Bishop John O. Barres


“Building a Safer Church – A look at how the Diocese of Rockville Centre is working to ensure a safe environment.”   

This special magazine was developed as a useful source of information on how parents and care givers can keep children safe and lays out in detail all our Diocese is doing to help ensure a safe environment.  Hard copies of the magazine are available in the rectory and in the church, or you can view it online at

Bishop Barres' 2019 Easter Letter!

Read Bishop Barres' Lenten Letter.  To read the letter in its entirety go to his dedicated website at

Congratulations to Bishop Robert Brennan! Pope names Bishop Robert Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus (OHIO)BishopBrennan; Installation set for March 29, 2019

Bishop Barres' Christmas 2018 letter

You may be aware from media coverage this past week of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests that Bishop Barres was referenced in the report stemming from his time as the Bishop of Allentown.  The report accuses Bishop Barres of not dealing decisively with accusations against priests, one priest in particular. To be absolutely clear, what the report presents regarding Bishop Barres is inaccurate and misleading on key facts.  During his time as the Bishop of Allentown, Bishop Barres was, in fact, as vigilant as he is now about identifying and removing abusive priests and protecting God’s children. We urge everyone to take home and read the full statement regarding the inaccuracies in the report. The statement is also available on the diocesan website at

The abuse of any human being – particularly of children – is a terrible sin and a crime.  It should not happen anywhere and it most particularly should not happen in the Catholic Church.  The fact that it did is disgraceful and the Bishop is committed to removing any abusers and keeping out future ones.  And we continue to pray and work toward healing for survivors of abuse.  The Pennsylvania report looks back at 70 years.  It is important to note the progress that has been made since 2002.  It is also important to be accurate when reporting on or speaking about the record of Church leaders who have confronted these terrible issues. Clearly, the Church’s vigilance in this area can never cease, and, in fact must always be expanded.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Bishop Barres releases his Pastoral Letter “The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life”

At Mass on July 22, Bishop Barres introduced his letter to the people of the Diocese called "The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life." The letter is available on a special website: or come to the rectory to pick-up a copy.

EFLspecial report

Click the picture to watch Telecare's special report on the U.S. bishops' recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border. Bishop Robert Brennan, one of the participants in the trip, joins host Msgr. James Vlaun in the studio to discuss his experience. Carmen Maquilon, director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, also joins the discussion.

CYObishopBarrespicBishop Barres… is now calling for a “full court press” of everyone involved in the CYO dimension of the Church’s mission to model for all of Long Island a radical fidelity to the Sunday Mass by the entire CYO community.  He encourages CYO teams 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.  He wants all CYO coaches, parents and players to read his tribute that will be available in our parish bulletin on the ‘What’s Happening Around the Diocese’ page, on and in The LI Catholic in February.” Read the entire article here

   Letter on the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program from Bishop Barres - click here to read English version, here to read the Spanish version.
Watch Bishop Barres, Bishop Brennan and Msgr. Vlaun on Racism and Violence: video

In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, Bishop Barres has released a Pastoral Letter for Dramatic Missionary Growth through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. If you would like a copy, please contact our rectory.

On Tuesday January 31, the Most Reverend Bishop John O. Barres was installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Follow Bishop Barres on Twitter at, Instagram at, and Facebook at

Attached is the press release and Bishop Murphy’s statement. For more information visit

Comprehensive, Cooperative: A Unique New Approach to Women’s Health and Wellness
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer an exciting approach to women’s health care. We provide preventive and specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care to women, honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna Center of Long Island for Women's Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women’s health services—the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.

CHS's Gianna Center and Pregnancy Support Website
Catholic Health Services (CHS) now offers a dedicated, interactive website section for the Gianna Center and its pregnancy support services.
The confidential, dedicated telephone number for this program is 1 (855) 301-4CHS, supported by the availability of multilingual interpretive services. Anyone of any faith may call or refer to this support line, including representatives of parishes, colleges and crisis pregnancy centers. To speak to someone about pregnancy options immediately between 7:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday or on the weekend, please call 1 (800) 712-HELP (4357).

Our mission is simple—to acknowledge dignity and to provide women with exceptional medical care. Listening and offering genuine medical advice are our goals. Treatments are holistic and include nutritional, sleep-related, weight-related, endocrinological, behavioral, spiritual and medical components.
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Article taken fromAmerica the National Catholic Review
by Cindy Wooden – Catholic News Service


The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.
At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of All Saints with a Catholic Mass in a Malmo stadium. He highlighted the lives of the Swedish saints, Elizabeth Hesselblad and Bridget of Vadstena, who “prayed and worked to create bonds of unity and fellowship between Christians.”
The best description of the saints—in fact, their “identity card”—the pope said, is found in the beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”  And, he said, as Christian saints have done throughout the ages, Christ’s followers today are called “to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus.”

New situations require new energy and a new commitment, he said, and then he offered a new list of beatitudes for modern Christians:
“Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
“Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
“Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
“Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
“Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”
“All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness,” Pope Francis said. “Surely they will receive from him their merited reward.”

From the Rockville Centre Office of Parish Stewardship:
Stewardship provides a spiritual way of living for all of us – a way of being in the world, particularly as we continue to embrace the New Millennium and respond to the Gospel call to renew the face of the Earth.

Stewardship is about the many gifts our gracious God has given us. It helps us to reflect upon our giftedness; all that we have which constitutes our treasure:  Our families, friends, time, talents, skills, material possessions, finances.

Stewardship is about reflecting on our faith and on the way we live and act as disciples of Jesus.

bishopmurphyStewardship is about caring for all of God’s creation.
"On the basis of Stewardship, 
we're going to have the inner spirit 
for the renewal of parish life in the 
New Millennium!"  Most Reverend William Murphy, S.T.D.

popefrancis2"In the end, everything 
has been entrusted to our protection, 
and all of us are responsible for it.  
Be protectors of God's gifts!"  Pope Francis, Inaugural Mass

Stewardship is A Way of Life!
The U.S. Bishops in their Pastoral letter "Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response"  tell us that: 
As Christians Stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully; 
cultivate them responsibly; share them in love and justice with others; 
return them with increase; and stand before the Lord in a spirit of accountability.
Good Stewards have an "Attitude of Gratitude!"