It was an evening of jubilation as winners of the diocesan papal tickets lotteries claimed their prizes at Kellenberg Memorial H.S. on September 21. Photographer Gregory A. Shemitz captured the excitement in the slides below.
Harold and Carmela Lubeski of Cure of Ars Parish, Merrick, display their tickets.
Carmine and Linda Iadevaia of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Melville, display their tickets.
Anna and Federico Ruperto of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Franklin Square, receive their tickets from Suzanne Lynn.
Suzanne Lynn hands tickets to Monica and Mario Arevalo of Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Hempstead.
Monica Arevalo cries as she hugs her husband Mario after the couple received their tickets. The Arevalos are from Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Hempstead.
Monica Arevalo, overcome with emotion, leaves the Kellenberg gym after she and her husband Mario picked up their tickets. The Arevalos are from Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Hempstead.
Czarina Mugavin, left, and her sister Duchess Sinson, both of Notre Dame Parish, New Hyde Park, display their tickets.
Eileen and Richard Tucci of St. James Church, Seaford, receive their tickets for the papal Mass at Madison Square Garden from Angela Mauceri of the Office of Worship.
Kristen Ng of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, East Northport, takes of photo of her daughter Abigail, 7, after they claimed their tickets.
Judy Maresca of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Massapequa, picks up her tickets from Angela Mauceri.
Deacon Michael Gomes of St. James Church, Setauket, and his wife Lisa hold their tickets for the vespers service with Pope Francis at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Michael and Susanne Igneri of St. James Parish, Seaford, hold their tickets.
Paul Thompson and his daughter, Amanda, 10, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Lindenhurst, show their tickets.
Michael Ambrosino of St. Edward Confessor Parish, Syosset, receives his tickets from Suzanne Lynn.
Carolyn Kurek and her mother, Florence, both of St. Barnabas the Apostle Parish, Bellmore, receive their tickets from Angela Mauler.