Project Title: Assistance to Pilgrims visiting the NationalSanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre
The Archdiocese of Camaguey is supporting a group of 960
pilgrims from the poorest communities in the archdiocese. The archdiocese wants
to give them the opportunity to join in pilgrimage to venerate the Image of
Virgin of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre at the national shrine on the 400th
anniversary of its discovery.
The financial assistance provided by the Collection for the
Church in Latin America supports their transportation and other related
expenses. Many of these pilgrims regularly open up their homes for worship services
and/or to serve as "mission" sites in the absence of a local parish church or
chapel. Despite its financial needs, the Church in Cuba continues to "Keep
Project Title: 12th Diocesan Mission - Summer of
The 12th Mission of the Diocese of Santa Clara was
held in the parish of Our Lady of Carmel of Manicaragua. It lasted 10 days and gave
parishioners an opportunity to have a true encounter with Jesus Christ and His
Across the parish, groups of trained diocesan lay missionaries
visited homes to share the Good News of the Gospel and to invite families to
evening gatherings in the community. One lay missionary noted that "all were
very receptive to the invitations and the preparations they made for children
and adolescents were invaluable."
Traveling significant distances in some cases, the lay
missionaries regularly attend to more than 200 mission communities.
Project Title: Support for three events of popular religious
expressions of faith
The Archdiocese of San Cristobal de La Habana received support from the
Collection for the Church in Latin America to conduct public displays of
popular religious expressions of faith and culture in 2011.At that time in the history of the Church in
Cuba, such expressions were and remain of great importance for catechesis and
The planned activities included musical concerts for advent and Easter
along with processions related to the veneration the Image of Virgin of Our
Lady of Charity of Cobre (during Advent as the image of the Virgin made its way
throughout the archdiocese) and the Way of the Cross (during Lent). All of
these efforts culminated with a December 30th, 2011 outdoor Mass to
conclude the year of pilgrimage by an image of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre
throughout the entire country.
These activities were designed to increase participants' faith and
devotion as well as to highlight the Church's presence, beliefs and works.Only until recently these types of public
displays of faith have been permitted again.a
Project Title: Prayer and spirituality workshops for the
Responding to a local need and the national pastoral plan, the
Diocese of Santa Clara elected to give the spiritual formation of laity greater
attention. With assistance from the Collection for the Church in Latin America,
the diocese was able to convene five intensive workshops for 98 people
associated with diocesan programs and services.
These workshops helped the participants develop prayer
habits that not only nourish their personal daily prayer lives but taught them
how to share the habits with others.
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