Respect Life


Gospel of Life Mass and Banquet

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$18/person  | Student Rate $9

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish | 2006 Weston St., La Crosse

Keynote Speaker: Fr. Sean Kilcawley
“Connecting the Dots: Tracing Man’s Broken Image”

• What are the common roots of violence, abortion,
human trafficking, racism, pornography, oppression...?
• How can we help restore respect for human dignity?

For more information: Christopher Ruff (608)-791-0161 or
Stephen Pavela, MD (608)-788-5052

Who: High School Students
Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
Watch the movie Unplanned about Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose conversion story is told in the movie. Either in written form or video form (choose only one form), imagine you are (a) writing a letter, or (b) speaking to Abby Johnson. Tell her:

  • What affected you most powerfully from the movie
  • How you think Unplanned gives hope to the pro-life movement
  • What you would want to share with a friend who is not sure what to think about abortion
  • Some specific way you are committed to becoming a pro-life witness in the world

*How to watch Unplanned:

  • Streaming services: (support the pro-life filmmakers here!) Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Vudu.
  • DVD purchase: (support the pro-life filmmakers here!), Walmart, Amazon.

 *Parental Discretion: This contest is limited to high school students, as it requires them to watch the film Unplanned, which shows the viewer how Abby Johnson came to see the awful reality of abortion.

First Prize: One winner in each category (written letter and video) will have their fee paid for the diocesan Pilgrimage for Life to Washington D.C. (Jan. 22-26, 2020). The winner may use the prize or donate it to a friend.

Second Prize:  In each category, the second-place prize will be payment of the fee for round-trip travel to the Jan. 11, 2020 Chicago March for Life. The winner may use the prize or donate it to a friend.



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.