Join Our Opening 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil Feb. 25!

TOLEDO, OH— Join the pro-life community of NW Ohio for the Opening Prayer Vigil for our 2020 Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign on Tuesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at Capital Care of Toledo, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave. in West Toledo. People of all faiths are urged to join us for this Opening Prayer Vigil as we pray for an end to abortion in Toledo.

We pray and seek God’s grace that we will save more lives than ever during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign! The campaign runs in Northwest Ohio February 26 through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

You can participate through prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil. Become a Day Captain. We invite you to pray for an hour in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Avenue. You can sign up for a prayer time at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.

Since the International 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 1 million volunteers in over 61 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 16,000 lives have been saved, 190 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 104 abortion facilities have shut down!

Prayer Vigil

Come be a peaceful witness to the dignity of every human life, born and unborn, by standing for one hour to pray for the sanctity of human life and to offer hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. 

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. 

For more information, call Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at 419.214.4933 or email prange@toledodiocese.orgJoin the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for Feb. 27 Catholic Business Network

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast program on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas kicks off our 2020 Catholic Business Speaker series at Saint John XXIII24250 N. Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. 

7 am | Complimentary Breakfast Buffet and Networking

7:30 am | Program

Kindly register online to attend this free breakfast event at https://bishop-daniel-thomas.eventbrite.com #BringAFriend

Open to men and women of all faiths, the Catholic Business Network’s mission is to engage and empower Northwest Ohio business leaders and professionals to promote Catholic values in the workplace. 

On August 26, 2014, our Holy Father Pope Francis named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo. Bishop Thomas had served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006.

Bishop Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia, attending Catholic elementary and high schools. He graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., earning both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. He also earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 18, 1985, Bishop Thomas was first assigned as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Aston, PA. After graduate studies at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from 1987-1990, he was assigned to serve the Holy See as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops — the Dicastery of the Roman Curia primarily charged with assisting the Holy Father in the selection of candidates for the episcopacy.

While serving 15 years at the Congregation for Bishops, Bishop Thomas also served as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary in Rome. In 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor), and in 2005, was named a Prelate of Honor, both by Pope John Paul II.

In October 2005, Bishop Thomas returned to Pennsylvania and was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford. In 2006, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities and administrative duties.

The Installation of The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as Bishop of Toledo took place on the first Memorial of Pope Saint John Paul II at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral on October 22, 2014.

The Catholic Business Network, a Charities Charities of the Diocese of Toledo ministry, invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values. The Catholic Business Network’s mission is to engage and empower Northwest Ohio business leaders and professionals to promote Catholic values in the workplace.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Catholic Business Network event, or have questions, please contact Melissa Tonti at 419.214.4898 or mtonti@toledodiocese.org

Catholic Charities Seeks Consumer Resource Fair Exhibitors by Feb. 28

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities is seeking exhibitors for the 10th Annual Consumer Resource Fair, Saturday, March 7, at the Richland Mall, in Mansfield, OH.

The resource fair hosted by Catholic Charities will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Participating organizations will provide free information on such topics as managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, wellness, and avoiding identify theft and scams.

Registration for an exhibit space is free. Only 30 free exhibitor spaces are available, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 28. To register, please contact Laurie Hamrick, at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 10 years to participate in the annual National Consumer Protection Week to educate and empower the community. This year National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 1-7, 2020.

Don't Miss "Redemption: Against All Odds" March 8

PERRYSBURG, OH—You won’t want to miss this moving program, sure to inspire your Lenten journey. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Jail & Prison Ministries is hosting this double presentation on Sunday, March 8, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, OH.

This free program, “Redemption: Against All Odds, is open to people of all faiths. Please reserve your seat by registering online.

Rev. Herb Weber, founding pastor of Saint John XXIII, will share his experiences working with death-row prisoners at Mansfield Correctional Institution and accompanying one man as his personal chaplain to his execution at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. It is an overwhelming story Father Herb rarely tells.

Johnny Harvey, convicted of homicide and released after 32 years of incarceration, will share his witness testimony about being saved through the love of prison ministry volunteers. When all seemed lost—hope was restored and a new life through Christ Jesus was the result. A moving story of a Redeemed Life!

Deacons attending will be eligible for 3 CEUs. For more information, contact Deacon Ed Irelan, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or eirelan@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen Class Start March 17

TOLEDO, OH—Classes start up March 17 for our newest ministry initiative—Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen, a pilot workforce development project launched at Helping Hands of St. Louis last May of 2019.

 

The goal is to change lives by providing a skill-driven, hands-on immersion culinary program to at-risk, economically disadvantaged individuals through focused culinary coursework in the classroom and kitchen. Emphasis is placed on the life skills training needed to work with competence and professionalism in all aspects of the food service industry and beyond for a sustainable and successful career.

Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen is an intense, fast-paced, 80-hour culinary “boot camp,” taught by Chef Saundra Irvine. To graduate, students must complete 18, half-day classes over a 10-week period. The program combines personal and video instruction with hands-on learning in commercial kitchens.

Attendees learn culinary techniques and best practices from leaders in the food service industry. Students are tested and attain Health Department ServSafe® certification.

This summer, three of the young men enrolled in the pilot program graduated—one a former heroin addict, another incarcerated for 12 years. All three are now gainfully employed. This fall, five more men graduated from Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.

“These young men learned a lot more than simple cooking skills,” says Charles Rittenhouse, Catholic Charities Board President, who spoke with each graduate after the ceremony. “This program is truly transformative. These graduates are using all they learned as a stepping off point for long-term success. They are thinking about their future and not simply what they need to do to survive. Their lives have become better for it.”

“We received unprecedented information, skills and tools that will help us with any person or situation we ever will come in contact with,” says Jermaine, who graduated from Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen last summer. “This was us becoming a family, building a lasting legacy that I hope everyone will have the opportunity to experience and learn.”

Community support for the program is strong, with start-up funding coming from the Toledo Community Foundation and additional support from the Anderson Foundation and Caresource Foundation.

Sponsors include Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, Calphalon, Meijer, Renaissance Hotels, Sarnie’s Café, Starbucks, TFS Results Company and Wersell’s Bike Shop.

Catholic Charities is looking for more community partners to sustain this new initiative. Potential funders are asked to contact Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, directly, at 419. 214.4943 or email rschuster@toledodiocese.org.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the program are asked to contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, at 419.214.4950 or email bwynn@toledodiocese.org.

We invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about the impact of Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.

 

THANK YOU For Being #ALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO!

Thank you to all the supporters of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign. THANK YOU for going  ALL in! We reached our goal, raising over $50,000 thanks to your support and the generous Friend of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo who matched your gift dollar-for-dollar in a $20,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

You can still like and follow Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo on Facebook and please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries!

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $75 feeds 10 men, women and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, which serves over 250 meals a day.
  • $150 ensures one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship for your loved one.
  • $350 provides 3 days of shelter and meals for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides one week of shelter, meals and support for a mother and child living at Miriam House.

Donate to Our #GivingTuesdayNWO Campaign

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

You can make a designated #GivingTuesday donation online NOW through midnight, Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 on Catholic Charities secure website. Please note you are designating your online donation for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign.

Or You Can Drop Off Or Mail Your Check!

Please (1) Make checks out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; and (2) Note #GivingTuesday on check. Then drop off or mail check to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

Donate to Our #RichlandGives Campaign:

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry in Mansfield is participating in #RichlandGives. Help us raise needed funds for feeding our Richland County neighbors by making your donation online to Richland Gives NOW through #GivingTuesday December 3 #ThankYou #TagandShare  

Then Share the Good News!

Take a picture of yourself holding our #ImALLin poster and share our fundraising site bit.ly/donateNWO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your favorite social media platform! #ThankYou  #SharetheLove 

Questions? 

Please contact Deb Boyce, Catholic Charities Communications and Public Relations Director at 419.214.4868 or email dboyce@toledodiocese.org. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

#ImALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO

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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