Lenten Outreach for Catholic Parishes, Groups and Families

Using our free tools, Catholic parishes, groups and families can engage in a memorable Lenten outreach to demonstrate Christ’s mercy toward the poor. By applying the three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — families in your community will learn more about world poverty, engage with the Corporal Works of Mercy, and mobilize to transform lives.

During the 2022 Lenten season, U.S. Catholics helped improve access to water and Catholic education for nearly 52,000 people in Ghana, Malawi and Zambia! Join with us next Lent to bless even more communities in Jesus’ name.

Take a Journey with Jesus this Lent

A Mission of Mercy to Deepen Your Lenten Observance

“By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (CCC, 540)

Matthew 4 describes how Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. As we are spiritually renewed during the 40 days of Lent, we have the privilege of uniting ourselves with Christ by making small sacrifices — fasting and praying along with him!

For many years, faithful Catholic leaders in Ghana, Malawi and Zambia have also journeyed with Jesus through the desert. They have made tremendous sacrifices, working in the trenches to meet the urgent needs of the poor in their communities.

This Lent, you have an opportunity to join their mission of mercy. Wells of Salvation invites parishes, schools, groups and families to journey with Jesus, embrace self-denial and bless families in need. Using our Lent Activity Guide, U.S. Catholics can apply the three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — to quench thirst and build a brighter future!

Give the Gift of Mercy This Lent

Goals For This Outreach

Empowering Devoted Dioceses to Transform Lives

Your generosity will empower Catholic leaders in three dioceses to transform lives. Altogether, these ministry efforts will provide relief for 51,754 people — including more than 2,322 students who will gain improved access to water and education!

Diocese of Wa

Construct safer schools, teacher housing, and a multipurpose rectory building.

Diocese of Karonga

Provide empowering training to help locals prevent disease, repair wells, build latrines and earn income.

Diocese of Chipata

Provide protected wells. Improve an insufficient water system to serve a Catholic hospital.

Empower the Church to Bless Nearly 52,000 Lives This Lent

Clean Water for Ghana, Malawi and Zambia

U.S. Catholics Transformed Lives During Lent 2022

During the 2022 Lenten season, parishes and groups across the U.S. participated in our Wells of Salvation outreach. By working with the Diocese of Wa in Ghana, the Diocese of Karonga in Malawi, and the Diocese of Chipata in Zambia, we were able to install 65 wells, build three schools and deliver many other blessings to communities in need. By working with in-country Catholic leadership and friends like you, Cross Catholic Outreach strives to strengthen the Church’s merciful work around the world.

Beatrice is balancing schoolwork and chores on her family’s small farm. Safe water and a safer school are helping her reach for a bright future!

Hope and Motivation!

One of the people blessed by this support is 16-year-old Beatrice Bozie in Chaggu-Paala, Ghana. Prior to this outreach, five communities in Beatrice’s area were sharing one extremely overcrowded school, and students did not have reliable access to safe water. Beatrice had to visit a distant well and wait in a long line to fetch water, so she was often late for class.

Thanks to the work of the Church and the generosity of donors, a major transformation has taken place! Beatrice is one of 330 students blessed by the construction of a new junior high school and kindergarten, complete with a clean well and six-toilet sanitation block. Beatrice said these improvements have given her hope and motivated her to focus on her studies. She can work toward a bright future because of friends like you!

Engage With Our Next Lenten Outreach

We’ll provide the resources you need!

When you take part in our Lenten outreach, we’ll provide the tools and support you need to be successful. Our resources will help educate and excite your parishioners, families or members as they take action to serve the vulnerable.

View last year’s resources below for examples.

Your support will help Catholic leaders serve the poor in their communities. In the Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, local priests like Father Andrew Pumula are counting on you to bless families in need.

Contact Us to Transform Lives During Lent

We’d Love to Work With You

You may also schedule one of our excellent Outreach Priests to speak at your parish, and our team is happy to answer any questions along the way. When we link arms as the united Body of Christ, we can accomplish mighty works of mercy in his name!


Since its inception, Cross Catholic Outreach has received the endorsement of more than 150 U.S. bishops, archbishops and cardinals.


Archdiocese of Mobile

“I commend each person at Cross Catholic, who in their various roles of supporting the ministry, are contributing to uplifting their brothers and sisters who live without access to the basic necessities of life.”


Diocese of Tyler

“I offer my sincere congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the ministry …. Through His love, countless lives and entire communities can be transformed over the next 20 years!”


Archdiocese of San Francisco

“I pray that, as Cross Catholic enters its third decade of ministry, the Lord continue to bless you as you bring hope and the love of Christ to our brothers and sisters bound by the bondage of poverty.”

Pope Francis has imparted an Apostolic Blessing on Cross Catholic Outreach and its benefactors in recognition of the ministry’s 20-year commitment to global relief and development. An Apostolic Blessing — commonly called a papal blessing — is a special blessing from the Holy Father himself that marks a significant occasion or milestone.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, the close of our ministry’s 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.