Bishop John Barres was the principal celebrant of the annual Nassau County Red Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Garden City, on October 2.
A Red Mass is celebrated for all members of the legal profession — judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students and government officials — to mark the opening of the judicial year.
Organized by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the evening included Mass and a dinner reception held at Chaminade High School’s Activity-Athletic Center, in Mineola. At the dinner, Elissa and Joseph Metz of Rockville Centre were recognized.
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Kellenberg Memorial High School students Elizabeth Solferino and Sarah Campbell lead the procession into Mass.
William Yap listens to the first reading during the Nassau Red Mass.
Image of Saint Thomas More, patron of attorneys, court clerks, lawyers, politicians and public servants, is seen in the sanctuary during Mass.
Bishop Barres and concelebrants during the Eucharistic Prayer.
Msgr. James P. Swaider, pastor of St. Joseph, prays the Eucharistic Prayer.
Bishop John Barres elevates the Eucharist.
Saint John's University School of Law student John Cancellieri receives Communion from Bishop Robert Brennan.
Bishop Barres greets judges after the Nassau Red Mass.
Bishop Barres poses for a photo with Juan Cadavid of Garden City.
Kellenberg Memorial High School students speak with Bishop Barres after Mass.
Mark J. Brosnan, president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County, addresses the 305 attendees at the dinner.
Brishop Barres listens as Mark J. Brosnan, Guild president, address the gathering.
Bishop Robert Brennan gives the invocation at dinner.
The evening's honorees, Elissa and Joseph Metz, Esq. , flanked by Brosnan, left, and Dr. Richard Milone.