Friends for Life:
I love the month of May.
As a Catholic, it’s traditionally been known as “Mary’s month” to honor her “yes” in agreeing to be the mother of Jesus. Thus it’s a great month to honor all mothers who ‘give life’ to the world. It’s also spring time, so new life abounds all around us and of course we’re celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Reflecting on springtime Martin Luther once wrote, “everything in nature points to Resurrection.” So as there is new life abounding all around us in nature, let us see that new life as a sign of new hope for all of us and our weary souls. For in Christ there is indeed hope for restoration of our culture, there is indeed hope for new life in our nation, and in Christ there is indeed hope for Resurrection – even in our own desperate souls!
In this hope I pray you might join me for three different opportunities to revel in the love of the Lord and hope for the restoration of culture.
- Thursday May 11th 6 pm – 8 pm “Vision Meeting”: Last year, I held the Respect Life Office’s first ever “Vision Meeting” at the Pastoral Center in Toledo. Priests, lay leaders and friends of the Pro-Life movement gathered and from the meeting we launched our pornography task force which will be hosting Matt Fradd this coming September. This year again I would like to get together to pray, seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and discuss this next year of the pro-life movement in Northwest Ohio. Instead of at the Pastoral Center, Laura and I would like to host you at our home, near Bowling Green Ohio. Please consider joining us and RSVP by emailing me at Catholic Charities at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Marshall at email@example.com. If you can bring a dish to share please also indicate that in your RSVP to Sharon or myself. After you RSVP we’ll be sure to send you our address. Please consider joining us so we can seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance moving forward! Together, we will abolish abortion and restore culture.
- Saturday May 13th 3 pm – 7 pm “Culture Project Young Adult Gathering”: The Culture Project Missionaries have spent this past year sharing the love of Jesus Christ with our young people through presentations and visits regarding ‘human dignity’ and living with ‘sexual integrity.’ To thank them for their time Laura and I will be having a gathering with young adults at our home near Bowling Green on Saturday May 13th. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. We’ll play some sports and have a bonfire and thank God for the great work of the missionaries this past year.
If you would like to continue the work of the Culture Project in the Diocese of Toledo for next year we need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Catholic Charities. You can donate here: https://catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/make-a-donation-online-to-catholic-charities/ or send a check to Catholic Charities c/o Peter Range at 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo Ohio 43604. Make sure in either case to mark you would like your donation to go directly to the Culture Project. I’ve attached information on their work to date, as well as the financial breakdown of their organization.
- Wednesday May 31st 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Vigil for Life”: Join us on the sidewalk of Capital Care as we pray that one of the 15 children scheduled to be aborted that week will be spared! We’ll gather at Capital Care, 1160 West Sylvania Ave., Toledo on Wednesday May 31st at 6:30 p.m. We don’t have to sit idly by as children in our own community are aborted. Join us to peacefully witness to the dignity of human life!
Thank you for all you do to witness to the dignity of every human life! May God bless you and fill you with new hope that we will one day abolish abortion and restore culture!
For the Risen Lord!
Director of Office for Life and Justice
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
1933 Spielbusch Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
419-244-6711, ext. 4933