Helping Hands 5th Annual Shoe Fest August 11

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 areaIMG_6054 Closeup 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 sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!

Backpack & School Supplies Drives Welcomed!

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 wmeyer@toledodiocese.org for a complete list of needed items and make arrangements for donation pickups.

School Supply Backpack + School SuppliesWish 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!

July 28 Helping Hands of St. Louis 15th Annual Golf Outing

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-pGolf_Outing_1_save_for_weberson 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 sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org. Thank you and God bless!

2018 March for Life in Washington, DC

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. 

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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 prange@toledodiocese.org or 440-821-1533 (cell).

 

Help Neighbors In Need Enjoy The Holidays

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. 

Boneless HamUpwards 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 alCloseup Santa With Kidsso 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 sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

Join Our Candlelight Vigil for Life Dec. 19

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 VotivesCandlelight 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 prange@toledodiocese.org.

 

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

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.

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!

"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!

 

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