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….


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