Bishop John O. Barres was the principal celebrant and homilist at the diocesan White Mass for health care workers on Sunday, May 17, at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre. A White Mass, named for the white coats traditionally worn by physicians and other medical personnel, provides an opportunity for the church to affirm and bless health care professionals and caregivers. The liturgy had special significance this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for a gallery of photos from the Mass which was televised on CFN. To read Bishop Barres’ homily, click here.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Bishop John Barres incenses the sanctuary at the beginning of Mass.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, is depicted holding a child in an image adorning a column of the cathedral's baldacchino.
Dr. Patrick O'Shaughnessy, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, proclaims the first reading.
Peggy Reddan, director of nursing at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, proclaims the second reading.
Msgr. Robert Morrissey, diocesan judicial vicar, holds the Book of the Gospels as he processes to the ambo.
Bishop Barres delivers his homily.
Dr. Jeanine Morelli, president of the Long Island Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, reads the general intercessions.
Cantor Christina Pizzo Buxton sings.
Bishop Barres elevates the Eucharist.
The Mass was closed to the general public due to safety restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Father Patrick Onuegbu, chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage, prepares to consume the Eucharist.
Dr. Alan Guerci, president and CEO of Catholic Health Services, delivers comments at the end of Mass.
Bishop Barres imparts the final blessing.
Capuchin Franciscan Father Nobert D'Suoza, chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, processes from the altar at the conclusion of the liturgy.
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre.