TOLEDO, OH—Please bring a candle and join us Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., as the Northwest Ohio Pro-Life Community gathers on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.
At this Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Life, we will pray in honor of the Christ Child whose coming we celebrate this Christmas.
May this hour of peaceful prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to the darkness to move the hearts and minds of all present to more deeply appreciate the dignity of human life.
Questions? Contact Director of Office for Life and Justice Peter Range at email@example.com.
MANSFIELD, OH—“Your help is crucial to us as we move forward,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director, thanking over 250 attendees, board and community members, volunteers and staff for their generous service and support. The 75th Anniversary event raised nearly $70,000 for Catholic Charities services in Richland County. Donations are still being accepted to meet the $75,000 goal.
“Catholic Charities is not a typical social services agency,” Owens said. “We’ve touched thousands of people over the years, with housing, food and medical assistance, guardianship services, education programs and disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities serves. We’re here to care for people and connect them with resources in the community.”
Owens noted the 3-E Project, launched in 2016 to encourage, empower and engage people on their journey to self-sufficiency, is targeted for expansion, thanks to partnerships with Mansfield Engineering Components (MEC) and the Richland County Foundation.
Steve Cummins, MEC Co-Owner and VP, shared how valuable Catholic Charities 3-E Project is in providing employee assistance at their worksite. “All we did is open the door,” he said. “Catholic Charities is doing the heavy lifting, offering not only help, but hope.” Tracy Owens, a 14-year MEC employee, shared how Catholic Charities assistance saved her from becoming homeless after she experienced serious health issues.
“The reason Catholic Charities is doing so well is because their people are so filled with God’s love and giving life to those whose lives they touch,” said Rev. Leo Patalinghug. His entertaining and inspiring keynote presentation wove together notions of faith and family, with food and fun, all while cooking the evening’s dinner entrée. “We are all called to serve!”
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas thanked all for their generous support, “I am so proud of what Catholic Charities does here in Richland County. The people who day in and day out represent the Body of Christ and bring His love, His joy, His grace, His charity, and His goodness to those who are in need. As we strive to make the love of God real for each individual, our Catholic Charities ministries bring alive the exhortation of St. Teresa of Avila: ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’”
The Very Reverend Gregory R. Hite, VF, St. Peter’s Parish, encouraged generous support of Catholic Charities ministries. Reverend Nelson G. Beaver, St. Mary of the Snows Parish, opened with prayer; Reverend Christopher M. Mileski, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish closed with prayer.
Tony Mitchell, MIX 106.1 morning host and Operations Manager emceed the event.
Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!
PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000
- Chuck Hahn Lincoln Financial
RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – $5,000
- The Chambers Family
FEEDING THE HUNGRY – $2,500
- Cole Distributing
- Cooper Enterprises
- The Reed Family in Honor of The Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, VF & His Service
SHELTERING THE HOMELESS – $1,000
- Richard & Connie Cronin
- DRM Productions \
- Roger & Ann Harraman
- Prospering Life Events
- Phil Renda
- Richland Bank
- John & Mary Riedl
- Terry Thornsberry
VISITING THE IMPRISONED – $500
- Baker’s Collision-Glass Service
- Cypress Hill Winery
- Directions Credit Union
- Ed Pickens’ Café on Main
- Mansfield Distributing
- Mechanics Bank
- Newman Technology, Inc.
- Rodney Schuster
- SSIP Insurance
FRIEND OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES – $250
- AVI Systems
- Craig Callen, DDS
- Don & Cristine Covert
- Dairy Queen East
- Graham Auto Mall
- Hamilton Insurance Group, Inc.
- Bill & Margie Joyce
- Bill Kyrou
- MT Business Technologies, Inc.
- Harvey Popovich, MD
Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 100,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds living in the 19 counties of the Diocese of Toledo, providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance, education, adult advocacy services, and various social justice ministries.
TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for a Mass to celebrate the dignity of life! The 9 a.m. Mass, on Saturday, Oct. 14, will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.
Music with Nick De La Torre and the St. Catherine’s Choir. Fellowship and food will be shared at St. Catherine’s parish following the Eucharistic Procession.
Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life!
For more information, or for your group to be recognized in attendance, please contact Director of the Office for Life and Justice, Peter Range at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 419-214-4933.
“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.” – Pope Francis
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. Leo, 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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 of 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 email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Project Rachel ministry and the St. Rose Respect Life Committee.
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.
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.
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 areaa 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
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.
This 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.
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 event 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 email@example.com.