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Messages of Mercy

Sharing the stories of the poor

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:

Homilies from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Trinity, Peachtree, GA

“…If you want to get to heaven, you are going to have to get a recommendation from the poor.”

Excerpted from Fr. Robert Sherry’s homily at
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree, GA, 10/10/21
Fr. Sherry is an Outreach Priest based in Florence, KY

Invite an Outreach Priest to Your Parish

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:

October 16-17 St. Peter the Apostle Savannah GA Fr. Robert N. Sherry
October 16-17 St. Hyacinth Deer Park TX Msgr. Ted Bertagni, Missionary of Mercy
October 16-17 Holy Spirit Virginia Beach VA Rev. Pascal N. Kumanda, C.I.C.M
October 23-24 St. Francis Xavier Buffalo MN Fr. Alan E. Bower
October 23-24 St. Mary East Islip NY Fr. John L. Quinn & Fr. Mark Zittle, O. Carm.
October 23-24 St. Francis de Sales Purcellville VA Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy

Homilies from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ss. Peter & Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

“We can’t all go into the mission fields to help drill the wells, build clinics, teach at schools…but there are those that do. And I submit to you that a financial contribution to Cross Catholic Outreach is being an angel to those who are plowing the mission fields.”

Excerpted from Fr. William O’Brien’s homily at
Ss. Peter and Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Fr. O’Brien is an Outreach Priest based near Denmark, WI

Homilies from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Queen of Peace Parroquia Reina de la Paz, Waterloo, IA

“The Church is a teacher and the Church is a mother, and a mother is always attached to her children, especially those who need her help the most.”

Excerpted from Fr. Hilario Rivera’s homily at
Queen of Peace, Waterloo, IA, 9/12/21
Fr. Rivera is an Outreach Priest based near Tampa, FL

Homilies from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart of Jesus, San Jose, CA

“…that little boy (who has been cared for at the orphanage Cross Catholic Outreach supports in Quito) isn’t going to worry, ‘did Christ rise from the dead?’ because he knows that Christ has risen because he has been fed and loved by the body of Christ. He has seen Christ risen from the dead through the generosity of folks like you”.

Excerpted from Fr. David Denny’s homily at
Sacred Heart of Jesus, San Jose, CA, 8/22/21
Fr. Denny is an Outreach Priest based in Tucson, AZ

Following Fr. Rivera’s visit, one donor sent the following email praising the ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach:

“I want you and the whole Cross Catholic Outreach team to know that I first heard a talk that Fr. Hilario Rivera did a while back in Big Spring, TX and I have never forgotten it. My wife and I have donated periodically to you over the years, but it was his talk of conviction, honesty and humor that re-ignited our desire to continue. I pray for the continued success of all the hard work you all put in to help those in need.”


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