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.


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.


All photos by Gregory A. Shemitz