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  • Updates!

    Posted By on December 20, 2013

    Happy Advent to all the Friar Suppliers! We are coming to the end of this joyous preparatory time and we await with joyful hope!

    We are so very grateful to all of those who help us feed and keep our dear Friars and Sisters. This frees them to do the important work of helping the poor and allows us all the opportunity to be a part of this important mission.

    In an effort to help make donating more convenient we have added a PayPal donation button to the top of this webpage. You can instantly transfer money via PayPal to Friars Suppliers. Your donation is still tax deductible and our accounts never meet so the transaction is very secure.

    We hope this will make life easier for those who lead a more “online” bill paying life. We are still happy to accept donations via check and snail mail as well, this is just another way to help.

    If you wish to PayPal a donation for the mission in Haiti you can just write Haiti in the comment box at the PayPal site.

    We also have a new email address to send your prayer requests to: friarsuppliers@hotmail.com.  The Sisters and Friars take your prayer requests very seriously, I personally know a few friars who carry them around in their robes so as to have them handy at Adoration, so please feel free to send your requests along and  know that they will be prayed over very assiduously.

    Blessings to you all and we all hope that as Advent concludes you are filled with joy.

     

    Sunday Night Prime: Charlie Moran on EWTN

    Posted By on December 6, 2013

    Fr. Apostoli welcomes Charlie Moran of Friars Suppliers and Br. Crispin Mary CFR to discuss their work of providing impoverished communities of Haiti with human necessities.

    30 Days and Counting

    Posted By on December 2, 2013

    30 DAYS AND COUNTING…

    Dear Friar Suppliers,

    In 30 short days we leave to go to Haiti!  Each day I wake up and I think of all the things that I have not done. My list has lists!!  Daily I go into my emails and there are letters from the different missionaries who are coming asking all of their questions.  Each question is a good one.  After all, I put myself in their place, remembering back to my first trip.  I remember thinking and saying to Fr Conrad;  “oh, ok I’ll go ONCE.” That was 15 trips ago!

    Our nurses had a Medical trip in the middle of November.  When I asked how it went they said that it was sad because so many of the people that they were treating are literally starving to death!  As Friar Suppliers we send barrels to Haiti each month.  Each barrel is filled with food and medicine that gets donated to us each month.  We did not know it, but after checking with the shipping company they told us that the Department of Customs was on strike for 11 weeks. Since there were no inspections being done, nothing was able to be delivered!  However, finally last Monday 27 barrels filled with food and medicine arrivered at the Little Brothers of St Therese. Our Nurses also shared that even the Brothers had little to no food. We are taking care of that problem.

    As it gets closer to the departure date of our trip, our needs for the trip seem to increase.  Last year we had a total of 23 people including Friars and Sisters going on the 2013 trip.  This year including Friars and Sister we have 19 volunteers from various States and 8 Friars and 2 Sisters coming.  That’s GREAT!    This means that 29 people will get to meet Jesus Christ in the poor this year. The potential for what we can do is just awesome!

    I would like to share with you some the financials that are involved with this trip. Some people have asked me to be specific so that they can choose which aspect of the trip they would like to concentrate on.

    The list below is just a small part of what I need money for.

    Houses cost $400.00 to construct with walls, ceiling of tin and a door with 3 hinges.  Building 100

    Latrine cost $250.00 to construct with walls, ceiling of tin and a door- no TV! Building 25

    Rice and beans 50lb bag cost $50.00 to purchase, we need at least 200 bags for the food handout

    3 Security Guards that we must employ just to watch over us.  That’s $150.00 each.

    19 Translators that we need just to get the work done and communicate with the people in both the

    Medical Clinic and the Construction Crew

    35 Haitian workers will be helping us finish the job $150.00 each

    8 Friars and 2 Sisters will be coming on the trip. I need people to help pay for both the airfare and

    their lodging. Airfare is $675.00 and lodging is $30.00 per day per person. The Brothers in

    Haiti do not have the funds to let them stay for free.

    2 generators- brand new $750.00 each!

    5 ladders $75.00each– brand new.

    Additional tools that need to be purchased before the trip $500.00

    So as you can see the list of items we need is large. The budget for this trip is about $120,000.  We send letters begging to everyone we know. Each person going on the trip is required to do some fundraising. Please see Friar Suippliers.com because our Web Master Maryellen Barret will be putting up the show I was on with Fr Andrew Apostoli on EWTN.

    So please I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP.  During this Christmas season could you please sacrifice something so that I could build a shelter for someone, or a latrine so that they do not get Cholera or give some children who are hungry some food.  All things are possible with God and You!

    All checks can be sent to our treasurer, Eileen Garbe.  Checks should say Haiti in the memo column and if you want it for a specific purpose right it in the memo section.  If you have any questions please call me at 631-226-0015.

    Yours truly in Christ

    Charlie Moran

    Friar Suppliers

    December Newsletter

    Posted By on December 1, 2013

    “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend.”
    The CCC says:   Believing in God, the only one, and loving Him with all our being has enormous consequences for our whole life.  (222)
    Wow that sounds pretty awesome!  What kind of consequences we might ask?  Let’s take a look at this as we begin Advent.  Try to meditate on one point from the CCC each week during December as we pre- pare our hearts for the birth of Christ dur- ing Advent and Christmas.  Maybe this will help us all to keep focused on the reason for the season.
    Week One.     The CCC says:  It means coming to know God’s greatness and maj- esty.    Therefore, we must “serve God first.” (223)  We must walk humbly before God. For God is God and we are not! Meditate on humility.
    Week two.    The CCC says:  It means living in thanksgiving:  if God is the only One, everything we are and have comes from Him.  (224) Count your blessings!
    Week three.    The CCC says:  It means knowing the unity and true dignity of all men:  Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God.  (225) Think of the Christ child. Was God the son created in our im- age?  Our world today might think so.  We know better!   This means everyone from conception until death; from Adam until the last person on earth; for all eternity man is created in the image of God.
    Week four.    The CCC says:  It means mak- ing good use of created things: faith in

    “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend.” The CCC says:   Believing in God, the only one, and loving Him with all our being has enormous consequences for our whole life.  (222) Wow that sounds pretty awesome!  What kind of consequences we might ask?  Let’s take a look at this as we begin Advent.  Try to meditate on one point from the CCC each week during December as we pre- pare our hearts for the birth of Christ dur- ing Advent and Christmas.  Maybe this will help us all to keep focused on the reason for the season. Week One.     The CCC says:  It means coming to know God’s greatness and maj- esty.    Therefore, we must “serve God first.” (223)  We must walk humbly before God. For God is God and we are not! Meditate on humility. Week two.    The CCC says:  It means living in thanksgiving:  if God is the only One, everything we are and have comes from Him.  (224) Count your blessings! Week three.    The CCC says:  It means knowing the unity and true dignity of all men:  Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God.  (225) Think of the Christ child. Was God the son created in our im- age?  Our world today might think so.  We know better!   This means everyone from conception until death; from Adam until the last person on earth; for all eternity man is created in the image of God. Week four.    The CCC says:  It means mak- ing good use of created things: faith in God,  the only one, leads us to use eve- rything that is not God only insofar as it brings us closer to Him, and to detach ourselves from it insofar as it turns us away from Him. (226)  Meditate on pov- erty and detachment. What will you give Christ this Christmas?

    Week five.    The CCC says:   It means trusting God in every circumstance, even in adversity.  (227)  Wow! This is a hard one! How much do you trust Him?   Pray for the grace to trust in Him at all times.

    December is a very busy time in the Fri- aries and convents.  The Friars and Sisters are very busy with handing out food to the poor families in the city.  You can’t even imagine how much work it is to col- lect, sort, and distribute food to hundreds of people.  Friar Suppliers know just how busy it can be.  It takes a lot of organi- zation and hard work.

    Thank you everyone for your help and donations.  It is a privilege to be able to do this work.  You should all feel happy this Christmas knowing that so many peo- ple are helped  by the Friar Suppliers, both directly and mainly through the Fri- ars and Sisters who have given their lives to the church and the poor.   Thank you so much!!  May you all have a very blessed Advent and Christmas.

    Please try to be as generous as you can this Christmas to Friar Suppliers, so that we can continue to give the Franciscans all that they need to sustain their commu- nity  and work.

    And now for a little Christmas story…….

    Twas the night before Christmas, When all through St. Crispin’s
    The Friars were searching For the Christ Child who was missin’.
    The crèche was all decorated With balsam and pines
    The choir was ready With organ and chimes.
    Mary and Joseph The donkey and lambs
    Were placed in the crèche By Fathers Andrew and Stan.
    But where was the Christ Child
    No one seemed to remember
    Did the Friars forget To put Him away last December?
    When out on the street
    There arose such a clatter
    The sisters all ran
    To see what was the matter!
    A crowd was all forming
    A procession was lead
    The Christ Child was carried
    Alone in His bed.
    Through the street they processed
    With all reverence and care
    Then into the church,
    Through the door, up the stair.
    The choir was singing
    Oh Holy Night
    The bell chimes were ringing
    The candles so bright!
    The Christ Child was placed
    In the crèche there that night
    By a poor soul who found Him
    Beside the street light.
    Now, how did He get there Outside in the cold?
    Was He dropped, was He stolen, Was He lost, was He sold?
    That’s just how it is,
    Baby Jesus was bound
    He came to this earth So the lost could be found.
    May the blessings of Christmas Be for Sisters and Friars
    And love to you all From the Friar Suppliers.
    Merry Christmas to all and to all a goooooood night!
    J e s u s , W e t r u s t  i n Y o u
    Joan & Charlie Moran
    Eileen & Rich Garbe

    Houses for Haiti

    Posted By on November 30, 2013

    MISSION PROJECT 2014 HOMES FOR HAITI

    January 2-11, 2014

    EVANGELIZATION – This project will be run by 2 CFR Sisters. Sr Collette and Sr Maria Grace. They will have 2 laypeople assisting them, Helen Hartmann and Judy Sabo

    (Judy’s daughter is Sr Francesca. They will be going into the little villages and the St Therese School each day and spreading the word of Jesus Christ. They will have a translator with them each day. They will talk about Divine Mercy, give each person a rosary and teach them how to pray it and talk about different Bible verses that can make a difference in their lives.

    HOMES AND TOILETS- We have committed ourselves to building 100 homes. Our version of a home and yours are HUGE differences. We build 20 x 20 structures of 2 x4, strapping wood and a tin roof. Each house gets a door that can lock. We do this through a lottery system.  Each Villager is allowed one ticket to win. BUT if you already live in a house you are voided out when we get there. My guidelines are strict because EVERYONE in Haiti thinks they need a new house. We give first preference to those living in tents, mothers with children who live in run down houses, and houses that look like they will fall down.  These families will all get new homes. If they live in a house that has a bad roof we will repair of replace their roof.  There are some exceptions to the rule but we try and stick to these rules.

    MEDICAL MISSION- We have 8 Doctors and Nurses coming down to minister to the poor. We treat everyone for free- thanks to you! The medical mission teams goes to Haiti every 3 months so we can give enough medicine for 3 months until our next visit. We have about 350 people that we see every 3 months so they are given appointments’ ahead of time so they know when to come. If our doctors and nurses cannot treat them, we bring them to Haiti General hospital and have them treated and we pay the bill.  Thanks to You! We built a Medical Clinic 4 years ago and it was probably the best $4000.00 I have ever spent- Yes four thousand dollars for a Medical Clinic.   Purchasing the necessary medication to keep it going is an ongoing “fund raiser.”

    FOOD HANDOUT- We give out 45lbs of food to about 600 people. Each family gets bags of rice, beans, flour, sugar, spaghetti, oil, plus a rosary! Food is given out by a lottery system set up at the church and in the school. Parents who are the most in need get first preference. Unfortunately there are always hundreds of people who we can’t help. But the more financial assistance we get the more we feed. When deciding who to give food to, woman who are pregnant are always at the top of our list, as are the older men and women who have trouble finding work, and those families that come to our Medica Mamba line for staving babies.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS-Since 2003 when we started we have built 2 Medical Clinics, rebuilt a School in Port au Prince, rebuilt a Church after the Earthquake. We have built 250 desks for the school. After the earthquake we built 375 houses for people to live in. We built 250 latrines in Rivere Friode, Carrefour, Haiti. Because of the latrines built we received an award last year because the number cases of Cholera went down severely. We built 9 houses and 9 latrines for the 9 families who are blind. We also feed these 9 families weekly through a generous benefactor in Duluth, Mn. Our medical staff goes 3x a year and treats about 1200 people each time. We charge nothing to be seen by the doctor and given out medicine. We currently have 58 children on our Medica Mamba program which feeds staving children. On each trip we have given 600 people an average of 65lbs of food each. In our 7th and 8th grades we are teaching Haitian kids how to grow there own crops. We hired an agronomist who teaches them how to clear land, plant seeds, water the crops. We pay for the water rites, seed, land usage, and the Agronomist salary

    Some pictures from the last Haiti Pack

    Posted By on July 21, 2012

    Beans

    Beans are tightly packed into empty host containers and the lids taped securely for easy shipping.

    Hollis and Thomas

    Hollis and Thomas fill host containers.

    Shipping Containers.

    These are the containers that get packed with clothes, medical supplies and food. We stuff them to the gills.

    Dan and Charlie

    Dan and Charlie discuss logistics as the morning heats up.

    Ben

    Ben gets to the bottom of a packing issue.

    Heavy

    This containers, when full, weigh well over 100 pounds. It takes a lot of muscle to load them in the car.

    Happy Helpers

    Hannah, Hyacinth, Erin and Hope take a quick water break before getting back to work.

    The ladies

    Some lovely ladies joined us for the first time and we were so happy to have their cheerful assistance.

    July Newsletter

    Posted By on July 1, 2012

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers:

    In Christ is all freedom:  let us give thanks and praise!

    July 4th we celebrate our nation’s independence and freedom.  What is this “independence and freedom?”  Do we still have it as an individual or as a nation?  Truly, we can see that we have drifted very far from what our fore-fathers intended in 1776.

    We have to remember that freedom is not an achievement or a right, but first of all, a gift from God.  True freedom is based on natural law and comes from God Himself.  We all know the 10 commandments.  That is what is meant by natural law.  If we obey the natural laws and the 10 commandments, the result is freedom.  In Galatians 5:123-14, St. Paul sums it up this way:

    You were called for freedom, brothers.  But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.

    Does this sound like America today?  In America we have become narcissistic; freedom is seen as a license to do whatever we want with our own bodies: consume as much food, alcohol, drugs, pornography, TV, and video games as we want; kill whomever is an inconvenience; and seek sexual gratification at any expense.  Did you know that America has the highest rate of depression in the world?  Are you surprised?  All

    this “freedom” to do what we want with our bodies, has made us a sick nation.  Americans, by and large, are “numb”, unable to recognize evil anymore.  Americans have become deaf and dumb — unable and/or unwilling to hear the truth.  Sin has deadened the minds and souls of our nation.  Americans have become slaves of sin.

    Can we fix it?  Is it too late?  I believe we can fix it “if” enough of us resist the culture of our day by leading holy lives.  Modeling chastity in our state in life, speaking up, and defending and teaching the truth with mercy and compassion (most important).  We must not be forced to keep our religious expression confined to church on Sundays.

    God is raising up holy leaders like Cardinal Dolan and our bishops to lead us into battle.  Let us get behind them!  Let us not be afraid to engage the culture.  Remember, we have God on our side.  Jesus promised us persecution in this life, not happiness; so let us not shrink from it.  Let us put on the “Armor of God.”  Pick up our rosary as our weapon of choice and engage the culture rather than shrink and hide from the challenge.

    I would like to encourage all of you to take up the challenge to change America.  Start by going to mass on July 4th, and commit yourself to a rosary for America everyday; live the truth and preach the gospel without compromise.  Do not be afraid.

    “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1).

    Our nurse had a wonderful week serving the sick in Haiti.   You can read about it in the enclosed letter by Maryann Scherl our head nurse.

    Charlie did a lot of extra shopping for the Friars and Sisters in June to replenish some very needed items.  Thanks to the generosity of you, the Friar Suppliers, Charlie purchased not only all their monthly food, but also towels (89 bath, 77 hand, 77 kitchen and 48 wash clothes), 25 sets of twin sheets, 24 corn brooms, 5 hard bristle wide brooms (for outside), and 27 soft bristle wide brooms for inside, and 15 new floor mops for the friaries and convents.  We cleaned out the BJ’s in Levittown, Farmingdale, and Deer Park!

    Charlie got a great deal on coffee last month, with coupons, he saved $2.75 on each of 100 cans of coffee – That is a savings of $275.00!

    Charlie tries very hard to always stretch the dollars that you give him.  He is very careful about spending your money, and never takes it for granted.  We are so grateful.

    Father Louis is the servant at St. Crispin’s Friary.  Here is a list of things they need if you have them and can donate:

    1. push lawn mower
    2. wood tongue and groove flooring (It can be old and used.)
    3. a minivan
    4. three dozen sinners for Fr. Louis to convert (so send in your prayer request for family and friends who need prayers for conversion Fr. Louis said he will get right on it . HE MUST HAVE A LOT OF EXTRA TIME!

    St. Anthony’s shelter for homeless men run by the Friars, has a “wish list”.  If any of you would like to help out by donating, here is the list:

    • Rosetta Stone Language Programs
    1. English as a Second Language/ESL
    2. Spanish
    • Crucifix (good condition, medium/large size)
    • Statues of the El Divino Nino (The Child Jesus), St. Anthony, and St. Martin De Porres.
    • Teaching DVD’s on addiction recovery, the Bible, and theology
    • Lap top computer
    • English and Spanish Catholic Bibles
    • Metro Cards
    • 16 Small wall clocks
    • Pillows and twin size sheets
    • Bath towels
    • Blue drying towels for the kitchen
    • Gift Cards for any of these:  C town, Metro grocery store, Shop Rite, Pathmark

    You can call them if you want:

    Office       -      (718)993-5161

    Director    -      (917)826-1212

    Fax:          -      (718)993-4754

    HOLD THE DATE:

    Friar Supplier Picnic – September 9th

    Our next food-packing day will be on Saturday, July 14th, @ 10 am.  Please call if you plan on coming.

    Please remember to write your checks out to:

    “Friar Suppliers” and mail them by July 15th, to:

    Friar Suppliers

    108 N. Greene Avenue

    Lindenhurst, NY  11757-4153

    Let us defend Life, Marriage, and our Religious Liberty!

    Pray the Rosary and

    God Bless America!!!

    Jesus, we trust in you,

    Joan & Charlie Moran

    Eileen & Rich Garbe

    June Newsletter

    Posted By on June 1, 2012

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers:

    “Strong is His love for us; he is faithful for ever.”

    A couple of weeks ago, I came across a reading in the “Liturgy of the Hours” which must have been written a long, long time ago.  It impressed me so much because it speaks for all time.  It is entitled, “From a letter to Diognetus,” (I am sorry, I do not know the guy.) and its subheading is, “The Christian in the world”.  I would like to share it with you.

    The author starts out by describing Christians as indistinguishable from others, in regards to nationality, language or customs.  They follow the same customs of wherever they live.  I will quote the rest:

    Taken from:  The Liturgy of Hours. Volume II, pp. 840-842.

    And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives.  They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through.  They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens.  Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country.  Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them.  They share their meals, but not their wives. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh.  They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven.  Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.

    Christians love all men, but all men persecute them.  Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again.  They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything.  They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory.  They are defamed, but vindicated.  A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult.  For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life.  They are attacked by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted by the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred.

    To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.  As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world.  As the visible body contains the invisible soul, so Christians are seen living in the world, but their religious life remains unseen.  The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures.  Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments.

    Christians love those who hate them just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body’s hatred.  It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the

    body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together.  The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven.  As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution.  Such is the Christian’s lofty and divinely appointed function, from which he is not permitted to excuse himself.

    I thought this reading was good food-for- thought for this month’s reflection.  The life of a Christian has not changed in these modern times.  Ask yourself, if you were arrested for being a Christian, would they have any evidence to accuse you with?

    Doing food shopping for the Friars and Sisters for some 18 years, we always find the month of May the most challenging.  With Mother’s Day happening in our florist and Ordinations and vows happening with the Friars and Sisters, and First Communions on Saturdays in May.  Finding time to do the shopping, food-packing, sorting, newsletter, and pick ups and deliveries are a challenge every May for everyone who is involved.  Amazingly, it always works out and the job gets done.  Thanks to all our faithful volunteers and all who juggle their schedules around to squeeze it in.

    We thank all of you for your faithful commitment to helping Friar Suppliers through your donations and volunteer help!

    Thank you donors for the portable TV’s, and VCR/DVD’s for the Sisters to use for their formation.  They are very grateful.

    If this letter gets to you on time, remember you are all invited to attend the final vows of 5 of the Sisters on Saturday, June 2, @ 2pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 90th Street, NYC (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

    Congratulations, love and prayers to our sisters!

    Haiti News:

    On May 27th, a group of nurses returned to Haiti for one week to continue caring for the sick whom they have been treating for three years now.  They bring medicine and comfort to those most vulnerable.  Keep them in your prayers, and please continue to support our Haiti mission.

    During the month of July, we will pack rice and beans here at our house in Lindenhurst on every Saturday in July, and ship it all to Haiti.  If you would like to help, call Chris Volpe at 631-842-8551.  This is a fun job for kids to do.  Kids love to scoop and pour rice and beans.

    June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Feast of Corpus Christi.  Maybe you can find a little extra time to spend in Adoration.  If we only understood how much Jesus loves us, we would fall to our knees with tears of humble gratitude.

    Our next food-packing day will be on Saturday, June 16th, @ 10 am.  Please call if you plan on coming.

    Please remember to write your checks out to:

    “Friar Suppliers” and mail them by June 15th, to:

    Friar Suppliers

    108 N. Greene Avenue

    Lindenhurst, NY  11757-4153

    Remember to send us your prayer requests on the enclosed index card.  We forward them to the Friars or Sisters when we deliver the food.  They promise to pray for your needs.

    Jesus, we trust in you,

    Joan & Charlie Moran

    Eileen & Rich Garbe

    May Newsletter

    Posted By on May 1, 2012

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers:

    Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to God, for the Lord our God the almighty reigns, alleluia.

    Spring has sprung, and while still in the Easter season, we look forward to the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost.  All the while, we reflect on Mary’s Month of May.  What can be more pure than the heart of Mary?  Consider the purity of Mary; never an unkind thought, never any jealousy, resentment or selfish desire.  This kind of purity only comes from the absence of original sin. “ Blessed are the pure of heart, they shall see God.”  Even in a child we can observe the effects of original sin, but not in Mary.

    When I was a young child in second grade, it was always fun to pick the peonies growing in my yard during May and bring them to Sister to place in front of the Blessed Mother statue in our classroom.  However, even as a young child I confess that my intentions were not purely out of love for the Blessed Mother or Sister Francis Assumpta.  My young devious heart had two desires; one was to “butter up” the teacher so that she would like me, and the other plan was to retaliate for all the discomfort she caused me by strict discipline and “forcing” me to learn.  And so, I chose the prettiest peonies I could find with the most “ants” on them to present proudly to my teacher.  What a little phony I was already at 7 years old!

    Purity of heart is probably the hardest virtue to acquire.  Obviously, it is for me!  I have been working at it for a long time.  There are four battles to be fought in doing so:

    1. Choosing to do the right thing for the right reason.  Sound easy?  Look at #2.
    1. Dying to ourselves by stifling our evil inclinations.  This is the hardest because of our original sin.  This is the battle that divides the sinners from the saints.  This is why so many saints have been so particularly hard on themselves, with fasting, prayer, and penance.  There is no other way to “beat” it out of ourselves.  We have to do combat with ourselves our whole life long.
    1. Accepting humiliation.  Because no matter how pure our intentions are, someone else may misjudge our intentions and cause us suffering.  This is good reparation for all the times our hearts are not pure with holy intentions.  We should take it willingly even if we do not deserve it.
    1. We have to completely trust in the mercy of God, which we know we do not deserve.  God loves us and sees how hard we struggle.  We can depend on His mercy.

    Jesus says:  “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”

    Oh Jesus, create a clean heart in me oh God.

    Achieving purity of heart is a lifelong battle for all of us.  By emulating the Blessed Mother and by asking for her help we can make progress in this worthy virtue.  During the month

    of May, let us all try to imitate Our Lady, mediate on her purity of heart and put it into practice in our lives.  We will all be a step closer to sainthood.

    May and June is a beautiful time of year to celebrate; Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and most especially the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confirmations, marriages, and holy Orders and religious vows.  Our Church is so rich with sacramental life.  We are so blessed!

    This May the Friars look forward to the ordination of one of their Brothers; Brother John Paul.  Antoine Ouellette, CFR, will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood.  What a blessing and joy to receive a new priest!  His ordination will be on Saturday, May 19th, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Fr. John Paul will say his first Mass on Sunday, May 20th @ 9 am at St. Adelbert’s Church, 420 East 156th Street, Bronx.  All are invited to his first Mass.  RSVP:  Br. Giles fjpcfr@gmail.com or call 1-914-968-6200 ext. 88016.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving for Father John Paul.

    The CFR sisters are proud to announce that five of their sisters will profess final vows on Saturday, June 2nd, @ 2 pm at Our Lady of Good Council Church, 230 E 90th Street, NYC (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.).  Remember these sisters in your prayers:  Sr. Monica, Sr. Francesca, Sr. Mary Pieta, Sr. Joseph, and Sr. Maria Theresa.

    Congratulations to Fr. John Paul and to the Sisters, and thank you for answering “the call.”  God bless you always!

    The Sisters are in need of a VCR-DVD player to use for watching formation tapes.  If you have one you do not need, please consider donating it to sisters.  Give us a call or drop it off at our house (631-226-0015).

    Thank you, to all of our faithful packers and volunteers who give their time to help us with the many jobs involved in Friar Suppliers.  We know so many of you wish you could help, but live too far away.  We know you are here in spirit and sustain us in prayer.  That is why we send out this newsletter each month, so that we all feel connected as Friar Suppliers.  Each one of you is important to us.  The Friars and Sisters pray for all the Friar Suppliers and their intentions every day.  Thank you all.

    Haiti News:  Since the January mission trip, ten houses have been built for families where at least one member is blind; thanks to a very generous donor and Charlie’s faith that it could be done. These poor families were living in small tents since the earthquake.  Not anymore!!

    Remember to check our website once and a while for interesting information.  Friarsuppliers.com

    Our next food-packing day will be on Saturday, May 19th, @ 10 am.  Please call if you plan on coming.

    Please remember to write your checks out to:

    “Friar Suppliers” and mail them by May 15th, to:

    Friar Suppliers

    108 N. Greene Avenue

    Lindenhurst, NY  11757-4153

    Remember to send us your prayer requests on the enclosed index card.  We forward them to the Friars or Sisters when we deliver the food.  They promise to pray for your needs.

    Jesus, we trust in you,

    Joan & Charlie Moran

    Eileen & Rich Garbe

    EMAIL ADDRESSES

    I currently am sending out this letter also via email. If you do not receive it,  is because I do NOT HAVE a valid email address for you. Please PRINT your email address and mail it with your donation, and I will add you to that list so that you receive your letter earlier. Remember please PRINT it. I have received some addresses but if they are wrong they bounce back as undeliverable. Thanks  Charlie.

    Our Haiti Mission on EWTN

    Posted By on March 12, 2012

    Watch Charlie Moran speak with Fr. Groeschel about this year’s trip to Haiti