Social Concerns

Seeking to support parish commitment to social ministry while defending human life and dignity.

Help the Suffering People of Haiti, Afghanistan and Louisiana


A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti early Saturday morning, Aug. 14, and tropical depression Grace has brought further devastation. To help those afflicted, Bishop Callahan has asked the parishes of the Diocese of La Crosse to take up a special emergency collection at the Masses of the weekend of Aug. 21-22 or Aug. 28-29.  The monies from this collection will be forwarded to a special fund for Haiti relief set up by the U. S. Bishops.

Note: Contributions can also be made online to Catholic Relief Services, which is assisting in the relief efforts, by visiting


Wisconsin Bishops Urge Support for Afghan Refugees:

With the Taliban overthrow of the Afghan government, refugees are fleeing, with many coming to the United States.  On August 18, local media reported that some number of refugees would receive housing at Fort McCoy, located in Monroe County.  Governor Tony Evers stated, “We have been in contact with federal partners about resettlement efforts for Afghan people who are seeking refuge at Fort McCoy. As we learn more information, Wisconsin is ready to assist these efforts and help these individuals who served our country and are now seeking refuge.”

While waiting to hear from Fort McCoy as to what assistance may be most helpful, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse has contacted other state and national organizations to learn what needs they have been addressing.  Catholic Charities’ Immigration and St. Lawrence Community Services Programs stand ready to help. If you would like to partner in this effort to assist the Afghan refugees, consider the following options:

  • Your donation will be used to get needed supplies, provide service staff, and be used to help the refugees in their transition and long-term solutions
  • Sign up to help. We are anticipating that needs will grow and change on a regular basis. In an effort to respond to these needs as quickly as possible, we would like to invite you to sign up to offer your assistance.  By signing up, your information will not be shared with outside organizations, but it will allow us to contact you as soon as a need becomes identified.  We appreciate your help!


Provide swift assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Ida

Your gift directly supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS) teams on the frontlines who are working tirelessly for those who are impacted by Hurricane Ida. CRS teams are providing critical aid including food and water, emergency shelter, financial assistance, crisis counseling, and logistical support.


Wisconsin Bishops Address Vaccination
and Conscience Protection

Wisconsin’s bishops have issued a statement in which – while urging Catholics who are eligible to seek vaccination as a means to protect themselves and others – they address the ability of individuals to seek exemption from COVID-19 vaccination mandates based on conscience objection.

Year of St. Joseph

May 1, 2020 – December 8, 2021

Year of St. Joseph Image used with permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M

Blessed Brother

James Miller, Martyr and
Witness to the Gospel
Feast Day Feb. 13

Wisconsin Bishops Speak Out
Against Equality Act

Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops join with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in opposing the Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5). While all people must be treated with dignity and respect, efforts to prevent discrimination cannot foster inequality and intolerance of religion and people of faith. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifically protects free speech and the free exercise of faith, as both are essential for a free and open society….


Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • Overcoming Conflict with CharityOvercoming Conflict with Charity
    Sixteenth-century Peru was not a good time or place to be a multiracial child, but that’s the world St. Martin de Porres (Nov. 3) was born into. The son of a Spanish nobleman and a free Black woman, Martin was rejected by his father because he was too dark-skinned and… Read more »
  • Remembering the dead of COVID-19Remembering the dead of COVID-19
    This past year has taken a toll on so many. At times, we wonder how much we are to endure. For those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, these many months have been especially difficult. Death will come to everyone, often with some notice. The speed of this… Read more »
  • St. Patrick Parish Honors First RespondersSt. Patrick Parish Honors First Responders
    St. Patrick Parish in Onalaska celebrated its third annual Blue Mass this year on Sept. 12. The Blue Mass is a special celebration where communities come together to worship God and show appreciation for the sacrifices of their first responders. It includes prayers and a blessing for those who safeguard… Read more »
  • Rural Life Day 2021Rural Life Day 2021
    Rural Life Day  On Sept. 22, 2021, the 40th annual Rural Life Day was hosted by St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish and the Eau Claire Deanery, and celebrated at Castle Rock Organic Farms, owned by Carla Kostka and her son Barry.  Bishop William Patrick Callahan’s celebration of Mass opened this… Read more »
  • Life as a Missionary Disciple in the AmazonLife as a Missionary Disciple in the Amazon
    Father Michal Radomski, SVD, fulfills his priestly calling Pope Francis continually reminds us that by virtue of our baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries, sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus by their actions and their words. This reminder rings as true today as in the time… Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Ministries and Social Concerns
Phone: 608.791.0161
Fax: 608.791.2675

Christopher J. Ruff, S.T.L., Director

Jen Mickschl, Secretary