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  • 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

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    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

    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.


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    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…)