Monsignor’s Message – The Passing of Bishop Thomas Daily

Posted on May 18, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

This past week, we mourn the passing of Bishop Thomas Vose Daily, the sixth Bishop of Brooklyn. Bishop Daily displayed in his office a picture of himself as a young priest surrounded by poor children in Peru, while spending five years in the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle. He told me this was his favorite picture. He was, in his heart, a missionary. When Bishop Daily left Palm Beach for Rockaway Beach, it said a lot about the man. As Bishop of Brooklyn, he loved to spend time in the Farragut Housing Projects, knocking on doors and inviting people to come back to the Church. He was committed to the dignity of every human life, and it is no wonder that each Saturday he could be found outside doors of abortion clinics praying for the women contemplating having an abortion. Bishop Daily was born into privilege. His family was wealthy and established. He preferred, however, to be with the poor and vulnerable because that is where Christ could be found. Rest in peace, Thomas Vose Daily, a priest and apostle of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It is our parish custom to give a rose to all the women who are mothers or mother figures at the Masses. One year, we ran out of roses. Displayed prominently in the sanctuary was an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it was surrounded by bouquets of roses. I took some of the roses surrounding the image and gave them to the women who remained without a rose to take home. Mary would deny nothing to her daughters. The following year, we gave flowers to everyone entering the church. At the offertory, everyone was asked to bring up a rose and place it before Mary. On Mother’s Day, many mourn that they have never had the opportunity to be mothers; children mourn mothers who have died, and sadly it is sometimes mothers who mourn their lost children. Some people are angry due to their mothers’ shortcomings; all mothers consider the ways in which they may have failed. So this Mother’s Day, let us honor Mary, our heavenly mother and her daughters, for whom she would give everything – even her own Son.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – The Month of Mary

Posted on May 3, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

All humanity traces its origin to Eve. Saint John speaks of Mary as the new Eve. It was through Eve that we have life but through Mary’s offspring that we have life eternal. It is appropriate that this month of May be dedicated to Mary Mother of God. Mary is the moon who reflects the light of Christ, her sun. There would be no life without the Son and no Son without the mother. In the incarnation, the Almighty chose humility and became a creature. God becomes vulnerable to His creation and this reaches its climax when we chose to reject God’s Son by sinning and crucify Him. Yet the Lord is never undone in mercy, for even as He hung upon the cross, Christ bequeathed to you and me His most intimate relationships. We will share in His life. Mary becomes our Mother and we are called to honor her. For by His Cross and Resurrection He has redeemed His creation, and she who never betrayed her Creator reigns with Him in heaven as our Queen. May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Papal Visit

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

In the aftermath of the recent attack in France and the continuous violent persecution of Coptic Christians, the Pope is traveling to Egypt.  Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew will join Pope Tawadros II – Bishop of Alexandria, Patriarch of Egypt and All Africa – at a special peace conference in order to demonstrate a united Christian front against violence and fanaticism. Pontifex, an ancient title for the popes, means bridge-builder. The Holy Father is offering us a courageous lesson about the importance of building bridges within the Christian community and the broader religious world. Let’s all pray that the world may reap the fruits of peace that Pope Francis is sowing. May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The Canonization Mass of Saint Faustina on April 30th, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy. St. Faustina related in her diary that the Lord spoke, saying “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” We are all sinners. Our salvation requires us to reject sins and embrace Christ. We must allow our old self to be nailed to the cross if we are to rise with Him. The good thief acknowledged that divine justice demanded punishment for his sins. So must we. Yet, if we like the good thief ask for the Lord’s mercy, we too will share in the promise to be with Him in paradise for all eternity.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – Easter Sunday

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

He is risen! Our Easter celebration is the Lord’s victory over sin and death. In these last forty days, we have fasted and prayed. We have sought to purify our hearts and put to death inordinate desires. Some of us are in bondage to anger and resentment, others are captive to addictions, others struggle with sadness or ill health. Christ will nail all these to the cross. We are like the good thief, convicted and justly condemned. Yet, if we acknowledge our sins and but beg the Lord to remember us – we can be sure to share with Him eternal life.

May God bless you.
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

Monsignor’s Message – 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

As we continue to move through this season of repentance, we celebrate the fifth Sunday of Lent. in the past, this week was known as Passion Sunday, and the Church entered into the Passion Tide. Traditionally, this time was marked by the veiling or covering all of the statues and religious images in the church. This practice is associated with Saint John’s Gospel when Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I Am.” This revelation stirred up the anger of the people and they attempted to stone Him but He hid Himself in the temple. On this “Passion” Sunday, we remember that Jesus raised Lazarus, his friend, from the dead. He will do the same for you and me. He will set us free from sin and the wages of sin-death! Like Lazarus, we may encounter suffering and even death. Yet we are unafraid to share in the passion of Christ. We are confident that He will call to us. How we long to hear the words of our Lord who will say to us “Untie him and set him free!”

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.