During this spring 2021 lockdown, the Irish government made the celebration of Mass (aside from a wedding or funeral) an offense punishable by law. Having had a six-week lockdown earlier in the fall, which also resulted in the cessation of public Mass, we were already well connected to the underground Mass network. In those 135 days, we only had to watch Mass online twice. Only twice. We were the underground Church.
Here's what's happening from the Core Team:
- Core Team members serve an average of a 3 year term. Presently, there are 7 members on the Core Team who seek to serve Giving Voice and its mission.
- Did you know the Core Team meets monthly? We gather from 4 states A, NM, TX, IL and MI and two countries (USA & Ireland),
- Watch for Meet & Greet the Core Team Zoom Sessions in the Easter Season
-Giving Voice hired a Development Consultant, Angela White, from Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, Inc. to help us create a sustainable financial future.
All participants of Giving Voice are invited to this year’s “Giving Voice Encuentro: Liberation, Justice, & Healing,” happening August 19-22, 2021 at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in the Chicago suburbs. This gathering will address a variety of topics as it builds upon the momentum of the virtual “Giving Voice Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Encuentro,” which occurred in October 2020, facilitated by Dr. Lisa Summerour.
Giving Voice Core Team member Erin McDonald has been accompanying several young students at the University of Detroit-Mercy, several of whom have DACA, throughout the academic school year. She describes her experience accompanying the “Titan Dreamers” in this month’s newsletter:
Q: How long have you been working with the “Titan Dreamers”? And can you describe who makes up the group (Is it mainly DACA recipients or students w/ undocumented family members, etc?)