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Una Voce Cuba - Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre

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Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre / Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre

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We are nearing September 8, 2019, the feast of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, the patroness of all of Cuba (the not half-bad Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Charity).  Below the asterisks is the text of the most recent update, having been preceded by one in May, not given here.  The two pictures currently are those that are mentioned in the update.  I ask that all pray a novena beginning on August 31 and ending on September 8 itself.  I have slightly modified a text to be prayed each day from a prayer on some prayer cards (and on the internet) to Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre.



Prayer:

Oh, Holy Virgin and Lady of Charity, with happiness and humility I come to your feet! Virgin of Miracles!

You cure the sick, you give hope where there is despair, you give strength to the afflicted, preserve from disgrace our families, protect our youth, guard our children. No one can explain all the miracles and fortitude you give to the souls that come to you.

We ask of you the conversion of Cuba and all Cubans to Christ in His Church with the spread of the Traditional Roman Rite throughout the island and the exile.

We, your children, thank you for all your graces. Amen.



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Since my last very short update, little has happened in Cuba, and much has happened in Cuba.  The country is in a 2nd special period, even if the term “special period” is not used by the government on this occasion.  Cuba, as it has for ages, is deeply involved in spreading its communism and therefore not unexpectedly has been deeply involved in Venezuela, the oil of which enriched a portion of the island and of which it now has less and less as Venezuela collapses further and further.

 

In June, Fr. Jiménez visited the island for 7 days, visiting all three private oratories: Havana, Matanzas, and Mena.  In Mena, there was the great joy of a young girl being baptized by Fr. Jiménez after catechesis by members of Una Voce Cuba (one of the pictures with this update).  In Havana, he offered the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

 

In July, a new stove/oven combo arrived for the house/oratory combo (another picture with this update).  Javier Luis, the head of the apostolate, was so delighted.  It certainly will make providing hot meals, at least occasionally, to the children and elderly of Mena easier than the use of the gas tank apparatus currently in use.  Your money helped in the purchase – I made sure that it stretched over several months – although there may have been other additional particular donors.  How gas will be hooked up once it is moved from Matanzas to Mena is, among many other things, a detail that I do not know. 

 

Just in the past few days, the air conditioning unit, a window unit, failed for the oratory in Matanzas.  Money is always tight and so it is difficult to budget for these sorts of crises.  I did stretch out your donations over several months, but there are limits on my stretching.  Javier Luis is looking for a special donation.  Additionally, it seems – I will not enter into the medical limitations in Cuba – that Javier Luis might have an aggressive rheumatoid arthritis, but we only can be sure of the severe inflammation in his right knee unrelated to any injury.  It is now keeping him from kneeling.  We must wait.

 

Please visit the page on GoFundMe where you will find a novena connected to our work and the coming feast of Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre ( https://www.gofundme.com/f/UnaVoceCuba).

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Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba

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Since my last very short update, little has happened in Cuba, and much has happened in Cuba. The country is in a 2nd special period, even if the term “special period” is not used by the government on this occasion. Cuba, as it has for ages, is deeply involved in spreading its communism and therefore not unexpectedly has been deeply involved in Venezuela, the oil of which enriched a portion of the island and of which it now has less and less as Venezuela collapses further and further.

In June, Fr. Jiménez visited the island for 7 days, visiting all three private oratories: Havana, Matanzas, and Mena. In Mena, there was the great joy of a young girl being baptized by Fr. Jiménez after catechesis by members of Una Voce Cuba (one of the pictures with this update). In Havana, he offered the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

In July, a new stove/oven combo arrived for the house/oratory combo (another picture with this update). Javier Luis, the head of the apostolate, was so delighted. It certainly will make providing hot meals, at least occasionally, to the children and elderly of Mena easier than the use of the gas tank apparatus currently in use. Your money helped in the purchase – I made sure that it stretched over several months – although there may have been other additional particular donors. How gas will be hooked up once it is moved from Matanzas to Mena is, among many other things, a detail that I do not know.

Just in the past few days, the air conditioning unit, a window unit, failed for the oratory in Matanzas. Money is always tight and so it is difficult to budget for these sorts of crises. I did stretch out your donations over several months, but there are limits on my stretching. Javier Luis is looking for a special donation. Additionally, it seems – I will not enter into the medical limitations in Cuba – that Javier Luis might have an aggressive rheumatoid arthritis, but we only can be sure of the severe inflammation in his right knee unrelated to any injury. It is now keeping him from kneeling. We must wait.

Please visit the page on GoFundMe where you will find a novena connected to our work and the coming feast of Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre ( https://www.gofundme.com/f/UnaVoceCuba).

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Una Voce Cuba: Vicepresidente
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Although Una Voce Cuba does not stop needing help, you all have contributed generously during Lent. For now there is a brief hiatus throughout the first part of Eastertide. A better update will follow.

Christus resurrexit, alleluia!

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

A longer update:

Although in the passage wherein Our Lord tells the multitude and us by means of a rhetorical question, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (KJV, Mk 8:36) that to lose one’s soul by sin for any mere worldly good, no matter how great, is a foolish exchange to our detriment, we need not limit the statement’s scope. For if we were to help our fellow men by alleviating their poverty only by supplying for materials needs and not, in so far as we can, tending to their spiritual ones, we tend to the miniscule, even if it may truly need tending, and ignore the more important deficiency. If compared to an injured body, we, medics, provide a Band-Aid to a small wound but ignore a major abscess. True we cannot be sources of health or of grace “ex opere operato,” but we can anticipate and help the Divine Physician.

Different Catholic associations of the faithful will have different ends, and with this there is no problem. Even will different Catholic charitable groups profitably have different main earthly ends. Those “Catholic” groups already being excluded "prima facie," which have some end that is contrary to the objective moral order or to revealed truth, even Catholic groups, which while not contrary to the good and the true like those indicated at the very beginning of the sentence, however, that for whatever reason only supply material needs and forget entirely to cooperate with the spiritual needs, supplied by the one God through the one Church, have squandered the name Catholic and are indeed a poor investment of time, money, and energy for us laity. Una Voce Cuba has the promotion and spread of the Catholic faith on the island of Cuba in association with the promotion and spread of the traditional Roman rite as its end, but it does have conjoined interest in helping both its members who suffer the most from poverty on the island and the inhabitants of Mena, the third "oratory" location, a little town in the Province of Matanzas.

Hogar Don Bosco is the name of a project by which members of Una Voce Cuba seek to do a more material, although not solely, apostolic work. I am not collecting money for it or other works in Mena to be mentioned also below, and although it may in time become a fully distinct entity from Una Voce Cuba although directed by Una Voce Cuba, I do mention it now and here because of its still extremely close relation to Una Voce Cuba. I tried to place immediately below a digital poster for Hogar Don Bosco and a translation to English below that, but the poster like another photo is placed by the software elsewhere, but surely dear reader you will be able to figure out which is which and where.

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“The population of Mena is one of the more than 5,000 of its type among neighborhoods and villages that exist in all of Cuba: without a priest, without a church, without any other Catholic presence. Hundreds of thousands of children, adolescents, and young people lack both material and spiritual bread. These are the existential peripheries of Pope Francis speaks and where he wants us to do good for the love of Christ, our Lord.

Help us to forge a different life for them!

Help us to give back hope to those who are without it.

Let us again paint a smile on their faces…

Be for them: their hero of charity, their angel of gentleness, the face of the good God.

Our foundation, in imitation of St. John Bosco and by means of his intercession and guidance, seeks to guarantee for them: food, clothing, medicines and [true] Catholic education. But without your generous help we cannot advance…

Call, write, and ask for information.

Send today a donation to change their present reality!

In every child: poor, sad, sick, handicapped, Jesus is made present…: “Every time that you did it for one of these, my little ones, you did it for me…” (From the Spanish, Mt 25, 40).

[Note that everything goes to Javier who has to use Google Translate to understand any English correspondence; if it is detailed, it might be best to send questions through this page through me and then to Javier.] 5355207524 (mobile and WhatsApp) hogardonboscocuba@gmail.com 53-45-284548 (landline)”


Below is a meal for children and the elderly through Hogar Don Bosco. Same situation as with the digital poster.
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Many thanks.

Oremus pro invicem (Let us pray for each other).

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba
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A Thank You.

All of You Who Have Donated This Lent and Pre-Lent,

Many thanks. I have sent individual thanks, which you deserved, but I thank all of you in toto because as a group you are sustaining Una Voce Cuba for the months to come. I add two pictures of a possible selection pertaining to all three oratories from the celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph. One is of a procession in his honor. The other is of a pig, from where it was obtained I do not know -- that ignorance on my part and in the update is for the best -- which made the celebratory meal for the people in Mena. If there remain others who might be looking to begin living Lent now, please do invite them to look into giving alms to Una Voce Cuba.

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba
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