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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. Each weekend, they travel to parishes throughout the United States to assist parish priests with coverage while delivering inspiring mission-oriented messages, increasing parishioner engagement and deepening faith.

Outreach Priests share stories of faithful Catholic servants working in remote locations around the world transforming individuals and communities, while also providing 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:

The Baptism of the Lord

St. Ann Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO

“Around the world and with your help, we bring food, water, shelter, education, orphan support, medical care and disaster relief to the poorest of the poor. This is possible because of your generosity, because of your great heart.”

Excerpted from Fr. Gabriel Lormeus’s homily at St. Ann Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO, the weekend of 1/9/2022.

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:

Jan. 15-16 St. Mary's Fredericksburg TX Fr. Pascal N. Kumanda, C.I.C.M
Jan. 15-16 Holy Rosary Detroit Lakes MN Fr. Robert N. Sherry
Jan. 22-23 St. John the Baptist Excelsior MN Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy
Jan. 22-23 Holy Family Middletown OH Fr. John Fischer, Missionary of Mercy
Jan. 29-30 St. Patrick Norcross GA Fr. Frank Iacona
Jan. 29-30 Immaculate Conception Ira Township MI Fr. Alan E. Bower

Epiphany Sunday

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, North Platte, NE

“What are we doing in our life to look for the newborn king, baby Jesus?”

Excerpted from Fr. Tom Edelen’s homily at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, NE, the weekend of 1/2-3/22

Third Sunday of Advent

Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Smithville, MO

“Through your love, the local Catholic community was able to witness to the good news that Jesus Christ brings for all of creation by living out the corporal works of mercy. By feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and burying the dead.” Excerpted from Fr. John Fischer’s homily at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Smithville, MO, the weekend of 12/11-12/21

Second Sunday of Advent

Holy Family, Elizabeth City, NC

“Historical Jesus, that walked among us, is the one that we acclaim as Savior and Lord. Both Baruch and Luke tell us that winding ways will be made straight, rough ways smooth, hills lowered, valleys filled in, so that our way to God will be easier. And that’s why Jesus came. To make sure that our way to God would be easier. That what we had to observe was His law of love. To love God above all things and to love our neighbor as ourselves. That was the highest thing that anyone could aspire to, who claim the name Christian.”

Excerpted from Fr. Ron Mrozinski’s homily at Holy Family Catholic Church in Elizabeth City, NC, the weekend of 12/4-5/21

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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.

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