Social Concerns

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

Valentyna Pavsyukova
Founder and President of Chalice of Mercy, a certified 501(c)(3)

My Homeland, Ukraine: Suffering, Courageous, and in Need

On March 7 at St. Mary’s in Altoona, Valentyna spoke about the war being waged against Ukraine, the suffering and courage of her people, the spiritual and humanitarian work of Chalice of Mercy, and how we can help.

Help the People of Ukraine
in their Hour of Need!

Donate to Chalice of Mercy

Russia has unjustly invaded Ukraine and humanitarian aid is desperately needed.

Help Financially

Chalice of Mercy, a 501(c)(3) founded by Valentyna Pavsyukova in Chippewa Falls in 2007, is collecting funds to purchase and ship medical/surgical supplies and other humanitarian aid for Ukraine’s citizens and soldiers, many of whom suffer severe injuries requiring treatment. These supplies are purchased in the U.S., Poland and neighboring countries and transported across the border into Ukraine through a careful network of personal contacts.


Above all, please pray for Ukraine and this mission to Ukraine’s suffering people. In the words of Valentyna Pavsyukova, founder of Chalice of Mercy: “Pray especially the Rosary!  Mother Mary, wrap your heavenly mantle around your beloved people. Heavenly angels, shield your children from danger.”

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is also providing Ukraine relief.


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.

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.

  • Making a DifferenceMaking a Difference
    Alyxandria finds fun and purpose in Scouting Alyxandria Lunemann, 14, of New Auburn, joined the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when she was 11. Two years later, she achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, something most Scouts don’t master until age 17. The mixture of service and outdoor activities was… Read more »
  • A passion for excellenceA passion for excellence
    One woman’s life journey in helping others Setting one’s path in life is something most everyone strives for. However, balancing Faith, family, a career and community involvement is difficult. Commitment must be strong for someone to be successful in all these areas today. Imagine how difficult it was in 1955… Read more »
  • Loving parish and familyLoving parish and family
    Don and Colleen’s giving spirit brings them closer to God For decades, Colleen and Don Vinette of St. Paul Parish in Bloomer enjoyed rewarding careers that made a positive difference in the lives of others: Colleen was a registered nurse for 34 years, while Don was a teacher for 36.… Read more »
  • The Elizabeth House – A Safe Haven for Vulnerable MomsThe Elizabeth House – A Safe Haven  for Vulnerable Moms
    NOTE: The mother’s name has been changed for privacy. “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” (Lk 1:45) This proclamation by Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary prompted Mary’s Magnificat. Mary, pregnant, unmarried and surely feeling alone, stayed… Read more »
  • Welcoming the StrangerWelcoming the Stranger
    The Catholic Community of Wisconsin Provides Support for Afghan Refugees As Christians, we take to heart the meaning of how we are to care for strangers as written in Matthew’s Gospel. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger… 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, Administrative Assistant