As he celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral on his first Christmas as bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop John Barres spoke about how Pope Francis has emphasized the migrant status of the Holy Family and how we all need to be cognizant of those among us today who are in the same situation. He spent time before and after Mass greeting parishioners and guests, as well as members of the media.
Photographer Ed Casey captured the images below from the Mass.
Before Mass, Bishop Barres met the Hitscherich family who were visiting from Texas.
Before Mass, Bishop Barres showed the baby Jesus from the creche to Maria Basilio and her daughter, Elise.
Altar server Brian Saville, a student at Regis High School, makes his way to the narthex to line up for the procession.
The bishop speaks with members of the media before Mass begins.
Bishop Barres delivers the homily.
Bishop Barres incenses the altar.
Bishop Barres elevates the host.
Sherry Durnan distributes Holy Communion.
Before proceeding from the altar, Bishop Barres acknowledges those in the choir loft.
Cammie Harloff and her daughter, Morgan, greet Bishop Barres after Mass.