As you may already know, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the split between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church. Thanks to the work of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity over the past 50 years,

January 19th at 12:30, our brother Achilles Cassieri embraced Sister Death at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon.  Achilles was born December 28, 1926.  He was invested with the Capuchin habit on July 23, 1944 and made his Perpetual Profession of vows on August 2, 1948.  He was ordained a priest May 14, 1952.   May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. 

Fr. Achilles

     Wake and Funeral Arrangments for Fr. Achilles Cassieri

     St. Lawrence Friary
     180 Sargent Avenue
      Beacon, New York

     Reception of the Body
     Tuesday, January 24
     11:00 am

     Tuesday, January 24
     2:00 pm - 5 pm
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
     8:30 pm - Vigil Service

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, January 25
11:00 am

Followed by Internment and luncheon

On Saturday, November 12th, Sister Death came to our brother Stan Kobel.  Fr. Stan has been in our infirmary at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon, NY for the past couple of years.  Prior to that he served in a number of positions in the Province at Ministry of Caring in Wilmington, DE, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Passaic, NC, St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte, NC and St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic, NJ.  Fr. Stan was known for his gentle spirit and compassionate way with the people he served.

Francis and greccio

The Story of Christmas at Greccio

What better way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child than to take a brief journey to Greccio, the spot in central Italy where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.   

Francis, recalling a visit he had made years before to Bethlehem, resolved to create the manger he had seen there. The ideal spot was a cave in nearby Greccio. He would find a baby (we’re not sure if it was a live infant or the carved image of a baby), hay upon which to lay him, an ox and an ass to stand beside the manger. Word went out to the people of the town. At the appointed time, they arrived carrying torches and candles.

One of the friars began celebrating Mass. Francis himself gave the sermon. His biographer, Thomas of Celano, recalls that Francis “stood before the manger…overcome with love and filled with a wonderful happiness…"

For Francis, the simple celebration was meant to recall the hardships Jesus suffered even as an infant, a savior who chose to become poor for our sake, a truly human Jesus.

May Christmas bring you blessings of grace and joy.

Fr. Ed Henning with two Walgreens employees who came to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Passaic to give Flu Shots for free. They were at four Masses, 2 in English, 1 in Spanish and 1 in Tagalog and many participating in getting the vaccine.

               Fr. Ed