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

TOLEDO, 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!

 

 

Meijer Awards Helping Hands of St. Louis $5,000 in Food Gift Cards

OREGON, OH—Thank you to Meijer for their year-end Simply Give donation of $5,000 in gift cards to Helping Hands of Saint Louis! The gift cards will be used to purchase much needed food items for our Helping Hands Food Pantry. The 2018 Meijer 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), and Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo (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 this fall.

 

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!

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training Offered May 8

TOLEDO, OH—Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Join us from 6 – 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Dominic Room, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Project RachelJoin us to learn how to effectively and lovingly advocate for the lives of unborn children on the sidewalks of abortion facilities and dialog with your family, neighbors and co-workers. You’ll learn how to articulate the Gospel of Life to a culture that desperately needs it!

For more information, please contact Peter Range, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419.214.6711.

 

Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gathers in Findlay - May 4

FINDLAY, OH— On Saturday, May 4, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting a Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gathering at St. Michael the Archangel’s Auditorium, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH. This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry.

The event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Keynote speaker Alan Starr, a National Alpha Prison Advisor since 2005, will share his commitment and experiences, and the process, outcomes and benefits of bringing God to inmates through the Alpha program. Two ex-inmates will give witness talks on life in prison and reintegrating into society.

Best practices from each of the Northwest and West Central Ohio Jail & Prison ministry facilities and volunteer recruitment will also be discussed.

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Please register by Friday, April 26, by contacting Tiera Sanders at 419.214.4915 or tsanders@toledodiocese.org. Checks should be made out to Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry and mailed to: Deacon Ed Irelan, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator, 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604.

For more information on this ministry, call Deacon Ed Irelan at 419.214.4958 or email him eirelan@toledodiocese.org.

Join Us May 2 for the Catholic Business Network - Mr. Scott W. Fedor

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for the next Catholic Business Network breakfast, Thurs., May 2. Scott W. Fedor, founder of Getting Back Up—a non-profit committed to creating a better world for those living with spinal cord injuries—continues our breakfast speaker series with “Faith in the Face of Adversity.”

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

In 2009, Scott broke his neck and suffered a complete spinal cord injury in a diving accident, rendering him a quadriplegic paralyzed from the neck down.

Mr. Fedor is a man on a mission to help others rise above hardships, confront their challenges and achieve the best life possible.

The free event will be held at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Family Center, 4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo OH. Optional Mass is at 7 a.m. Complimentary breakfast buffet/networking begins at 7:30 a.m., with an hour-long program at 8 a.m.

Register online at faith-in-adversity.eventbrite.com.

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

 

 

 

Men's Entering Canaan Day of Prayer & Healing - April 27

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, April 27.

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

For more information and confidential reservations, please call Peter Ranger, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice at 419. 214.4933 or email prange@toledodiocese.org.

Or you may contact Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Come and experience the mercy of God!

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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