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8 October 7, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE www.upcatholic.org BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC October marks respect life month in the Catholic Church and one diocesan parish is recognizing the month by assisting those in need in their com- munity. For the last several years, The Empty Crib Project has been one way Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood has brought awareness to respect life month. "We place an empty crib and ask parishioners to donate everything a new baby could use such as dia- pers, baby wipes, blankets, sleepers, clothing, shampoo and soap. We also encourage monetary donations or SCRIP cards," said Alison Schlag, faith formation coordinator for Our Lady of Peace Parish and All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) in Ironwood. "It is our hope that through educational, spiritual, and pastoral activities that parishioners will grow in awareness and support life from the moment of conception to natural death." The items collected stay in the Ironwood community and are donated to New Beginnings Pregnancy Sup- port Services. New Beginnings offers support to women and men during an unplanned pregnancy. They pro- vide free pregnancy tests, mentoring and support, parenting classes and post-abortion support. In addition, New Beginnings pro- vides material assistance to families through a "baby bucks" program. Families learn tips for healthy preg- nancy, healthy safe relation- ships and parenting skills. In return, they earn baby bucks that can be used to purchase baby clothes, dia- pers, wipes, toys and other baby essentials. "The more connected we are with our community, the better we can serve our clients," said Valerie Estola executive director of New Beginnings. "We really de- pend on individuals, church- es and other organizations in the community for all of our services. Whether it's material aid, mentoring or providing classes. It's all based on individuals in the community that are loving them." Baby items for the project are being collected through Oct. 25, and can be dropped off at Our Lady of Peace Parish. Along with the empty crib project, the parish will take part in the America Needs Fatima Rosary Crusade during respect life month. The public square rosary cru- sade is held in cities across the country on Oct. 15, the anniversary of the Fati- ma Miracle of the Sun. According to American Needs Fatima, the intention for the rosary crusade "is to beg God and Our Lady to save America from today's immorality and secularism." It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at noon (Central). Partic- ipants will meet in the parking lot of ASCA in Ironwood. This rosary crusade coincides with the rosary walk that the parish holds each Saturday. Parishioners gather with pastor Father Robb Jurkovich on Saturdays as he leads them in the ro- sary for life, while they walk different routes around the city of Ironwood. "Awareness promotes change and evangelization. Activities such as this help build awareness of the needs of our community and how we are making a difference on the local level," stated Schlag in regards to the pro-life events taking place at the parish. New Beginnings Pregnancy Sup- port Services is located at 126 W. Aurora Street in Ironwood. Walk-ins are welcome during regular hours, Tuesday through Friday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information about the center, call (906) 932-0414 or visit www.ironwoodpregnancy.org. Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378 COURTESY PHOTO High school youth group members of Our Lady of Peace in Ironwood gather around a crib filled with baby items for a local pregnancy support center during respect life month in 2015. Ironwood parish supports local pregnancy center

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