Members of the community have been an essential part of our work at Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo since 1914. Our ministries are strengthened through the work of volunteers, the material donations of local businesses and community members, and the financial donations of those who donate directly to us and through the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our staff and clients also benefit from those who remember our ministries in their prayers.
Whether you are a longtime supporter of Catholic Charities or are just becoming acquainted with our work, we invite you to join us for these Anniversary events in 2014:
100th Anniversary Mass
The 100th Anniversary Mass will take place at the Holy Rosary Cathedral on February 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to celebrate with Catholic Charities as we thank God for His blessings in the past 100 years and as we ask for His continued blessings in the years to come.
Fun Fact: Our first director and third Bishop of Toledo, Bishop Karl J. Alter, dedicated the church as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in 1940.
Catholic Charities Team at the 2014 Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon
[singlepic id=51 w=320 h=240 float=right]In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Team members at the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon raised $10,000 in support of our ministries of providing food, clothing and shelter in northwest Ohio. As part of our 100th anniversary celebration in 2014, we are raising our goal to $50,000 and are seeking to involve people of all ages and skill levels – from those wanting to fulfill a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more to those looking for their personal best on race day.
Team participants are welcome to choose their race and walk or run at their own pace. The Glass City Marathon’s 5K, half marathon, relay and marathon races are in the morning of April 27. Youth age 12 and under may participate in the ¼ mile, ½ mile and mile races on April 26. Children are also welcome to participate in the 5K on April 27 with their parents. Team members seek sponsorships from family and friends to raise money for Catholic Charities.
We are also happy to announce a partnership this year with Medical Mutual and the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Toledo. By participating on our team and raising funds to benefit Catholic Charities, Catholic schools have the opportunity to earn grants from Medical Mutual for health and wellness programs.
For more information or to register, please visit www.catholiccharitiesteam.kintera.org.
Habitat for Humanity House Build and rehab
Catholic Charities is partnering with Maumee Valley and Firelands Habitat for Humanity to give back to the community during the spring and summer of 2014. We are seeking volunteers from area churches to join us in providing a new beginning for families in Toledo and Norwalk. More information will be posted on our website and shared through church bulletins in the coming months.
This is made possible through the help of Habitat for Humanity and the giving hearts of several donors and businesses in the northwest Ohio area.
100th Anniversary Gala featuring keynote speaker Lou Holtz
[singlepic id=109 w=320 h=240 float=right]Join us for a special centennial celebration of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo on September 18, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. Keynote speaker, Lou Holtz, is an ESPN analyst and retired head football coach, most notably of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish.
During his coaching career, Holtz guided twelve college football teams to win bowl games. He is also noted for leading teams from four different schools to finish in top 20 rankings. His 243-127-7 career record ranks him third in victories among active coaches and eighth in winning percentage.
He is also the author of the best-selling books, Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success, The Fighting Spirit: A Championship Season at Notre Dame and Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography.
Fun Fact: Ohio is one of many homes of Lou Holtz. Holtz grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio and attended Kent State University. He went on to coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 1968 season.