About Us

Our Organization

Metro Catholic Outreach is a collaborative project of the 11 Catholic parishes of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa metro area. This outreach provides a food pantry, community assistance referrals, and financial assistance for housing and utilities to those in need in the Cedar Rapids Metro area.

Mission Vision

In a collaborative effort, all metro Catholic parishes will develop a Social Justice and Outreach Center of excellence.

Mission Statement

All area Catholic parishes worked together to establish a consistent and efficient delivery of Social Justice and Outreach services to people in need in our metro communities. The foundation for this effort are the 7 Key Principles of Catholic Social Teachings as outlined by the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Development included all areas of Social Justice and Outreach, using and refining best practices currently in place in our parishes as our guide.

Food Baskets Ready to be Distributed

MCO Board of Directors

All Saints – Mary Jo Rater
St. John XXIII – Dennis Wheeler
Immaculate Conception – Lynne Hanlon
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Jody Randall
St. Joseph – open
St. Jude – Mike Brogan
St. Ludmila – Steve Picray
St. Matthew -Katie Mills-Georgio
St. Patrick – Helen Wall
St. Pius X- Jim Klauser
St. Wenceslaus – Dave Martin

MCO Sponsoring Parishes

Shopping Carts Full of Donated Watermelons

All Saints Catholic Church
720 29th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish
857 3rd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403 | US

St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish
1350 Lyndhurst Dr
Hiawatha, IA 52233

St. John XXIII Catholic Church
8100 Roncalli Dr., SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-9178
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
1790 14th St
Marion, IA 52302

St. Jude Catholic Church
50 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

St Ludmila Catholic Church
211 21st Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
A Volunteer Standing in the Dumpster
St. Matthew Catholic Parish
2310 1st Ave
NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
120 5th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

St. Pius X Catholic Church
4949 Council Street NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
A Czech National Parish
1224 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Metro Catholic Outreach is a 501c3. The tax ID number is 46-1959452

Memorials and Honorariums
from the
2018 MCO Annual Appeal

Larry and Esther Belle Steinbach

Jean Kazimour

Joe Koenig

Richard Lilledahl

Joann & Mark

Gene Todd

Robert & Janis Kazimour

Rev Jack Flaherty

Rose Bartosh

Fred & Beulah Scheiding

Father Mark Reasoner

Father Donald Bruggeman

Dean Graybeal

Roger Bussey

Donna Smith

Jesus Christ

                                                        The Holy Innocents

MCO is now working with numerous not for profits in the community to streamline the process to receive financial assistance. As a result, there is now a centralized intake point for those in need of help. This process allows resources to be used as efficiently as possible, which creates less stress for those searching for services. Those interested in the rent utility program can call 319-366-7999 to see if they qualify. They will return your call and assist you in accessing programs that may be able to assist.

MCO will NOT be having a call-in day in April as we test out this new process.