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.

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.