Witnessing to Life, Truth and
Love in a Hostile World

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman | La Crosse
$20/person
$10/ for students, teachers, and school administrators

Keynote Speaker 

Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of the
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

October is
Respect Life Month!

Learn more and find resources on the USCCB website specifically for celebrating Respect Life Month!

49 years of prayer, fasting, and work bear fruit!

Bishop Callahan’s Statement:
“We welcome today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, as we continue to proclaim a vision for our society that upholds the truth that every human life is sacred and inviolable—a society in which the legal protection of human life is joined to profound care for mothers and their children.” 

Wisconsin Bishops’ Statement:
“Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.  This decision corrects a tragic wrong in our federal jurisprudence that has permitted the killing of millions of innocent human beings.” Read the full statement

U.S. Bishops’ Statement:
“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born….We thank God today that the Court has now overturned this decision.”  Read the full statement

Full text of Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court Ruling

Pregnancy Resource Centers: Pro-Woman, Pro-Life.

Women are treated with the utmost respect, sensitivity and kindness at pregnancy resource centers.  These facilities provide pregnancy tests, personal mentoring and assistance with the practical needs of women facing the challenges of pregnancy and childcare (baby clothes, diapers, etc.).  They offer support for maternity care and referrals to community aid organizations, as well as information on adoption.  Some of them are equipped to perform ultrasounds.  They are also a source of compassion and care for post-abortive women who are struggling emotionally. All these services are provided free and with confidentiality.

Below is a list of pregnancy resource centers within the boundaries of the Diocese of La Crosse.  The list includes a few facilities that offer emergency or transitional housing.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in the Diocese of La Crosse

DURAND

Options for Women
819 E Prospect Street
Durand, WI 54736
Phone: 715.864.4363
Email: info@optionsforwomenrf.com
Website: optionsforwomenrf.com
Information/Bulletin Sheet

EAU CLAIRE

Apple Pregnancy Care Center
2600 Stein Blvd
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6200
Phone: 715.834.5254
24 Hr Hotline: 715.834.7734
Email: needs@applepcc.org
Website: applepcc.org

Catholic Charities
318 Fulton St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715.832.6644
Email: info@cclse.org
Website: cclse.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

LA CROSSE

Agape Women’s Center
744 Moore St.
La Crosse, WI 54603
Phone: 608.784.4966
lacrossepregnancy.com
Information/Bulletin Sheet

Birthright
115 5th Avenue S. #406
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608.782.0373
Email: contact@birthright.org
Website: birthright.org/lacrosse
Information/Bulletin Sheet

Catholic Charities
3710 East Ave S.
La Crosse, WI 54602-0266
Phone: 608.782.0710
Toll Free: 1.800.227.3002
cclse.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

New Life Resource Center
1602 Park Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608.785.2377
Website: newlifelacrosse.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

MARSHFIELD

Hannah Center (Home for Women)
212 E. 3rd St.
Marshfield, WI 54449
Phone: 715.387-6300
Email: info@hannahcenter.com
Website: hannahcenter.com
Information/Bulletin Sheet

MENOMONIE

Options for Women
544 Broadway St. Suite#404
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715.222.0777
Email: appointment.optionsmenomonie@gmail.com
Website: optionsmenomonie.com
Information/Bulletin Sheet

MILLADORE

Destiny Point (Women’s Restoration House)
10095 County Rd F
Milladore, WI 54454
Phone: 715.652.2027
Email: destinypoint.inc@gmail.com
Website: destinypoint.net

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN

Pregnancy Helpline of Boscobel
1201 S. Beaumont Rd.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608.326.1717

RIVER FALLS
(Diocese of Superior)

OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
214 N. Main Street
River Falls, WI 54022
Phone: 715.425.8539
Email: info@optionsforwomenrf.com
Website: optionsforwomenrf.com
Information/Bulletin Sheet

STEVENS POINT

First Choice Pregnancy Resource Centers
101 N. Division St.
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Phone: 715.345.0280
Text: 715.575.1194
Website: firstchoiceprc.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

WAUSAU

Hope Life Center
605 24th Ave. S. Ste 20
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715.843.4673
Text: 715.843.4673
Email: info@hopewi.org
Website: hopewi.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

Catholic Charities
540 S. 3rd Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715.849.3311
Toll Free: 800.227.3002
Email: info@cclse.org
Website: cclse.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

WISCONSIN RAPIDS

First Choice Pregnancy Resource Centers
4011 8th St. S
Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494
Phone: 715.345.0280
Text: 715.575.1194
Website: firstchoiceprc.org
Information/Bulletin Sheet

March for Life Pro-Life Speakers

Terry Beatley, Founder and President of Hosea Initiative, which spreads the message of the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the “Abortion King” who paved the way for Roe v. Wade, but later converted and spent the rest of his life pleading with America to “stop the killing!”  Terry interviewed Dr. Nathanson as he lay dying of cancer and promised to carry his message across the nation.  

To learn more about Terry and Hosea Initiative, visit, www.hosea4you.org

Valentyna Pavsyukova, founder of Chalice of Mercy, a pro-life mission to Ukraine, spoke on Jan. 21 from Washington, D.C., on the evening of the March for Life. She shared the powerful prolife conversions she has seen in her missionary work with doctors and soldiers from war-torn Ukraine, whom she has taken on pilgrimage and introduced to the Mercy of God.

To learn more about Valentyna and Chalice of Mercy, visit www.diolc.org/chalice-of-mercy.

9 Months In The Womb: A Remarkable Look At Fetal Development Through Ultrasound By PregnancyChat.com

9 Months In The Womb: A Remarkable Look At Fetal Development Through Ultrasound By PregnancyChat.Com – Get Pregnancy Updates Here: http://www.pregnancychat.com

From conception to birth, take a unique look at fetal transformation during nine months in the womb. Created by Ultrasound Dimensions and PregnancyChat.com 

Students for Life Shows

Wonderful insights and commentary from young adult pro-life leaders.

Unapologetic

with Autumn Higashi

Join Autumn Higashi EVERY OTHER MONDAY to learn how to fearlessly & unapologetically defend your pro-life position with truth and love.

Speak Out

with Host Christine Yeargin

Join Christine Yeargin EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY to dive into pro-life-related topics with the biggest names who are bold enough to stand for Life.

Man Up

with Kangmin Lee

Join Kangmin Lee EVERY OTHER FRIDAY for pro-life commentary from a male perspective. Man Up is concerned with “waking up” the next generation of men and exposing the hypocrisy and insanity of the pro-abortion side.

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 (www.roevwademovie.com) 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 ministries@diolc.org 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 – www.hosea4you.org

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.”

FACT-CHECK Booklet

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.

“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

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, http://www.lifecall.org/cpc.html). 

 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.

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    After our engagement, we met with our pastor and reviewed what we needed to do before our wedding in June of 2001. We completed the preparation requirements several months before our marriage; we took the Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study (FOCCUS) survey, met with a sponsor couple and… Read more »
  • The Prayers of a MotherThe Prayers of a Mother
    Jenna and Andrew put their Trust in God Andrew and Jenna Brueggen live in a modest home in a quiet neighborhood. Little bikes, toy trucks, a couple of puppies and delightfully energetic kids welcome you into their home. The pair have been married for 10 years and welcomed three children—Oliver… 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 »
  • Openness to Life – Accepting Down Syndrome Babies as a Gift from GodOpenness to Life – Accepting  Down Syndrome Babies as a Gift from God
    When a husband and wife perform the marital act, sometimes conception occurs, and a soul is directly created by God. This soul, which otherwise would not have existed, is more important than, and will outlast, the created world, the stars, each galaxy and all of the universe that is possible… Read more »
  • March for Life – Not just an event—a lifestyleMarch for Life – Not just an event—a lifestyle
    As Catholics, we are called to protect life from conception to natural death. This calling has divided our society for years, even at times, causing contention within our Catholic Faith. Jennifer Fisk, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Holmen, is a pro-life supporter who understands the difficult… 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