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Delivering food, shelter, and hope to the poorest of the poor
Cross Catholic Outreach celebrated its seventh annual Day of Prayer on Friday, Aug. 13, ahead of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, staff joined together in prayer to intercede for the speciﬁc intentions of our donors, our ministry partners and the poor.
Mass was offered on two continents! Cardinal Peter Turkson celebrated from the Vatican, and Cross Catholic Outreach’s own Father Dave Caron, OP, presided over Mass — with several Outreach Priests concelebrating — at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Deerﬁeld Beach. Day of Prayer has a special place in our hearts. This year, we added a Marian theme from Luke 1:46: “My Soul Magniﬁes the Lord.” We plan to continue this practice each year to help us focus on our great spiritual mother and heavenly advocate who has taught us by example to “do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).
The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, is successfully putting faith into action with Cross Catholic Outreach. This has taken on many exciting forms, from food packing and Box of Joy events to virtual retreats!
Since early 2019, Knights in Maryland, West Virginia, Florida and Indiana have funded and packed over 350,000 Vitafood meals for the poor. Our goal is to facilitate the Knights with 1 million meals for the poor this ﬁscal year! Additionally, Knights in over 20 states will bless more than 25,000 children this Christmas through our Box of Joy ministry.
This year, Fr. Dave Caron, OP, began directing monthly virtual retreats for Knights and Catholic men. We also launched a virtual Rosary program for councils and assemblies. Recently, Fr. Bernard Olszewski began celebrating a monthly Mass for the intentions of Knights and their families. We see enormous potential in this inspiring partnership between two authentically Catholic organizations that serve others for the glory of Christ.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.