Nassau Police Holy Name Society awards scholarships

Bishop John Barres poses with the 2017 Nassau County Police Department Holy Name Society scholarship recipients during a gathering of the students, their parents and Holy Name Society officials at the bishop’s office on Aug. 7. From left, Dillon Studdert (Northeastern), Melanie Sheehan (North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Mary DiCanio (SUNY Buffalo), Samantha Morley (SUNY Binghamton), Bishop Barres, Cassidy Fitchett (Syracuse), Giavanna DeCicco (SUNY Buffalo), Francesca Calobrisi (SUNY Geneseo), and Thomas LoPiccolo (SUNY Albany). Below, Deputy Chief of Detectives Neil Delargy, president of the Holy Name Society, presents Bishop Barres with a San Damiano Cross.





Students, grads help make school grounds beautiful at St. Martin de Porres

Volunteers on the Summer Work Crew, above, have been hard at work at the St. Martin de Porres Marianist School in Uniondale. Graduates and current middle school students are building a brand new patio deck for an existing pergola, as well as building a second pergola on the school grounds.



On Saturday, August 5th, the V Encuentro group from Saint Patrick’s in Bay Shore celebrated its parish Encuentro event by offering a special outdoor Mass at the Bay Shore Marina. The theme was to “Explore how we are a Church which goes forth.” Before the Mass, participants attended a presentation by Deacon Francisco Cales of the DRVC New Evangelization Office about ways Latinos can be missionary disciples reaching out to those on the periphery. Following his remarks, parishioners took part in a Rosary Procession down to the Great South Bay for the Liturgy, celebrated by pastor Msgr. Thomas Coogan, above.


Attention Singers: diocesan choir now auditioning for all voice parts

The Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre is currently holding auditions on all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Singers with previous choral experience and basic music reading skills are encouraged to fill out an application form by visiting the choir website at

This group of 100 singers leads the music for all the principal diocesan liturgies at the Cathedral, frequently appearing on Telecare as they sing for the ordinations of deacons, priests, and bishops, as well as Advent Lessons and Carols, the St. Agnes Awards, and other celebrations. The choir also performs concerts of sacred music, often with orchestra, including the Gounod St. Cecilia Mass, the Haydn Te Deum, and works by other classical and contemporary composers. The repertoire of the choir includes a wide variety of music from chant to contemporary compositions.

The choir rehearses on Monday evenings (every other week) at St. Kilian Church in Farmingdale. Since many in the choir also belong to their parish choirs, the Diocesan Choir schedule is careful to avoid conflicts on Sunday mornings, and avoids important liturgical weeks like Christmas and Holy Week.

In addition to diocesan liturgies, the choir has brought their joyful music to additional locations in Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, as well as St. Patrick’s’ Cathedral in New York City.  In 2010 the choir made their first European tour to Salzburg, Munich and Vienna.