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 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 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.
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
The Knights of Columbus Council 386 recently presented a check to La Posada for $250. The check was donated by the Knights of Columbus Ohio State Council.
“One of the four tenants of the Knights of Columbus is charity,” says Jonathan Boyle, Knights of Columbus member. “Catholic Charities reflects a lot of what we stand for. We are happy to serve and be a partner that helps make a difference for people in our community.”
La Posada Family Emergency Shelter provides temporary housing and supportive services for up to 10 homeless families a night in Toledo. While there, families work with staff members to achieve self-sufficiency through programs that help them identify goals and build on their strengths to attain them.[singlepic id=868 w=320 h=240 float=right]
La Posada Housing Program Coordinator Jeanelle Addie said the money will assist with the renovation of guest bedrooms and other housing needs.
“We are very appreciative of the opportunity and of the Knights’ assistance to help us continue the work that we do,” said Addie.
“Knights of Columbus is about helping our community,” said Micheal Lambert, Knights of Columbus member. “We are called to serve, especially through the Church and our faith.”
Oct. 31, 2012—Catholic Charities is hosting a chartered bus trip from Norwalk to Chicago with a stop in Fremont on Nov. 10 for a schedule-free day of sightseeing and holiday shopping.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Catholic Charities’ ministries including: the Miriam House transitional housing program in Norwalk for homeless women and children, adult advocacy for the elderly and community emergency services. The trip is sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and Twilight Gardens.
Tickets are $75 per person and include chartered transportation with snacks, games, movies and prizes and nine hours to explore the city. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Martha Hillman at Catholic Charities at 419-668-3073 or email@example.com by Nov. 8.
In late 2005, Tonya Brown-Munn and her daughter, Veronica, stayed for several weeks at the La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in Toledo. Her own home had burned down, and she had nowhere to turn and no funds to tide her over.
Now, fortunately, Tonya is doing much better, but she still remembers the time she spent at the shelter as a time of healing, learning and growth.
“Being there was humbling. It made me reflect on how tenuous our lives really are,” Mrs. Brown-Munn, now a Business student nearing graduation from the University of Toledo, said. “Those people made us feel like we were at home when we didn’t have a home. They were so good to us. Now whenever I drive by, I beep the horn just to say hi, just to say thank you.”
In fact, Mrs. Brown-Munn does much more than that. This past April, she organized a Build-a-Bear and pizza party for the 20 children who were staying at La Posada at the time.
Dogs, ponies and an alligator
The party’s sponsors – Build-a-Bear and Marco’s Pizza – were approached by Mrs. Brown-Munn, who wanted to do something for the children of La Posada.
“I was working with executives at both Build-a-Bear and Marco’s on a project for school. In the course of that work, I happened to visit a Build-a-Bear store, and I saw the smiles on the faces of children who were enjoying building their own animals,” she recalled. “I thought, I’d like to bring those same smiles to the faces of kids who aren’t as fortunate, who maybe can’t afford to go to Build-a-Bear.”
She approached both organizations about sponsoring a party at La Posada, and she got a green light. So, on Good Friday evening last April, parents brought their little ones into the front room at La Posada and opened the bags of assorted stuffed Build-a-Bear animals – fluffy dogs, a huggable unicorn, an alligator, a few ponies, and – not surprisingly – several teddy bears of different sizes, textures and colors.
The smiles took place as scheduled, as wide-eyed children, excited at their sudden good fortune, clutched their furry new friends.
It was a party worth remembering for both parents and children, Jeanelle Addie, La Posada’s Case Manager, said. “I don’t think any of them will forget it any time soon.”
“Doing things for people – paying it back, paying it forward, whatever you call it – just makes you feel good,” Tonya said. “The people staying at La Posada don’t have much, and they can’t always do what they’d like to for their kids. But they enjoy good things as much as anyone. I just remember that the people who took us in at La Posada were able to make my daughter and me feel really good at a time when we were feeling really bad. And I wanted to do something to make the people who are staying there now feel good.”