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40 Days for Life Campaign Runs Through April 9

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign in Northwest Ohio through April 9, 2017.

You can participate in the 40 Days For Life Spring Campaign 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. Sign up at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.

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.

Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 725,000 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 12,668 lives have been saved, 143 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 83 abortion facilities have shut down!

To learn more, email Office for Life & Justice Director Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

Join our April 7 Closing Prayer Vigil for 40 Days for Life!

TOLEDO—Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer for the end of abortion at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, as the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio closes the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign. We’ll gather on the sidewalk of Capital Care abortion facility, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH.

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 visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or contact Office for Life and Justice Director Peter Range at: prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.   

 

A Life Saved Through Prayerful Witness

Does praying in front of an abortion clinic make a difference?   We invite you to read the story of baby Justice, which we received from Bob Schoen who prayed in front of the Toledo abortion clinic during our 40 Days for Life campaign during Lent:

I just want to share with you a couple of things that happened at the 40 Days for Life march Thursday.

Three of us were finishing up the 2-3PM hour. All of the patient cars were now gone and we had taken a short pause from our praying to just walk around the facility and talk. A car pulled through the parking lot, blocked our walk down the sidewalk, and a lady put down her window to talk to us. She spoke about her baby and put down the back window so we could see the baby (her name is Justice) in her car seat. This lady told us that she had intended to abort her baby, but did not because of people marching at the clinic. She wanted to let us know how much she appreciated it and that it had saved the life of her baby. She often drives by and sees people marching and praying. This time she decided to stop and say something.

Earlier in the day, a car pulled into the lot, also blocking the path of a marcher. The man driving wanted to know what was going on. Why were people marching, and why were all of the cars there? There were over 20 patients inside the clinic at that time. All of the parking spaces were taken and some of the patients had parked along North Haven. He hadn’t realized the building was an abortion clinic, and couldn’t believe they had so many patients there.

We know that for every person that actually stops there are many others who have their awareness raised, or who have been otherwise impacted by the praying and marching.

I just want to post a reminder that it doesn’t matter if the clinic is open or closed when you march and pray, and you may never have the blessing of someone stopping to tell you about their baby not being aborted, but the marching and praying does matter.

Throughout Lent, Catholic Charities is hosting a 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil in front of Capital Care Network at 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH. Individuals or groups may sign up to pray for an hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 1 to April 9.

Can you join us in our peaceful prayer mission to end abortion in our community?  Click here to learn more and sign up.

 

 

Diocesan Jail & Prison Ministry Gather in Findlay - March 11

FINDLAY— Anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail and Prison Ministry is invited to attend this half-day educational session. The event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Activity Center, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This event is open to anyone currently involved with or interested in volunteering for this Catholic Charities ministry. Topics to be discussed include:

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  • Mission/Vision of the Jail & Prison Ministry, Nick Lyster, Justice Ministry Coordinator;
  • Catholic Social Teaching Context, Peter Range, Director of Office for Life and Justice;
  • Evangelization training, Deacon Joe Malenfant, Sr. Director Discipleship & Family Life;
  • Best Practices from Northwest and West Central Ohio ministry facilities; and
  • Volunteer recruitment.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to cover morning refreshments and lunch.

Please RSVP to Nick Lyster, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

Candlelight Vigil for Life in Lima - March 20

People of all faiths are invited to join Rev. Michael Sergi and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio’s Death Penalty on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 W. Robb Avenue, Lima, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will 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, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection is on hold. Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The three individuals granted stays of execution are now scheduled for execution at a later date this year: Ronald Phillips, May 10; Gary Otte, June 13; and Raymond Tibbetts, July 26.

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting: http://www.usccb.org/…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

The next Candlelight Prayer Vigil is planned for Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 West Robb Avenue, Lima, OH, with Rev. Michael D. Sergi presiding.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

For more info contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at nlyster@toledodiocese.org

Men's Day of Prayer & Healing - Feb. 18

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, February 18.

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

For more information and confidential reservations, please call Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 1-888-456-HOPE or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Come and experience the mercy of God!

Candlelight Vigil for Life in Norwalk - Feb. 14

People of all faiths are invited to join Msgr. Kenneth G. Morman and the Northwest Ohio community for a Candlelight Vigil for Abolishment of Ohio’s Death Penalty on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, OH. We pray this evening of peaceful prayer will 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, as we pray for victims of crime and those facing execution.

Votive Candle Prayer VigilAfter a three-year hiatus, Ohio’s plan to resume executions by lethal injection is on hold. Jan. 26, 2017, a federal judge ruled midazolam, used in the State of Ohio’s execution drug protocol, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The three individuals granted stays of execution are now scheduled for later execution: Ronald Phillips, May 10; Gary Otte, June 13; and Raymond Tibbetts, July 26.

Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas urges all Catholics and people of goodwill to:

1. Pray for the victims of crime, those facing execution, and those working in the criminal justice system;

2. Reach out to the families of those affected by violent crime by bringing Christ’s love and compassion;

3. Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on capital punishment and educate others in this vital area of concern by visiting: http://www.usccb.org/…/death-penalty-capital-puni…/index.cfm;

4. Advocate for the end of the death penalty by sending a postcard and by calling Governor John Kasich at: 614-466-3555, urging clemency for all 139 individuals on death row in the State of Ohio.

5. Join us for a series of monthly Candlelight Prayer Vigils for the abolition of the death penalty being planned throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

The next Candlelight Prayer Vigil is planned for Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard Church, 240 West Robb Avenue, Lima, OH, with Rev. Michael D. Sergi presiding.

Churches of any faith denomination interested in holding a Prayer Vigil, or individuals interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities Jail & Prison Ministry, should contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at 419.214.4958 or email him at nlyster@toledodiocese.org.

For more info contact Justice Ministry Coordinator Nick Lyster at nlyster@toledodiocese.org

Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God & Memorial Service

babyHave you or someone you love experienced a loss due to a stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, early infant death or abortion?

Join us for a 7 p.m. Mass Celebrating the Mercy of God, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The presider at the Mass will be Bishop Daniel E. Thomas.

Testimonies from those who have experienced infant loss will follow the Mass during the 8 p.m. Memorial Service. All are welcome. Babysitting will be available. (more…)

Holy Diocese of Toledo! Nearly 1,000 Travelers from the Diocese March For Life

Nearly 1,000 youth and adults from churches and schools in northwest Ohio traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

The event draws tens of thousands of youth and pro-life supporters from across the country each year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

This year, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas marched with groups and individuals who traveled from the Diocese of Toledo to the nation’s capital.  Bishop Thomas led the group from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court Building as they walked and witnessed to the dignity and sanctity of each unborn child.

“Jesus Christ came to give us life. That life is precious and sacred,” said Bishop Thomas in a interview with EWTN.

The group marched side by side wearing bright orange ski caps embroidered with “Holy Diocese of Toledo!”

Peter Range, Catholic Charities’ Respect Life coordinator, and representatives from the diocese’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry, led and traveled with a group of 90 young adults, ages 19-39, to Washington D.C.

“It truly represents being one body, and to have our shepherd [Bishop Thomas] call us together shows his desire to be a leader in this issue, and also a desire to lead his flock to a greater respect for life,” said Range to the Toledo Blade. 

Other groups from the diocese included:

The Diocese of Toledo Youth Ministry Office, Attica Our Lady of Hope, Bellevue St. Gaspar del Bufalo, Bucyrus Holy Trinity, Clyde St. Mary, Galion St. Joseph, Mansfield St. Peter, New Washington St. Bernard, Shelby Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Glandorf St. John the Baptist, Kalida St. Michael, Marblehead St. Joseph, Port Clinton Immaculate Conception, Divine Mercy,  Delphos St. John High School, Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Toledo St. Joan of Arc, Toledo St. Patrick of Heatherdowns and Perrysburg St. Rose.

To read the Toledo Blade’s article about the March for Life group, go to: http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2015/01/23/Protesters-from-area-March-for-Life.html#ZC6ddWmhKCDUcL4S.03

Top Feature photo credit – Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Missionaries Teach Students How to Live a Life of Integrity

A group of seven young adult missionaries traveled throughout the Diocese of Toledo from Dec. 1 to 19 and spoke to youth groups about living a life of integrity and chastity. This is not your normal “abstain from sex” speech. Why? Because the Culture Project found a way to relate the conversation to their younger audiences by making their presentations interactive, referencing pop culture, giving personal experiences, tips and advice, and touching on tough subjects like love, marriage and sex.

Two missionaries spoke at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

“Marriage is about sacrifice,” said Chad, a Culture Project missionary as he spoke to the students. He illustrated the theme of sacrifice by referencing the movie “127 Hours” – the true story of a man who amputated his own arm after being trapped under a boulder during a mountain climbing trip. The character in the movie was motivated to live after having a vision of his unborn son.

“He found his true happiness, not by giving up, but by making the radical sacrifice of love,” Chad said. “Happiness comes with sacrifice.”

The message resonated with many students, including senior Andy Oakley.

“Chad was really great and he gave good insight into what it really means to love,” Andy said. “I really like the story about the man who was stuck by the boulder. He realized that it was about more than just him. He did the ultimate sacrifice, and he cut off his arm for what he could be and who he could be for his child. It’s more than me. It’s about my future – what I can give and what I can give to my child.”

“I thought it was a really good presentation,” said senior Jacob Lang. “They didn’t preach at us, and they related to us pretty well. They have been in our place before and knew how to relate it to high school kids.”

To learn more about the Culture Project, visit www.restoreculture.com.

“A friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home. I was so glad when they told me we could stay. They’ve been so good to me. Honestly, none of this would be happening if I hadn’t been here. They’ve helped me so much.” – Marquita, La Posada resident

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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