Monsignor’s Message – Turn to Christ

Posted on Oct 19, 2017

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

This week, the priests of the diocese had a convocation at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington. Together, we prayed and discussed how best to accomplish the work of the new evangelization in Brooklyn and Queens. The starting point for that great project is conversion. We who call the people to turn to Christ must ourselves recognize the continued need for conversion. Pray for your priests as we pray for you!

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

Monsignor’s Message – World Mission Sunday

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

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

Next week, on Oct. 22, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This celebration, which focuses attention on the work of the Church through the Propagation of the Faith, is a visible extension of the Great Commission given to the Apostles. Jesus reminds us of the call to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20). Most of us cannot travel to far-off and dangerous parts of the world to proclaim the Gospel. Missionaries take up that work and are supported by our prayers, acts of penance and charitable support. This World Mission Sunday, I am thinking of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of Oklahoma City who ministered to the people of Santiago Atitlán in Guatemala. He lived, like the people he served, in extreme poverty. During the civil war that ravaged the country, many people sought refuge by living in their parish churches. Father Stanley’s name appeared on a “kill list” and still he refused to abandon his people. He was murdered on July 28, 1981 and declared a martyr June 14, 2015. Let us reflect on his mission and sacrifice.

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

Monsignor’s Message – The Dignity and Sanctity of Human Life

Posted on Oct 5, 2017

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

Something has gone terribly awry in our country. Last year there were over 15,000 murders reported. This past week we all witnessed the senseless violence that took place in Las Vegas. First, it reminds me of the fragility of human life. As I watched a listing of those who perished, I couldn’t help but think – how young. It also prompts questions as to how such great evil can take root in the human heart. Fundamentally, this is only possible because the dignity and sanctity of human life has been under attack for generations. How can we value our neighbors if we cannot see the sacredness of life in the womb and in our infirmed/elderly? The tragedy in Las Vegas demands that we pray for the victims and the perpetrator. Hate and revenge have no place in Christians’ hearts – we can only decide to be for the other. Alas, the killer is our brother, as are the victims. We must redouble our efforts to craft laws that on one hand reduce the opportunities for such senselessness, and on the other promote a greater sense of the value of all human life. Let’s strive to build a nation that cherishes life.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Opening Our Hearts To Charity

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

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

These last few weeks we have witnessed the awesome power of nature. Hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc. Some perished and many have lost their most valuable possessions. Out of the chaos of this ontic evil, the Heavenly Father pours out his grace upon us in the kindness and in some cases heroism of ordinary human beings. As Christians, we believe we are bound to our brothers and sisters in distress. Our starting point is prayer. As we contemplate the need of those faced with devastation, our hearts open in charity to those who have lost so much. It is easy for life to go on after the images fade from our television screens, but the suffering continues. We pray that we may never forsake any opportunity to express our compassion for our brothers and sisters in need.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Prayers for Christ’s Missionaries

Posted on Sep 21, 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, Father Tom Uzhunnalil was freed by his ISIS captors. The Salesian priest was taken hostage in March 2016 while ministering at a home for the aged and disabled in Yemen. Sixteen people were murdered in the attack on the Missionary of Charity home. This week, let us commit ourselves to praying for our brothers and sisters who serve as missionaries in far–off and frequently dangerous places in our world. These brave souls model for us what it means to leave all behind for Christ. They make the leap of faith and give us the strength to do the same.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Rosh Hashanah

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

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

In the coming weeks our Jewish brothers and sisters will celebrate Rosh Hashanah. This marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The shofar will sound and soon the people of God will embark on ten days of penitence. It would be good for us to follow the example of our elder brothers and sisters in faith. In a real sense as summer ends, we too begin a new year. Parents and children are given an opportunity to begin anew. Parishes and parishioners all start anew. In a world that is self–indulgent, we can all begin with penance before we start anew.

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

DeSales Media Group’s Sunday Coverage of the Pope’s Visit to Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

As Pope Francis ended his five-day trip to Colombia on Sunday, the DeSales Media Group wrapped up five days of extensive coverage.

As always, our coverage of the Pope’s visit included live video on NET TV with commentary by Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Liz Fabulas, anchor of Currents. Our journalists and outlets also brought real-time quotes and images, some of which you can see below, to their audiences via social media.

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Pope Francis Farewell Address From Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

13bis COLOMBIA – Cartagena – 10.09.2017 – 16.30 Port area of Contecar
Holy Mass
Final Remarks of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONHoly See Press Office


At the conclusion of this celebration, I would like to thank His Grace Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal, Archbishop of Cartagena, for his kind words on behalf of his brother bishops and the entire people of God.

I also greet President Juan Manuel Santos, the civil authorities, and all those who have taken part in this Eucharistic celebration, whether here or through the communications media.

I am deeply grateful for the hard work and sacrifice that have made this visit possible. Many people helped, giving freely and readily of their time and energy. These have been intense and beautiful days; I have been able to meet many people and to experience many things that have touched me deeply. You have done me much good.

Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to leave you with one last word.  Let us not be content with “taking the first step”. Instead, let us continue our journey anew each day, going forth to encounter others and to encourage concord and fraternity. We cannot just stand still. In this very place, on 8 September 1654, Saint Peter Claver died, after forty years of voluntary slavery, of tireless work on behalf of the poor.  He did not stand still: his first step was followed by many others.  His example draws us out of ourselves to encounter our neighbours. Colombia, your brothers and sisters need you. Go out to meet them.  Bring them the embrace of peace, free of all violence. Be “slaves of peace, forever.”

[Pope Francis]

Pope Francis Final Homily In The Port Of Contecar Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Cartagena – 10.09.2017 – 16.30
Port area of Contecar
Holy Mass
Homily of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATION Holy See Press Office


“The Dignity of the Person and Human Rights.”

In this city, which has been called “heroic” for its tenacity in defending freedom two hundred years ago, I celebrate the concluding Mass of my Visit to Colombia. For the past thirty-two years Cartagena de Indias is also the headquarters in Colombia for Human Rights. For here the people cherish the fact that, “thanks to the missionary team formed by the Jesuit priests Peter Claver y Corberó, Alonso de Sandoval and Brother Nicolás González, accompanied by many citizens of the city of Cartagena de Indias in the seventeenth century, the desire was born to alleviate the situation of the oppressed of that time, especially of slaves, of those who implored fair treatment and freedom” (Congress of Colombia 1985, law 95, art. 1).

Here, in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, where the progress and application of human rights in Colombia continue to be studied and monitored in a systematic way, the Word of God speaks to us of forgiveness, correction, community and prayer.

In the fourth sermon of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to us, who have decided to support the community, to us, who value life together and dream of a project that includes everyone. The preceding text is that of the good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine sheep to go after the one that is lost. This fact pervades the entire text: there is no one too lost to deserve our care, our closeness and our forgiveness. From this perspective, we can see that a fault or a sin committed by one person challenges us all, but involves, primarily, the victim of someone’s sin.  He or she is called to take the initiative so that whoever has caused the harm is not lost.

During these past few days I have heard many testimonies from those who have reached out to people who had harmed them; terrible wounds that I could see in their own bodies; irreparable losses that still bring tears. Yet they have reached out, have taken a first step on a different path to the one already travelled. For decades Colombia has yearned for peace but, as Jesus teaches, two sides approaching each other to dialogue is not enough; it has also been necessary to involve many more actors in this dialogue aimed at healing sins. The Lord tells us in the Gospel: “If your brother does not listen to you, take one or two others along with you” (Mt 18:16).

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Pope Francis Blessing at Homeless Shelter Cartagena

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Cartagena– 10.09.2017 – 10.30 St Francis Square Blessing and laying of the corner-stones for homeless shelters and Talitha Qum works Blessing of the Holy


WORKING TRANSLATIONHoly See Press Office


 

Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of mercy,
Who in your Son You have given us
an admirable example of charity
and through Him you have strongly recommended to us the commandment to love;
fill with your blessings
these servants of yours,
who wish to devote themselves generously
to the help of their brothers;
so that, in urgent needs,
they may serve you faithfully and fully
in the person of their neighbor.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

[Pope Francis]