It was a busy Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church, Kings Park, on September 9th as the parish welcomed Bishop John Barres for a pastoral visit and later honored and prayed for first responders.
The bishop greeted parishioners before and after concelebrating the 10:30 Mass with Father Sean Gann, St. Joseph’s pastor. Below is a gallery of photos from the Mass.
Bishop Barres chats with Arthur and Peggy Boyce before Mass.
Adult server Charlie Herbert leads the opening procession.
Detective Alex Barnych of the Nassau County Police Department serves as lector.
Bishop Barres delivers his homily.
Bishop Barres accepts the gifts.
Bishop Barres, flanked by Deacon John Trodden, left, and Father Sean Gann, elevates the chalice.
The congregation recites the Lord's Prayer.
Bishop Barres distributes Communion.
As he processes at the end of Mass, Bishop Barres greets a congregant.
Deanna Muro, pastoral associate for music and liturgy, plays the organ while leading the choir.
Mary Kaitlyn Flynn sings with the choir.
Bishop Barres and Father Gann greet people after Mass.
Then, at the noon Mass, the parish hosted a Blessing of Shields, as it does annually on the Sunday closest to the 9/11 anniversary. The Mass and Blessing provide an opportunity for the parish to honor, affirm and pray for the protection of first responders and others who put themselves in harm’s way while working to ensure the peace and safety of their communities.
Below is a gallery of photos from the Mass and blessing.
Bishop Barres addresses the congregation before Mass.
Members of the Blue Knights, a law enforcement motorcycle club, attend the service.
Father Sean Gann delivers his homily.
Lt. Stephen Butler of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department stands with fellow honorees.
Honorees process toward the sanctuary.
Officer Michael Byrne of the Suffolk County Police Department touches his shield to a cross held by Deacon John Trodden.
Highway Patrol Officer Frank Cardamone of the New York Police Department holds his 2-year-old daughter, Gia, as he processes toward the sanctuary.
Smithtown Peace Officer Thomas Lohmann approaches the sanctuary with his 2-year-old son, Thomas.
A man holds a child as he touches his shield to the cross.
Father Gann imparts a blessing.
Police officers exchange the sign of peace.
Detective Alex Barnych of the Nassau County Police Department addresses the congregation at the end of Mass.
All photos by Gregory A. Shemitz