Bishop John Barres was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 29, at St. Agnes Cathedral. During the liturgy, Bishop Barres prayed over and blessed the holy oils that will be used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick.

The Chrism Mass is traditionally celebrated on the morning of Holy Thursday, the day Jesus shared his priesthood with the apostles. In commemoration of this, Bishop Barres led his auxiliary bishops and the diocesan priests in attendance in a renewal of their priestly promises.

Bishop Robert Coyle, the diocese’s newest auxiliary bishop, was formally welcomed during the service, as were the five men who were ordained for diocesan service last year: Fathers Michael Bissex, Liam McDonald, Michael Plona, Christopher Sullivan and John Wachowicz.

Father Nestor Watin, a newly incardinated priest of the diocese, was also acknowledged at the Mass.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz


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