Monsignor’s Message – The Nativity

Posted on Dec 20, 2017

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

As we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, let us greet the Christ child not with Gold, Frankincense or Myrrh but with acts of Charity for the hungry, thirsty, naked, ill or those in prison. These are the gifts the Lord desires from us. This is the moment of our encounter with Christ! As we contemplate the profound redeeming love of the Almighty God, let us manifest His salvific will by our service to those most in need. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

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

Monsignor’s Message – The Journey

Posted on Dec 13, 2017

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

Next week, with our Christmas edition, I will offer my last message in these pages for the coming months. On January 1, 2018, I will be leaving Brooklyn for a six-month sabbatical. During this time, I will embark on a 30-day silent retreat with the Jesuit fathers. Following the retreat will be a course of theological update for two months at the Pontifical North American College. Immediately after Easter, I will be heading off to the Middle East to work with agencies attending to the needs of displaced and persecuted Christians. If you remember, and have a spare moment, offer a short prayer for me. And permit me to assure all our readers and viewers of a very special place in my prayers. I look forward to being back with you all in July.

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

Monsignor’s Message – The Love Of Christ

Posted on Dec 5, 2017

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

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat…” It is funny how the songs of our childhood remain with us. As we head into this sacred time, we reflect on the gift of the incarnation and the profound love that God has for us. As we reflect on His love for us, we also think about those in need around us. Poverty manifests itself in loneliness, poor health, emotional distress, failed relationships, addiction, war and so many other ways beyond simple material need. In the coming days, perhaps we will reflect on the Christ child’s birth into the poverty of our human situation and how it is transformed and given dignity. May we also seek to manifest the love of Christ to at least one person who finds her/himself somehow impoverished.

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

Monsignor’s Message – A Great Moral Question

Posted on Nov 30, 2017

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

Love and Peace! Just last week, the Holy Father traveled to Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation at the center of an international outcry for the “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya-Bangladeshi Muslim minorities. The Pope reminded the people of Myanmar that “the arduous process of peace building and national reconciliation can only be advanced through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights.” Meanwhile, in the United States, we ourselves struggle with certain efforts to withdraw legal support for 60,000 Haitians and 200,000 El Salvadorans residing here legally as a result of a 1990 era law known as TPS (Temporary Protective Status). The movement of peoples is becoming one of the great moral questions of our age. Pope Pius XII wrote, “the Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future,” and Pope Francis reaffirms the obligation of every Christian “to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate” the stranger who knocks at our door.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

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

At every moment of the day, the Holy Mass is being offered somewhere in the world. This sacrifice of Christ on Calvary is made present to us in a mystical way. The Mass and the Eucharist is our celebration of giving thanks. In fact, Eucharist is Greek for Thanksgiving. Let us strive to be thankful for the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us each day. One way to manifest that gratitude is by our preparation for and frequency of participation at Mass. As we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church year, we ought not just have the name of Jesus on our lips, but redouble our efforts to manifest His sacrifice of thanksgiving in our lives. May God bless you.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Catholics Care Houston

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

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

A small group of our brothers and sisters spent last week in Houston assisting those ravaged by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. They ripped out moldy drywall and disposed of the former treasures destroyed and waterlogged in people’s homes. Most importantly, they are a sign of our solidarity with those who grapple with the devastation of mother nature. We all were horrified by the images that we see from Texas and parts of Florida, Saint Martin, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and everywhere else affected by the recent hurricanes. This small band of volunteers is a reminder that those suffering are not forgotten. We cannot fix all the problems of the world but we must do what we can do to make the world a better place. Our small group of Catholics Care will also be organizing a trip to Puerto Rico to assist those who lost so much. We invite you to join us on this next trip that will be announced in the coming weeks. Pray for our volunteers or make a donation to assist in the recovery efforts. We ought not celebrate Thanksgiving one day a year. Each time we assist those who are in distress we express our gratitude to Almighty God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

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

Editor’s note: to make a donation, go to https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/care

Monsignor’s Message – Veteran’s Day

Posted on Nov 7, 2017

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

This Friday and Saturday, we celebrated Veterans Day. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to those men and women who wore the uniform and were willing to risk all for love of country. The modern age is plagued by selfishness as well as meaninglessness. Veterans are a living reminder to us all that our own health, prosperity and happiness are not the most important values for a life well lived. A veteran’s willingness to die for fellow citizens is proof that he/she values country and others more than self. As Catholics, the sacrifice of our veterans also calls to mind those Christian missionaries who willingly endure persecution for the sake of the name of Christ. Our veterans and our missionaries are the real heroes of the present age because they call us to move beyond selfishness. Some of our soldiers have paid a terrible price and are ravaged by the effect of war. Many of our missionaries have also been scarred by torture. The veterans who sacrificed all, rest with our honored dead. The Christian missionary ranks among the martyrs and saints for all eternity.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Fall Back on God’s Plan

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

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

This week we set our clocks back an hour. The sun sets in the early afternoon. The leaves fall from the trees. The streets are a bit more quiet and empty. During this time, the Church bids us to reflect on the final things – death, judgment, heaven and hell. For some, these mysteries may seem ominous and threatening. We, who are believers, embrace these realities. The Divine plan is for us to spend eternity with the Almighty God. Yet, we must persevere in putting into effect God’s plan. Judgment is the moment when our lives’ decisions are ratified. Are those decisions for God and His holy plan? Are they for ourselves and the idols we have constructed? We, who are believers, do not fear death because God’s will is that winter will give way to spring and we have sought to put His will into effect in our lives.

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

Monsignor’s Message – Christian Origin of Halloween

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

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

Father Pat West is a great one for jokes. At the priest convocation he shared this one: “Where does one go to survive the zombie apocalypse?—The living room!” Many of the contemporary elements of Halloween are derived from pagan Celtic celebrations. However, with the Christianization of Ireland, the pagan rite of commemorating the dead was inculturated. Beginning on Halloween, many would abstain from meat/fast and pray for the dead over the course of three days. During these celebrations of All Saints and All Souls, we are reminded that the bonds of love do not dissolve with death. We believe in life after death. The dead will all stand before the judgement throne of Christ. What I do here and now has ramifications. Our belief in the Communion of Saints is the conviction that our prayers assist in the purification of those who have died so that they might enter into the heavenly courts and gaze upon the face of God.

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

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.