Support Our First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser May 27

Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the first ever Office for Life Fundraiser sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, as we celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region!

The night will include remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice, and keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America. Kristan is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate.

Kristan was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. Under her leadership, Students for Life of America exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A published author, Kristan wrote “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” She’s been interviewed by Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, CBS, ABC, and HBO. Media Matters awarded her the “One of the 4 worst anti-abortion misinformers” title, of which she is very proud. Kristan regularly speaks at pro-life conventions and events across the United States, including leading college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and UC-Berkeley.

You may reserve dinner seating at $75 a person or make your event sponsorship payment online on Catholic Charities donation web page. Please note the number of dinner reservations and/or sponsorship level purchased during the online 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.

Interested in Sponsoring Our Friends for Life Fundraiser?

$5,000+: TITLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 8 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$2,500: MAJOR SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 4 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$1,500: PARTNER SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$750: SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner

$500: TABLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Buy a table of eight, invite your friends, and save $100 off individual admission prices

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing on Thursday, May 27!

Project Rachel Hosts Healing Retreat for Women April 17

TOLEDO, OH—Suffering from a past abortion? You’re not alone. Abortion can affect extended families—prospective parents and grandparents, siblings, family members and friends.

A one-day “Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women,” sponsored by Project Rachel, will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for women suffering from a past abortion. Connect with local support and resources and explore other women’s experiences.

Project Rachel LogoThe cost of the retreat is $25.

For more info and confidential reservations, contact Kerstin Pakka, Project Rachel Coordinator at 419.260. 5811 or kpakka@toledodiocese.org.

Visit hopeafterabortion.com for more information on Project Rachel. God Bless!

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.

 

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