Day of Prayer artwork
This beautiful painting of the Assumption of Mary was done by Kenyan artist Alfred Oduya and reflects the wonderful Catholic traditions of that African nation. Mr. Oduya is a volunteer at St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center in Kitale, Kenya, a ministry our donors have empowered to better serve orphans and vulnerable children. His art is on display at the National Museum of Kenya.

The Impact of Day of Prayer

Updated June 21, 2023

On Tuesday, August 15, Cross Catholic Outreach will be celebrating its 2023 Day of Prayer. Every year, the ministry commemorates the Assumption of Mary into heaven with this special Day of Prayer to bless its supporters and friends. The event also recognizes and honors the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church.

Key Takeaways

  • On August 15, Cross Catholic Outreach will hold its annual Day of Prayer in honor of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Cross Catholic Outreach sets aside this special day to offer up the prayer intentions of its supporters and friends. This year His Eminence Cardinal Konrad Krajewski will take part in the event by offering up these prayer intentions at a special Mass in Rome.
  • Everyone who donates to Cross Catholic Outreach — now or at any other time — plays an important role in the Church’s missions of mercy, blessing thousands of needy families around the globe.

The Catholic Church venerates Mary as a heavenly advocate who brings our prayers to Jesus (Revelation 5:8). Bringing our petitions to her, we can be confident they will be heard by the Lamb of God. Every year on the Day of Prayer, Cross Catholic Outreach staff pray together to intercede for the specific intentions of our donors, our ministry partners and the poor.

Cross Catholic Outreach encourages all our donors and friends to join us in prayer on that day. We are always eager to have prayer support for the poor and for our efforts to break the cycle of poverty among children and families in need. Whether you pray for a specific community or seek God’s intervention for the poor around the entire world, we are honored to have your voice join ours.

As you consider joining us in prayer, consider the reflections of St. Faustina: “To give worthy praise to the Lord’s mercy, we unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother. Through her, streams of grace flowed down upon us.”

Prayer for Our Donors

Almighty God, from the beginning of creation, you have filled the world with your abundant blessings. May we never cease to thank you for your provision.

Lord Jesus, you came to teach us how to love one another and to be good stewards of your many gifts. You gave us new Gospel values by which to measure our lives. It is only by generously sharing ourselves and our God-given gifts that we find true joy and peace.

Holy Spirit, you have given us your wisdom. Empower us with your gifts and graces so we can make a difference in the world, especially among those most in need.

Bless our Cross Catholic Outreach donors and friends as they assist us in fulfilling the mission and vision that you, O God, have called us to. We know our resources will only have a transformative impact when they are empowered by you, the Provider and Sustainer of all things. May your love and grace fall like dewfall on those who share of their financial resources so that, through their sacrifices, our brothers and sisters in need can receive physical and spiritual assistance and see the love of Christ in action. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Submit a Prayer Intention

On the Day of Prayer, it is our honor to lift the prayer intentions of our friends and ministry partners up to the Lord. Please send us your prayer intentions here; we would love to pray for you!

We consider it part of our ministry to pray for you! That’s why Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to prayer all year long. Each workday at Cross Catholic Outreach begins with communal prayer, and we also set aside time on Tuesday mornings to pray for the specific intentions of our donors. Throughout the year, you can always submit a prayer request here.

It is an honor and a privilege to lift your requests to heaven and to keep you in our hearts every day.

Become a Monthly Donor

Through the Day of Prayer, our ministry hopes to further its mission of mobilizing the global Catholic Church to improve the lives of the poor around the world materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. As Catholics, it is our duty to share the great news of Jesus’ sacrifice with every community and show firsthand how God’s love can radically transform their lives. Gifts from our donors empower us to serve the poorest of the poor in dozens of developing countries around the world.

Our unique approach utilizes and empowers an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries already hard at work in the communities they serve. By working with local Catholic ministries, we provide the support they need to break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization. If you would like to learn more about the work that Cross Catholic Outreach does around the world and how you can support our missions by becoming a monthly donor, please click here