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Monsignor’s Message – Helping the Homeless

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in Monsignor's Message

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

We have all witnessed a burgeoning homeless crisis in our city. In fact, over the last ten years there are 76% more homeless people sleeping in NYC’s shelters. The crisis is approaching Depression-era levels. Many of those sleeping on the street are suffering from severe mental illness and other health problems. Many of us do not realize that there are 15,145 homeless families with 22,695 children sleeping in shelters. What can we do? As we approach the winter months, perhaps we can consider how we as a Church can help. Some parishes run programs to welcome the homeless for the night and provide meal. Underutilized properties can provide shelter for some of those in need. With our our time, we can support the work of Catholic Charities and similar charitable entities. them with a hot contributions and We can demand that our elected officials be accountable for failing to develop sound public policies to address the needs of these our brothers and sisters living on the margins of our city.

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