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:

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time — World Mission Sunday

St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo, MN

“I come begging … for God.”

Fr. Frank Iacona, excerpted from his homily at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN.

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:

Nov 19-20 Mary Queen of Peace Webster Groves MD Fr. Bernard Olszewski, Missionary of Mercy
Nov 19-20 Saint Joan of Arc San Ramon CA Msgr. Ted Bertagni, Missionary of Mercy
Nov 26-27 Our Lady of Consolation Parkesburg PA Fr. Eloy J. Romero-Rojas, Missionary of Mercy
Nov 26-27 Blessed Sacrament Syracuse NY Fr. Augustine Temu
Dec 3-4 St. Rose of Lima San Antonio TX Fr. Frank Iacona
Dec 3-4 St. John Neumann Berlin MD Fr. Edward M. Aigner, Jr.
Dec 10-11 Sts. Peter and Paul Tulsa OK Fr. Hilario Rivera
Dec 10-11 St. Francis of Assisi Jefferson NC Fr. Nghia Cao, C.S.s.R.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time — World Mission Sunday

St. Rita, Show Low, AZ

“… the other thing you have helped us with, and is one of my greatest endeavors, is water. A simple thing like water; you have no idea what it can transform in a person’s life…did you realize that without water, children cannot learn. The brain cannot be stimulated. Not only do they need food, but they need hydration … they need the ability to process. And so when we are able to build a well, and when you donate towards the building a well, you donate towards education, so that they may pull themselves out of this tragedy by knowledge and find jobs.”

Fr. John Longbucco, excerpted from his homily at St. Rita Catholic Church in Show Low, AZ.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Ghost, Opelousas, LA

“… because what you give in one hand, will come back to you in the other hand. And God will reward you for whatever you do for those poor people around you. They are our brothers; they are our sisters. We need to do the best we can to help them out. With your donation, with your support, I am pretty sure that you can make an impact in the life of someone.”

Fr. Gabriel Lormeus, excerpted from his homily at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas, LA.

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Houston, TX

“When we pray with the poor, we share their spirituality.”

Msgr. Ted Bertagni — Missionary of Mercy, excerpted from his homily at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston, TX.

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk, VA

A blessing: “May the poor whose lives you have touched and changed be the first people to greet you at the hour of your death.  May they sing and dance with you all the way to the throne of God, and may you hear the voice of your Savior.  Well done, good and faithful servant.  Enter into the joy of your Lord.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

Fr. Ron Mrozinski, excerpted from his homily at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Norfolk, VA