By Jo Hafermann
Special to The Witness
MASON CITY — The Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Council No. 7898 recently made a donation to the Caring Pregnancy Center to help cover the costs of our ultrasound program. The current donation from the Clear Lake KCs was for $431, which brings the total donated by the Knights of Columbus locally and by the head office to $42,549.
The ultrasound program has been a resounding success: out of the 118 scans performed, 112 women are confirmed to have chosen life for their unborn baby. We would not be able to perform these lifesaving scans without the Knights of Columbus; they have been an amazing partner in this ministry. Gifts have been coming in from chapters all over northern Iowa. The partnership with the Knights of Columbus has been an amazing opportunity for so many young moms from northern Iowa communities to witness their babies as the precious gifts they are, long before they hold them in their arms.
The Caring Pregnancy Center and the Knights of Columbus have the shared belief that all lives, born and unborn, are precious. Nationally, we recognize this ideal by celebrating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It is a time to reflect on those lives that have been taken by abortion, as well as those lives that have been affected by the abortion choice they made. This year’s Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will be recognized on Jan. 15. In keeping with the tenet of the sanctity of life, the CPC is here to help those who have been touched by abortion or are considering one. We have our ultrasound program that confirms pregnancy. We have an education program and material help for those who choose to carry. We also offer a program called “Forgiven & Set Free” to help those who are dealing with the aftermath of an abortion. We are located in Mason City and are here to help. All our services are free and confidential.
Hafermann is executive director of Caring Pregnancy Center in Mason City.
The check was presented to Jo Hafermann, executive director of the Caring Pregnancy Center, at the most recent council meeting in Clear Lake. Presenting the check were Msgr. John Hemann and Deputy Grand Knight Ken Chizek. (Contributed photo)