Furniture Ministry Volunteers & Donations Needed July 8

SANDUSKY—Thanks to all who’ve participated in our monthly Furniture Ministry Volunteer Workdays and Furniture Drives! Volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Sandusky, OH, recently organized our 20 ‘x 30’ storage space and picked up donated furniture.

Catholic Charities continues to look for volunteers and partners to help support this new Furniture Ministry in Sandusky, OH. The concept is simple, but will have great impact for those we serve—high-quality donated furniture will be picked up and delivered to those who need it.

“Most of us take for granted family time around our dinner table, relaxing on our sofa, and getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed,” says Michael Szuberla, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator. “But for families emerging from homelessness and other difficult situations, these simple pleasures are beyond their reach. Families may find a place to live, but they need furniture to make that space a home.”

Furniture MinistryAny individual, group, or organization interested in helping with this new furniture ministry is invited to participate in our next Saturday Volunteer Workday and Furniture Drive – July 8, 2017 beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will both pick up furniture and deliver it to those in need.

To donate furniture or to volunteer please contact Michael Szuberla at 419-214-4950 or

Able-bodied volunteers with trucks or vans will be especially helpful to coordinate donation pick-ups and deliveries to those who qualify for the program in Erie County. 



Join Our June 28 Prayer Vigil For Life!

TOLEDO—Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, join Rev. Chris Bazar, from St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Gibsonburg, OH, for an hour of peaceful prayer to end abortion. The pro-life community of Northwest Ohio will gather on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH, to pray for the sanctity of human life and to offer hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.

Please join usPrayer Vigil as we pray and seek God’s grace that one of the 15 children scheduled to be aborted that week might be spared and given the gift of life! May our prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life.

If you have any questions, email Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at or call 419-214-4933.   

June 26 Prayer Vigil to Abolish Ohio's Death Penalty

MANSFIELD—People of all faiths are invited to St. Peter Catholic Church in Mansfield for a Prayer Vigil to Abolish Ohio’s Death Penalty on Monday, June 26, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m. The 30-minute prayer vigil will immediately follow Mass at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 60 South Mulberry Street, Mansfield, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection has been delayed until July. On Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. 

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting:…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at

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Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of faith or background, by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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