Intercessory prayer is vital to Cross Catholic Outreach, a Vatican-endorsed relief and development ministry that has provided $3.4 billion in aid to the poor worldwide. Day of Prayer is an annual event dedicated to lifting up the intentions of our friends and partners.

As we pray for you, we kindly ask you to join us in prayer for the poor in developing countries.

A Vatican Mass Offered for Your Intentions

Are you or a loved one in need of prayer? Submit your intentions below and receive a digital Mass card:

How Day of Prayer Works

1) Submit Prayer Intentions

Now – July 31, 2021 

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

2) Intentions Sent to the Vatican

Your intentions sent – Aug. 1, 2021 

Cross Catholic Outreach provides intentions to His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson in preparation for a special Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

3) Day of Prayer

Event – Aug. 13, 2021

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

4) Your Intentions at a Vatican Mass

Mass Celebrated – Aug. 15, 2021

Cardinal Turkson offers Mass for your intentions on the Feast of the Assumption. Cardinal Turkson is Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, promoting the dignity of all in alignment with Catholic social teachings.

Pray for Our Ministry Partners


For those affected by COVID and for the end to the poverty that worsens the situation.


For peace, the conversion of hearts, reconciliation and an end to suffering in East Africa.


For political stability and for community members engaged in health and development.


For the love, dignity and safety of children affected by COVID.


For families in the Diocese of Karonga affected by COVID.


For our staff and the impoverished children and families they serve.


For the girls at our boarding school, the medical patients we serve and all who selflessly support our efforts.


For God to intervene in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Day of Prayer Schedule

8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. (All Staff)

Opening Keynote by Jim Cavnar

10:00 a.m. — 10:50 a.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Liturgy of the Hours

11:00 a.m. — 11:50 a.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Taize Music, Meditation and Prayer

Noon — 12:30 p.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Liturgy of the Hours

1:00 p.m. — 1:50 p.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Lectio Divina

2:00 p.m. — 2:50 p.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Prayer for Ministry Partners

3:00 p.m. — 3:20 p.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Liturgy of the Hours

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. (Silent Prayer Chapel)

Holy Mass for Staff


We all need prayer. Invite family and friends to submit their intentions.

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Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen


Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501(c)(3) Catholic relief and development ministry that provides food, shelter, medical care, water, education, self-help programs, care for orphans 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 joins together in prayer to intercede for the specific intentions of our donors, ministry partners and the poor.

Cross Catholic Outreach typically holds its annual Day of Prayer on Aug. 15, in honor of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your intentions at the request of the priests and staff of Cross Catholic Outreach. Since this feast day falls on a weekend in 2021, Cross Catholic Outreach staff will observe this year’s Day of Prayer on Friday, Aug. 13.

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. 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, including from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Holy Father’s Developing World Outreach.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.