Carry
the Cross
This Lenten season, join parishes across the U.S. in sharing hope when you “Carry the Cross” of impoverished African children.
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Meet the Need

Your gifts will empower three inspirational outreaches — St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Philomena Homes in Kenya — helping more than 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children with food, education, safe shelter and Catholic instruction. Your financial support is critical to rescuing children from the bonds of poverty.

A gift of $240 will feed and educate four children for an entire year.
A gift of $600 will feed and educate 10 children for an entire year.
A gift of $1,500 will feed and educate 25 children for an entire year.

Your sacrifice and generosity will provide incredible blessings for Father Francis and his mission to help orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.

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Through Carry the Cross, we invite you to commit your Lenten sacrifice to bless children in desperate need. By applying the three pillars of Lent — praying, fasting and almsgiving — you can change lives!

If you would like to mail your gift in, you can download the form here.
Pray

for children who are orphaned, abandoned and in dire poverty.

Fast

from something meaningful for 40 days so you can sacrifice for hurting orphans.

Give

financial support to rescue precious children from the bonds of poverty.

Activity Guide

As your school or parish embarks on its 40-day journey to raise money to help orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, we pray you’ll find the following activity guide helpful. There are fundraising ideas, prayers for orphans around the world, Bible verses to memorize and Scripture readings to share. We encourage parents to work through these activities with their children throughout the Lenten observance.

Getting Started

This activity guide was created to enrich the Lenten observance for Catholic families. It was designed to be used alongside the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Calendar. The “Read and Reflect” sections are based on Sunday Mass readings throughout the 40 days of Lent that culminate in the celebration of Easter. Some of the activities, such as the “Verse to Memorize” and the “Orphan Fact” and “Prayer,” can be done as a family. Throughout the week, families, schools and parishes can join together in fundraising activities. We encourage you to be creative in your use of this guide, incorporating your own ideas to enrich your experience. When you do, please email Cross Catholic Outreach and tell us about your Lenten observance!

 
Weekly Guides

Click here to download and print 2019 Carry the Cross Proposal.
Click here to download and print 2019 Carry the Cross Activity Guide.