center within the Building for Women, 32 E. First St. This praise and prayer service will strengthen participants as they start the 40 days of prayer, vigil and fasting for an end to abortion. Organizers are praying for a large turnout, so please join this evening’s events. From Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 6, a prayerful, peaceful vigil will be maintained from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Building for Women. Conclude the Year of Mercy observances by joining in prayer for mercy for the most vulnerable in our country. Beginners are welcome and will be matched with experienced vigil volunteers. Call Paulette Moreland for more information at (218) 348-1345. For more information regarding the campaign, visit

Guiding Star announces new partnerships

The Guiding Star Project is excited to announce formal relationships with several prominent Fertility Care and Natural Family Planning organizations: SymptoPro Fertility Education from Northwest Family Services, headquartered in Portland, Oregon; Couple to Couple League International, headquartered in Cincinnati; FEMM Health, headquartered in New York; FACTS about Fertility, headquartered in Washington, D.C.; and Natural Womanhood, headquartered in San Antonio. The organizations have joined with the Guiding Star Project in a goodwill partnership to increase education and access to resources and materials concerning fertility and natural family planning for women and families. “We are thrilled to be able to offer women options and information about their fertility,” said Leah Jacobson, founder of the Guiding Star Project, “Women’s bodies are amazing. Their natural processes should be celebrated and not suppressed. Guiding Star is committed to empowering women to embrace their natural abilities, and these partnerships are a huge step in that direction.” While the organizations partnering with Guiding Star all approach fertility care using different methods, they are united around the idea that women can have both choice and freedom with respect to their fertility without sacrificing their health or denying their bodies’ natural functions.

Grand Rapids pregnancy center to host banquet

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center, caring for women, men and families of Grand Rapids, will host the Harvest Banquet 2016 with the theme “Past, Present and Future.” The banquet will be held at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 30. The evening begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and a program that will begin at 7 p.m. New Beginnings Pregnancy Center has been operating for 11 years with a prolife mission helping women, men and teens make life-affirming choices with an unplanned pregnancy. For information about sponsoring or attending the banquet or for more information about the organization contact the Center at (218) 326-0404 or office@, or visit the website

MCCL gatherings

Join others in your community at a pro-life educational gathering and learn about the issues and how you can make a difference in protecting life. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will present meetings in September in the Diocese of Duluth. Dates and locations include:

Sept. 6 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Two Harbors;
Sept. 7 St. Rose Catholic Church, Proctor;
Sept. 8 Moose Lake Depot, Moose Lake;
Sept. 14 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, International Falls;
Sept. 15 Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake;
Sept. 15 St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cook;
Sept. 15 Holy Spirit Church, Virginia;
Sept. 16 Alliance Church, Grand Rapids.

Visit for complete information or call (612) 825-6831.