Diocesan News for Toledo

Take up the rosary for marriage and the family

Take up the rosary for marriage and the familyAugust 10, 2015 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) The power of the holy rosary cannot be underestimated. Through the centuries, the faithful of every age and place, have turned to Mary, the Mother of God, in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the rosary, uniting themselves to the mysteries of Christ her Son and placing their needs within her motherly care.

Countless shrines throughout the world dedicated to Our Lady testify to favors obtained through the rosary for every conceivable need: deliverance for those facing persecution or natural disasters, healing for those in physical and spiritual need, conversion from sin and rediscovery of the faith, protection and victory in times of war, comfort and strength in moments of affliction. Read more of "Take up the Rosary" >

Bishop Thomas issues statement regarding Senate vote on Planned Parenthood

Bishop Thomas issues statement regarding Senate vote on Planned ParenthoodApril 1, 2015 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) Bishop Daniel E. Thomas released the following statement  regarding the Senate vote on Planned Parenthood:

“On Monday, Aug. 3, the U.S. Senate voted down a motion to proceed to a bill that would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and redirect that funding to women's health organizations. While the vote is a setback in our fight for life, the debate over funding Planned Parenthood will continue this fall. Thus, I urge the Catholics of the Diocese of Toledo and all people of goodwill to continue to work to end the scourge of abortion and protect life. Join me as we continue to raise our voices together by writing or calling your elected representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

“Pope Francis has called unborn children ‘the most defenseless and innocent among us.’ (The Joy of the Gospel, 213) In recently released videos from the Center for Medical Progress, which expose Planned Parenthood's role in the trafficking of human organs, tissues and body parts, we have become witnesses to the exploitation of our defenseless and innocent unborn brothers and sisters. Read more of "Bishop Thomas Issues Statement" >

Parishes to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine MercyApril 1, 2015 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) He asked her to create an image of Him that included the words “Jesus, I trust in you” and gave her the words to a series of prayers that has come to be known as the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

When St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina in 2000 he declared the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.

On the Feast of Mercy, St. Faustina wrote, Jesus told her “I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of Mercy. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.” Read more of "Parishes to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday" >

Bishop Thomas pledges a father's love to Toledo

Bishop Daniel ThomasOctober 22, 2014 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) In his first public appearance since moving to Toledo, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas promised to love the people of the Diocese of Toledo as a father loves his children and asked for prayers in helping him to live out that mission.

Hundreds of people —bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated men and women and laypeople — gathered at Toledo Rosary Cathedral as Bishop Thomas led an Evening Prayer Service Oct. 21, the eve of his installation as the Diocese of Toledo’s eighth bishop.

The tone of the service was reflective as the majority of the evening consisted of sung psalms and hymns. Marsha Rivas, interim leader for the Evangelization and Parish Life Secretariat, offered a reading from I Jn 3: 1a, 2 and prayers were offered for the government, Bishop Thomas, freedom, young people, children and the departed. Find out more about Bishop Daniel Thomas' Installation >

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Pope Names Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Thomas as Bishop of Toledo, Ohio

Bishop Daniel ThomasAugust 26, 2014 – Washington (USCCB) Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia, 55, as Bishop of Toledo, Ohio.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, August 26 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Thomas was born June 11, 1959 in Manayunk, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and a licentiate of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1985 and appointed auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia in 2006. Find out more about Bishop Daniel Thomas >

Catholics gear up for marches at hone, in Washington

Jan. 12, 2014 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) Catholics in the Diocese of Toledo are planning trips to Washington, D.C., and organizing local observances to mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Several groups have organized bus trips to the national rally and March for Life to the Supreme Court, which is Jan. 22. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters gather in Washington annually for the peaceful demonstration. Read more about the March for Life >

Diocese launches marriage prep program

January 3, 2014 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) It's no secret that the more time you devote to thinking through things before you act, the better the outcome.

This is never truer than in marriage.  If you're spending the rest of your life with someone, shouldn't you do a little prep work?

"Engaged couples want a strong, healthy marriage but they don't have a plan to get there," says Monica Martinez, director of the marriage and family life office for the Diocese of Toledo.  "The challenge is having marriages that stay together, marriages that are centered on Christ." Discover more about the marriage prep program >

Fr. Charles Ritter elected diocesan administrator

Fr. Charles RitterDecember 20, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) Father Charles Ritter, associate pastor of Sylvania St. Joseph, has been elected diocesan administrator. The administrator oversees diocesan operations until a new bishop is appointed.

During a press conference Dec. 19 announcing the election, Fr. Ritter said his role as administrator is to basically keep things running until a new bishop is appointed. He further explained the Code of Canon Law spells out what an administrator is not to do: “while the see is vacant, there is to be no innovation. So great, wonderful new ideas, programs, directions: none.” Find out more about the new administrator >

God does not disappoint

Bishop Leonard P. BlairDecember 6, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle/Bishop Leonard P. Blair) Ten years represent a good part of anyone’s life. That’s how long I’ve been your bishop. In some ways it seems like just yesterday that I arrived in Toledo from my hometown of Detroit. In other ways, it seems like long ago, and a lot of water, as they say, has passed under the bridge.

In preparing to write this final article before I take up my new ministry as Archbishop of Hartford, I looked back at my first article in the Chronicle, which appeared in January of 2004. The theme was hope, inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul’s New Year’s message that year. Here, in part, is what I wrote back then Read Bishop Blair's Article in the Catholic Chronicle >

Bishop Blair's Letter to the Diocese

Bishop Leonard P. BlairOctober 28, 2013 – Bishop Blair (Diocese of Toledo) - This is a hard letter for me to write, because it is the announcement that after almost ten years as your Bishop, Pope Francis has seen fit to appointment me the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut, upon the retirement of the current Archbishop, the Most Reverend Henry Mansell.  The announcement date is Tuesday, October 29, and my new appointment will take affect on Monday, December 16, the date of my installation in Hartford. Read more of Bishop Blair's new Assignment >

Knights of Columbus Welcome Archbishop Leonard Blair to Hartford

October 29, 2013 – Hartford (Knights of Columbus) - “As an organization headquartered in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Knights of Columbus is pleased to welcome our new Archbishop – His Excellency Leonard Blair. Throughout his time in Michigan, at the Vatican and most recently in Ohio, our Archbishop-designate has shown himself to be a quintessential pastor and shepherd. We thank Pope Francis for this outstanding appointment and stand ready to assist our new Archbishop in whatever ways we can. As our brother Knight for more than 19 years, we hope he will find in this appointment something of a homecoming.” Check out the Knights of Columbus Website > 

New Blog Site is Forum for Catholic Men

Aug. 19, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) - A new blog site geared toward Catholic men has been initiated and is located at catholicmentoledo.wordpress.com.

The site is the personal work of Tadhg Farrell, coordinator of the Catholic Men's Fellowship Program, under the Diocese of Toledo Secretariat of Evangelization and Parish Life. Read More about this new men's blog >

Faith and Worship

Toledo Bishop BlairAug. 2, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle/Bishop Blair) - In my last reflection for the Year of Faith, I spoke of the creed as the first of the four “pillars” of faith to be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Now I would like to say something about the second “pillar,” namely, what we Christians call liturgy, the celebration of the sacraments. If we believe our creed to be true, then we are led to worship in the liturgy. The one flows into the other.

So the second “pillar” (Part Two) of the Catechism is titled, “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery.” This title gives us an important indication of what true worship is. The dictionary says that worship is “the reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power.” Read more about Liturgy >


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