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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 – 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 – 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 – 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.