March 2018

posted May 11, 2018, 11:30 AM by Friar Suppliers

March 1, 2018

           “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt 5: 3

Here we are in Lent again.  It’s always a good time to meditate on our Franciscan charism of poverty.  After all, poverty is what we are all about as Friar Suppliers. CFR Brothers and Sisters actually take a vow of poverty when they make their vows as Franciscans of the Renewal.  They rely totally on Divine Providence who inspires us Friar Suppliers to provide them with their food and groceries. Their ministry is to serve the poor while living poor. We help them live their life of poverty by providing for their needs.  Our ministry to the poor in Haiti is all about poverty as well, as we seek to relieve the suffering of the poorest of the poor in Haiti. It’s easy to understand what this kind of poverty is because we can see it and even measure it in terms of how much or how little someone has.  But there is another kind of poverty as well; the kind Jesus is talking about when he says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt 5:3. What does it mean for us to be “poor in Spirit?”  A person who is poor in spirit, knows that God is all in all and trusts completely in His will.  St. Peter tells us what our mindset should be when he says; “Conduct yourselves reverently during your sojourn in a strange land.  Realize that you were delivered, not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s blood beyond all price: the blood of a spotless, unblemished lamb.”  “Through Him you have confidence in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”  1 Peter 1: 17-21. During Lent, we can all take the time to do a “poverty check.” This has many meanings for our Franciscan Friars and Sisters.  A “poverty check” can be simply going through all our belongings and getting rid of or donating whatever we don’t need; things like clothing, kitchen items, toys, dust collectors, clutter, bad habits, even extra pounds that might need to be shed.  Or it can be meditating on what it means to be poor in spirit. Both types of “poverty checks” are worthy of our time during lent since Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Since our goal is “the kingdom of heaven,” let’s get to work practicing the virtue of “poor in spirit.”

I recently read an article in the “Catholic Register” by Msgr. Charles Pope from Washington DC  about a report that Pope Francis is calling for a change in the words of the “Our Father,” because in the English translation “lead us not into temptation” is not a good one because God does not lead people to sin.  Pope Francis suggested, using “do not let us fall into temptation,” instead. Msgr. Pope tells us that the English translation comes exactly from the Greek. “And to instead render it “do not allow us” is to read into the text an extended meaning that is not there. The effect is to imply that the inspired Greek text in inadequate.” Msgr. Pope says, “ the Holy Father is right in this;  God does not “throw” us into temptation, as if He were wanting us to fall. We cannot blame God for our sins, but we ought not to surrender the truth that God does “lead” us in all things by being the first cause of all that is, including every step we take and and every decision we make.” Msgr Pope concludes that it is his opinion that “we should teach, explain, and remain rooted in the translation of the Lord’s prayer that has sustained and united the English-speaking world for hundreds upon hundreds of years.”  ( Catholic Register Dec 24-Jan 6, 2018 Pg 11)

Well, lent is lent as usual with the Friars and Sisters; fasting, prayer and almsgiving is the rule.  During Lent, the Friars and Sisters do more parish missions and preaching. We local Friar Suppliers are busying ourselves with shopping for the Franciscans groceries and filling barrels for Haiti. We look forward to the warmer weather because it is very cold packing barrels in the garage on the these cold winter days. But that ok; it’s a little extra penance for lent.

I always like to remind everyone that it is a good time to read the “Diary of St. Faustina”  or “33 Days to Divine Mercy” by Fr. Michael Gaitley in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday will again be the Sunday after Easter on April 8th.  We will hold our annual “Day of Grace” at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Crown Acres Rd. Centereach from 3pm-6pm followed by a pizza and salad social for all.  Fr. John Paul CFR who is the CFR’s Community Servant will be our main preacher and presider along with other Friars and Sisters. Enclosed is a flyer. Please hang it on your refrigerator so you remember.  We hope to see many of you there.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being Friar Suppliers and contributing each month.  There is always such great need. Here is a list of items we always need for Haiti:

Shoes, sandals, sneakers, (any size, new or gently worn and clean) (no winter boots, high heels or bedroom slippers)

Summer clothing (new or gently used, freshly laundered)


Towels, sheets, pillow cases, light weight blankets

Small hand-held toys for kids: balls, matchbox cars, McDonalds toys( No stuffed animals)

Non-perishable food

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant

Tylenol, Tums, Visine

We always need donations to ship it all that we collect to Haiti.  We fill the barrel with free stuff but it cost $165 a barrel to ship it!!!  Everything we ship goes directly to the poor. For every item we hand out, theirs hundreds more in need.

Please tell your family and friends about Friar Suppliers and encourage them to be Friar Suppliers.  This is such a worthy cause. Our only overhead is this Newsletter which we send out to fundraise and to most importantly to say Thank you.  Thank you again and again. God Bless you all with a blessed Lent and Holy Week.

Our next packing date will be Saturday, March 17th.  Please call us if you are coming. 631-682-4298.

Charlie, Here is the March Newsletter for Friar Suppliers that needs to put into a readable format.  Let me know how you make out with this. Joan 631-682-7759