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Join Our May 31 Prayer Vigil for Life!

TOLEDO—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer for the end of abortion at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The pro-life community of Northwest Ohio will gather on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH, to pray for the sanctity of human life and to offer hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.

Please join usPrayer Vigil as we pray and seek God’s grace that one of the 15 children scheduled to be aborted that week might be spared and given the gift of life! 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.

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

Sandusky Furniture Ministry Volunteers & Donations Needed June 3

SANDUSKY— Thanks to all who showed up for our inaugural Furniture Ministry Volunteer Workday and Furniture Drive! Volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Sandusky, OH, organized our 20’x30′ storage space and picked up donated furniture.

Catholic Charities continues to look for volunteers and partners to help support this new Furniture Ministry in Sandusky, OH. The concept is simple, but will have great impact for those we serve—high-quality donated furniture will be picked up and delivered to those who need it.

“Most of us take for granted family time around our dinner table, relaxing on our sofa, and getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed,” says Michael Szuberla, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator. “But for families emerging from homelessness and other difficult situations, these simple pleasures are beyond their reach. Families may find a place to live, but they need furniture to make that space a home.”

Furniture MinistryAny individual, group, or organization interested in helping with this new furniture ministry is invited to participate in our next First Saturday Volunteer Workday and Furniture Drive – June 3, 2017 from 9:30 a.m – 2 p.m. We will both pick up furniture and deliver it to those in need.

To donate furniture or to volunteer please contact Michael Szuberla at 419-214-4950 or mszuberla@toledodiocese.org

Able-bodied volunteers with trucks or vans will be especially helpful to coordinate donation pick-ups and deliveries to those who qualify for the program in Erie County. 

 

 

Catholic Charities Seeks Churches to Host Prayer Vigils for Life

After a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plans to resume executions by lethal injection are now pushed to July 26, 2017, due to lethal injection court battles and the power of prayer.

Beginning in January, people of all faiths across Northwest and West Central Ohio have gathered together to pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution and the abolishment of Ohio’s death penalty.

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Vigils for Life have been held at St. Francis de Sales Chapel-Toledo, St. Paul the Apostle Church-Norwalk, St. Gerard Church-Lima, and Lourdes University Queen of Peace Chapel-Sylvania.

Catholic Charities Office for Life & Justice is looking for parishes throughout the Diocese of Toledo to host a vigil each month, including in May and monthly thereafter. Parishes interested in hosting a vigil should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958; or email nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you for considering, as we seek to build a culture of life through prayer and love of every human person!

40 Days for Life Campaign Runs Through April 9

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign in Northwest Ohio through April 9, 2017.

You can participate in the 40 Days For Life Spring 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 international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 725,000 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 12,668 lives have been saved, 143 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 83 abortion facilities have shut down!

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

Join our April 7 Closing Prayer Vigil for 40 Days for Life!

TOLEDO—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer for the end of abortion at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio closes the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign. We’ll gather on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.

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 visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or contact Office for Life and Justice Director Peter Range at: prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.   

 

Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gather in Findlay - March 11

FINDLAY— Anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail and Prison Ministry is invited to attend this half-day educational session. The event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry. Topics to be discussed include:

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  • Mission/Vision of the Jail & Prison Ministry, Nick Lyster, Justice Ministry Coordinator;
  • Catholic Social Teaching Context, Peter Range, Director of Office for Life and Justice;
  • Evangelization training, Deacon Joe Malenfant, Sr. Director Discipleship & Family Life;
  • Best Practices from Northwest and West Central Ohio ministry facilities; and
  • Volunteer recruitment.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to cover morning refreshments and lunch.

Please RSVP to Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Hosts Mansfield Consumer Resource Fair

MANSFIELD—Catholic Charities is celebrating their 75th anniversary in Mansfield and is hosting the 7th Annual Consumer Resource Fair, as part of National Consumer Protection Week, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Mall.

“The purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate and empower consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to their financial affairs,” said Rebecca Owens, Regional Director for Mansfield Catholic Charities. “We continue to see many people being preyed upon by scams and identify theft because they’re desperate to meet basic needs of food, shelter and medical care.”

CatholicCharities_logoCatholic Charities and 20+ organizations will provide free information on managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, and avoiding identify theft and scams. Participants include the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Civista Bank, Mechanics Bank, Richland Bank, Sutton Bank, Woodforest National Bank, Richland County Adult Protective Services/JFS, Mansfield-Richland Public Library/First Call-211, Habitat for Humanity, NECIC/ Temp2Higher, and Ohio Division of Financial Institutions. Richland County Sheriff’s office will be fingerprinting.

“Catholic Charities partners with the Ohio Attorney General’s office each year,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director. “We do our best to be proactive in educating our community on important financial matters.”

Candlelight Vigil for Life in Lima - March 20

People of all faiths are invited to join Rev. Michael Sergi and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio’s Death Penalty on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 W. Robb Avenue, Lima, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will 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, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection is on hold. Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The three individuals granted stays of execution are now scheduled for execution at a later date this year: Ronald Phillips, May 10; Gary Otte, June 13; and Raymond Tibbetts, July 26.

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting: http://www.usccb.org/…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

The next Candlelight Prayer Vigil is planned for Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 West Robb Avenue, Lima, OH, with Rev. Michael D. Sergi presiding.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

For more info contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at nlyster@toledodiocese.org

Men's Day of Prayer & Healing - Feb. 18

Men suffer from abortion too!

If you are carrying the pain and sorrow of losing a child to abortion(s), you are not alone. Find support from other men who are suffering during our “Entering Canaan Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing,” on Saturday, February 18.

This day retreat is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel ministry.

For more information and confidential reservations, please call Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Come and experience the mercy of God!

Candlelight Vigil for Life in Norwalk - Feb. 14

People of all faiths are invited to join Msgr. Kenneth G. Morman and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio’s Death Penalty on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will 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, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection is on hold. Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The three individuals granted stays of execution are now scheduled for later execution: Ronald Phillips, May 10; Gary Otte, June 13; and Raymond Tibbetts, July 26.

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting: http://www.usccb.org/…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

The next Candlelight Prayer Vigil is planned for Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 West Robb Avenue, Lima, OH, with Rev. Michael D. Sergi presiding.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

For more info contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at nlyster@toledodiocese.org

“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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