"Care for Our Common Home" Workshop Oct. 4 in Findlay

FINDLAY, OH—On St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4, join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a workshop based on Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on ecology and climate change, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s the Archangel Parish Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH.  

Church leaders, teachers and the public are invited to attend this “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop to learn how we can live Laudato Si’ and fulfill our duty to care for all Creation. In his encyclical, Pope Francis offers a “A Prayer for Our Earth” and “A Christian Prayer In Union With Creation,” encouraging us to pray them often.

Laudato Si'The Workshop Agenda brings together speakers and the resources of Catholic Climate Covenant to discuss the need to act, our responsibility to act, as well as provide the needed tools, resources and best practices to help churches, schools and the public form “Creation Care Teams” in our communities and a Road Map for Success!

Speakers include: Jason Cervenec, Director for the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, OSU; Sr. Sharon Havelak, St. Francis of Sylvania & Lourdes University; Fr. Charles Ritter, Senior Status Priest Diocese of Toledo; and Justin Kale, Co-Owner of Energility

Following lunch, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas leads off the afternoon session directed to priests, deacons and other faith leaders on homiletics and practical pastoral resources by Fr. Michael Connors, CSC, ThD, Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics, University of Notre Dame.

Cost is $20 for individuals pre-registered by Sept. 27 or $25 at the door. For more information or to register, call Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministries Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email nlyster@toledodioese.org.

This workshop is in partnership with Catholic Climate Covenant and the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through 16 national partners, they guide the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to climate change by educating, giving public witness and offering resources.

In 2015, Bishop Thomas formed a task force under the auspices of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo to increase community awareness of Laudato Si’ initiatives. The first event was an interfaith gathering at the Rosary Cathedral, to learn more about Laudato Si’ and how we can come together as a community to care for our common home. 

A 2016 workshop brought together local conservation groups and the community to showcase the resources available locally. A survey of faith-based groups indicated steps are needed to bring Laudato Si’ to the community through churches, prompting the Oct. 4 “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop.  

Simply Give Supports Helping Hands of St. Louis

OREGON, OH—Now, through Sat., Sept. 16, is your last chance to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at Meijer in support of Helping Hands of St. Louis. Only cards purchased at the Meijer on 1725 S. Wheeling Street, in Oregon, OH, will support this Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo ministry.

MANY THANKS for your continued support! Donations in increments of $10 will be loaded onto gift cards which will be given to Helping Hands to purchase purchase food items for the food pantry and on-site hot meal program. Every penny goes towards food purchases for Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs! 

In addition to in store donations, Meijer will donate $1 million to the 2017 Simply Give program which will be dispersed to food pantries after the Fall 2017 campaign ends Sat., Sept. 16, 2017. Thank you Meijer and all who support this program!

 Each Meijer storeMeijer Simply Give partners with a local food pantry during campaigns to ensure that all donations generated remain within local communities.The Simply Give program runs three times a year to help fulfill the needs of our food pantry partners when they need it most: Spring, Fall and Holiday. The partnering food pantries are rotated to ensure broader outreach in our communities.

Instead of determining what food to donate to food pantry partners, the Simply Give program allows them the flexibility to choose the grocery items best suited for the families they serve in their communities, including baby food, formula, diapers and wipes.

For more information contact Sue Shrewsbery or Gabriel Skiver at Helping Hands of St. Louis at 419.691.0613. For more info on Meijer’s Simply Give Campaign go to http://meijercommunity.com/commu…/hunger-relief/simply-give/  

MANY THANKS for your continued support of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo!

 

Want more for your trade-in car? Donate it!

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is partnering with CARS to transform your trade-in car into a donation to help thousands of men, women and children in Northwest Ohio.

How does it work? Donating your car is easy! Call 844-531-GIVE or 844-531-4483 or donate securely online at www.cardonatingiseasy.org. CARS will pick-up your vehicle and send you all of the paperwork after your vehicle is sold.

CNeverabadtimeARS is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) assisting nonprofit organizations across the country in accepting vehicle donations as a revenue stream. The CARS web-based vehicle donation program provides the ability to accept vehicle donations without having to manage the program in-house. The CARS program provides the transparency nonprofit organizations require and the security the organization and donors demand.

 

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Opens Catholic Business Network Sept. 11

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas presenting “Lead Like Jesus,” as the inaugural speaker of the Catholic Business Network’s quarterly breakfast series, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace. 

Bishop ThomasThis free event will be held at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Holy Family Center, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. precedes the program from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Mass is offered at 7 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. for those wishing to attend.

Space is limited, so please register early! Register at https://lead-like-jesus-toledo.eventbrite.com.

Upcoming Catholic Business Network programs are scheduled for Thursday, December 7, and Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Porn Effect Founder Matt Fradd Discusses “Sex, Love and Porn” Sept. 6

BOWLING GREEN, OH—Join internationally acclaimed speaker Matt Fradd, founder of The Porn Effect website, as he exposes the harmful realities behind the fantasy of porn in his talk “Sex, Love and Porn: 7 Things the Porn Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know.” 

This free public evMatt Fraddent will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Middle school and high school students (and their parents), college students and young adults are welcome.  

According to a 2013 study by the Huffington Post, 70 percent of all men (and 30 percent of all women) watch pornography. And an estimated 450 million unique visitors checks out pornography websites each month. This means there are more visitors to pornography websites than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, combined (Compared to Netflix: 46 million visitors; Amazon 110 million visitors; Twitter 160 million visitors).

The event is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo and the Catholic Falcon Community. For more information, call Peter Range, Office of Life and Justice Director, at 419.214.4933; or email prange@toledodiocese.org.

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