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Sandusky Furniture Ministry Volunteers & Donations Needed May 6

SANDUSKY—Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers and partners to help create a Furniture Ministry in Sandusky, OH. The concept is simple, but will have great impact for those we serve—high-quality donated furniture will be picked up and delivered to those who need it.

“Most of us take for granted family time around our dinner table, relaxing on our sofa, and getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed,” says Michael Szuberla, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator. “But for families emerging from homelessness and other difficult situations, these simple pleasures are beyond their reach. Families may find a place to live, but they need furniture to make that space a home.”


Any individual, group, or organization interested in helping with this new furniture ministry is invited to participate in our inaugural First Saturday Volunteer Workday and Furniture Drive on May 6th from 9:30 a.m – 2 p.m.

To donate furniture or to volunteer please contact Michael Szuberla at 419-214-4950 or mszuberla@toledodiocese.org

Catholic Charities needs dedicated volunteers and community partners who can help support this effort. Able-bodied volunteers with trucks or vans will be especially helpful to coordinate donation pick-ups and deliveries to those who qualify for the program in Erie County.   A donated 20-foot by 30-foot storage space is secured to warehouse furniture.

Contact Michael Szuberla: 419.214.4950 or mszuberla@toledodiocese.org for more info.

40 Days for Life Campaign Runs Through April 9

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign in Northwest Ohio through April 9, 2017.

You can participate in the 40 Days For Life Spring Campaign 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. Sign up at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.

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.

Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 725,000 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 12,668 lives have been saved, 143 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 83 abortion facilities have shut down!

To learn more, email Office for Life & Justice Director Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

Join our April 7 Closing Prayer Vigil for 40 Days for Life!

TOLEDO—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer for the end of abortion at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio closes the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign. We’ll gather on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.

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.

For more information visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or contact Office for Life and Justice Director Peter Range at: prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.   


Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gather in Findlay - March 11

FINDLAY— Anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail and Prison Ministry is invited to attend this half-day educational session. The event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry. Topics to be discussed include:

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  • Mission/Vision of the Jail & Prison Ministry, Nick Lyster, Justice Ministry Coordinator;
  • Catholic Social Teaching Context, Peter Range, Director of Office for Life and Justice;
  • Evangelization training, Deacon Joe Malenfant, Sr. Director Discipleship & Family Life;
  • Best Practices from Northwest and West Central Ohio ministry facilities; and
  • Volunteer recruitment.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to cover morning refreshments and lunch.

Please RSVP to Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Hosts Mansfield Consumer Resource Fair

MANSFIELD—Catholic Charities is celebrating their 75th anniversary in Mansfield and is hosting the 7th Annual Consumer Resource Fair, as part of National Consumer Protection Week, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Mall.

“The purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate and empower consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to 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 because they’re desperate to meet basic needs of food, shelter and medical care.”

CatholicCharities_logoCatholic Charities and 20+ organizations will provide free information on managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, and avoiding identify theft and scams. Participants include the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Civista Bank, Mechanics Bank, Richland Bank, Sutton Bank, Woodforest National Bank, Richland County Adult Protective Services/JFS, Mansfield-Richland Public Library/First Call-211, Habitat for Humanity, NECIC/ Temp2Higher, and Ohio Division of Financial Institutions. Richland County Sheriff’s office will be fingerprinting.

“Catholic Charities partners with the Ohio Attorney General’s office each year,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director. “We do our best to be proactive in educating our community on important financial matters.”

Candlelight Vigil for Life in Lima - March 20

People of all faiths are invited to join Rev. Michael Sergi and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio’s Death Penalty on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 W. Robb Avenue, Lima, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will 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, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection is on hold. Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The three individuals granted stays of execution are now scheduled for execution at a later date this year: Ronald Phillips, May 10; Gary Otte, June 13; and Raymond Tibbetts, July 26.

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting: http://www.usccb.org/…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

The next Candlelight Prayer Vigil is planned for Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 West Robb Avenue, Lima, OH, with Rev. Michael D. Sergi presiding.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

For more info contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at nlyster@toledodiocese.org

Want more for your trade-in car? Donate it!

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is partnering with CARS to transform your trade-in car into a donation to help thousands of men, women and children in Northwest Ohio.

CARS is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) assisting nonprofit organizations across the USA in accepting vehicle donations as a revenue stream. The CARS exclusive web-based vehicle donation program provides the ability to accept vehicle donations without having to manage the program in-house. In addition, CARS exclusive web=based vehicle donation program provides the nonprofit organizations the transparency that they require and the security that the organization and donors demand.

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Donating your car is easy! Call 844-531-GIVE or 844-531-4483 or donate securely online at www.cardonatingiseasy.org. CARS will pick-up your vehicle and send you all of the paperwork after your vehicle is sold.

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Hosted in Ontario, OH

Catholic Charities is hosting a Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging, 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, OH.

Bridges Out of Poverty helps social work, healthcare and legal services professionals who work with those in poverty gain a deeper understanding of their challenges – and strengths – to better partner with clients and create opportunities for their success.

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Based on the book, Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, by Dr. Ruby Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith, the workshop addresses poverty at the individual, community and structural/policy levels, with an understanding people in poverty can be planners and decision makers in the process of moving from welfare to work.

Workshop facilitator Anne Seifert is a Lifetime Certified Bridges’ Trainer. Topics covered include:

  • Eleven key resources of a customer/employee
  • Economic realities affect patterns of living
  • Mental models as effective interventions for cognitive and language barriers
  • Principles for improving outcomes with individuals from generational poverty

CEUs are available for SW, DODD and RCH. The $40 registration fee is due by November 10. For more information, contact Diane Bemiller at 419-524-0733, ext. 228 or email dbemiller@toledodiocese.org

Journey Into The World of St. Teresa - A Catholic Charities Celebration

This fall, Catholic Charities invites you to a special evening with Linda Schaefer, our guest speaker for the evening of October 13th. She is the last photojournalist to be given permission, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta herself, to photograph the work of the Missionaries of Charity and witness Mother Teresa’s legacy. In addition to her personal journey with Mother Teresa, Linda attended her beautification in 2003 and her canonization at the Vatican on September 4, 2016.

Linda SchaeferLinda will take you on a pictorial and video journey of the life and work of Mother Teresa, a woman who believed in the dignity of the human condition, no matter the circumstances.Together, they visited the bedsides of extremely sick and dying patients, many afflicted with leprosy. Linda was moved to tears when she saw how well hundreds of men and women were treated and cared for, within the home Mother Teresa founded.

Much Like the mission of Catholic Charities ministries, in the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “The work will continue because this is not my work, it is God’s work.”

Bishop ThomasBishop Daniel E. Thomas will share recollections of the personal time he spent with Mother Teresa and his reflections on her life’s work, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and the work of Catholic Charities. Bishop Thomas endorses and promotes Catholic Charities’ mission of serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

Please join us, with your family and friends, for a wonderful evening of enlightened fellowship, as we come together to share our mission with others and make a difference in our community.



Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, OH
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016

VIP Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Doors Open – 6 p.m.
Dinner and Program – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Tickets are $50 per person and are available for purchase online or by calling Catholic Charities at (419) 244-6711.

For event sponsorship information, please go to catholiccharitiesnwo.org/st.teresa-of-calcutta-sponsorship

Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God & Memorial Service

babyHave you or someone you love experienced a loss due to a stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, early infant death or abortion?

Join us for a 7 p.m. Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The presider at the Mass will be Bishop Daniel E. Thomas.

Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss will follow the Mass during the 8 p.m. Memorial Service. All are welcome. Babysitting will be available. (more…)

“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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