Catholic Charities Hosts Consumer Resource Fair March 2

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities is hosting the Ninth Annual Consumer Resource Fair, this Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Mall, in Mansfield, OH. Participating organizations will provide free information on such topics as managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, wellness, and avoiding identify theft and scams.

“The purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate and empower consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to money and 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, while trying to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care.”

Over 20 organizations will participate in the resource fair, including: the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Consumer’s Counsel, Richland County Sheriff Dept., Mansfield City Schools Adult Education, Ohio Department of Commerce, Civista Bank, GROhio Community Credit Union, Mechanics Bank, Richland County JFS/Adult Protective Services, Third Street Clinic, Mansfield/Richland Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, Domestic Violence Shelter, Community Action for Capable Youth, Blue Rose Mission/Trinity United Methodist Church-home repairs, StarFish Project of Richland County/Opiate Task Force, and YWCA Child Care Resource/Referral.

Catholic Charities has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s office for nine years to host this Consumer Resource Fair to educate and empower the community as part of National Consumer Protection Week. This year, National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 3-9, 2019.

For more information, contact Laurie Hamrick, at Catholic Charities Mansfield Office, at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Offers "Serving Like Christ" Workshop

TOLEDO, OH—The “Serving like Christ” Workshop will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH 43605. This invitation is extended to anyone associated with Catholic Diocesan ministries and outreach.

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This free workshop, facilitated by Brian Rome, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Ministry, will help you identify Christ-centered direct service practices and assist faith-based service providers learn how to effectively incorporate ministry into their programs.

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.

Please register by Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. RSVP to Sue Shrewsbery by email: sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org  or call (419) 214-4939, ext 101.

Join Us Feb. 14 for the Catholic Business Network - Mr. Tom Hornacek

TOLEDO, OH—The Catholic Business Network’s speaker series, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, continues on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Our speaker will be Mr. Tom Hornacek, Community Outreach Director for Ave Maria Radio and Mission Team Leader for Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, MI.

He will share his journey from suffering and loss, to deliverance and freedom through Jesus Christ in his presentation, “From Lukewarm Catholic to Intentional Disciple.”  The free event will be held at St. Joan of Arc, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH. Breakfast/networking begins at 7 a.m. Program at 7:30 a.m. is followed by optional Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Limited seating is available, so please register online at intentionaldisciple.eventbrite.com.

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.

 

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Feb. 9 Prayer Vigil for Life at ProMedica Headquarters

TOLEDO, OH—To show support for life, people of all faiths are invited to join our ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Life on Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m., at ProMedica Headquarters, 100 Madison Avenue in Toledo.

The prayer vigil is being held to peacefully encourage the Board of Directors of ProMedica Hospital to walk away from their transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, Toledo’s only abortion facility.

“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.

Nick De La Torre will lead us in song and worship and we’ll have a few special guests to share the truth in love: that a hospital which saves lives shouldn’t partner with a facility that ends human life.

Over 13,000 signatures support asking ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra and the ProMedica Board of Directors to reconsider this transfer agreement.

Please visit www.petition.life to sign the petition which states: “I believe a prestigious healthcare provider like ProMedica should not support an abortion facility that ENDS life rather than SUSTAINS it.” Join the local movement to end abortion in Northwest Ohio, starting with challenging our hospitals to fulfill their core mission – to focus solely on saving lives!

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for an evening of prayer and discussion on Monday, January 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH. Learn about the struggles faced by climate migrants—families driven from their homes by climate change—and two particularly vulnerable groups, Pacific Islanders and Guatemalan farmers in the Dry Corridor. You’ll also learn how we can help these brothers and sisters through aid, advocacy, and action.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World? is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team). Contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 (rclarkphelps@gmail.com) for more information.

 

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 now through Saturday, December 29, 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!

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.

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