TOLEDO, OH—To show support for life, people of all faiths are invited to join our ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Life led by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, on Saturday, November 17, at 10 a.m., at St. Francis De Sales Chapel, 501 Cherry Street, Toledo, OH.
Following the Prayer Vigil, Bishop Thomas will lead a Procession to ProMedica Headquarters, 100 Madison Avenue in Toledo. The prayer vigil is being held to peacefully protest the transfer agreement ProMedica signed in February, 2018, with Capital Care Network, Toledo’s only abortion facility.
“The Catholic community throughout the Diocese of Toledo is heartbroken,” Bishop Daniel E. Thomas said. “ProMedica’s decision to authorize the patient-transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the only remaining abortion clinic in the metro Toledo area, endorses the taking of innocent human life.
“We believe the aim of all health care providers should be to promote the healing and protection of all human life, not to facilitate the destruction of the most vulnerable in our community,” Bishop Thomas said. “We lament this tragic decision. We exhort all people of good will to join in recognizing and protecting the dignity and sanctity of each human person.”
Over 13,000 signatures support asking ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra and the ProMedica Board of Directors to reconsider this transfer agreement. You may sign the petition at www.petition.life which states: “I believe a prestigious healthcare provider like ProMedica should not support an abortion facility that ENDS life rather than SUSTAINS it.”
“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.
“Our witness and practice of prayer is needed now more than ever,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. “I invite you to join many other prayer warriors during our November 17 Prayer Vigil For Life and Procession to ProMedica’s Headquarters.”
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 email@example.com or at 419-214-4933. Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life!
FREMONT, OH—Suffering from a past abortion? You’re not alone. Abortion can affect extended families—prospective parents and grandparents, siblings, family members and friends.
This “Hope and Healing Weekend” retreat, hosted by Project Rachel, is for women who have already begun the journey of healing from abortion and seek a deeper and closer relationship with God. Connect with local support and resources and explore other women’s experiences.
The retreat begins Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of The Pines Retreat Center, 1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH. The retreat will end Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. Space is limited.
Registration Fee: $150 ($170 after November 10) includes 2 nights individual room, all meals/snacks and retreat materials. $50 deposit (to be sent in with registration form) with remaining balance due by November 10.
For more information and confidential reservations, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Project Rachel Coordinator, at 1.888.456.HOPE or 419.260.5811; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit hopeafterabortion.com for more information on Project Rachel. God Bless!
TOLEDO, OH—On Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 6 p.m., join Rev. Michael Geiger, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Toledo, OH, and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for a prayer vigil at Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility.
The hour-long prayer vigil will be on the sidewalk of Capital Care Network, 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 us as we pray and seek God’s grace that 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 email@example.com or call 419-214-4933.
MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting “The Effects of Poverty in the Workplace” seminar for employers to learn how to prevent the influences of poverty from affecting productivity in the workplace.
The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the James W. Kehoe Center Auditorium, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, OH. Doors open at 8 a.m. SEATING IS LIMITED. Registration Required by November 9, along with a $20 registration fee.
The Effects of Poverty in the Workplace seminar will help employers understand how poverty affects people, how workplace practices influence poverty, and offer strategies to more effectively engage your employees to prevent poverty.
Brian Rome, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Ministry, will facilitate the seminar.
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.
For more information or to register for this seminar, please contact Diane Bemiller at 419-524-0733, x 228, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the annual Diocese of Toledo Mass to Celebrate the Dignity of Life & Eucharistic Procession. The Mass will be held Saturday, October 6 at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.
Reverand Michael Geiger, Reverand Gerald Knueven, Reverand Paul Schreiner, Reverand Anthony Coci, and Reverand Francis Speier will be concelebrants. Reverand Matt Rader will be the Master of Ceremonies. Deacon Phil Denovo will be the lead Deacon for the Mass.
Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility, as participants chant the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Nicholas De La Torre will lead our music as we process to Capital Care Network of Toledo.
Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life! Learn more by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or by contacting Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo at email@example.com.
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, OH—Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Program offers assistance to individuals who have participated or are currently participating in our Community Emergency Services program. Individuals in our Guardianship program also benefit from Project Bethlehem. Items such as clothing, slippers, socks, robes, personal items, art supplies, etc. are always welcomed by those we serve in care facilities.
In August, staff members in Catholic Charities Mansfield office begin seeking sponsors to provide wrapped gifts, to be distributed in early to mid-December. Previous sponsors have included churches, schools, businesses, agencies and private individuals and families. For more information on our Mansfield program and how to donate please call Laurie Hamrick at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email her at email@example.com.
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?
Join Msgr. Marvin Borger for a Mass & Memorial Service Celebrating the Mercy of God, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The Mass will be concelebrated by Rev. George Wenzinger and Rev. David Kidd. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be before the Mass from 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Witness talks from those who have experienced infant loss and a Rose Procession will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. Fellowship will follow in St. Rose’s Church Cafeteria. All are welcome.
For more information, call Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel Coordinator at 419-583-6817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Project Rachel ministry and the St. Rose Respect Life Committee.
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 area 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 email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
TOLEDO, OH—Join us for the next Catholic Business Network breakfast, Thursday, August 9. Jeff Barefoot, Founder/President, Ressourcement, Inc., continues our quarterly speaker series with “The Power and Freedom of Embracing Your Crosses.”
This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace.
The free event will be held at the Sullivan Center at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m., followed by hour-long program at 7:30 a.m.
Limited seating is available, so please register early online at Eventbrite Toledo: https://embracing-your-crosses-toledo.eventbrite.com
For more information, call Melissa Tonti at Catholic Charities, 419.214.4898.
MAUMEE, OH—Join us for fun and fellowship for the whole family from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Family Center, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH!
See what this new Catholic Charities family-friendly ministry’s all about! The Toledo-Northwest Ohio Life Runners chapter is open to people of all ages, 1 – 101!
“We gather to share in our common prayer to end abortion and to celebrate LIFE. Our motto is ‘All in Christ, For Pro-Life!” says Clarissa Lapinksi, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel Coordinator. “We will pray, run/walk, hear testimony, enjoy refreshments and welcome new members.”
A 5K route to run or a 1-mile walk will start at 10:30 a.m.
Attendees are asked to bring a baby item that will be donated to The Nest, a new Christian-based, free daycare center in Bowling Green, OH.
Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419.360.0504. Check out Toledo – NW OH LIFE Runners on Facebook!
To learn more about this event or the Diocese of Toledo’s Life Runners Chapter, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Project Rachel Coordinator, at 419.583.6817 or email email@example.com.