Bishop John Barres celebrated the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St Agnes, Rockville Centre, with the bishops, priests and deacons of the diocese, on Holy Thursday, April 18, celebrating the gift of the sacrament of the priesthood At the Chrism Mass, oils used in the sacraments throughout the year are blessed and later distributed to every parish. Photos by Ed Casey
Read Bishop Barres’ Chrism Mass homily here.
Father Jeff Yildirmaz, associate pastor of St. Aidan's, Williston Park, processes into Mass.
Father Douglas Arcoleo, pastor of Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport, joins in prayer.
Bishop Barres delivers his homily.
Bishop Barres breathes into the chrism oil, symbolizing the infusion of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Barres prays over the sacred oils.
The choir sings during Mass.
During the Eucharistic prayer, Bishop Barres is joined by, from left, Bishops Andrzej Zglejszewski, James Dunne and Robert Coyle.
Bishop emeritus William Murphy prays.
Father Daniel Rivera, left, associate pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln, and Father Thomas Fusco, pastor of Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park, process from the Cathedral.
Father Walter Kedjierski, rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary, processes from Mass.
Bishop Barres greets students ushers and Dr. Kathleen Moran, superintendent of schools.
Bishop Barres shares
light moment with Richard and Mary Ware, grandparents of Father Michael Duffy, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne.