Posted By Colleen Moran 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!!