Monsignor’s Message – Corpus Christi Sunday

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

Corpus Christi Sunday is one of my favorite celebrations in the liturgical calendar. In a mystical way, at each Mass, we stand beside Christ at Calvary. Not all Christians share this belief. Baptists, Pentecostals, and non-denominational churches are all non-liturgical communities. These services are a mixture of scripture and preaching, prayer and praise. The charismatic nature of these worships is appealing to many. The focus is on the experience of the worshipper. Catholics, Orthodox churches, Lutherans, and Episcopalians all belong to liturgical communities. We all place an emphasis on Eucharistic celebrations. Our worships are very similar. Despite these similarities in worships, the theological differences are significant. By the laying of hands, our priests act in the person of Christ the Head of the Church and they represent for us the saving acts of Christ. The power of the words of our Lord manifested as His own Body and Blood upon the Altar. Saint Thomas Aquinas explained that even as the chemical composition is the same (accident), the underlying reality (substance) is now the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. How can we fail in gratitude to worship so great a mystery?

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

Daily Masses For April 28

Pope Francis is visiting Egypt on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th.

Our televised daily Masses from the Co-Cathedral on April 28th may be preempted to provide LIVE coverage of this historic visit on NET TV.

Our daily Masses will still take place at 8:00am and 9:00am in the church. You are most welcomed to attend. Thank you for your understanding.

You may watch the LIVE coverage of the historic visit on:

Spectrum, channel 97
Optimum, channel 30
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Monsignor’s Message – Easter Sunday

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

He is risen! Our Easter celebration is the Lord’s victory over sin and death. In these last forty days, we have fasted and prayed. We have sought to purify our hearts and put to death inordinate desires. Some of us are in bondage to anger and resentment, others are captive to addictions, others struggle with sadness or ill health. Christ will nail all these to the cross. We are like the good thief, convicted and justly condemned. Yet, if we acknowledge our sins and but beg the Lord to remember us – we can be sure to share with Him eternal life.

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

Chrism Mass Time Change To 7:30 p.m.

The Chrism Mass will begin a half hour earlier at 7:30 p.m. NET TV coverage will also begin at 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the Chrism Mass and what is its significance to Catholicism.

Palm Sunday Procession and Mass

Join us at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Army Plaza for our Annual Palm Sunday Procession to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Celebration of our 10:30 a.m. Spanish Mass. All are welcome to join us in this sign of our faith!

The Passion with Bach

Join us on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. for a special musical recitation of Passion of our Lord, featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The event takes place in the Cathedral.

Bible and Performing Arts Summer Camp

The experience of summer camp goes far beyond enjoying the fun activities usually associated with summer camps. At BArts, young performers of all levels find expression on stage and in the classroom.  Your child will acquire performance skills in theater, dance, and music classes developing at the same greater self-confidence, leadership and team-building skills. In addition Campers will present a performance for friends and family to enjoy!

This is an opportunity to develop friendships that can last a lifetime.  Continue reading “Bible and Performing Arts Summer Camp”

Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Check out some photos from the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, led by Grand Marshal Msgr. Kieran Harrington!

Voices of St. Joseph

Voices of St. Joseph invites you to join their new Choirs. There is a Children Choir, English Adult Choir and Spanish Choir. For more information, please contact Mother Maria Amador.

Msgr. Harrington To Moderate Sheen Center Event

Please join Archbishop Charles Chaput, Monsignor Kieran Harrington, John Allen, Jr., and Fr. Thomas Joseph White in, “FAITH IN THE FUTURE— Christian Life in a Turbulent Time; An Evening with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Tickets to this event are free and available online.

Monday, February 27th, 2017
The Loreto Theater at The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Presented by Henry Holt and Company to celebrate their publication of Strangers In A Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World and sponsored by DeSales Media/NET TV.

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entered the Capuchin Franciscan religious community in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1970. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988 and archbishop of Denver in 1997. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named him archbishop of Philadelphia. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, he is the first U.S. archbishop of Native American heritage.

Archbishop Chaput served three years as a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He was an official U.S. State Department delegate to the 2005 Conference on Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Intolerance in Cordoba, Spain, sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The recipient of various religious liberty awards, he is a frequent public speaker and prolific writer. In 2015, working with the Pontifical Council for the Family, he hosted the Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. He subsequently served as a delegate to the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome, where he was elected to a term on the Synod of Bishops’ permanent council. In November 2016, he began a term as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

In addition to Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, Archbishop Chaput is the author of two previous books—Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life—as well as numerous articles and public talks.

JOHN L. ALLEN JR. is the editor of Crux, an independent Catholic news site, and previously served both as a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and later as associate editor of the Boston Globe. He’s the senior Vatican analyst for CNN, the author of ten books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and a popular speaker both in the United States and abroad. Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as “the journalist other reporters—and not a few cardinals—look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.”

FR. THOMAS JOSEPH WHITE is a Dominican priest, who lives and teaches at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, where he is the Director of the Thomistic Institute. Originally a native of southeastern Georgia, Fr. White studied at Brown University. He converted to Catholicism his senior year, influenced by reading Flannery O’Connor, Aristotle, Newman, Balthasar and John Paul II. He did his doctoral studies at Oxford University where his research focused on Aquinas’ metaphysics and arguments for the existence of God. Fr. White is the author of various books and articles including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity, A Thomistic Study in Natural Theology (Sapientia Press, 2009, second edition
2016), The Incarnate Lord, A Thomistic Study in Christology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2015), Exodus (Brazos Press, 2016).

MSGR. KIERAN E. HARRINGTON is Vicar for Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. He is the President and Chairman of DeSales Media Group—a full-service media company that includes NET-TV and The Tablet weekly newspaper. He hosts In the Arena, a weekly series on New York’s WOR radio. In 2013 Msgr. Harrington was named the first rector of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a BA in Philosophy. He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.