"Answer the Call" Catholic Charities Gala Set for October 6

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join Us! Catholic Charities Fall Gala: “Answer the Call” with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn, The Town Center at Levis Commons, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, OH.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, was appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI on January 6, 2012. He previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee, rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, chairman of Catholic Relief Services and the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life activities.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo served under Pope John Paul II for 15 years as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See, Vatican City State, and as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy. On March 9, 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and later named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II on March 19, 2005.

Purchase Dinner Tickets Online  through Thursday, September 26.

5:30 pm | VIP Reception for Event Sponsors

6 pm | Doors open

6:30 pm | Dinner program begins

Gala Invitation is here and RSVP form contains sponsorship levels. To Sponsor Event contact Melissa Tonti, at 419.214.4898 or email mtonti@toledodiocese.org.

Help Catholic Charities raise funds to meet the increasing need for food, shelter, crisis services and more across the Diocese of Toledo. Our transformative ministries provide help and hope to over 45,000 individuals of all faiths annually.

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—Each $10 Simply Give donation card purchased at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, on September 13, becomes a $30 donation thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your Simply Give donations on those days!

Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children! 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 now through Saturday, September 28, 2019.

“Please help us fulfill Meijer Simply Giveour mission of helping feed the hungry people who come to us for a meal by purchasing a food donation card during your next shopping trip to the Oregon Mejier,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Tell your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, because every dollar makes a difference!” Your generous donations are converted into gift cards used to purchase food items for our food pantry and hot-meal programs.

For more information contact Sue Shrewsbery or Gabriel Skiver at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 419.691.0613.

MANY THANKS for your continued support Meijer and all of you who support this invaluable program! God Bless!

Join Our 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign!

TOLEDO, OH—Join us as 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 Wednesday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, November 3, 2019.

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.

Attend our 40 Days for Life Opening Prayer Vigil at 6 p.m., with Rev. Herb Weber of Saint John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, OH, and the Northwest Ohio pro-life community at Capital Care Network. Join us as we pray and seek God’s grace that the children scheduled to be aborted might be spared and given the gift of life!

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 Us Nov. 7 for "The Culture Project" with Cristina Barba

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast Thursday, November 7, 2019, at St. Joan of Arc5856 Heatherdowns, Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43560. Our speaker will be Cristina Barba, President and CEO of the Culture Project, an outreach program aimed at restoring a culture of virtue, one person at a time. She will speaking on “Challenging the Status Quo Through Virtue.”  #BringAFriend

7 am | Complimentary Breakfast Buffet/Networking

7:30 am | Program

8:30 am | Optional Mass

Register online to attend at Eventbrite https://the-culture-project.eventbrite.com.

Proclaiming the dignity of human life has been Cristina’s lifelong passion. Growing up, she participated in prayer vigils, life chains and pro-life marches with her family. While attending The Pennsylvania State University, she served as president of Penn State Students for Life. Upon graduation, Cristina attended the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome, Italy sponsored by the Pontifical Council of the Laity.

In fall 2007, Cristina joined Generation Life’s full-time staff, serving as Parish Outreach Coordinator, College Outreach Coordinator, and Program Director before being named Director in 2009. During her five-year tenure, she developed and launched the Missionary Program, revolutionizing the outreach efforts of Generation Life. An expanded staff reached over 10 dioceses worldwide, impacting tens of thousands of young people each year with the messages of life and love. Cristina received Honorable Mention by Our Sunday Visitor as one of the Inspiring Catholics of 2012.

In July of 2014, Cristina and several of her colleagues founded the Culture Project International, with a vision to restore culture through the experience of virtue. The Culture Project has provided a formative mission program to 40 missionaries, who have served 41 dioceses and empowered nearly 100,000 students to restore culture by reclaiming sexual integrity and the meaning of life, inviting our culture to be fully alive.

This Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace. 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

Meijer Awards Helping Hands of St. Louis $4,730 in Food Gift Cards

OREGON, OH—Thank you all who supported Meijer’s Spring Simply Give campaign! Helping Hands of Saint Louis received $4,730 in gift cards that will be used to purchase much needed food items for our Helping Hands Food Pantry. Last year, Meijer’s Simply Give program provided a record $8.5 million of Meijer food-only gift cards to food pantries across the Midwest.

Pictured is Denise Fox, Meijer Human Resources Director (left), Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, and Store Director John Kowalski (right).

Thanks to the continued generosity and support of Meijer customers, team members and food pantry partners, who are committed to helping feed hungry families, the program has generated nearly $46 million since 2008, to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked.

Check back for more information on your opportunity to get involved in Meijer’s Simply Give Program.

 

Join Us Aug. 22 for "Faith Infused" with Dan DeMatte

SYLVANIA, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast, “Faith Infused,” with Dan DeMatte, Founder & Executive Director of Damascus Catholic Mission Campus, Columbus, OH, Thursday, August 22, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Fr. Wurzel Family Center, 6516 Ravine Drive, Sylvania, Ohio 43560. #BringAFriend

Dan DeMatte is bringing revival in the Catholic Church by leading people into a personal encounter with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Dan has brought the Gospel to hundreds of thousands of people through missions, retreats, conferences, and media outreach. Over 10,000 youth attend Damascus Catholic Mission Camp year-round and 150 missionary counselors help run the summer camp.

Register online to attend at Eventbrite https://faith-infused.eventbrite.com

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

6:45 a.m Optional Mass (St.Joseph’s Day Chapel)

7:30 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast Buffet/Networking

8 a.m. Program

9 a.m. Event concludes

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

Helping Hands of St. Louis 6th Annual Shoe Fest A Success!

TOLEDO—Over 70 volunteers spent their Saturday morning, August 10, 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 kepts the youngsters occupied as they waited 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. “This year we fitted over 500 children with shoes on Saturday and another 100 children on Monday!

“We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe,” Shrewsbery adds, noting 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 volunteered and many donated new shoes and socks.

This year, over 700 pairs of new shoes were donated, many purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a donor from Illinois.

Hannah’s Socks donated 800 pairs of new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis.

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!

Thanks for the Backpacks & School Supplies!

TOLEDO, OH—La Posada Emergency Family Shelter and Helping Hands of St. Louis, both ministries of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, offers big thanks to all who donated backpacks and school supplies for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, or part of a family served at Helping Hands of St. Louis.

Children received these school-year specific items at Catholic Charities 7th Annual Housing Support Picnic on Monday, August 5. Helping Hands of St. Louis will continue to distribute available school supplies to needy families through August 30. Parents are asked to bring in their child’s school supply list to Helping Hands, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

School Supply Wish List: Backpack + School Supplies 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.

Churches, service groups, organizations and businesses interested in volunteering or hosting events and donation drives 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. Or contact Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 101, or email her at sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org. Thank you for your support of Catholic Charities ministries!

 

 

Tornado Disaster Relief

Our prayers go out to those who are displaced from their homes or homeless, after a series of devastating tornadoes hit Celina, OH, and the Dayton area on Memorial Day and Richland County in April. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo is collecting and distributing donations, dollar for dollar, to help these tornado survivors.

How Your Donation Helps Tornado Victims

Your financial support will help with long-term recovery efforts, including needed pastoral care and support, case management to assist disaster victims, and direct assistance to people unable to get insurance coverage or sufficient government support from FEMA.

As in past disasters, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to sister Catholic Charities agencies in affected areas.

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

On our secure website: www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate  you may designate your Tornado Relief donation for Celina/Dayton Tornado Relief or Shelby/Mansfield Tornado Relief. You may note you would like your donation divided in half to go to both disaster areas.

Or you can mail your check, made out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, noting Celina/Dayton Tornado Relief or Shelby/Mansfield Tornado Relief and send to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those who need it most! God Bless!

Helping Hands of St. Louis 16th Annual Golf Outing Canceled

BEDFORD HILLS, MI—The July 27th Helping Hands of St. Louis Golf Outing at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI, has been canceled. But keep checking back for the new date.

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 6. Regular $90 per person registration begins Sunday, July 7 and runs through Saturday, July 20.

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 upwards of 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 Sue Shrewsbery (419) 691-0613, ext. 2, or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org. Thank you and God bless!

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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