Day of Prayer

“My soul magnifies the Lord.” Luke 1:46

Thank You for Praying With Us

We appreciate your participation in our annual Day of Prayer, celebrated in partnership with the Vatican.

Even though our annual Day of Prayer is complete, we continue to welcome your prayers.
We would be honored to pray for you and your loved ones.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Join Our Mission for the Global Catholic Church

Cross Catholic Outreach transforms the lives of the poor and their communities, materially and spiritually, for the glory of Jesus Christ. Our cost-effective approach channels life-giving aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries.

Help us pray for the poor — and break the cycle of poverty for children and families in need.

“For Nothing Will Be Impossible With God.” – Luke 1:37


Cross Catholic Outreach is a Vatican-endorsed 501(c)(3) Catholic relief and development ministry that provides food, shelter, health, water, education, self-help programs, orphan care and emergency relief to the poorest of the poor in dioceses around the world. For the past 20 years, we have mobilized the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Learn More

Every year, Cross Catholic Outreach commemorates the Assumption of Mary into Heaven with a Day of Prayer. On this day, Cross Catholic Outreach staff join together in prayer to intercede for the specific intentions of our donors, our ministry partners and the poor.

In the Catholic Church, the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is a major feast day and a holy day of obligation. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that Mary, the Mother of God, herself conceived without original sin, was assumed body and soul into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. This feast day is celebrated on Aug. 15.

Jesus gave his Blessed Mother to all humanity when he was on the cross (John 19:26-27). As our great spiritual mother, Mary is our heavenly advocate who brings our petitions to the Lamb of God (Revelation 5:8). As St. Faustina reflected in her Diary, “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.”

There is no cost to submit your prayer intentions to Cross Catholic Outreach, or to include your intentions in those we send to the Vatican. Tax-deductible donations are optional and will be used to support the poorest of the poor around the world with food, shelter, water, health, disaster relief and more.

Cross Catholic Outreach is approved by the Holy Father as an official Catholic charity and has received multiple Vatican endorsements, including from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Holy Father’s Developing World Outreach.

Officially called the altar of St. Sebastian (after the early Christian martyr), this altar resides in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. In 2011, the remains of St. John Paul II were moved to the chapel, where they currently rest beneath the altar.

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Cross Mission Partners receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Thank You for Your Special Commitment to Serving the Poor!