GRAND RAPIDS, 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. 19, at St. Patrick Church, 14010 South River Road (Old U.S. 24), in Grand Rapids (Providence), OH. Bishop Thomas will visit an area farm in the afternoon.
Catholic Charities is pleased to honor these 2018 Century Farm Award recipients:
- Donna J. & Charles P. Karacson – This farm, founded in 1879, is located in Hicksville, Ohio. The owners are parishioners at Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hicksville, OH.
- Michael O. Turnwald – This farm, founded in 1918, is located in Fort Jennings, Ohio. The owner is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, OH.
For more information, contact Melissa Tonti at 419.214.4898.
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 area 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!
La Posada Emergency Family Shelter seeks backpacks and school supplies donations for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, and families served at Helping Hands of St. Louis. Children will receive these school-year specific items at Catholic Charities 6th Annual Housing Support Picnic on Monday, August. 6.
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 him at email@example.com for a complete list of needed items and make arrangements for donation pickups.
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!
BEDFORD HILLS, MI—Looking for a great way to give back and help others this summer? Time to put together your team for the 15th Annual Helping Hands of St. Louis Golf Outing, on Saturday, July 28, at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
Our 4-person Scramble includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dog at the turn, beverage tickets, New York Strip Steak and Chicken dinner at completion of play, raffles and prizes! And the winning team’s names will be engraved on a trophy permanently displayed at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.
Early bird registration is $80 per person, if received by Saturday, July 7. Regular $90 per person registration begins Sunday, July 8 and runs through Saturday, July 21.
Not a golfer? Consider becoming a sponsor! All proceeds benefit Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Helping Hands Outreach Center’s ministries include a soup kitchen serving 250 meals daily. Our food pantry, clothing center, hot showers and hygiene products support low income and homeless families.
For more information on event sponsorship or to register a team, please contact SueShrewsbery (419) 691-0613, ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God bless!
Posted: Deborah Boyce
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WASHINGTON, DC—Over 12 busloads of Northwest Ohio students and adults, upwards of 800 faithful from across the Diocese of Toledo, will join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2018.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s 2018 March for Life Trip includes two nights at the Marriott Hotel, 1325 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. The group departs Thursday, January 18, at 3 p.m. and will return Saturday evening, January 20.
Thursday, January 18
2 p.m. Gather at St. Thomas More – 425 Thurstin Ave., Bowling Green, OH 43402
3 p.m. Depart St. Thomas More for Washington, D.C.
Midnight Arrive at Marriott Hotel, 1325 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Friday, January 19
10 a.m. Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – with Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
11:45 a.m. Gather at National Mall – 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20560
Noon March For Life Rally: National Mall
12:30 p.m. Rally Point for Diocese of Toledo – Constitution and 12th Street
3:30 p.m. Meet with Representative Bob Latta – Rayburn Office Building
Saturday, January 20
3 p.m. Load up for Home – Marriott Hotel, 1325 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Midnight Arrive in Bowling Green, OH – 425 Thurstin Avenue, Bowling Green, OH
Participants are from Tiffin Right to Life; Toledo Notre Dame Academy; Port Clinton Immaculate Conception; Diocese of Toledo Youth Ministry and Seminarians; Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; Delphos St. John; Toledo St. Johns Jesuit; Sandusky Life Teen; Oregon Cardinal Stritch High School and Academy; Swanton St. Richard; Toledo Central Catholic High School; St. Patrick’s Heatherdowns.
Colleges and universities participating include: Bowling Green State University; University of Toledo; Heidelberg University; Tiffin University; Mercy College of Ohio; Lourdes University; Owens Community College; and Defiance College.
If you have questions, contact trip coordinator Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Office for Life and Justice, at email@example.com or 440-821-1533 (cell).
TOLEDO, OH—With your help, Helping Hands of St. Louis will make the holidays much brighter for many who would otherwise go without. We ask all donated items be dropped off by 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19 to Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH, so they can be sorted and ready to go for these December events.
Upwards of 200 Christmas Food Baskets are being prepared for needy families, with enough food for three or four meals. Donated items needed include: turkeys, boneless hams, onions, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned gravy, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit, and other side dishes, butter, eggs, oil, dessert mixes, apples, and oranges.
The Helping Hands of St. Louis Elves are also collecting candy canes, new unwrapped toys for kids 12 and under, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, boots, shoes, socks and underwear. New gift items for the kids to pick from Santa’s Workshop to give as gifts to Mom and Dad are also welcomed. These items will be handed out at the annual Children’s Christmas Party, Tues., Dec. 19.
The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, will join volunteers at Helping Hands of St. Louis in serving the festive annual Christmas Meal, Thurs., Dec. 21. Questions? Contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419.619.0613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOLEDO, OH—Please bring a candle and join us Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., as the Northwest Ohio Pro-Life Community gathers on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.
At this Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Life, we will pray in honor of the Christ Child whose coming we celebrate this Christmas.
May this hour of peaceful prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to the darkness to move the hearts and minds of all present to more deeply appreciate the dignity of human life.
Questions? Contact Director of Office for Life and Justice Peter Range at email@example.com.
MANSFIELD, OH—“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 boots, 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!