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.

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’s Annual Golf Outing Raises $100K for Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
From left, Art Dignam, CEO of DeSales Media Group; Jen Krasowki, Asst. Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Caitlin DeLaurentis, Advancement Associate, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Danielle DiCerbo, Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Bob Catell, Chairman of the Board, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn; Msgr. Kieran Harrington, President and Chairman, DeSales Media Group.

From left, Art Dignam, CEO of DeSales Media Group; Jen Krasowki, Asst. Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Caitlin DeLaurentis, Advancement Associate, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Danielle DiCerbo, Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Bob Catell, Chairman of the Board, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S.; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn; Msgr. Kieran Harrington, President and Chairman, DeSales Media Group.

On August 14th, DeSales Media Group, the communications arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, held the 19th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset.

All proceeds from this year’s event benefited Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. For over six years, the Brooklyn school has been educating young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. The school is part of the Cristo Rey National Network, which utilizes the innovative Corporate Work Study Program to help finance their education and make it affordable to students who might not otherwise have access to a quality education.

The event, which raised $100,000 for Cristo Rey Brooklyn, also honored Reverend Monsignor Peter Kain of St. Ephrem as Pastor of the Year, and Robert Catell, board member for Cristo Rey.

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Highlights From World Communications Day 2014

Posted on May 23, 2014

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, was in Brooklyn for the World Communications Day media conference on May 22. After receiving the St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award, he delivered a keynote address on the intersection of social media, technology and faith.

The speech was followed by breakout sessions in which members of the Catholic and mainstream media discussed issues related to social media. Below is video of his speech, images from the day and excerpts from his speech, which you can read in full here.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND KEYNOTE: PART 1 AND PART 2

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 Archbishop Celli with Bishop DiMarzio, left, and Monsignor Harrington.

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 "We don’t want a network of wires, but a network of people," Celli said.

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"We are always fishing in the aquarium...The majority of fish are outside the aquarium."

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 Fr. Matt Malone is the editor in chief of America magazine.

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 Mary DeTurris Poust, a Catholic blogger and author.

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 Bill Barry, DeSales board member, asks a question while David Bisono of Too Blessed  to Be Stressed tweeted.

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 Grant Gallicho from Commonweal magazine participated in the panel session.

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 Tonia Ries, the founder of the Realtime Report, spoke during the panel session.

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 Deacon Chris Heanue embraced the call to use social media.

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The World Communications Day event team.

 

 

Excerpts from Archbishop Celli’s remarks (read full transcript):

It’s absolutely necessary that the Church establish a presence in the digital world.

We are always fishing in the aquarium…The majority of fish are outside the aquarium. 

The Church is a community of communities. Its use of social media should reflect that.

The high rate of retweeting of the Pope’s tweets means that the Church is reaching an ever-wider community.

People no longer pay attention–if they ever did–simply because a church leader is speaking.

We don’t want a network of wires, but a network of people. 

Unless we engage digital media, we will wind up talking to ourselves.

Before elections, Msgr. Harrington informs voters on talk radio

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Elections are coming up Tuesday! Therefore, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, host of In the Arena, invites Catholics and everyone to tune-in and get informed about the issues pertinent to life in Brooklyn and Queens.

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