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Bishop John Barres visited boys CYO basketball games at Christ the King, Commack, on Sunday, February 11, spending time with the players, coaches and spectators and reminding them of the importance of Sunday Mass.

In his February column for The Long Island Catholic magazine, Bishop John Barres paid tribute to CYO coaches and urged them to “radical fidelity” to Sunday Mass attendance.

“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,” Bishop Barres wrote.

Paul Echausse, executive director of the CYO, distributed copies of of the bishop’s column at the game.