Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

MANSFIELD—You’re invited to join the celebration! “Grace Before Meals,with Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Tues., Nov. 7, 2017, at James W. Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, OH.

Fr. LCCDT Invite Covereo, television host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN, will demonstrate how simply creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Cash Bar. 75th Anniversary tickets can be purchased online by Oct. 24 at catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/75anniversary.

VIP Reception for Event Sponsors with Fr. Leo and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. To become an event sponsor, call Sue Warren at 419.524.0733, ext. 229; or email mwarren@toledodiocese.org.

Since 1942, Catholic Charities’ Christ-centered ministries provide people of all faiths strength and hope, love and support, by sharing food, shelter, clothing, and educational tools to move out of poverty. And services continually evolve to meet community needs:

  • The Adult Guardianship Program began in 1999, through the efforts of Morgan Rogers, a local social worker. Today, thanks to generous volunteer advocates who give their hearts, time, and treasure, nearly 50 individuals’ needs are given voice and attended to.
  • In 2011, HOPE Food Pantry This “choice” pantry, supported by over 25 volunteers, enables individuals to select their own food items. More than 600 households, approximately 1,500 people, are served each month.
  • Crisis Navigation Services began in 2015, in response to nearly 5,000 calls for rental assistance annually, with the help of a local foundation grant. Individuals seeking financial assistance are connected to local community resources.
  • In 2016, the 3E Pilot Project set out to Empower, Encourage, and Engage individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency, thanks to Richland County Foundation funding. This year, a Mansfield Engineered Components partnership enables 3E services to be provided weekly, on-site, at their manufacturing facility.

This is an exciting time for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo! Please join our celebration!

"Care for Our Common Home" Workshop Oct. 4 in Findlay

FINDLAY, OH—On St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4, join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a workshop based on Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on ecology and climate change, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s the Archangel Parish Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH.  

Church leaders, teachers and the public are invited to attend this “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop to learn how we can live Laudato Si’ and fulfill our duty to care for all Creation. In his encyclical, Pope Francis offers a “A Prayer for Our Earth” and “A Christian Prayer In Union With Creation,” encouraging us to pray them often.

Laudato Si'The Workshop Agenda brings together speakers and the resources of Catholic Climate Covenant to discuss the need to act, our responsibility to act, as well as provide the needed tools, resources and best practices to help churches, schools and the public form “Creation Care Teams” in our communities and a Road Map for Success!

Speakers include: Jason Cervenec, Director for the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, OSU; Sr. Sharon Havelak, St. Francis of Sylvania & Lourdes University; Fr. Charles Ritter, Senior Status Priest Diocese of Toledo; and Justin Kale, Co-Owner of Energility

Following lunch, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas leads off the afternoon session directed to priests, deacons and other faith leaders on homiletics and practical pastoral resources by Fr. Michael Connors, CSC, ThD, Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics, University of Notre Dame.

Cost is $20 for individuals pre-registered by Sept. 27 or $25 at the door. For more information or to register, call Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministries Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email nlyster@toledodioese.org.

This workshop is in partnership with Catholic Climate Covenant and the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through 16 national partners, they guide the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to climate change by educating, giving public witness and offering resources.

In 2015, Bishop Thomas formed a task force under the auspices of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo to increase community awareness of Laudato Si’ initiatives. The first event was an interfaith gathering at the Rosary Cathedral, to learn more about Laudato Si’ and how we can come together as a community to care for our common home. 

A 2016 workshop brought together local conservation groups and the community to showcase the resources available locally. A survey of faith-based groups indicated steps are needed to bring Laudato Si’ to the community through churches, prompting the Oct. 4 “Care for Our Common Home” Workshop.  

Sept. 28 Mass & Memorial Service Celebrates Mercy of God

PERRYSBURG, OH—One of the greatest losses a parent can face is the death of a child. Have you or someone you love experienced a loss due to a stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, early infant death or abortion?

Please join us for a Mass & Memorial Service Celebrating the Mercy ofbaby God, on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. George Wenzinger.

Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. Fellowship to follow in St. Rose’s Church Cafeteria. All are welcome.

For more information, call Clarissa Lapinski at 419-583-6817, or email her at clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Project Rachel ministry and the St. Rose Respect Life Committee.

 

Sept. 20 Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Honors 2017 Century Farm Awardees

NORWALK, OH—All are welcome to attend a Mass, celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to honor families maintaining an active farm or homestead in the Diocese of Toledo for at least 100 years. An awards presentation will follow the 9 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, OH. Bishop Thomas’ will visit a hybrid family farm in the afternoon.

CatholiBishop Thomasc 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 areaIMG_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!

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

TOLEDO, OH—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.

Upcoming Catholic Business Network programs are scheduled for Thursday, December 7, and Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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

BOWLING GREEN, OH—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.

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.

 

Catholic Charities Seeks Churches to Host Prayer Vigils for Life

After a three-year hiatus, Ohio resumed executions by lethal injection on July 26, 2017. Lethal injection court battles and the power of prayer staved off executions during that time period.

Beginning in January, 2017, 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!

“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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