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  • 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

    September Newsletter and Friar Picnic Information

    Posted By on August 24, 2014

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers,

    Great and wonderful are God’s works: come, let us sing praise!

    Horray!! It’s time for our annual Friar Supplier Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 14th. This is the one day a year that we get together to celebrate all that Friar Suppliers do for the Franciscans and Haiti. We hope you are all planning to come this year for a great day of fellowship, feasting, singing, praying, playing. If you have never come before, please consider coming. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet everyone and learn more about what Friar Suppliers do. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends. Enclosed is our flyer with all the details and the directions on the back. Please bring enough food to feed your family and some extra to share with the Friars and Sisters. We will supply the barbecue grills, plastic plates, silverware, condiments, lemonade, ice tea, water, coffee, tea.

    Please bring your favorite salads, fruits, meats, fish, heroes, pasta, pizza, favorite entrees, deserts, cannolis anyone??? Cookies, cake, ice cream, what ever you and your family would like to eat and share. Folding chairs and tables would be appreciated if you have them.

    The Friars and sisters will bring their instruments and music. Everyone is welcome to jam with them. So, bring your instruments and music. Kids are invited to entertain as well.

    At the picnic you will have the opportunity to meet many of the Friars and Sisters, including the incoming class of about 10 new postulants.

    Do a “poverty check” at home and bring us “Stuff” you don’t need for us to send to Haiti. If you see good “stuff” on sale in the store; please think Haiti. What kind of stuff is useful? Tools, summer clothing, shoes, sandals, non-perishable food, medical supplies, over the counter drugs (not expired), toothpaste and brushes, soap, pots and pans, silverware, sheets, towels, suitcases, cell phones, computers, school supplies (black & white notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, folders, back packs), stickers, small beanie babies, hair holders, balls. Bring us only “stuff” in GOOD condition; the poor in Haiti do not need our garbage; they have plenty of garbage.

    WE NEED HELP with setting up before the picnic on Saturday Sept. 13, and clean up on Monday and/or Tues after the picnic. Please CALL US if you are able to give us some of your time and energy. Call: 631-226-6060.

    Charlie is already beginning to plan the next mission trip to Haiti January 2-10. Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip? Now is the time! We need plumbers, electricians, carpenters and doctors. If you have a skill you think you can contribute, or you just want to help, than come with us to Haiti. Come see Jesus! It will change your life. I promise! You must be 18 or older. Call Charlie: 631-226-6060.

    Thank you, thank you everyone who so faithfully contributes to Friar Suppliers. Our little organization does soooo much, because we multiply the good works of the Friars, Sisters and all the volunteers working together to support the Franciscans, their outreaches and the poor people in Haiti through the Little Brothers of St Terese. Many of you contribute to help the Franciscans. Many of you contribute to help our mission in Haiti. Many of you contribute to helping both. In fact many of you also sponsor individual people or families in Haiti. There are nine blind families who can’t work, who are sponsored by some of you and also some school children who’s families can’t afford to send them to school. I met them in June. It was a very humbling experience to hand them bags of food and which you provide for them weekly. They were so grateful. Their need is so great. You can’t possibly know how much good you are doing. Thank you all soooooo much. Please tell your family and friends about us and bring them to the Friar Supplier picnic on Sept 14th.

    Jesus, We trust in You,

    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe

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    August Newsletter

    Posted By on August 21, 2014

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers,
    Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!
    It’s the middle of summer and I’m sure you are all saying to yourselves that sum- mer is going too fast; it’s already half over.

    Before I begin this newsletter, I must bring your attention to a very important detail. Please, please, please, mail your donations only to 108 N Greene Ave Lindenhurst, NY 11757. This is Eileen Garbe’s address. She is our bookkeeper. Eileen gives us a report every month and we see all donations. Please do not mail donations to Joan and Charlie. You will run the risk of it getting lost! Also, al-ways make checks out to “Friar Suppliers” because we are a tax-exempt organization. Personalized checks cannot be deposited into Friar Suppliers. Thank you. Thank you, Thank you!!

    The Friars and sisters have been very busy running summer camps for kids in the city, working in their missions, visiting family, adjusting to new changes since Fr. John Paul took over as community servant, re- treats, and preparing for Final Vows which will be Sunday, July 27th at Our Lady of Good Council Church, 230 E 90th St. (between 2nd –3rd Ave.) at 2:30 PM. We congratulate: Br Oisin, Br. Xavier, Br Stephen, Br Malachy, Br. Joseph Michael, Br. Seamus, Br. Mark-Mary, and Br. Angelus. Final vows means that these Brothers have discerned that they are ready to make a life commitment to the religious life as Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Isn’t this wonderful!!! We are so grateful for their vocations and all they do for the church, and the poor they serve. God bless you Brothers!!!

    Everyone,please know that all are welcome to attend the Mass of Celebration and the reception immediately following. There is ample parking in the garage across the street for only $10.00. Just get your parking ticket stamped at the front door of the church. Charlie and I plan on going; we hope to see some of you there.

    Thank you to all the volunteers who help us each month with shopping, unloading, sorting, packing, reloading food for the Friars and Sisters. We all look forward to the day because it is fun to spend time with a few brothers and sisters who come out to help.

    Thank you everyone who helped bake protein granola bars for Haiti. They were very much needed and appreciated by all the hungry kids and parents who we treated in the clinic. Some of the families walked for two days to come to the clinic and were very tired and hungry. The protein granola bars were nourishing, tasty and satisfy- ing. We carried 3 suitcase of them with us on the plane. The rest Charlie shipped in a barrel. We are waiting to hear if they arrived in good shape. If they did, we will be able to do this baking project again from time to time.

    The Friar Suppler Annual Picnic will be Sunday Sept. 14th. Mark your calendar. A flyer with details and directions will be in the Sept. newsletter. August is a good time to shop for school supplies in cheap places like Walmart and Target. There are almost 700 kids at school in Haiti who desperately need school sup- plies. You can bring them to the picnic on Sept 14th. Or drop them off here at any time at our house: 583 S7th St. Linden- hurst, NY 11757. The school children need pens, pencils, black & white note- books, crayons, chalk and backpacks

    Here is a list of items we also send to Haiti:
    Fabric, yarn, thread, sewing supplies, summer clothing, flip-flops, sandals, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, tools, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve), multi-vitamins for prenatal, kids, and adults, antibacterial soap bars, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Matchbox cars, clean beanie babies, hair holders, barrettes, stickers, lollipops, jump ropes and small rubber balls. Please do not give us books or holy cards because Haitians only speak Creole.

    The Friars and Sisters are always in need of cars or vans if you would like to donate. Because they always use old donated vehicles, they run them into the ground very quickly and frequently need to be replaced. Please remember them when you are replacing your old jalope!

    Jesus, We trust in You

    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe

    July 2014 Newsletter

    Posted By on June 25, 2014

    “Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!”

    “Christ has conquered! Christ reigns! Christ rules forevermore!”

    I want to share something I read recently which maybe you have read before, or maybe not. It’s brilliant! It is called: “Do it Anyway.”

    “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered: Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives” Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will some false friends and some true enemies:

    Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you: Be honest and frank anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God: It was never between you and them anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa

    People make life really hard for us sometimes. We could probably make a long list of how people make life difficult for us and add it to Mother Teresa’s list. However, if we are truly humble, we realize that sometimes we make life really hard for others as well. If we are easily able to excuse ourselves, we must be willing to give others a break as well. It often takes great courage and fortitude to “Do it anyway.” That is what a saint does. Thank you, Mother Teresa, for your inspiration. Please pray for us, that we will have the courage and fortitude to “Do it Anyway” because after all, it really is just about us and God.

    The Franciscan Friars had their General Chapter and elections in June and I’m sure you are all wondering who was elected, and how well their Chapter meeting went for them. (more…)

    Protein Bar “Bake Off”

    Posted By on June 15, 2014

    As Joan heads to Haiti next week with our Medical Mission we wanted to say a special thank you to all who came out to help bake protein bars to take down to Haiti.  Please keep the Mission and those they will be serving in your prayers.


    Protein Bar "Bake Off"


    June Newsletter – Ordinations and General Chapter Meeting

    Posted By on June 6, 2014

    Dear Friars, Sisters, and Friar Suppliers,

    “May the Lord, our God, bless us in all our works and undertakings. Amen” (Dt 15:10)

    I have so much I want to share with all of you that I don’t know where to begin. May and June are such joyful months to be a Christian. We have First Communions, Confirmations, Ordinations, maybe even baptisms and weddings. How boring and sad it must be for non-believers who do not have these sacraments to celebrate. All they have are sporting events. I feel sorry for them. They don’t know what they’re missing!

    On May 17, I had the privilege of being able to attend the Ordination of Fr. Youssef-Mariam Hanna,CFR who was ordained in the Maronite Rite because he is Maronite and was born in Lebenon. What a wonderful blessing and experience it was to be there. I want to tell you all about it, because in many ways the Maronite Rite is very similar to the Latin Rite and is in full communion with Rome. There are also differences in tradition and liturgy. The church looked very much like our own. The sanctuary, statues, tabernacle, stained glass windows, stations are all like a Latin Rite church. The Liturgy is beautiful and full of symbolic gestures. I thought the Liturgical prayers are more beautiful than our own. Some prayers are the same. There is much more emphasis on asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness. The prayers sounded much more like personal heartfelt prayers than our current English Mass which sounds kind of “simple” or “plain” to me. The Blessed Mother is invoked a lot during the liturgy. A lot of things are the same, but there are many differences as well. For instance the Kiss of Peace is before the Consecration and everyone stands duringthe Consecration. Communion is offered by “intinction” (the priest dips the host in the Precious Blood and places it on your tongue while the altar boy holds a paten under your chin.) People kneel in silent prayer in their pew after they receive. It’s very reverent. (more…)

    We’re Back! May Newsletter

    Posted By on May 24, 2014

    Dear Friar Suppliers,

    God’s love is ever faithful. Come let us praise Him! Alleluia!

    I hope you all had a joyful Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday. Wasn’t it absolutely beautiful? Divine Mercy Sunday was so beautiful. Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Emanuel, Sr. Francesca, Sr. Felicity and Sr. Mary Grace were a true gift to have with us in Centereach for our annual “Day of Grace.” Aren’t you so proud to be Catholic? We have two more Saints to emulate and pray for us; Pope John XXIII, and Pope John Paul II. We are so blessed to have lived and known these two great holy men. I hope to be able to tell my grandchildren all about them. They will really think we are OLD when we tell them we lived during the 1900’s and knew John XXIII and John Paul II.

    I think we can finally put away the snow shovels and drag out the garden rakes, hoses, and lawn furniture. With winter delaying and Easter celebrated so late this year, I think we are all very happy to sing, “alleluia, the strife is o’er!!” Enough with the cabin fever, it’s time to go outside and plant some flowers around the statue of Our Blessed Mother.

    Since May is typically called the “month of Mary” I thought it would be a good month to reflect on Mary’s greatest virtue – humilityity. Humility is the virtue we should practice to overcome our tendency toward pride. Here is a beautiful prayer that I hope you all will post on your refrigerator, mirror, or somewhere where you will remember to say it frequently.

    Litany of Humility Prayer.

    O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
    From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being loved… From the desire of being extolled … From the desire of being honored … From the desire of being praised … From the desire of being preferred to others…
    From the desire of being consulted … From the desire of being approved … From the fear of being humiliated … From the fear of being despised… From the fear of suffering rebukes … From the fear of being calumniated … From the fear of being forgotten … From the fear of being ridiculed … From the fear of being wronged … From the fear of being suspected …

    That others may be loved more than I,

    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    That others may be esteemed more than I …
    That, in the opinion of the world,
    others may increase and I may de- crease …

    That others may be chosen and I set aside …
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed …

    That others may be preferred to me in everything…
    That others may become holier than
    I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…


    We are very happy to announce the “ordinations to the Priesthood” of two Friars. Br Gabriel Joseph was ordained on Sat. May 24, 2014 at 9 am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.  Fr. Youssef-Mariam, who is originally from Lebanon was ordained in the Maronite rite, on Sun. May 18, 2014 at 11 am at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral. Br. Christopher Joseph and Br Ignatius Mary will be ordained to the “Diaconate” on Monday, May 19th at 6:30 pm at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary.  We congratulate all our Friars on their ordinations to the Priesthood and Diaconate. We thank them for answering the call to serve the Catholic Church. Please remember them all in your prayers.

    Guess who’s finally getting a chance to go to Haiti? Yes, Joan is going with 8 nurses June 22-28th. Charlie thinks it will be “good for me to go.” I’m not sure what he means by that. Hmmm, I wonder. Anyway, this will be strictly a medical mission. It is important to have medical missions a few times a year so that the people have continuity in their medical care. They need follow-up and medication just like we do. Since, I’m not a nurse. I will be assisting in whatever way I can. If nothing else, I hope to be able to comfort those who need comforting. I’m sure it will be a very rewarding experience. If you would like to help out with donations for the medications that we bring with us, we will be very appreciative. Your prayers will also be needed, so keep them coming!

    Thank you everyone for all your help with donations and/or food packing. We’ve got the monthly shopping and food packing down to a good routine thanks to all of you. It runs like a well oiled machine. We couldn’t do it without your help and contributions. It’s always nice to see some of the Friars and Sisters each month. They are always so appreciative and helpful. They make it all worth- while. We love you all!

    Jesus, We trust in You

    Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe


    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:  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


    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 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