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Una Voce Cuba - Lenten Alms

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INTRODUCTORY PHOTO:  A EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION TOWARD THE VERY TEMPORARY (NOT NECESSARILY SHORT TERM) SPACE FOR LITURGICAL SERVICES, PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, CATECHESIS, AND GATHERINGS FOR THE TLM COMMUNITY/UNA VOCE CUBA IN THE TOWN OF MENA IN MATANZAS, CUBA

***Para los que solamente leen español, les pido que copien el texto de la página y lo pongan en algún sitio de traducción, como Google Translate.  Tendrán un sentido, no perfecto, del contenido.***

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A Program for Lenten Alms

Lent is a time of preparation, preparation for Easter, but how do we prepare?  One could focus on the question of the intent of the preparation.  The preparation should be to the end of being more intensely united with Christ suffering so as to be more intensely united to Christ risen and triumphant.  During this time, we ask God to help us share in the sufferings of Christ and to make the human effort to be filled with grace so that we accomplish what we could never accomplish alone.  Here we will focus not so much on the intention as on a means or mode.  The three primary human modes by which one makes this effort are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  It is almsgiving that I hope to make easier for you this year and which I hope encourages the help that Una Voce Cuba  grealty needs.

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A version of this campaign started on this page in May 2018.  In November 2018, the page was updated to be available to funds but without the same ends and efforts exhibited in May and June.  Now during Pre-Lent and Lent 2019, the page, remaining the same, changes yet again.

"According to the creed of Christianity, almsgiving implies a material service rendered to the poor for Christ's sake" (emphasis mine).  It "should be discreet, so as to reach deserving individuals or families (2 Thessalonians 3:10; Sirach 12:4); prompt, so as to warrant opportuneness (Proverbs 3:28); secret and humble(Matthew 6:2); cheerful (2 Corinthians 9:7); abundant (Tobit 4:9; St. Thomas, Summa Theol., II-II, Q. xxxii, art. 10)" ("Alms and Almsgiving," Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913).   I am asking that each person who reads this make a determination to give once a week through GoFundMe to this campaign, the details of which are below, during each week of Lent, including the partial weeks.  Contributing in one lump sum would give Una Voce Cuba a total of $1.50 more in total per individual, but we prefer to forgo that $1.50 for our benefactors to give once a week a smaller sum, which often would help each person to think about what is being given and why, decreasing the tendency for the gift to become merely mechanical; if the money is given from one's excess, one might attach a small item not purchased, e.g. a movie ticket or a hamburger, not necessarily equal to the amount given, to each weekly donation, to make the alm "more real."  The campaign through the GoFundMe platform already will help with discretion, promptness, and secrecy, so long as one chooses to display "Anonymous."  

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State of Una Voce Cuba

Una Voce Cuba now has three private oratories of which it makes use, although the the third really is but a predecessor to a private oratory.   The first two are in pisos  (floors of buildings that are like condominiums) belonging to private  individuals.  The people who live in these pisos have given up part of each to be space for the oratories, those of Havana and Matanzas.  The third is a converted "carport" in the very small town of Mena in the province of Matanzas, which is the location to which the Eucharistic procession in the initial image is moving.  How Una Voce Cuba became involved in this location has to do with certain singular graces and is a story to be told more privately and not fully here in the public internet.  After a very successful campaign by a dear Puerto Rican couple, who are friends of Una Voce Cuba and were mentioned in the November update to the page, a small house was bought in Mena, not seen here.  It is very poor, having a tin roof for example, and will have to have much work done on the inside and, if approved, an expansion.  All of that is a separate longer-term and larger-gift project for other donations and other campaigns.  

Although Une Voce Cuba, having functioned for many years now, is much closer to becoming a  juridically recognized person according to the Cuban government, this is of limited consequence.  Such a body can do very little, and, therefore, like from the beginning, all funds still must go to Javier Luis Candelario Diéguez, our president.  He then uses them to pay the daily and the more unexpected costs of Una Voce Cuba.

In the pictures below of the oratories and the faithful attached to them, we can see that the oratories are in certain respects quite dignified, with the finest ornaments that we could buy and get into Cuba.  Javier Luis has been collecting, buying, and begging for items for the last 10 years.  The oratories show this.  The divine cult is deserving of this.  Here, although admittedly not to the same extreme, the model of St. Francis of Assisi is followed.  For himself and his brothers, he chose an extreme poverty, but for the ornaments, vessels, and vestments for the Mass, he would gladly direct those who would spend money on their behalf to spend it lavishly on the best for God.  The items, however, also are not the goal of this campaign.  That is still to come in the following section.

Below are pictures of and captions for the oratories and faithful attached.

The City of Matanzas, Matanzas:  First Permanent Oratory, Part of Javier Luis's Home
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The Matanzas Oratory in Use for Mass

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Some  of the Members of Una Voce Cuba Who Frequent the Matanzas Oratory



Havana: The Second Oratory, Now in Its Second Location
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Havana Oratory in Use for the Baptism of the Woman in the White Veil

28485142_1551287788316852_r.jpegFaithful Who Frequent the Havana Oratory



Mena, Matanzas:  An Evangelical Work of Una Voce Cuba

28485142_1551287955853357_r.jpegWork on Putting the Mena Space into Order for a Liturgical Act

28485142_1551288036890896_r.jpegSome of the People of Mena, of Whom a Few are Members of Una Voce Cuba, After a Liturgical Service

28485142_1551288190207721_r.jpegThe Surroundings in Mena

28485142_1551288222113704_r.jpegTwo Horses Used by Una Voce Cuba for Travel in and around Mena

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The Ends of the Campaign

As explained in previous versions of this page, Una Voce lost financial support from regular wealthier European financial contributors last year.  Within the last two weeks, I learned that a generous member of the Spanish nobility, the last significant and regular donor, suffered a family crisis, which has eliminated her ability to contribute anything anymore.  There is now no regular financial support to Una Voce Cuba.  A tiny bit of savings and a few one time donations have supplemented the little bit that still came from her in January.

The money received here will be kept in an account in the US, being dispersed to Cuba monthly in an amount not finally settled of between $300 and $400.  What does this cover? 

1)  Payment toward facilities and travel.  While God has provided people in Cuba generous with space and goods in so far as they are able, there still are monetary costs: payment toward electricity and water in the use of the oratories; gasoline or fare for for going to and from Havana and Mena for Javier Luis, whose home is in Matanzas; providing for the horses. 
2)  Subsidizing the poor associated with the oratories and with Une Voce Cuba.  Once a month there is a partial day of recollection with a meal in Havana.  Some who attend are so poor that they cannot afford even a contribution of 3 CUC, c. $3; such members need to be subsidized for the meal.  Mena is a very poor town, with the closest Catholic Church being 11.2 km or 7 mi. away, and with many residents having no vehicles.  When the principle chaplain for Una Voce Cuba visited 2 months ago, it was probably the first visit of a priest since at least 1959.  It is important for the weekly catechism that there be some sort of treat for the children. 
3)  Some consumable liturgical items.  Candles run out; new hosts (and eventually wine) are needed for Mass. 
4)  Costs of hosting the priest on the island.  The religious group to which the chaplain pertains helps us by subsidizing his travel, the travel itself, but there remain the costs for him when he is on the island. 
5)  Evangelization costs.  Javier Luis always has pamphlets or booklets being printed (cost for paper and ink) for the faithful and vast numbers of uninstructed. 
6)  Smaller emergencies; this is not say that the crisis was small but that the response had to be limited.  Below are pictures from the freak tornado that went through Havana on January 28, 2019.  Because of the generally good relation between Una Voce Cuba and the archbishop of Havana, Una Voce Cuba was able to enter some of the damaged areas.  Our group ultimately provided ten bags of food and hygiene products.

28485142_1551370317377914_r.jpegOne of the Less Destructive Images; Many Others Lacked the Necessary Resolution

28485142_1551370198718145_r.jpegA Church in Which the Pastor Had Allowed Mass according to the Traditional Rite To Be Offered on Occasion


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We ask that you prepare what weekly offering you can make throughout all of Lent.  We ask that you in fact make that offering here beginning with the week of March 3, the week in which Ash Wednesday falls this year, 2019.  We ask that you spread this campaign far and wide in the coming days.  We ask for regular prayers, perhaps just on a select day of the week, such as Sunday, so that you do not forget; they are additional powerful acts by which you can help us.


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Notes:

1) Every member association of FIUV is independent, though adhering to the principles of the federation.  I am an American of Cuban ancestry living in the United States who has worked with Una Voce Cuba since before its official admission in 2011 to FIUV.  Although Una Voce Cuba has in the past and still must turn to foreign benefactors for help in material needs, this does not imply that other member associations are sponsoring or directly supporting this virtual begging for alms, nor does it mean that Una Voce Cuba is trying to interfere with the good work of other associations,  e.g. Una Voce America or Una Voce France, who have their own work and efforts.

2)   Questions should be through the GoFundMe site.  I will provide periodic updates, some of which will address common questions.  Less common individual questions will be answered in either Spanish or English, as needed.  

3)  Una Voce Cuba is not 501c3; there is no tax deduction for contributing.  What is given is simply for the good of souls. 

4)  Information about Une Voce Cuba published during the prior year still can be found at "The Remnant Newspaper" in an online article about the need of Una Voce Cuba and in a post  by the blogger Dr. Philip Blossser. 


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Finally I thank you.

In Iesu, spe unica mundi,

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Una Voce Cuba:  Vice-President
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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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I thank all who have donated, are going to donate small amounts weekly, or have shared the campaign, but I ask one more favor. I do not use social media, but I suspect that some of you do. Please share this opportunity for Lenten Almsgiving through your social media accounts.
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Les agradezco a todos quienes han donado, van a donar una suma pequeña semanalmente, o han contado la campaña, pero les pido un favor más. No uso media social, pero supongo que unos de ustedes sí la usan. Por favor, contaran esta oportunidad de dar limosnas cuaresmales por sus cuentas de media social.

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba
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(English)
Some of you already know of the update to the webpage that I did a few days ago to reflect a new request for help, one that corresponds to Lent 2019. I ask you whom I forgot to inform to read the update and take note of some new photographs.

Many thanks.

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vice-President of Una Voce Cuba

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(español)
Algunos de ustedes ya saben de la actualización de la página web que hice hace unos días para reflejar una pedida nueva que corresponde a esta cuaresma de 2019. Les pido a ustedes a quienes me olvidé de informar que lean la actualización y tomen nota de unas nuevas fotografías.

Muchas gracias.

Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba
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The GoFundMe campaign page to help Una Voce Cuba has had a major update. Please, take a look.
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