Messages of Mercy

Sharing the stories of the poor

Invite an Outreach Priest to Your Parish

Outreach Priests are an important part of the Cross Catholic Outreach ministry and can be a blessing to your faith community. Each weekend, they travel to parishes throughout the United States to share Cross Catholic’s mission, deliver inspiring homilies, increase parishioner engagement and deepen faith.

Outreach Priests share stories of faithful Catholic servants working in remote locations around the world, transforming individuals and communities and meeting the sacramental needs of a parish for mission-specific weekends, parish missions, special events or during a pastor’s absence. One of their goals is to motivate greater generosity toward the poor and greater support of Cross Catholic Outreach project partners serving impoverished families overseas. In this way, they share the Gospel — and through it, the message of charitable work.

Here are a few links to some recent Cross Catholic Outreach Priests’ visits:

Second Sunday of Lent

Responsorial Psalm

“Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.” —Psalm 33

Interested in hearing the message of mercy from a Cross Catholic Outreach Priest? Here are a few upcoming dates and parishes where you can hear the stories of the poor:

Date Church City St Outreach Priest
Mar 11-12 St. Anthony/St. Joseph Parishes Odessa TX Fr. Pascal N. Kumanda, C.I.C.M
Mar 11-12 Holy Spirit Church Saint Paul MN Fr. Alan E. Bower
Mar 18-19 Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Easton MD Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy
Msgr. Ted Bertagni, Missionary of Mercy
Mar 18-19 St. Joseph Catholic Church Marietta GA Fr. Patrick McCormick
Mar 25-26 St. John Neumann Catholic Church Lilburn GA Fr. Frank Iacona
Mar 25-26 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Redwood City CA Fr. Carlos Chavez
Apr 1-2 Guardian Angels Catholic Church Crystal Falls MI Fr. Augustine Temu

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Margaret Mary, Slidell, LA

“Our Lord doesn’t invite us merely to witness a great miracle. Our Lord invites us to witness and to imitate him. He invites us to perform a miracle.”

Excerpted from Fr. Frank Iacona’s homily.

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Henry Cluster, Saint Henry, OH

“Pope Francis tells us, not only do we pray for the poor, we feed the poor. Because that’s what prayer is all about.”

Excerpted from Msgr. Martin’s homily.

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Clifton Park, NY

“What did God say to you today? You are the salt of the Earth. Jesus believes in you. Fulfill today’s scripture, ‘to share your bread with the hungry, and to shelter the oppressed and the homeless, to clothe the naked, to be light to the world because, you are the salt of the Earth.’ It all flows together.”

Rev. Robert Sherry, excerpted from his homily at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Clifton Park, NY.

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksville, TN

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!” (Matt. 5:3)

Rev. Pascal N. Kumanda, C.I.C.M, excerpted from his homily at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksville, TN.)