Three children sow seeds in a field in rural Guatemala

Messages of Mercy - Good Soil Bears Fruit

Homilies from Cross Catholic Outreach Priests on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

An important part of the Cross Catholic Outreach ministry is our Outreach Priests. Each weekend, a group of Roman Catholic priests travel to parishes throughout the United States to assist with coverage while delivering inspiring mission-oriented messages, increasing parishioner engagement and deepening faith.

Outreach Priests share stories of faithful Catholic servants working in remote locations around the world transforming individuals and communities, while also providing the sacramental needs of a parish for mission-specific weekends, parish missions, special events, or during an absence. One of their goals is to motivate greater generosity toward the poor and greater support Cross Catholic Outreach project partners serving impoverished families overseas. In this way, they share the Gospel, and through it, the message of charitable work.

During these challenging times, our Outreach Priest are doing great things to bless the poor. Here are a few links to some recent Cross Catholic Outreach Priests visits:

Presentation of Our Lady, Denver, CO

“In front of the brochure, you can see a Franciscan nun. Her name is Sr. Clara; she lives and works in the Philippines. Every day, she goes to the streets of Manila to feed the poorest children. With your donation this weekend and from many other parishes around the country, Cross Catholic Outreach is able to provide support not only to Sr. Clara and those children, but many different life-saving ministries in the developing world.”

Mater Dei, Topeka, KS

“I look at myself and my brothers who go out and raise money for the poorest of the poor as farmers… because we help parishes plant seeds. Why do we plant them here? Because you, our Catholic family, are the ‘good soil.’ “

Holy Redeemer, Odessa, TX

“I have worked as a missionary for the poor all my life, traveling to many places that not many people want to go; you can also be missionaries for the poor from Odessa, where you can make your contributions to Cross Catholic Outreach, helping your neighbors in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South and Central America to have food, clean water, education for those who have been marginalized and destitute from society. You can be the good soil that will bear good fruit as we read in the Gospel today.”   

Following Fr. Rivera’s visit, one donor sent the following email praising the ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach:

“I want you and the whole CCO Team to know that I first heard a talk that Fr. Hilario Rivera did a while back in Big Spring, TX and I have never forgotten it. My wife and I have donated periodically to you over the years, but it was his talk of conviction, honesty and humor that re-ignited our desire to continue. I pray for the continued success of all the hard work you all put in to help those in need.”

Invite an Outreach Priest

Interested in hearing the message of mercy from a Cross Catholic Outreach Priest? Here are a few upcoming dates and parishes where you can hear the stories of the poor:

Date Parish City State Outreach Priest
July 25-26 St. Edward Pembroke Pines FL Fr. Ron Mrozinski
July 25-26 Our Lady of Prompt Succor Alexandria LA Fr. Francesco Iacona
July 25-26 Immaculate Conception Denton TX Fr. Pascal Kumanda
August 1-2 Holy Family Hilton Head Island SC Fr. Francesco Iacona
August 1-2 St. Peter’s Lindsay TX Fr. Richard Kunzman
August 1-2 St. Thomas More University Norman OK Fr. Ron Mrozinski
Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.