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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
PERRYSBURG, OH—One of the greatest losses a parent can face is the death of a child. Have you or someone you love experienced a loss due to a stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, early infant death or abortion?
Please join us for a Mass & Memorial Service Celebrating the Mercy of God, on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. George Wenzinger.
Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. Fellowship to follow in St. Rose’s Church Cafeteria. All are welcome.
For more information, call Clarissa Lapinski at 419-583-6817, or email her at email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Project Rachel ministry and the St. Rose Respect Life Committee.
NORWALK, OH—All are welcome to attend a Mass, celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to honor families maintaining an active farm or homestead in the Diocese of Toledo for at least 100 years. An awards presentation will follow the 9 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, OH. Bishop Thomas’ will visit a hybrid family farm in the afternoon.
Catholic Charities is pleased to honor these 2017 Century Farm Award recipients:
- Heather and Randy Chapman – This farm, founded in 1881, is located Mark Center, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hicksville, OH.
- Deborah and Michael Daniel – This farm, founded in 1912, is located in Tiffin, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, OH.
- Mary Crego, Garry Kleman, Lawrence Kleman, Jr., Leroy Kleman, Mark Kleman, Ronald Kleman, Karen Stoepfel – This farm, founded in 1904, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Miller City, OH.
- Janet Kreinbrink – This farm, founded in 1864, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, OH.
- Melvin Kreinbrink – This farm, founded in 1873, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, OH.
- Miranda and Eric Leber – This farm, founded in 1874, is located in Norwalk, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, OH.
- David Leibold – This farm, founded in 1909, is located in Monroeville, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville, OH.
- Rosemary and Eugene Wagner – This farm, founded in 1912, is located in Alvada, OH. The owners are parishioners at All Saints Catholic Church in New Riegel, OH.
- Suzanne and Alan Wischmeyer – This farm, founded in 1915, is located in Ottawa, OH. The owners are parishioners at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Sandusky, OH.
For more information, contact Sharon Giles at 419.214.4898. Register online, by Friday, Sept. 8, at https://century-farm-mass.eventbrite.com.
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!
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!
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.
CARS 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.
TOLEDO—Upwards of 40 volunteers will spend the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, washing children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. Face painting, games and children’s activities will keep the youngsters occupied as they wait their turn.“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to nearly 300 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe.
Shrewsbery notes children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.
Various areaa churches, service groups and businesses are volunteering and many have donated new shoes and socks. Toledo Zoo Teens and AK Tube LLC, Walbridge, are the two largest volunteer groups, with teams of eight.
This year, over 300 pairs of new shoes were purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a church in Illinois. One group of girls raised over $1,500.
Hannah’s Socks donated new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by Buckeye Health, Herzing University, and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Books for Buddies” will be passing out new and gently used books for children.
Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible. Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions to are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
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.
This 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.
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 event 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 email@example.com.
La Posada Emergency Family Shelter seeks backpacks and school supplies donations for children who are currently residing in the shelter, or were La Posada house guests this past year.
Churches, service groups, organizations and businesses interested in participating are asked to please contact Willi Meyer, Catholic Charities Senior Residential Specialist at La Posada Emergency Family Shelter, at 419.244.5931; or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete list of needed items.
School Supply Wish List: Backpacks, 2# Pencils, Pens (black & blue), 24-pack Crayons, Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Pencil/Pen Pouches, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, 12-pack Colored Pencils, 8-pack Colored Washable Markers, Erasers, Highlighters, Loose Notebook paper (150 & 500 count), Dry Erase Markers, 12″ Rulers, 1″ Binders, One Subject Spiral Notebooks, Index Cards, Composition Notebooks, Scientific Calculators.
Thank you for your support of Catholic Charities ministries!