Cross Catholic Outreach

Day of Prayer

“Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor.”
-Tobit 4:7

A Vatican Mass Offered for Your Intentions

On our Day of Prayer, it is our honor to offer the prayer intentions of our friends and ministry partners to the Lord. To join your prayer to the holy sacrifice of the Mass at the Vatican, submit your intentions below and receive a digital Mass card. As Saint John Paul II told us, “Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.”

*All prayer intentions submitted by July 31 will be offered at a special Vatican Mass on August 15 for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

How Day of Prayer Works

Step 1

Prayer lifts our hearts to God and places our thanks, petitions and burdens at his feet. If you or a loved one is in need of prayer, share your specific intentions.

Step 2

Aug. 1, 2024
Your Intentions Are Sent to The Vatican

Cross Catholic Outreach provides intentions to the Papal Almoner, His Eminence Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, in preparation for a special Vatican Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Step 3

Aug. 15, 2024
The Cross Catholic Outreach Day of Prayer

Cross Catholic Outreach’s staff members pray for your intentions. Every year, we join together for a Day of Prayer to intercede for the specific intentions of our donors, our ministry partners and the poor.

Step 4

Aug. 15, 2024
Your Intentions at a Vatican Mass

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, a ministry partner in our Ukraine humanitarian aid effort, offers Mass for your intentions on the Solemnity of the Assumption, at the altar of Saint John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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.

Share Day of Prayer

Everyone needs prayer, so we invite your family and friends to submit their intentions too.

We all need prayer! Submit your prayer intentions for a special Vatican Mass and encourage your friends to submit theirs too.

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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.

Mary

About the Artist

This beautiful painting of the Assumption of Mary by Alfred Oduya was created in Kenya and reflects the wonderful Catholic traditions of that African nation. Mr. Oduya is a volunteer art teacher at St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center in Kitale, Kenya, a ministry that generous donors like you have empowered to serve orphans and vulnerable children. A native of Kenya, Mr. Oduya is a graduate of Lodwar High School, Camboni Technical School and Jomo Kenyatta University. He has had his work displayed in the National Museum of Kenya and featured in an art exhibit in Oslo, Norway. He currently resides in Makutano.

FAQs

Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501(c)(3) Catholic relief and development ministry that provides food, shelter, health care, water, education, microenterprise programs, care for vulnerable children and disaster 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 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 August 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, medical care, disaster relief and more.

Cross Catholic Outreach is approved by the Holy Father as an official Catholic charity and has received multiple Vatican endorsements. We are currently endorsed by and affiliated with the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, also known as the Office of the Papal Almoner. This dicastery provides mercy and aid to the poor, vulnerable and excluded in the name of the Roman Pontiff. The first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity is the Papal Almoner, His Eminence Cardinal Konrad Krajewski.

This beautiful painting of the Assumption of Mary by Alfred Oduya was created in Kenya and reflects the wonderful Catholic traditions of that African nation. Mr. Oduya is a volunteer art teacher at St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center in Kitale, Kenya, a ministry that generous donors like you have empowered to serve orphans and vulnerable children. A native of Kenya, Mr. Oduya is a graduate of Lodwar High School, Camboni Technical School and Jomo Kenyatta University. He has had his work displayed in the National Museum of Kenya and featured in an art exhibit in Oslo, Norway. He currently resides in Makutano.