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:

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler, TX

I saw a bumper sticker on a car on the interstate that said, “Those who seek the Lord at the 11th hour, usually die at 10:30!” I thought there is some wisdom to that. In our spiritual lives, you kind of put off until later what we can do today. What Jesus reminds us today is that the time to recognize Christ among us is today. The time to be Christ to each other through our lives of faith, hope, love and mercy is today.

Excerpted from the homily of Msgr. Ted Bertagni at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, TX.

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 Parish City State Outreach Priest
Jul 2-3 St. Mark Wilmington NC Fr. Frank Iacona
Jul 2-3 St. Matthias the Apostle Magnolia TX Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy
Jul 9-10 Sacred Heart of Jesus Shawnee KS Msgr. Ted Bertagni, Missionary of Mercy
Jul 9-10 Mary, Mother of Our Savior Utica NY Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy
Jul 16-17 St. Ann Nashville TN Fr. Lenin "Lenny" Delgado, CSsR
Jul 16-17 Immaculate Conception Union MO Fr. John P. Fischer, Missionary of Mercy

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

St. Martin de Porres, Yorba Linda, CA

When we celebrate the feast of the Trinity, we celebrate the fact that the Trinity is all equal. Everybody is equal with one another. All three are bound together through love. It’s that same type of relationship that all of us as Catholics need to understand and experience. It’s a relationship of not only love and respect but also the fact that we are united.

Excerpted from the homily of Msgr. Ted Bertagni at St. Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda, CA.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Holy Redeemer, Odessa, TX

There is another pandemic … that stopped at nothing … that is a poverty pandemic. And for that reason, we the priests of Cross Catholic Outreach do not stop …

Excerpted from the homily of Fr. Hilario Rivera at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Odessa, TX.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

St. Timothy, Laguna Niguel, CA

Jesus tells us, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Oooo! That’s a new commandment. In other words, a sacrificial love. It’s a difficult love. It’s loving people I don’t like. It’s loving people who are different than me. People who have different political views than me. It’s loving people who cut me off in traffic. It’s loving them! Not liking them. But LOVING them! Loving them unconditionally.

Excerpted from the homily of Monsignor Ted Bertagni at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, CA.