Catholic Charities Offers "Serving Like Christ" Workshop

TOLEDO, OH—The “Serving like Christ” Workshop will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH 43605. This invitation is extended to anyone associated with Catholic Diocesan ministries and outreach.

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This free workshop, facilitated by Brian Rome, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Ministry, will help you identify Christ-centered direct service practices and assist faith-based service providers learn how to effectively incorporate ministry into their programs.

Brian has over 30 years of experience in social services and provides financial literacy, self-empowerment and emergency prevention/intervention education opportunities to both the disadvantaged and professionals in the 19-county Diocese of Toledo. Brian is a trained HUD Housing Counselor, Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer and Ministry Leader.

Please register by Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. RSVP to Sue Shrewsbery by email: sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org  or call (419) 214-4939, ext 101.

Catholic Charities Seeks Consumer Resource Fair Exhibitors

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities is seeking exhibitors for the Ninth Annual Consumer Resource Fair to be held, Saturday, March 2 at the Richland Mall, in Mansfield, OH. Participating organizations will provide free information on such topics as managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, wellness, and avoiding identify theft and scams.

The resource fair, hosted by Catholic Charities, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Consumer Protection Week.

Registration for an exhibit space is free. Only 30 exhibitor spaces are available, and the deadline to register is Feb. 22. To register, please contact Laurie Hamrick, at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s office for nine years to host this Consumer Resource Fair to educate and empower the community. This year, National Consumer Protection Week is March 3-9.

 

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, March, 6 through Sunday, April 14, 2019.

You can participate 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. 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 750,000 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 14,000 lives have been saved, 177 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 96 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. 

We pray and seek God’s grace the children scheduled to be aborted that week might be spared and given the gift of 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Annual St. Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service March 9

TOLEDO, OH—Alumni and Friends of Saint Meinrad Seminary are invited to join in on the 3rd Annual Toledo Saint Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH.

helping-hands-photoVolunteers will conduct a deep kitchen cleaning and kitchen inventory, organize stockroom and closets, and sort clothing donations.

For more information, email Patrick Carroll at pcarroll@inbox.com or Timothy Carroll timothycarroll5200@gmail.com. Or call the Saint Meinrad Office of Alumni Relations at (812) 357-6501.

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training Offered March 16

Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. The time and location of this three-hour March 16 training is to be determined.

This training will also be offered 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 receive training on how to effectively and lovingly advocate for the lives of unborn children on the sidewalks of abortion facilities and dialogue 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.

 

Join Us Feb. 14 for the Catholic Business Network - Mr. Tom Hornacek

TOLEDO, OH—The Catholic Business Network’s speaker series, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, continues on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Our speaker will be Mr. Tom Hornacek, Community Outreach Director for Ave Maria Radio and Mission Team Leader for Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, MI.

He will share his journey from suffering and loss, to deliverance and freedom through Jesus Christ in his presentation, “From Lukewarm Catholic to Intentional Disciple.”  The free event will be held at St. Joan of Arc, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH. Breakfast/networking begins at 7 a.m. Program at 7:30 a.m. is followed by optional Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Limited seating is available, so please register online at intentionaldisciple.eventbrite.com.

Open to women and men 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.

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

 

Be Our Valentine!

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? 

Or some other special occasion? Be our Valentine!

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4428254 and AmazonSmile donates to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo!

#SharetheLove #SupportOurMinistries #AllYearLong

Feb. 9 Prayer Vigil for Life at ProMedica Headquarters

TOLEDO, OH—To show support for life, people of all faiths are invited to join our ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Life on Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m., at ProMedica Headquarters, 100 Madison Avenue in Toledo.

The prayer vigil is being held to peacefully encourage the Board of Directors of ProMedica Hospital to walk away from their transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, Toledo’s only abortion facility.

“It doesn’t make sense that a hospital in the business of saving lives, partners with a facility which soul aim is to end human life, the life of the unborn child,” says Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Office for Life and Justice.

Nick De La Torre will lead us in song and worship and we’ll have a few special guests to share the truth in love: that a hospital which saves lives shouldn’t partner with a facility that ends human life.

Over 13,000 signatures support asking ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra and the ProMedica Board of Directors to reconsider this transfer agreement.

Please visit www.petition.life to sign the petition which states: “I believe a prestigious healthcare provider like ProMedica should not support an abortion facility that ENDS life rather than SUSTAINS it.” Join the local movement to end abortion in Northwest Ohio, starting with challenging our hospitals to fulfill their core mission – to focus solely on saving lives!

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for an evening of prayer and discussion on Monday, January 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH. Learn about the struggles faced by climate migrants—families driven from their homes by climate change—and two particularly vulnerable groups, Pacific Islanders and Guatemalan farmers in the Dry Corridor. You’ll also learn how we can help these brothers and sisters through aid, advocacy, and action.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World? is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team). Contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 (rclarkphelps@gmail.com) for more information.

 

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—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, December 29, 2018.

When you purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, you enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

“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.

In addition to in-store donations, Meijer, for the seventh consecutive year, will donate $1 million to the 2018 Simply Give program, which will be dispersed to over 240 food pantries in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

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!

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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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