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  • July 2015 Friar Newsletter

    Posted By on July 4, 2015

    July 1, 2015

    Dear Friars, Sister, and Friar Suppliers,

    “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just.”

    Welcome to summer everyone! I think I can say with confidence that we can store away our jackets, mittens, and snow shovels. I hope this letter warms your heart as well as the sunshine and warm weather does.

    I thought it might be nice to recollect and give a little history of Friar Suppliers. I like to do this now and then for those who are new or who know very little about how Friar Suppliers got started and and how it all works.

    Unfortunately we can’t remember the exact year, maybe it was 1997. Charlie and I, Richie and Eileen decided to try and help the CFR’s since they take a vow of poverty. We were already well acquainted with the Friars, because they did our parish mission. We sent out a dozen letters to our friends asking for contributions, so we could buy the Friars some food. We figured, maybe we could get a $100 worth of groceries for them. We never expected it to go any further than that. God had other plans!! (more…)

    June 2015 Friar Newsletter

    Posted By on May 27, 2015

    “All for the Sacred and Eucharistic heart of Jesus, all through the sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, all in union with St. Joseph.”

    As we begin the month of June, my mind recalls the above exclamation, which fully expresses the Church’s theme for the month of June. It’s a beautiful little prayer that was written by a devout man named Jerry Coniker, founder of the “Apostolate for Consecration” and home of “Catholic Familyland.” He taught the families who go there to say this prayer frequently during the day and after each decade of the rosary. This little prayer became a sacrificial offering to be said in response to the old fashion command to “offer it up.” Remember that expression? Remember when we were kids and we complained about ANYTHING. Our parents would tell us…What?? That’s right! “Offer it up!!” The “All for…” prayer is the prayer we learned to say whenever we had to “offer it up.” Just saying the simple words of “All for…” is understood to mean the full prayer above. All day long we can offer all our work, joys, sorrows and sufferings, stresses, annoyances, aggravations, fatigue, etc. simply by saying “All for…” Over time, the expression “All for…” became the cliché for any moment or situation that demanded of us a sacrifice to “offer it up.” (more…)

    May 2015 Friar Newsletter

    Posted By on May 1, 2015

    May our Lord grant you His peace.

    Isn’t it wonderful to be Catholic and to enjoy all the various seasons within the church? I suppose every religion has holy days, but none have the beautiful liturgies that we are able to participate in. Easter was just glorious with Holy Thursday Mass with foot washing and reposing of the Blessed Eucharist in what always reminds me of the Garden of Gethsemane. The Good Friday passion and veneration of the cross is so solemn. The whole church is stripped of all sacramentals. It looks and feels so empty like the world without Christ. Then comes the glorious Easter vigil with the lighting of the candles, the beautiful liturgy of the word, the baptisms, the music, the Eucharist. Is it not heaven on earth?

    A week later, we celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday. Some parishes are fortunate to host Divine Mercy Sunday devotions on that day as we do every year at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Centereach. Those who were able to come were blessed with so many graces. Many of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters were able to come and lead the day of grace. Fr. Solanus preached a beautiful contemplation of the resurrection and days that followed when Christ made many appearances to the Apostles. Then there were confessions being heard by Fr. Solanus, Fr. Jeremiah, Fr. Joseph Mary, Fr. Michael and Fr. Andrew. A few of the Sisters and Brothers played music and sang during Eucharistic adoration. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Rosary were prayed by all. We closed with Benediction and veneration of the image of Divine Mercy and a relic of St. Faustina. What is so special about Divine Mercy Sunday?
    Divine Mercy is God’s love poured out on the undeserving. All of us are undeserving, because all of us sin. We all fall short . “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy.” Said Jesus to St. Faustina. (Diary of St Faustina, 723.) What God wants is for us to turn to Him with trust and accept His mercy. Our Catholic church offers us a plenary indulgence on this day, if we confess our sins, receive Holy Communion, venerate the image of Divine Mercy, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the three o’clock hour and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. With the plenary indulgence and Jesus’ promise to St. Faustina, we are absolved of all our sins and the temporal punishment due to those sins. It’s like baptism all over again. We are given a clean slate! Does it sound like hocus pocus magic? It’s not! Jesus has promised us. We simply have to trust in His mercy and humbly approach Him in confession.

    May is typically dedicated to the Blessed Mother. We remember our own mothers on Mother’s Day, May 10th and we try to honor our spiritual Mother by praying the rosary or other devotions. That being said it is also a very busy time of year for everyone. We celebrate First Communions, college graduations and Ordinations. All these are causes for great joy and thanksgiving. Let’s remember to be grateful and thank our Lord for His many blessings, especially all our Mothers.

    Thank you everyone for your continued support for Friar Suppliers. Your donations make all of this possible. Thank you all our volunteers who help pack the food each month. We’ve got it “down to a science” and “many hands make light work.”

    Charlie ships barrels of food, medicine and other supplies to Haiti each month. He ships 10-20 barrels a month. Here is a list of items we always need and would appreciate if you can collect them.

    Over the counter pain relievers (aceteminophin, ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin.) antacids, eye drops, toothe paste & brushes, antibacterial soap, antifungal crèmes, antibiotic salves, school supplies, shoes and sandals, small hotel size shampoos, soaps, lotions, small fist size toys ie. Matchbox cars, balls, Beany Babies, Happy Meal toys, bracelets and hair holders etc.

    Thank you and God bless you all.

    Charlie and Joan Moran
    Rich and Eileen Garbe

    Can You Help Us?

    The van that we use to go Friar shopping and deliver the food to the friars had to have some major work. The block on the engine cracked and needd to be repaired. We also needed a new muffler. The bill was $1250 but the mechanic said that he would pay $450 so we only owe $800. Can you help with all or part of the bill? In the 17 years using this truck this is only the 2nd time we have had to have worked on it. Thank you!!

    Divine Mercy Sunday

    Posted By on March 31, 2015

    “A Day of Grace”

    Sunday, April 12th, 2015
    3:00 – 6:00PM
    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
    Crown Acres Rd, Centereach, LI
    Fr. Solanus CFR & Fr. Jeremiah CFR
    Franciscan Friars & Sisters
    Chaplet, Adoration, Homily, Confessions, Veneration of DM image
    (NO MASS )
    Parishioners: bring non-perishable groceries for the poor.Pizza party follows at 6 PM for all those attending – $2.00 a slice, includes salad, beverages and desert.See directions here.

    April Newsletter

    Posted By on March 31, 2015

    Dear Friars, Sisters and Friar Suppliers,

    May Our Lord give you His peace as you contemplate His Death and Resurrection. Rejoice, Allelulia, rejoice!!

    On March 25, 1993, four years before her death, Mother Teresa wrote a letter to her sisters. I would like to share some of it with you because it is a beautiful meditation on the words of Jesus while he hung dying on the cross. “I thirst.” I invite you to sit before the Blessed Sacrament on Good Friday and read it slowly as if Mother Teresa is talking to you.  (more…)

    March 2015 Friar Newsletter

    Posted By on March 1, 2015

    May our Lord give you His peace.

    I hope that you are all off to a good start with Lent.  It is such a good time of year to enter into our selves and spend some time in introspection and self-examination of conscience.  I pray that you will all be blessed with much fruit as a result of your Lenten practices and be blessed abundantly.  Here is a little food for thought this Lent.

    “They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.”   Ps 78:29-30

    Have you ever heard the expression;  “you are what you eat.”  I don’t think this was meant to be a scientific fact.  Just imagine yourself turning into a pig because you happen to like bacon, or a rabbit if you eat too much salad.  Try to imagine yourself with feathers, if you happen to like chicken.  It sounds funny.  However, there is some very real truth behind this statement.  God made all living things connected and dependent on each other.  You know how it goes; the big fish eats the little fish.  The bird eats the fish. The cat eats the bird.  The dog eats the cat. The lion eats the dog and so on and so forth.  If we don’t eat, we will die.  If we eat what is not good for us, we will get sick and die. Through our food, we become what we are, what God created our bodies to be.  Food is what keeps our bodies alive.  So in a very real sense, we are what we eat.

    What does Jesus mean when He says:  “take and eat, this is my body.” Matt 26:26 And again, what does He mean when He says:  “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you.” John 6:53.   WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!  Jesus says: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in Him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” John 6: 54-58.  Do you know that Jesus lost many of His followers because of this statement?  Many could not believe Him, because they knew He was talking literally and did not believe that He could be present in the bread and wine. Those who took Him literally were so convinced if this truth that they defended it with their very lives.

    If we are so inter-connected through nature.  It is only reasonable to believe that we could all be part of the body of Christ.  We can believe that when we eat His body and drink His blood we become Christ, because Christ now lives in us.  If He lives in us we have life eternal, just like He does.  How can this be so hard to understand?  How should we live this truth?   

    Pope Francis noted in His Jan 27th released Lenten message that often times when we live a comfortable lifestyle, we become indifferent.  He called it “A globalization of indifference.”  He urges us to fight “individualism” with “merciful hearts.”  He said:  “During Mass, we become what we receive: the Body of Christ.  In this body there is no room for indifference that so often seems to possess our hearts.”  He asks us:  “Do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see Lazarus sitting before our closed doors?”  What he means is that it’s all about all of us; the body of Christ.  As individuals, we are tempted to become “indifferent.”  “Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help,” he observed.  Pope Francis explained, “Both praying together as a community and performing small acts of charity are concrete ways that can prevent us from getting “caught up in the spiral of distress and powerlessness.”  Pope Francis concluded by praying that each person receive a “heart that is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart that is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference. (Catholic Register Feb 8-21st. pg 5).   This should make us all feel challenged this Lent.    Are we what we eat?  Or are we just indifferent?

    Thank you Friar Suppliers for your donations and prayers for this ministry to the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal and our mission in Haiti.  Without all of you, we could not do any of this work.  We are the Body of Christ.  We are a community of believers, sharing, caring and reaching out to those who need us.

    I want to tell you what I call a “God story.”  A “God story” is something that happens in your day that reflects the presence of God.  Last week was on Feb 10th, we were extremely busy here in our florist shop preparing for Valentines Day.  We were all busier than one- handed wallpaper hangers.  My husband Charlie decided he had to go out into the freezing garage and pack up ten barrels of food to ship to Haiti immediately.  I thought he was crazy!  Does it have to be done right now? I asked.  Can’t it wait a week until Valentines Day has passed?  No, he had to do it immediately.  So off he went, outside to the garage, while the rest of the staff was busy pulling their hair out with work to do.  When Charlie finished his packing of ten barrels, he called the shipper to arrange for pick up.  To all of our surprise, the shipper said he would come immediately, because the boat would be leaving the next day.  The next boat would not be for another three week.  You can’t imagine the hunger that the people in Haiti deal with every day.  Charlie knows how much they depend on the food that Friar Suppliers send.  However, he had no idea when it needed to be shipped.  He just responded to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  He allowed God to use him and he responded obediently.  Of course, the work got done in the store as it always does.  Allowing God to use us will fill our lives with many “God stories.” It may be just a little thing but “God stories” make life exciting and full of joy.  If you have a “God story” you would like to share, send it to me and maybe I’ll print it in another newsletter.

    Thank you for your donations and prayers.  God bless you with a Holy Lent.

    Jesus, we trust in you,

    Joan & Charlie Moran

    Eileen & Rich Garbe

    March 2015 Friar Newsletter

    Fr. Andrew Apostoli and Friar Supplier’s Haiti Trip

    Posted By on December 8, 2014

    To the viewers of EWTN,
    I would like to thank you for watching Fr. Andrew Apostoli on Sunday Night Prime.  We would like to mail you our DVD so you can see more about what we did in Haiti last year.   Please email us your address so that we can mail you a copy of our DVD.

    This year we are dedicating our trip to Fr. Benedict Groeschel. Our trip will be January 2-10 2015. We will build 85 homes, feed 650 people and our medical group will treat about 2,000 people. We also need your financial help to make this trip a success. Friar Suppliers has no overhead so all money raised goes directly to the project.  Friar Suppliers is a 501c3 tax deductible organization . If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 631-226-0015

    Charlie Moran

    Peace on Earth

    Posted By on December 2, 2014

    “Glory in His holy name; rejoice, oh hearts that seek the Lord! (1Chr 16:10)
    Here we are in Advent again preparing our hearts and homes for the birth of our Savior on Christmas. What is it that we need most in our hearts, our homes, families, marriages, communities, country and the entire world? Would you agree that what we need most is peace?

    When we kneel before a creche and contemplate the poverty that we see, what is it that our hearts yearn for? It’s usually not the poverty of the Holy family that we see, but the peace. We yearn for peace. We see a married couple, a man and woman, a husband and wife, who deeply love and trust one another. A couple who respect each other and depend on one another. A couple committed to serving each other. A couple who’s deep love of God commits them to accepting all in God’s plan for them, including the poverty of their living circumstances, the fears and unrests in their society, and the unknown future before them. But for the moment they are at peace. For they behold a miracle; the Prince of peace. We see it , don’t we? We see the Trinity, living, breathing, interacting in love; father, mother, child. Peace. We need this peace in our hearts, marriages, homes and world today.

    Is peace possible? Everyone wants peace, but is it possible? Everyone seem to have a different idea of what peace is. Some people equate peace with freedom. If they have the freedom to do what ever they want or to do things their way, then they think they will have peace. Some people think we will have peace if there is no religion, or if everyone is the same religion.
    Ironically, we end up in conflict and wars instead of peace.

    Jesus said: “I have not come to bring peace. I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were ablaze.”

    He also said: “Gold is tested by fire.”

    Is peace possible? Not in this world. Not since the fall of man. True peace will come only when we meet Him face to face or when He returns at the end of the world. In the meantime, it is possible to have peace inside ourselves, even amidst the confusion, conflicts and suffering we experience. Sometimes we may feel powerless but If we live peace, we spread peace. To live in peace is hard work. We have to strive to eliminate all sin in our lives by our effort and the help of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. We need to pray constantly, holding the presence of God within us. We need to pray the Rosary especially because Our Lady tells us the Rosary is our greatest weapon against Satan. We also need to make reparation for our sins and the sins of the world. God in His justice cannot forgive all the sins in this world without someone making acts of reparation. We can offer up all our joys, sorrow, and sufferings. Most of us forget to do this. This is an opportunity we don’t want to waste. Finally, we need to make a decision and a constant effort to give up our free wills. Placing our hearts, minds and wills in the
    In the hands of Jesus, freeing us of our burdens allowing Jesus to fill that space with His peace.

    Peace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this Christmas we could have peace in our marriages, families, communities, country and the world? We must start small; with ourselves. Pray for this gift which we all need, so that in time it will spread like fire.

    December is a very busy month in the Friaries just like in our own homes. The Friars and Sisters will be busy collecting, sorting and handing out hundreds of food boxes for the poor, and toys for kids. They have much to prepare; their annual Live Nativity on the streets of the Bronx, Special Christmas Liturgies, Choir practice, Advent Retreats, parish Missions, visiting the sick and homeless. It’s a blessing they don’t have to worry about where their food is com- ing from. Even their Christmas dinner is provided by Friar Suppliers. This is why we ask all of you to please be as generous as possible this month. They always need more around the Holidays because of family and guests who come to be with them.

    We also ask you to please be as generous as possible to our Haiti Mission which is quickly approaching Jan 2nd –10th. Each person going is responsible for raising $2000. to cover their own way. It takes thousands more to do any work. Charlie will tell you all about it.

    Jesus, We trust in You

    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe

    2015 haiti begging letter

    2015 Haiti Mission Project

    November Newsletter – Fr. Benedict

    Posted By on November 19, 2014

    Amen, I say to you: That you who have left all and followed me, will receive a hundredfold and possess eternal life. Mt19:27

    Is it possible to leave all behind us to follow Christ? Can anyone give up family life, property, freedom, their entire self will, to follow Christ, the church, and to serve the poor? There is no better example than Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR.  Perhaps, you already have heard that our beloved Fr. Benedict passed away at 11PM on October 3rd. on the night of the “Transitus” when St Francis of Assisi passed away. He was 81 years old. He had suffered greatly for the past ten years after a car hit and almost killed him, and then more recently after he fell and again broke his already broken right arm and shoulder.

    Fr. Benedict was born July 23, 1933, grew up in Jersey City, became a Capuchin, was ordained June 20, 1959 and started the CFR’s in 1987 along with 7 other priests. Anyone who knew Fr. Benedict knows that he was an incredibly gifted and holy man. As described by his Franciscan brothers; he was “a faithful son of the Church.” He al- ways defended the Church and spoke out diligently even when it was unpopular . He spoke the truth with authority. He was brilliant in blending Church teaching with modern psychology. His clear and frank honesty was courageous.

    Fr Benedict was “a loving father of the Poor.” He worked tirelessly and endlessly to help anyone in need; homeless shelters, boys homes, Children’s Village, crises pregnancy homes, food distribution, visiting the sick, visiting prisons, and many, many count- less acts of mercy. He encouraged and supported Friar Suppliers and our work in Haiti. Many times, Charlie was seen on EWTN with Fr. Benedict on behalf of Haiti.

    Fr. Benedict was “an ardent preacher of the Gospel.” If you ever heard him preach, you were captivated. He spoke with authority. He was a wealth of knowledge on any subject. He was a great story teller. He was witty and often hysterically funny. Fr. Benedict was also a prolific writer. He wrote 47 books and produced hundreds of CD’s, DVD’s, and TV programs for EWTN. He preached all over the world.

    Fr. Benedict was “a dedicated follower of St. Francis.” He was ever faithful to his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He loved his community and was so proud of all the young men who came to join the CFR’s. He was a humble servant, an ever positive and supportive spiritual guide for his community.

    I had the privilege of attending his funeral Mass at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark and his burial in the Crypt at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary in Newark. It is impossible for me to de- scribe the beauty, reverence, and love with which Fr Benedict was honored. I posted a few pictures on our website for you all to see. I believe that everyone who was there, (the Basilica was packed) was thinking what I was thinking that day; that we all had the privilege of knowing a saint. Fr. Benedict used to say that he couldn’t wait to go to Purgatory. Humble and fearless as he was, he al- ways asked everyone to pray for him. Pray we will; for him and through his intercession. We will pray for his CFR community of Friars and Sisters and our little Friar Suppliers community, especially our mission in Haiti. Fr. Benedict is a saint for our times; one we can try to imitate. He showed us that it is possible to give up everything and follow Christ. We love you Fr. Benedict!

    To read more about Fr. Benedict, you can go to the CFR’s website: . Or just Google his name and so much will be available to you.

    Every month since 1998 Friar Suppliers has provided the CFR’s with the food and neces- sary things they need to sustain their community. Fr. Benedict used to tell us that we took care of his third largest bill after health insurance and seminary tuition: FOOD! He never failed to thank us whenever he say saw us. Because of their vow of poverty, the Friars and Sisters would have to spend time begging for their basic needs—even their food. Friar Suppliers do the begging for them, freeing them to spend their time helping the poor. We thank all of you for your faithful dedication to Friar Suppliers.

    Jesus, We trust in You

    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe

    October Newsletter – Forgiveness

    Posted By on October 15, 2014

    Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Pt 4:8)

    Take a few moments to meditate on what this verse means. I like the use of the word intense. “Let your love for one another be intense.” St. Peter probably didn’t know that he was describing himself. St. Peter was probably the most intense personality in Jesus’ little band of Apostles. Peter was always sharp, alert, aware, and ready in everything he did. This is how we are to be if we want to follow Christ. We must be sharp, alert, aware and ready in our love for one another. If we are not paying attention to those around us and what is going on, we will miss the clues, the graces, and the opportunity to love. If love covers a multitude of sins, than it stands to follow that the more intense our love is, the greater the multitude of sins we will cover. When we think of the word multitude we think of large amounts of people. That is precisely what St. Peter means; we cover a multitude of sins of a multitude of people. WOW. How can this be? Well, God we know can never be out done in charity. God loves with greater intensity than any of us humans ever could; with the exception of Jesus Christ, Son of God, who loved us so much that he was willing to die for our sins. What is the greatest attribute of love? Forgiveness. It is not because Jesus died for us that we are saved. It’s because He forgave us. If He died on the cross in bitterness and hatred, He would not have redeemed anyone. It was His forgiveness of our sins that saved us. If our love for one an- other is intense, our loving will also cover a multitude of sins. Think of it this way. If God can’t be out done in love, then we make Him obligated to forgive those whom we forgive.

    If we forgive someone who has hurt us, than God will too. The greater our mercy is, then even greater will God’s mercy be. “My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20.

    My experience has taught me that it is very difficult to “bring back a sinner from the error of his ways.” I’m sure you’ll agree that people get pretty huffy when we try even with great love to encourage them to change their way. We may even have to endure their verbal abuse for trying to lovingly tell them of our concern for them. Our society today tells us they have a right to do what they want, and we should mind our own business. This makes us timid to speak up even with the best of intentions. This is not what Jesus did. Jesus was in everybody’s business. He dealt with sinners, not by loving, accepting and affirming them. Although they would like us to think that. No, he dealt with sinners by forgiving them. Forgiveness.

    Forgiveness, not accepting, not affirming, not even loving but forgiving is what will change hearts. Even if a person is on their deathbed, unrepentant, we have no need to worry. If we can forgive them for the things they did to hurt us, God will not be out done in generosity; He will forgive them. Forgiveness saves a multitude of souls.

    Jesus, We trust in You
    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe