July Backpack & School Supplies Drives Welcomed!

La Posada Emergency Family Shelter seeks backpacks and school supplies donations for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, and families served at Helping Hands of St. Louis. Children will receive these school-year specific items at Catholic Charities 6th Annual Housing Support Picnic on Monday, August. 6.

Churches, service groups, organizations and businesses interested in participating are asked to please contact Willi Meyer, Catholic Charities Senior Residential Specialist at La Posada  Emergency Family Shelter, at 419.244.5931; or email him at wmeyer@toledodiocese.org for a complete list of needed items and make arrangements for donation pickups.

School Supply Backpack + School SuppliesWish List: Backpacks, 2# Pencils, Pens (black & blue), 24-pack Crayons, Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Pencil/Pen Pouches, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, 12-pack Colored Pencils, 8-pack Colored Washable Markers, Erasers, Highlighters, Loose Notebook paper (150 & 500 count), Dry Erase Markers, 12″ Rulers, 1″ Binders, One Subject Spiral Notebooks, Index Cards, Composition Notebooks, Scientific Calculators.

Thank you for your support of Catholic Charities ministries!

Register by July 27 for Catholic Charities Free ACE Seminar

MANSFIELD, OH—Employers: Are your employees having a tough time leaving their personal stuff “at the door” when they come to work? What do you do when an employee appears overwhelmed by a personal situation and it’s affecting your workforce?

JOIN us for a free, ACE Seminar to learn how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact the workplace on Tuesday, August 7, from 8 a.m. to Noon, at the James W. Kehoe Center Auditorium, 175 Mansfield Avenue, Shelby, OH. Doors open 7 a.m.; free breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

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Get an introduction and overview of the ACE Study. Learn what the findings mean for business and management. Identify concrete steps to improve productivity, decrease turnover, increase the bottom line, and fulfill the organization’s mission.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Registration Required by July 27. Deadline Extended. For more information or to register contact First Call – 211 Phone: 419-522-4636. Or email: rc211@mrcpl.org

This event is funded in part by The Richland County Foundation.

 

July 28 Helping Hands of St. Louis 15th Annual Golf Outing

BEDFORD HILLS, MI—Looking for a great way to give back and help others this summer?  Time to put together your team for the 15th Annual Helping Hands of St. Louis Golf Outing, on Saturday, July 28, at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182.

Our 4-pGolf_Outing_1_save_for_weberson Scramble includes: 18 holes of golf with 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 Saturday, July 7. Regular $90 per person registration begins Sunday, July 8 and runs through Saturday, July 21.

Not a golfer? Consider becoming a sponsor! All proceeds benefit Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Helping Hands Outreach Center’s ministries include a soup kitchen serving 250 meals daily. Our food pantry, clothing center, hot showers and hygiene products support low income and homeless families.

For more information on event sponsorship or to register a team, please contact SueShrewsbery (419) 691-0613, ext. 2, or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org. Thank you and God bless!

Creation Care Team Training Aug. 2 at St. John XXIII Church

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join Northwest Ohio environmental advocates and leaders,  Thurs., Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for Laudato Si’ Creation Care Team Training, at Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.

You will learn how to begin, sustain and grow Creation Care Teams in your parish, so we might protect our world for future generations!

For more information, or to register, call Rae Bechtel at 419.214.4915 or email rbechtel@toledodiocese.org.

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Project Rachel Sponsors Aug. 4 Life Runners Celebration

MAUMEE, OH—Join us for fun and fellowship for the whole family! Come and see what this new family-friendly ministry’s all about! Open to all ages, 1 – 101! All in Christ, For Pro-Life! Please bring a baby item that will be donated to a local pregnancy resource center.

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We will pray, run/walk, hear testimony, enjoy refreshments and welcome new members, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Family Center, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH. Please RSVP by email to nshohenbrink@gmail.com or call 419.360.0504.

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 projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Check out Toledo – NW OH LIFE Runners on Facebook!

Join Us Aug. 9 - Catholic Business Network with Jeff Barefoot

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.

Register online at Eventbrite Toledo: https://embracing-your-crosses-toledo.eventbrite.com

For more information, call Melissa Tonti at Catholic Charities, 419.214.4898.

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!

Join Our Aug. 11 Prayer Vigil for Life!

TOLEDO, OH—On Saturday, August 11, beginning at 11 a.m., join Rev. Matthew Rader, of St. Joseph Parish 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 one of 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 July 19 Prayer Vigil for Life!

TOLEDO, OH—On Thursday, July 19, beginning at 6 p.m., join Rev. Krzysztof Kardzis, from Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Fremont, 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 one of 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.

May 19 Prayer Vigil for Life led by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas

TOLEDO, OH—To show support for life, people of all faiths are invited to join our Prayer Vigil for Life led by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m., at ProMedica’s Headquarters at 100 Madison Avenue, in Toledo, OH. 

This prayer vigil is being held to peacefully protest the transfer agreement ProMedica signed in February with the Toledo abortion mill, Capital Care Network. 

Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. Parking is available at nearby parking garages.

“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 10,000 signatures garnered in support of this “Stand for Life” will be presented to ProMedica’s Board of Directors this Saturday, May 19, asking them to reconsider this transfer agreement. You may sign the petition at www.petition.life.

“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 May 19 Prayer Vigil  For Life at ProMedica’s Headquarters.”

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This past fall, two babies were saved from abortion in Toledo. Check out this article: https://40daysforlife.com/2017/10/30/toledo-ohio/. In the past three years, 21 babies were saved from the efforts of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life ministry.

Contact Peter Range, Catholic Charities Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933 for more information.

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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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