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  RESPECT LIFE BULLETIN BOARD

We thank you, heroic mothers,
for your invincible love!

Schedule
  • 1:00 PM – Welcome by Bishop Callahan
  • 1:15 PM – Bob Perron’s talk
  • 2:00 PM – Q&A w/ Bob
  • 2:15 PM – Small group breakouts – Creating an action plan for working with a nearby Pregnancy Resource Center
  • 2:45 PM – Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • 3:00 PM – Conclusion

Some people accuse pro-lifers of caring only about the child in the womb and not women in need. Not true at all, as you will see from this virtual afternoon of reflection on January 30, 2021, with keynote speaker Bob Perron, Executive Director of JMJ Pregnancy Center in Orlando, FL.

You will also hear about the fourteen Pregnancy Care Centers in the Diocese of La Crosse and what you can do to help one near you. This afternoon of reflection will have a broad appeal for families, adults, and teens.

9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life.
Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and
suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

Friday, January 22 – Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  It is to be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or almsgiving.

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.

 

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

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.

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, 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.

  • 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 diolc.org/respect-life.… 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 »
  • 2019 March for Life in Washington D.C.2019 March for Life in Washington D.C.
    On January 16, a group of 255 youth, young adults, and chaperones set out on a pilgrimage to Washington, DC to take a stand and march for all lives. The pilgrims took this opportunity to pray, reflect, and think about how to be lights in the darkness of the world… Read more »
  • 2019 Chicago March for Life2019 Chicago March for Life
     Twenty Tomah residents joined 28 from La Crosse and Onalaska on a March for Life trip to Chicago on the 46th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  Thousands of people gathered at the Federal Plaza in Chicago on Sunday, January 13 for the annual March for Life to protest the U.S.… Read more »
  • Pregnancy Resource Centers: Pro-Woman, Pro-Life.Pregnancy Resource Centers: Pro-Woman, Pro-Life.
    In the Diocese of La Crosse, expectant mothers are treated with respect, sensitivity and kindness at our pregnancy resource centers. These centers provide pregnancy tests, personal mentoring and help women with the practical needs of pregnancy and child care (baby clothes, diapers, etc.). They offer support for maternity care, offer… 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