Bless you for being part of Cross Catholic Outreach’s mission to bring material aid and spiritual hope to the poor and vulnerable. This report shows how your generosity empowered moms to overcome obstacles, fed the hungry and supported heroic priests who serve the poor. You are truly, as St. Teresa of Avila put it, “Christ’s hands and feet” to minister to a world in need.
Faith & Housing, Kobonal Haiti Mission in Haiti
Your generosity is helping rescue and strengthen families like that of Miyotte Meus.
Miyotte and her husband, Joachim, are a hardworking couple. They did whatever it took to put food on the table and take care of their children. Still, no matter how hard they tried, Miyotte and Joachim were never able to earn enough to repair their deteriorating home as it started to crumble. The small house had holes in the roof, and when the rains came, everything inside the home would get drenched. Despite these hardships, Miyotte and Joachim continued to trust in God and find refuge in their Catholic faith.
Today, through Kobonal Haiti Mission and compassionate friends like you, God has answered the family’s prayers for help! Your generosity built them a durable concrete home with four modest, comfortable rooms and a sturdy metal roof.
Thank you for helping change this family’s life — they are so grateful!
Emergency Food, Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala
Guatemala has an under-equipped health care system, so its poor were hit hard by COVID-19. In an effort to quell the spread of the virus, the government mandated a stringent lockdown, which increased the pressures facing the poor. It prevented many people from going to work and limited the transportation of necessary supplies — including food.
Bishop Bernabé Sagastume and Fr. Raúl Monterrosso coordinated the distribution of food hampers to hungry people throughout the diocese. Each hamper contained a one-month supply of corn, beans, rice, noodles, sugar, coffee, salt, oil, soap and Incaparina (a protein-rich supplement).
At this time, when parishes cannot meet, it has been especially meaningful for families to receive this assistance through the Church. It has been a bright testimony of hope for families on the brink of starvation.
Clean Water in San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic
You helped Cross Catholic Outreach partner with Bishop José Grullón Estrella in the Dominican Republic to build six water systems to serve disadvantaged communities throughout the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana.
Working with Bishop Grullón and his social outreach organization, FUNDASEP, has been a joy. He is a legendary figure in the region, beloved for his ability to inspire and mobilize the poor, and well deserving of his nickname, “The Backpack Bishop,” for his many visits to the most remote corners of his diocese, traveling by donkey and sleeping on dirt floors. Even at his advanced age, he still occasionally does overnight visits in the communities, and the people receive him with open arms.
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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.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s new 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.