Chalice of Mercy – 13th Ukrainian Christmas Dinner

Lilydale Dance Hall & Event Center – 6343 County Hwy N, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Saturday, January 11th, 2020 — 5:30pm – 9:00pm


Our St. Maria Goretti day care is now 1-year-old and our Special guest this year is: Alena Lastochkina, director of St. Maria Goretti Daycare in Ukraine. Her love and care for children brought her to a deeper mission, where Faith and Education are interwoven together. A long time ago Alena had expressed a desire to help our mission in any way she could and is now more than helping, she is truly dedicating her life to our little treasures. Alena will share with you her testi-mony of daily life at the day care, with many great stories of the children.

Anika Walukas, a student studying at MN University to become an Air Force Officer, is also a Special Guest. We met Anika at last year’s Ukrainian Christmas Dinner. With such a joyful and open heart, she had asked to come for one month to St. Maria Goretti Daycare, becoming our first Volunteer. She will share with us, her experience and time of visit in Ukraine.

This and much more news, which with grace of God we have been able to accomplish.

Tickets: Adults: $30 – Children under 10 free  – Table of 8: $200
All profits go to support Chalice of Mercy Missions in Ukraine:
Please Call for Reservations 715-226-0376 Trudy Bement 

See the US Bishops’ Suggested Pro-Life

Prayers and Initiatives for January of 2020,

Anniversary month of the tragic ruling Roe v. Wade.

See Catherine Kitzhaber’s Winning video entry
In the Diocesan Pro-Life Contest
“Letter to Abby Johnson,”
In which Catherine describes the
impact of the movie Unplanned.

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, shipping fee will be adjusted to reflect actual cost.


License a parish/public showing FREE through Pro-Life Wisconsin

Watch the video of Fr. Sean Kilcawley
From the October 15, 2019 Gospel of Life Mass and Banquet

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.”

Contact Information

Office for Ministries and Social Concerns
Phone: 608.791.0161
Fax: 608.791.2675

Christopher J. Ruff, S.T.L., Director

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