“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him”
We invite you to join us for this Week of Masses for the World Day of the Poor. Click here to send us your thoughts and prayers for the Poor.
Pope Francis asks all the faithful in our parishes, associations and ecclesial movements to make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor, to experience this World Day as a privileged moment of new evangelization.
The Pope emphasizes that poor evangelize us and help us each day to discover the beauty of the Gospel. On this Second World Day of the Poor the Holy Father hopes that all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because, in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope to advance securely on our path towards the Lord who is to come.
Daily TV Mass is broadcasting Masses leading up to the World Day of the Poor. You will be able to watch these Masses on the regular TV Stations that carry the Daily and Sunday TV Mass as well as on the National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC) website, YouTube Channel and Facebook page:
The Mass schedule and homilists are listed below:
Monday: Bishop Robert Kasun C.S.B. will start the week with an overview and a call for the Daily TV Mass community to join in prayers for Poor persons over the coming week;
Tuesday: Fr. Pat Cosgrove, founder of Chalice Canada, will talk about how he heard the cry of the Poor and it lead him to establish this outreach to Poor Children;
Wednesday: Msgr. Sam Bianco will speak about the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and their history of engaging the faithful to serve the poor;
Thursday: Deacon Mike Walsh will offer a short homily followed by a reflection from Sister Georgette Gregory, Sisters of St. Joseph about the efforts of Religious Communities outreach to the Poor.
Friday: Deacon Robert Kinghorn will talk about his ministry called The Church of the Street;
Saturday: Deacon Mike Walsh to offer a homily focused on the ecumenical aspects of the Dismas ministry to ex-prisoners.
Sunday: November 18th is the World Day of the Poor and Archbishop Martin Currie will be the celebrant and homilist to conclude the Week of Masses for the Poor.
In his message on the World Day of the Poor Pope Francis quotes Psalm 34:
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him”. The Pope points out that “the words of the Psalmist become our own whenever we are called to encounter the different conditions of suffering and marginalization experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters whom we are accustomed to label generically as “the poor”. The Psalmist is not alien to suffering; quite the contrary. He has a direct experience of poverty and yet transforms it into a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Psalm 34 allows us today, surrounded as we are by many different forms of poverty, to know those who are truly poor. It enables us to open our eyes to them, to hear their cry and to recognize their needs.”