Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give program is once again supporting Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​’s Helping Hands of St. Louis ministry Nov. 18 through Saturday, December 29, 2018. Meijer will DOUBLE your donations 2 for 1 on Double Match Day: Friday, Dec. 7, 2018!

When you purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, you enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

“Please help us fulfill Meijer Simply Giveour mission of helping feed the hungry people who come to us for a meal by purchasing a food donation card during your next shopping trip to the Oregon Mejier,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Tell your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, because every dollar makes a difference!” Your generous donations are converted into gift cards used to purchase food items for our food pantry and hot-meal programs.

In addition to in-store donations, Meijer, for the seventh consecutive year, will donate $1 million to the 2018 Simply Give program, which will be dispersed to over 240 food pantries in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

For more information contact Sue Shrewsbery or Gabriel Skiver at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 419.691.0613.

MANY THANKS for your continued support Meijer and all of you who support this invaluable program! God Bless!

Join Us Dec. 4 for the Catholic Business Network - Ms. Amy Miller

PERRYSBURG, OH— The Catholic Business Network’s speaker series continues on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Our speaker will be Ms. Amy Miller, the creator and founder, behind GraceandMimi.com, a website dedicated to sharing God moments, prayers and inspiration for living a life of Christian action. She will discuss “The Gift of Presence.”  

“To hear God’s voice, we must be still,” Amy says. “We each need to quiet our minds (and our phones) and spend time with Him.”

The free event will be held at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH. Breakfast Buffet and Networking begins at 7 a.m. Program begins at 7:30 a.m. An optional Mass follows at 9 a.m. in Saint John XXIII’s new worship space.

We ask each attendee to please register online for this breakfast event at Eventbrite Toledo.

Open to women and men of all faiths, the Catholic Business Network’s mission is to engage and empower Northwest Ohio business leaders and professionals to promote Catholic values in the workplace.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Catholic Business Network event, or have any questions, please contact Melissa Tonti at 419.214.4898 or mtonti@toledodiocese.org.

 

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Leads Nov. 17 Prayer Vigil for Life

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.”

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“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 prange@toledodiocese.org or at 419-214-4933. Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life!

Project Rachel Hosts "Hope & Healing Weekend" for Women Nov. 16-18

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 Weekendretreat, 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.

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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 projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Visit hopeafterabortion.com for more information on Project Rachel. God Bless!

Join Our Nov. 14 Prayer Vigil for Life!

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 usPrayer Vigil 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 prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.

Join Our 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign!

TOLEDO, OH—October is designated as “Respect Life Month.” 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, November 4.

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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities Hosts "Poverty in Workplace" Seminar Nov. 13

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.

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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 dbemiller@toledodiocese.org.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Seeks Sponsors

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 lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

 

Sept. 20 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?

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.

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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 clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

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

 

Helping Hands 5th Annual Shoe Fest August 11

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 Closeup 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!

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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