Help Neighbors In Need Enjoy The Holidays!

TOLEDO, OH—With your help, Helping Hands of St. Louis, in Toledo, makes the holidays special for many who would otherwise go without.

Donations of turkeys, boneless hams, instant mashed potatoes, and othThanksgiving Turkeyer side dishes are needed, along with gravy and onions. (Please no bone-in hams, as they have to be taken to a butcher for carving.) Helping Hands will serve their Thanksgiving Meal on Tues., Nov. 21, and their Christmas Meal on Thurs., Dec. 21.

EBoneless Hamach year, upwards of 200 Christmas Food Baskets are prepared for needy families, containing enough food for three or four meals. Items needed are: turkeys and boneless hams, stuffing mix, canned gravy, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit, butter, eggs, oil, dessert mix (cake, brownies, cheesecake, etc.) apples, oranges and onions.

Unwrapped Toys

The elves at Helping Hands are already collecting candy canes, new unwrapped toys for kids 12 and under, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, boots, shoes, socks and underwear. Also new gift items for the kids to pick from Santa’s Workshop to give as gifts to mom and dad are helpful. These will be handed out at their annual Children’s Christmas Party, Tues., Dec. 20.

Closeup Santa With Kids

 

We ask all donated items be dropped off by Dec. 13 to Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH, so that they can be sorted and ready to go for these events. Questions? Contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419.619.0613 or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

2018 March for Life Registration Deadline Dec. 1

Interested in attending the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2018? Join the College and Young Adult bus trip sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo! The trip is only $159, but for college students there is a special discounted price of $119! Deadline to register is Friday, December 1.

2017 March for Life

Our 2018 March for Life Trip includes two nights at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. We depart Thursday, January 18, at 3 p.m. and will return Saturday evening, January 20. Payments by check can be made out and mailed to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo with “March for Life” in the memo line. Be sure to include name, email, cell phone and rooming preferences. 

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

Join Us for Our Dec. 7 Catholic Business Network Breakfast!

You’re invited to our next Catholic Business Network get-together, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.  This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace. Dan Spencer, Co-Founder of the Kansas City Catholic Business Network, continues our quarterly breakfast speaker series, with a presentation on “Understanding Your Marketplace Ministry.” 

The free event will be held at St. Joseph Church, in the Fr. Richard Wurzel Family Center, 5373 Main Street, Sylvania, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast at 7 a.m. precedes the hour-long program beginning at 7:30 a.m. Limited seating is available, so please register early.

Dan Spencer

Eventbrite - Understanding Your Marketplace Ministry

Questions? Contact Kate Pomrenke at 419.214.4898 or kpomrenke@toledodiocese.org

2.15.18 CBN Brig Sorber

Join us on Thurs., February 15, 2018 Catholic Business Network: Breakfast with Brig Sorber, Co-CEO Two Men & A Truck, “Finding Faith In The Midst of Business.” People of all faiths are invited to this free event at St. Joan of Arc’s Atrium, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH. Networking and continental breakfast at 7 a.m. is followed by an hour-long program at 7:30 a.m. Limited seating is available, so please register early.

Eventbrite - Finding Faith in the Midst of Business

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give 2x Match Days Benefit Helping Hands

The Oregon Meijer’s “Simply Give” program is once again supporting Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​’s Helping Hands of St. Louis ministry! Mark your calendars! Double Match Days will be Fri., Dec. 8 through Sat., Dec. 9. During these two days, your purchase of $10 Simply Give donation cards at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH.
Meijer Simply GiveMeijer will double match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation (up to $25,000 per pantry). This means for every $10 donation card purchased, Meijer will give an additional $20 to the program, resulting in a total $30 donation. This could result in a Meijer double match donation of up to $50,000 per pantry.

MANY THANKS for your continued support. The Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give campaign runs now, through Sat., Dec. 30. Your generous donations enable us to purchase food items for our Helping Hands Pantry and hot-meal programs.

Thank you to Meijer and those who support this program! will enable us to provide for thousands of hungry

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

MANSFIELD—“Your help is crucial to us as we move forward,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director, thanking over 250 attendees, board and community members, volunteers and staff for their generous service and support. The 75th Anniversary event raised nearly $70,000 for Catholic Charities services in Richland County. Donations are still being accepted to meet the $75,000 goal.

“Catholic Charities is not a typical social services agency,” Owens said. “We’ve touched thousands of people over the years, with housing, food and medical assistance, guardianship services, education programs and disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities serves. We’re here to care for people and connect them with resources in the community.”

Owens noted the 3-E Project, launched in 2016 to encourage, empower and engage people on their journey to self-sufficiency, is targeted for expansion, thanks to partnerships with Mansfield Engineering Components (MEC) and the Richland County Foundation.

Steve Cummins, MEC Co-Owner and VP, shared how valuable Catholic Charities 3-E Project is in providing employee assistance at their worksite. “All we did is open the door,” he said. “Catholic Charities is doing the heavy lifting, offering not only help, but hope.” Tracy Owens, a 14-year MEC employee, shared how Catholic Charities assistance saved her from becoming homeless after she experienced serious health issues.

“The reason Catholic Charities is doing so well is because their people are so filled with God’s love and giving life to those whose lives they touch,” said Rev. Leo Patalinghug. His entertaining and inspiring keynote presentation wove together notions of faith and family, with food and fun, all while cooking the evening’s dinner entrée. “We are all called to serve!”

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas thanked all for their generous support, “I am so proud of what Catholic Charities does here in Richland County. The people who day in and day out represent the Body of Christ and bring His love, His joy, His grace, His charity, and His goodness to those who are in need. As we strive to make the love of God real for each individual, our Catholic Charities ministries bring alive the exhortation of St. Teresa of Avila: ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’”

The Very Reverend Gregory R. Hite, VF, St. Peter’s Parish, encouraged generous support of Catholic Charities ministries. Reverend Nelson G. Beaver, St. Mary of the Snows Parish, opened with prayer; Reverend Christopher M. Mileski, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish closed with prayer.

Tony Mitchell, MIX 106.1 morning host and Operations Manager emceed the event.

Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!

PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000  

  • Chuck Hahn Lincoln Financial

RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – $5,000  

  • The Chambers Family

FEEDING THE HUNGRY – $2,500                                                                                 

  • Cole Distributing
  • Cooper Enterprises
  • The Reed Family in Honor of The Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, VF & His Service

SHELTERING THE HOMELESS – $1,000                                                               

  • Richard & Connie Cronin                                                   
  • DRM Productions                                                                       \
  • Roger & Ann Harraman                                                               
  • Prospering Life Events                                                                         
  • Phil Renda                                                                                         
  • Richland Bank 
  •  John & Mary Riedl         
  • Terry Thornsberry

VISITING THE IMPRISONED – $500                                                                             

  • Baker’s Collision-Glass Service                                                         
  • Cypress Hill Winery   
  • Directions Credit Union 
  •  Ed Pickens’ Café on Main           
  • Mansfield Distributing         
  • Mechanics Bank       
  • Newman Technology, Inc.     
  • Rodney Schuster       
  • SSIP Insurance

FRIEND OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES – $250                                                               

  • AVI Systems
  • Craig Callen, DDS 
  • Don & Cristine Covert       
  • Dairy Queen East       
  • Graham Auto Mall                                                                                   
  • Hamilton Insurance Group, Inc.                 
  • Bill & Margie Joyce 
  • Bill Kyrou   
  • MT Business Technologies, Inc.
  • Harvey Popovich, MD

Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 100,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds living in the 19 counties of the Diocese of Toledo, providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance, education, adult advocacy services, and various social justice ministries.

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

MANSFIELD—You’re invited to join the celebration! “Grace Before Meals,with Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Tues., Nov. 7, 2017, at James W. Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, OH.

Fr. LCCDT Invite Covereo, television host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN, will demonstrate how simply creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Cash Bar. 75th Anniversary tickets can be purchased online by Oct. 24 at catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/75anniversary.

VIP Reception for Event Sponsors with Fr. Leo and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. To become an event sponsor, call Sue Warren at 419.524.0733, ext. 229; or email mwarren@toledodiocese.org.

Since 1942, Catholic Charities’ Christ-centered ministries provide people of all faiths strength and hope, love and support, by sharing food, shelter, clothing, and educational tools to move out of poverty. And services continually evolve to meet community needs:

  • The Adult Guardianship Program began in 1999, through the efforts of Morgan Rogers, a local social worker. Today, thanks to generous volunteer advocates who give their hearts, time, and treasure, nearly 50 individuals’ needs are given voice and attended to.
  • In 2011, HOPE Food Pantry This “choice” pantry, supported by over 25 volunteers, enables individuals to select their own food items. More than 600 households, approximately 1,500 people, are served each month.
  • Crisis Navigation Services began in 2015, in response to nearly 5,000 calls for rental assistance annually, with the help of a local foundation grant. Individuals seeking financial assistance are connected to local community resources.
  • In 2016, the 3E Pilot Project set out to Empower, Encourage, and Engage individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency, thanks to Richland County Foundation funding. This year, a Mansfield Engineered Components partnership enables 3E services to be provided weekly, on-site, at their manufacturing facility.

This is an exciting time for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo! Please join our celebration!

Join Our Nov. 4 Closing Prayer Vigil for 40 Days For Life

TOLEDO—People of all faiths will gather for an hour of peaceful prayer beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio closes The 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign with a Prayer Vigil. Participants will gather to pray for the end of abortion on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.

babyThis fall, two babies were saved from abortion in Toledo. Check out this article: https://40daysforlife.com/2017/10/30/toledo-ohio/. In the past three years, 21 babies were saved from the efforts of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life ministry.

Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 750,000 volunteers in over 40 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 13,305 babies lives have been saved from abortion, 154 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 89 abortion facilities have shut down.

For more information contact Office for Life and Justice Director Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.  

40 Days for Life Campaign Runs Through Nov. 5

TOLEDO, OH—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign in Northwest Ohio now through Sunday, November 5, 2017.

You can participate in the 40 Days For Life Fall Campaign in three ways: prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil. We invite you to pray for an hour in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Avenue. Sign up at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.

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.

Since the iPrayer Vigilnternational 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 750,000 volunteers in over 40 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 13,305 lives have been saved, 154 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 89 abortion facilities have shut down!

An Opening Prayer Vigil  kicked off Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign with an hour of peaceful prayer, beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 27.  Members of the Northwest Ohio Pro-Life campaign gathered to pray for the end of abortion on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH. 

Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio! To learn more, email Office for Life & Justice Director Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org. 

Oct. 14 Celebrate The Dignity of Life With Bishop Daniel E. Thomas

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a Mass to celebrate the dignity of life! The 9 a.m. Mass, on Saturday, Oct. 14, will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a EucharistiBishop Thomas Leading Processionc Procession to Capital Care Network, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.

Music with Nick De La Torre and the St. Catherine’s Choir. Fellowship and food will be shared at St. Catherine’s parish following the Eucharistic Procession.

Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life! 

For more information, or for your group to be recognized in attendance, please contact Director of the Office for Life and Justice, Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or at 419-214-4933.  

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.” – Pope Francis

Join Us Sat. Oct. 10 Helping Hands of St. Louis Annual Coat Giveaway

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for Helping Hands of St. Louis Annual Coat Giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to Noon, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH. Volunteers are always welcomed to assist our guests!

Last year nearly 500 winter coats were given away to men, women and children visiting our Helping Hands Clothing Center, as well as given winter boots, hats, and gloves, when available.

Gently used winter bChecking Outoots, especially men’s sizes 10 and up; children’s boots; and warm coats, hats and gloves are needed throughout the fall and winter months. Make plans to drop them off next week at Helping Hands of St. Louis.

Thank you and God Bless!

“A friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home. I was so glad when they told me we could stay. They’ve been so good to me. Honestly, none of this would be happening if I hadn’t been here. They’ve helped me so much.” – Marquita, La Posada resident

Our Mission

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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