At a special liturgy scheduled to coincide with its patronal feast, Christ the King Parish, Commack, warmly welcomed its new pastor, Father Robert Ketcham, during his official installation on Nov. 24, the solemnity of Christ the King. Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning, serving as Bishop John Barres’ representative, was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 12:30 p.m. Mass. Father Ketcham, who up until this past spring had served as chaplain for six years at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, ministers as a pastor for the first time. At Christ the King, he succeeds Father Joseph Davanzo, who was appointed the pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church, West Babylon. Father Ketcham was ordained in 2008 and began his priestly ministry as an associate pastor at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Valley Stream.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
In a stained-glass window that overlooks the sanctuary, Christ the King is depicted washing the feet of the apostle Peter.
Members of the Knights of Columbus serve as an honor guard.
Altar servers process at the beginning of Mass.
Bishop Henning congratulates Father Ketcham after presenting him to the congregation.
Father Ketcham's parents, Bob and Carol, and other family members join the congregation in applauding the new pastor.
Bishop Henning delivers the homily.
Father Ketcham embraces his associate pastor, Father Bob Scheckenback.
Father Ketcham leads the assembly in the profession of faith.
Bishop Henning witnesses Father Ketcham's oath of fidelity by adding his signature to the document.
Members of the parish pastoral staff look on.
Bishop Henning prays over the gifts.
Joseph Smaldino, the parish's director of sacred liturgy, conducts the choir.
Members of the choir raise their voices in song.
Father Ketcham addresses the congregation at the end of Mass.
Amityville Dominican Sisters, who reside in the parish convent, applaud their new pastor.
Father Ketcham greets well-wishers after Mass.