Your Prayers and Sacrifices are Needed!

After 48 years of heartbreaking bloodshed, there is reason to hope the U.S. Supreme Court may at last overturn the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that has cost the lives of more than 61 million unborn children. If that happens, it will be thanks to decades of prayer and witness on the part of pro-life women and men who have called down God’s grace upon our land. That prayer and witness have culminated in recent months in “Pray for Dobbs,” an initiative of prayer uniting Catholics and other Christians across the land. It is named for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which is currently before the Supreme Court. It centers on a 2018 Mississippi law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks (see the “Timeline” on the next page). This is an urgent call to each of us to pray, to fast, to offer sacrifices. Amid the darkness of our troubled times, this is a shining opportunity. Between now and June, let us together ask God to touch the minds and hearts of the Supreme Court justices, that they might untwist the contorted reading of our nation’s Constitution that has led to so much anguish and killing. In Him, truly, all things are possible.

Timeline leading up to Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

Pray for the Justices!

Between now and their decision in June, let us pray and sacrifice every day for each Supreme Court Justice by name. Let us ask God to give them the grace, wisdom and courage to stand on the side of life and of the Constitution as written, overturning Roe v. Wade.

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“Seeing Human Dignity Through the Theology of the Body”

Keynote Speaker – John M. Travaline, MD

– Specialist in medical ethics and end-of-life care
– Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
– Editor of Catholic Medical Association’s Journal
– Co-author of “The Theology of the Body and Modern Medicine”
– Co-editor of Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love.
– Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

A True Story of Pain, Transformation, & Hope

“My Patients Haven’t Been Born Yet” with Pro-Life Doctor William Lile

Roe V. Wade the Movie – The Real Story You’ve Never been Told

See Roe v. Wade, the highly anticipated movie that tells the true story behind the infamous 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy. 

Visit the website ( for the trailer and more details. The film is available for streaming on Itunes, Redbox, Google Play, and several other sites.

Parish or organization bulk DVD Purchase:

10 copies for $149.99 ($15 each)
30 copies for $300 ($10 each)

To order a single DVD from the Office for Ministries and Social Concerns for $10, plus $5 shipping:
Email your request with your name, address and phone number to [email protected] or call 608-791-0161.  If ordering more than 1 copy, the shipping fee will be adjusted to reflect the actual cost.

Download an editable parental permission slip for viewing
by a minor, including a letter from Abby Johnson to parents.

To Learn about the Hosea Initiative, to Book a Conference, Or to order Resources, Visit the Website –

In What If We’ve Been Wrong, you will discover the compelling true conversion story of a prominent New York, atheist OB-GYN who in the 1960’s co-founded NARAL and paved the way for legalized abortion on demand.  Dr. Bernard Nathanson was known as the “Abortion King.” But then came ultrasound technology, and Dr. Nathanson was thunderstruck by the moving, smiling, thumb-sucking image he saw.  What followed was a gradual conversion, until he became passionately pro-life, and ultimately Catholic.

In What if We’ve Been Wrong, Terry Beatley, founder of Hosea Initiative, tells of the promise she made to Dr. Nathanson in an extraordinary interview he granted her as he lay terminally ill with cancer. Terry promised to fulfill his request that she teach Americans the truth about the deceitful strategy he had used to legitimize abortion, and that she deliver his parting message to “Love one another. Abortion is not love. Stop the killing.”


Designed as a handy resource, this 4” x 6″ booklet is small enough for purse or pocket and inexpensive enough to scatter as seeds of Truth to family, friends, and acquaintances – whatever side they are on.  It narrates briefly the story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson and is packed with key information and quotes.  FACT-CHECK will prepare you to tell others about the 8-point strategy Dr. Nathanson employed to deceive our country about abortion as “choice” and “healthcare.” Learn about the cleverly deceitful “Catholic Strategy” he used to advance the abortion revolution prior to his later conversion.

This booklet is available in bulk for parishes, schools and other organizations. Visit the Hosea website to order FACT-CHECK and any of their other resources.

Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973.

Watch this excellent video of Ben Nguyen to learn the untold “back story” of how this horrific Supreme Court decision came to be, as well as the grounds for overturning it.

Ben’s presentation was given on Oct. 23, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall in La Crosse.  Ben is both a civil and canon lawyer and serves as Chancellor, Canonical Counsel and Theological Advisor to the Bishop for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.  He is a former Chancellor for the Diocese of La Crosse.

Sample Opinion Piece/Letter to Editor – Feel free to utilize elements

This is pertinent to communities with a Planned Parenthood Clinic – Wisconsin Rapids, Eau Claire, Sparta, Blair, La Crosse

Original version by Christopher Ruff appeared in the La Crosse Tribune on Sept. 1, 2019.


Planned Parenthood Clinics hide the Truth

 “A Baby is a Baby!  Born and unborn: Heartbeat 18 days after conception.”

 Have you seen that billboard?  These and countless others posted around the U.S. by the nonprofit Prolife Across America declare in simple words what we all know when we are not being misdirected by verbal trickery.

 Examples of our common sense abound. Remember how the news media gushed over Meghan Markle’s “baby bump” when she was first expecting? Consider, too, today’s trend in baby photos – the first picture parents share is often an ultrasound image proudly posted on social media and on the refrigerator door. Advances in science strengthen our commonsense awareness, as seen in this report from the Aug. 21 issue of the Times of London: “An unborn baby was saved after a doctor managed to perform a blood transfusion through the umbilical cord at just 20 weeks, one of the earliest interventions ever performed.” Baby Teddy was born healthy, one of many triumphs in the rapidly progressing field of intrauterine medical treatment.

 This simple reality – that there’s a baby in there – is what has to be dodged by every Planned Parenthood clinic, including the one in our community of…

 – La Crosse….Wisconsin Rapids….Eau Claire….Sparta….Blair –

 For every Planned Parenthood clinic in the U.S. there are 20 qualified community health centers that offer comprehensive services without abortion entanglements. Planned Parenthood has had the option to step away from abortion, but they have refused. It is their largest revenue source, and even Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t offer surgical abortions – like the one in our community – are expected to buy into the company philosophy and make abortion referrals.  We should oppose the presence of Planned Parenthood in our midst, and stand strong against the pornographic “sex education” with which they try to infiltrate our schools.

 Since the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, the lives of more than 60 million children (who can fathom that number?) have been snuffed out in the U.S. alone in the name of “reproductive health care.” There will come a day when we will look back in disbelief and shame at the way we packaged the intentional killing of preborn babies with “health care.”

 What about “a woman’s right to choose?” This verbal sleight-of-hand is designed to draw our attention away from what is being chosen. Consider that we regulate all kinds of choices for the protection of others. The law forbids us even to choose to litter, or to ignore a stop sign. Moreover, this is not about “a woman’s own body,” but rather the body of a distinct human being at an early stage of development. We know this not from faith, but from science. Yes, the child depends on the mother to survive, but that dependence on others for survival will continue long after birth.

 Of course, it is also true that no woman should have to face childbearing alone, especially in circumstances that are difficult, often even agonizing. That is precisely the reason for the outreach of pregnancy care centers all across the country. Without a dime of taxpayer funding, they offer women compassionate care and material assistance before, during and after childbirth. They can help the mother place her child for adoption if she desires. Extensive listings of pregnancy care centers, city by city throughout the U.S., can be found with a simple Internet search (for example, 

 If you have seen the box office hit Unplanned, you will know that even a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and employee of the year had her eyes opened. As she assisted for the first time with an ultrasound-guided abortion, she watched in horror what was happening on the screen. That day, Abby Johnson came face-to-face with a truth that would turn her beliefs about abortion upside-down, a truth that in happier circumstances we all celebrate:

 “A baby is a baby, born and unborn.”

Catholic Life

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

  • God’s timing is perfectGod’s timing is perfect
    Shawn and Nicki follow God’s plan for their family Even before their marriage, God was at the center of Nicki and Shawn Kitchner’s relationship. The couple, who live in Marshfield, brought God into their relationship by following Natural Family Planning (NFP). “We took a NFP class when we were engaged… Read more »
  • From Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of GodFrom Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of God
    As Catholics, we are called to live counter-culturally in nearly every aspect of life. Preparing for and living out the vocation of marriage within the Church is perhaps one of the greatest contrasts with modern societal norms. Phil and Dana Prusinski of St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield, having… Read more »
  • Glimpsing the DivineGlimpsing the Divine
    The Van Hemerts’ Journey of Faith and Family “I never dreamed in a million years that I would step foot in a Catholic Church, much less become Catholic myself!” shares Jacqueline Van Hemert of St. Mary Parish in Altoona. After both growing up in Protestant traditions, she and her husband… Read more »
  • Dear Abby JohnsonDear Abby Johnson
    What follows is the winning letter in the diocesan pro-life contest, “Letters to Abby.” High school students were asked to watch Unplanned, and then imagine writing to Abby Johnson, describing the movie’s impact on them. To see the winning video in the diocesan pro-life contest, “Letters to Abby” visit… Read more »
  • Pro-Life in 2020Pro-Life in 2020
    We see a landscape of lights and shadows As Catholics who cherish God’s gift of life from conception to natural death, how do we assess the times in which we live, and what are we called to do? There are positive signs, and these are well summarized by David Bereit,… 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