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.

 

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!

All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in Climate Crisis

PERRYSBURG, OH—Grounded in Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, this year’s April 26 Earth Day Program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s Creation. Join us Friday, April 26, 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 alarming decline in the diversity and population of many plant and animal species—the gifts of God’s Creation which sustain all human life.

You’ll also learn how we can protect all life through our individual actions, through our communities, and through national and global advocacy and action.

This event is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team).

For more information, or to reserve your seat for this event, please contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 or rclarkphelps@gmail.com.

 

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 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Our 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil March 12

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer to end abortion, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio comes together for the 40 Days for Life Spring Prayer Vigil hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life Ministry.

We’ll gather at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2019, on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo’s last remaining abortion clinic. We’ll pray and witness to 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.

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. Fight for Life! Sign our petition at: www.petition.life!

Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 750,000 volunteers in over 50 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 15,000 babies have been saved from abortion, 180 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 99 abortion facilities have shut down!

Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio! For more information visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo. Or email Peter Range, Office for Life & Justice Director at prange@toledodiocese.org.

 

6th 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.

Catholic Charities Hosts Consumer Resource Fair March 2

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities is hosting the Ninth Annual Consumer Resource Fair, this Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate and empower consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to money and 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, while trying to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care.”

Over 20 organizations will participate in the resource fair, including: the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Consumer’s Counsel, Richland County Sheriff Dept., Mansfield City Schools Adult Education, Ohio Department of Commerce, Civista Bank, GROhio Community Credit Union, Mechanics Bank, Richland County JFS/Adult Protective Services, Third Street Clinic, Mansfield/Richland Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, Domestic Violence Shelter, Community Action for Capable Youth, Blue Rose Mission/Trinity United Methodist Church-home repairs, StarFish Project of Richland County/Opiate Task Force, and YWCA Child Care Resource/Referral.

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 as part of National Consumer Protection Week. This year, National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 3-9, 2019.

For more information, contact Laurie Hamrick, at Catholic Charities Mansfield Office, at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

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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