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Catholic Charities First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser A Success!

PERRYSBURG, OH—Many thanks to Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, all our committee members, volunteers and generous benefactors for their support of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s first ever Friends for Life fundraiser!

More than 250 members of pro-life community of Northwest Ohio gathered for an inspirational evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, to celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region.

Nearly $100,000 was raised to support pro-life efforts and bring on a local coordinator through Students for Life in America, who would be “specifically and solely dedicated to the mission of recruiting, training and mobilizing” pro-life groups in local schools, according to Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice.

The evening also included remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, followed by keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America and author of “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” 

Kristan, a Christian, wife, mother, author, speaker, and human rights advocate, was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up the organization from a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,300 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. The group seeking to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors for your support!

Title Sponsors

  • John and Bette Gilwee
  • Interstate Commercial Glass & Door
  • Family of Kate Kelly
  • LaValley Foundation
  • Pat McNamara and Patti Savage-McNamara
  • Perrysburg Automall
  • Harvey Popovich, M.D.

Major Sponsors

  • Brady and Katie Fineske, TDC Investment Advisory
  • Paul and Joan Miller & MFC Products, LLC
  • Hal and Kelly Reed

You can support the #prolife cause in Northwest Ohio by donating online at Catholic Charities secure website noting “Friends for Life Fundraiser” at checkout! Or you may contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Director of Development, directly at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information.

Thank you for your support!

Join Our 40 Days for Life Campaign During Lent!

TOLEDO, OH—Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the 40 Days for Life Campaign hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life Ministry. Participants gather on the public right-of-way outside of Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion clinic located at 1160 W. Sylvania Ave.

“We pray and witness to 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,” says Peter Range, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice.  “Through the peaceful, loving witness of pro-life supporters at the abortion facility over the past six years, 43 mothers have chosen life for their pre-born children! Join us to fight for life! Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!”

Visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo for information on how you can sign-up to pray. Each year the Spring Campaign begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Palm Sunday, this year March 28, 2021.

Since the international 40 Days for Life began in 2007, over 1 million volunteers in over 50 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 18,000 babies have been saved from abortion, 211 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 107 abortion facilities have closed!

For more information on how you can become involved in our  40 Days for Life Campaign, email Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or Veronica Leguire at vleguire@toledodiocese.org.

 

Feb. 12 Healing After Abortion: Virtual Clinical Training Event

A one-day virtual clinical training event: Healing After Abortion, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Diocese of Detroit and several Michigan Dioceses, will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, via ZOOM from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clergy and Religious, Social Workers / Therapists / Counselors, Parish Nurses, Pregnancy Crisis Center Staff, Pastoral Care Staff, Spiritual Directors, Youth and Young Adult Ministry staff and other interested individuals also are invited to attend this virtual clinical training event. 

This training event will feature presentations addressing specific areas of healing after abortion, including trauma, shame, post-abortion stress, grief and how faith plays a role in healing. The day will also include a specific session for priests, stories from women and men who found healing through Project Rachel, and an overview of the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat model.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 – 9 a.m. | Welcome, Introductions, Project Rachel & Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

9 – 10:30 a.m. | Fr. Ken Schmidt – Trauma

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Deena Cantu-LaPres – Post-Abortion Stress and Shame

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. | Sister Colleen Ann Nagle | How Faith Plays a Role in Healing

12:30 – 1 p.m. | Lunch Break

1 – 1:30 p.m. | Witness talks from a post-abortive couple and an individual

1:30 – 2 p.m. | Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Overview & Project Rachel Referral Network

2 – 3 p.m. | Priest Panel Discussion (for Clergy only)

This is a free event for Clergy and Religious, but organizers are asking others to consider a suggested donation of $25 to help cover costs.

All attendees are to register at project-rachel-virtual-training.eventbrite.com

After completing registration on Eventbrite, you will be emailed an order confirmation containing a registration link for the ZOOM webinar.

For more information: email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org

Event is sponsored by: Archdiocese of Detroit, Dioceses of Lansing, Saginaw and Kalamazoo, and Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Catholic Charities West Michigan.

 

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Celebrates Mass for Life Oct. 24

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas​ and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the annual Diocese of Toledo ​Flyer – 2020 Mass for Life with Bishop Thomas & Eucharistic Procession. The Mass will be held Saturday, October 24 at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Bishop Thomas Leading Procession

Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility, as participants chant the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life! Learn more by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or by contacting Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​ at prange@toledodiocese.org.

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.

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.” – Pope Francis

40 Days for Life Continues Through April 5!

TOLEDO, OH— Join the pro-life community of NW Ohio as we pray for an end to abortion in Toledo. We seek God’s grace more lives than ever will be saved during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign! The campaign runs through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

You can participate through prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil. Become a Day Captain. 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 1 million volunteers in over 61 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 16,000 lives have been saved, 190 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 104 abortion facilities have shut down!

Prayer Vigil

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. 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training Offered May 8

TOLEDO, OH—Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Join us from 6 – 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Dominic Room, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Project RachelJoin us to learn how to effectively and lovingly advocate for the lives of unborn children on the sidewalks of abortion facilities and dialog with your family, neighbors and co-workers. You’ll learn how to articulate the Gospel of Life to a culture that desperately needs it!

For more information, please contact Peter Range, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419.214.6711.

 

Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gathers in Findlay - May 4

FINDLAY, OH— On Saturday, May 4, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting a Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gathering at St. Michael the Archangel’s Auditorium, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH. This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry.

The event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Keynote speaker Alan Starr, a National Alpha Prison Advisor since 2005, will share his commitment and experiences, and the process, outcomes and benefits of bringing God to inmates through the Alpha program. Two ex-inmates will give witness talks on life in prison and reintegrating into society.

Best practices from each of the Northwest and West Central Ohio Jail & Prison ministry facilities and volunteer recruitment will also be discussed.

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Please register by Friday, April 26, by contacting Tiera Sanders at 419.214.4915 or tsanders@toledodiocese.org. Checks should be made out to Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry and mailed to: Deacon Ed Irelan, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator, 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604.

For more information on this ministry, call Deacon Ed Irelan at 419.214.4958 or email him eirelan@toledodiocese.org.

Men's Entering Canaan Day of Prayer & Healing - April 27

Men suffer from abortion too!

If you are carrying the pain and sorrow of losing a child to abortion(s), you are not alone. Find support from other men who are suffering during our “Entering Canaan Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing,” on Saturday, April 27.

This day retreat is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel ministry.

For more information and confidential reservations, please call Peter Ranger, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice at 419. 214.4933 or email prange@toledodiocese.org.

Or you may contact Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Come and experience the mercy of God!

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.

 

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!

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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