Bishop John Barres greets players' families and friends after he arrives during the second half of the CYO eighth-grade game between Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point, and host Christ the King, Commack.
Our Lady of the Snow's Nick Savino drives to the basket.
Christ the King's Josh Geschwin brings the ball up the court.
Father Joe Davanzo, Christ the King's pastor, operates the game clock and scoreboard.
Christ the King's Vincent Rotelli shoots the ball.
Our Lady of the Snow's Luke Olsen is defended by Christ the King's Vincent Rotelli.
Bishop Barres chats with spectators.
Christ the King's Tristan McMahon attempts a layup.
Paul Echausse, executive director of the CYO, distributes copies of Bishop Barres' Long Island Catholic column expressing his appreciation for his CYO coach and Long Island's CYO coaches.
Father Davanzo and Bishop Barres chat before the tipoff of the CYO sixth-grade game between St. Mary's, Manhasset, and host Christ the King Church.
Bishop Barres addresses players from both teams.
Bishop Barres leads the players and the fans in prayer.
Gregory A. Shemitz photos
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.