Project Rachel Healing Retreat for Women Saturday, Aug. 26

Suffering from a past abortion? You’re not alone. Connect with local support and resources and explore other women’s experiences.

Begin your healing journey and experience God’s mercy on Saturday, August 26, 2017! Join our day-long “Entering Canaan” Day of Prayer and Healing Retreat for women, hosted by Project Rachel, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. 

For morProject Rachel Logoe information and confidential reservations, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-260-5811. Or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org. Cost of retreat is $25.

The next Project Rachel Healing Retreat for Women will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. A Project Rachel Healing Retreat for Men will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018. Visit hopeafterabortion.com 

Porn Effect Founder Matt Fradd Discusses “Sex, Love and Porn” Sept. 6

BOWLING GREEN—Join internationally acclaimed speaker Matt Fradd, founder of The Porn Effect website, as he exposes the harmful realities behind the fantasy of porn in his talk “Sex, Love and Porn: 7 Things the Porn Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know.” 

This free public evMatt Fraddent will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Middle school and high school students (and their parents), college students and young adults are welcome.  

According to a 2013 study by the Huffington Post, 70 percent of all men (and 30 percent of all women) watch pornography. And an estimated 450 million unique visitors checks out pornography websites each month. This means there are more visitors to pornography websites than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, combined (Compared to Netflix: 46 million visitors; Amazon 110 million visitors; Twitter 160 million visitors).

The event is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo and the Catholic Falcon Community. For more information, call Peter Range, Office of Life and Justice Director, at 419.214.4933; or email prange@toledodiocese.org.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Opens Catholic Business Network Sept. 11

TOLEDO—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas presenting “Lead Like Jesus,” as the inaugural speaker of the Catholic Business Network’s quarterly breakfast series, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace. 

Bishop ThomasThis free event will be held at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Holy Family Center, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. precedes the program from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Mass is offered at 7 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. for those wishing to attend.

Space is limited, so please register early! Register at https://lead-like-jesus-toledo.eventbrite.com. Or call Sharon Giles at 419.214.4898; or email sgiles@toledodiocese.org. Upcoming Catholic Business Network programs are scheduled for Thursday, December 7, and Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Honors 2017 Century Farm Awardees

NORWALK—ABishop Thomasll are welcome to attend Mass, celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, at 9 a.m., on Wed., Sept. 20, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, OH. The Mass honors families maintaining an active farm or homestead in the Diocese of Toledo for at least 100 years. An awards presentation after Mass is followed by Bishop Thomas’ visit to a hybrid family farm.

Catholic Charities is pleased to honor these 2017 Century Farm Award recipients:

  •  Heather and Randy Chapman – This farm, founded in 1881, is located Mark Center, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hicksville, OH.
  • Deborah and Michael Daniel – This farm, founded in 1912, is located in Tiffin, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, OH.
  • Mary Crego, Garry Kleman, Lawrence Kleman, Jr., Leroy Kleman, Mark Kleman, Ronald Kleman, Karen Stoepfel – This farm, founded in 1904, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Miller City, OH.
  • Janet Kreinbrink – This farm, founded in 1864, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, OH.
  • Melvin Kreinbrink – This farm, founded in 1873, is located in Leipsic, OH. The owners are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, OH.
  • Miranda and Eric Leber – This farm, founded in 1874, is located in Norwalk, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, OH.
  • David Leibold – This farm, founded in 1909, is located in Monroeville, OH. The owners are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville, OH.
  • Rosemary and Eugene Wagner – This farm, founded in 1912, is located in Alvada, OH. The owners are parishioners at All Saints Catholic Church in New Riegel, OH.
  • Suzanne and Alan Wischmeyer – This farm, founded in 1915, is located in Ottawa, OH. The owners are parishioners at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Sandusky, OH.

For more information, contact Sharon Giles at 419.214.4898. Register online, by Friday, Sept. 8, at https://century-farm-mass.eventbrite.com.

Helping Hands 4th Annual Shoe Fest August 5

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 areIMG_6054 Closeupa 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!

July 29 Helping Hands 14th Annual Golf Outing

BEDFORD HILLS—Looking for a great way to give back and help others this summer? Join us Saturday, July 29, for our 14th Annual Golf Scramble Outing benefiting Helping Hands of St. Louis, at Bedford Hills Golf Course, in Temperance, MI! 

Our 4-pGolf_Outing_1_save_for_weberson Scramble includes: 18 holes of golf, a golf 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 July 18. The registration fee from July 19-24 is $90 per person. To register or for more information on becoming an event sponsor, please contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.

Project Rachel Sponsors July 29 Life Runners Kickoff

SWANTON—Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Oak Openings Metro Park, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton, OH. Come and see what this new family-friendly ministry’s all about! Open to all ages, 1 – 101!

Walk/RuLife Runnersn/Pray for the Unborn. Fr. Jeff Smith, from St. Joseph Parish, Maumee, will lead us in prayer as the Group’s Chaplain. Parking at Buehner Center.

Check out Toledo – NW OH LIFE Runners on Facebook!

To learn more about this event or the Toledo Diocese’s Life Runners Chapter, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Project Rachel Coordinator, at 419.583.6817; email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

 

July 25 Hour of Prayer For Life On Eve of Execution

PORT CLINTON—People of all faiths are invited to Immaculate Conception Parish in Port Clinton for an Hour of Prayer for Life on Tuesday, July 25, at approximately 5:45 p.m., immediately following Mass at 5 p.m. The prayer vigil, led by Fr. John C. Missler at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, 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 appears to be moving forward. At this time, the State is going through their preparation checklist for the execution of Ronald Phillips on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

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.

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

Join Our July 15 Prayer Vigil for Life!

TOLEDO—On Saturday, July 15, beginning at 10 a.m., join Rev. Jeff McBeth, from St. Peter Parish in Huron, and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for a prayer vigil at Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility.

The hour prayer vigil will be on the sidewalk of Capital Care, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH. 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.

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.   

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.

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

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!

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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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