ROCKVILLE CENTRE –  In the spirit of Dramatic Missionary Growth in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop John Barres is calling for a “full court press,” with CYO leaders modeling a “radical fidelity to Sunday Mass.”  Bishop Barres makes the call in a tribute to his CYO coach Joe Gallick and to all CYO coaches on Long Island.  The tribute will appear in the February edition of The Long Island Catholic Magazine.

In the column, Bishop Barres encourages teams to go to Mass together periodically in their team uniforms as a powerful witness of faith and commitment to the entire young Catholic community of Long Island.

Bishop Barres connects the character, heart and tenacity he learned from Joe Gallick, his CYO seventh and eighth grade basketball coach at St. Augustine’s Parish in Larchmont, NY, with his life as a bishop.

Speaking to all CYO coaches, the bishop said: “Your fidelity and that of your family to the Sunday Mass is a great inspiration and critical foundation to the team play and chemistry you teach us.”

“Never underestimate the witness you give when your players and their families, along with the entire parish, see you consistently and faithfully at Sunday Mass.  It sets a tone.  It is ‘salt and light’ to parish life, unity and mission.  It is what I expect as your bishop and the point guard of the mission of the Catholic Church on Long Island,” said Bishop Barres.

Read the Bishop’s entire column here.