News Notes: August 1, 2013

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The deadline for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ annual Champions for Life Awards is Aug. 15.

An ideal candidate for the award is someone who works tirelessly to help the poor or elderly, someone who works with people with disabilities, someone who has worked to help a woman or family through a difficult pregnancy or someone who prays tirelessly for respect life issues.

There are four categories: adult — pro-life professional; adult — volunteer; youth/young adult (individual or group); couple, family or Catholic-affiliated group.

Go to to submit a nomination online, or visit to download a paper nomination form.

Fundraiser set for Cretin-Derham Hall grad battling injury

The Joy Recovery Project will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul.

The organization was created by friends and family of 20-year-old Ellie Cizek, a Cretin-Derham Hall graduate who is battling a severe brain injury.

Cizek was in a skiing accident in Colorado in January. She was initially in a coma but is now recovering, according to a press release issued about the fundraiser. She is currently working toward the goal of living independently and returning to school at the University of Kansas.

Her progress has been slowed, however, because insurance does not cover the cost of her recommended cognitive therapy, the press release stated.

Tickets for the event are $25. For more information, or to order tickets, visit

Japanese girls’ choir to perform at Cathedral

The Junshin Singers, a girls choir from Nagasaki, Japan, will perform during the noon Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Aug. 11.

The group is making its third trip to St. Paul since 2007 to celebrate the strong sister city relationship between St. Paul and Nagasaki that began in 1955.

The singers are 14 students from Nagasaki Junshin High School and University.

The girls will perform Nagasaki’s peace anthem, “A Thousand Paper Cranes,” the Junshin school song, and the “Ave Maria.”

The Junshin Singers will also perform at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul.

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