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31 JANUARY 2018


• Pays Tribute to His CYO Coach and All CYO Coaches on Long Island In Feb. LI Catholic Column

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 31, 2018 – In the spirit of Dramatic Missionary Growth in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre is calling for a “full court press” of everyone in CYO to model a “radical fidelity to Sunday Mass.” Bishop Barres makes the call in a tribute to his CYO coach Joe Gallick and to all CYO coaches on Long Island. The tribute will appear in the February edition of The Long Island Catholic Magazine.

In the tribute, Bishop Barres is encouraging teams across Long Island to go to Mass together periodically in their team uniforms as a powerful witness of faith and commitment to the entire young Catholic community of Long Island.

Bishop Barres connects the character, heart and tenacity he learned from Joe Gallick, his CYO 7th an 8th grade basketball coach at St. Augustine’s Parish in Larchmont, NY with his life as a bishop.

Bishop Barres connects the modeling CYO coaches do for their players and their families between the Catholic Mass, vibrant Catholic parish life and community and the parish gym. “Your fidelity and that of your family to the Sunday Mass is a great inspiration and critical foundation to the team play and chemistry you teach us,” said Bishop Barres.

“Never underestimate the witness you give when your players and their families, along with the entire parish, see you consistently and faithfully at Sunday Mass. It sets a tone. It is ‘salt and light’ to parish life, unity and mission. It is what I expect as your bishop and the point guard of the mission of the Catholic Church on Long Island,” said Bishop Barres.

To read and download Bishop Barres’ Tribute, visit or

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