He is Risen! Alleluia!

posted Mar 31, 2016, 10:40 AM by Friar Suppliers   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 10:40 AM ]

Lent is over and the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ will fill us with renewed hope and energy to go forth and serve the Lord in all the various ministries that God has called us too.  In our religious, or marital vows, our single state, or in our families, jobs, schools, parishes, communities we are called once again to go out and tell the Good news that Jesus is alive; our faith in Him is alive; that He is the reason for our joy and all that we do.

During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and particularly during this Easter season and Divine Mercy Sunday we are called to solidarity, hope, justice, and commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters.

This Sunday, April 3rd Divine Mercy Sunday is the “peak” of this Jubilee year.  Humbly we can go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, confess our sins, and be free of all temporal punishment for our sins no matter how severe they may be.  St. Faustina says in her diary:

(Jesus said,) “I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners.  But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation” (1160).  “Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy” (1588).  “He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of my justice (1146).

If you live on Long Island, please make every effort to attend our “Day of Grace” Devotion with many of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal,  Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Louis and Fr. Ignatius will be available to preach and  hear confessions. The Chaplet will be sung.  Music and meditations before the Blessed Sacrament will be ongoing.  Starting at 3pm in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Crown Acres Rd, Centereach. After 6pm there will be a social gathering for all with pizza & Salad.  This will surely be time well spent! If you don’t live nearby , find a parish in your area that is celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday and go there.  We’ll all be united that way.

Other things to do during the Jubilee year of mercy:

-Forgive those who have hurt you. Consider forgiving debts owed if possible.

-Go to confession regularly - monthly even weekly.

-Meditate on Scripture especially the Gospel of Luke.

-Perform one or more works of mercy every day.

-Go on a pilgrimage to a place with a Holy Door. (Shrines and Cathedrals)

-Make the Stations of the Cross regularly

-Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily.

-Read the Diary of St Faustina Kowalska

Friar Suppliers continues to supply the Franciscan Friars and Sisters with their food and groceries each month.  By the grace of God the money comes in and the groceries go out thanks to all of you. Check out the Friars Website:  www.franciscanfriars.com to see all that the community is doing.  It’s amazing how much talent they have.  Two of the Brothers, Br Innocents and Br. Angelus who happen to be twins are working on a TV show called “Icon”.  It’s about real people who are Icon’s of Christ.  It’s amazing! Also click on blogs and read the beautiful meditations that Fr. Glenn and Fr Luke wrote for Easter.  

Please pray for Bros Dismas, Antonio, Xavier, Innocent, and Bernardino who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 28 at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 9am.  We are so happy to have FIVE imagine that, FIVE new priests! God is good, all the time!  Thank you Brothers for your vocations to serve God and His church.

Our little mission in Haiti continues to need our help for basic daily survival.  Food, clean water, housing, clothing, employment, medical care are nonexistent, or poorly available at best.  We continue to develop relationships with key people in the community of Little Brothers.  Our friendship with them is becoming a loving bond like our love and bond for the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal.  It is only through your help and God’s grace that we are able to continue this work.

Charlie and I will be be retiring June 30th.  This means that we are closing our Florist business and will continue to live here.  We will have more time to devote to our growing family of grandchildren, Friar Suppliers, and Haiti mission (with God’s help of course).

Eileen and Rich continue to be our backbone for this organization.  We couldn’t do this without their help with the bookkeeping.  Please pray for them because they are both having some health problems and need our prayers. Eileen is receiving Chemo for Breast cancer and Richie is having lung issues.

Thank you everyone for your donations and for so tirelessly helping each month: packers, sorters, unloaders, loaders, envelope stuffers, computer helpers :) We love you all!   We look forward to seeing many of you on Divine Mercy Sunday.  Don’t forget!