An Update from Fr. Larry

September 25, 2020

Congratulations to the 7 children from our Parish Religious Education Program and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy who made their First Holy Communions at our 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass and our 12 Noon Sunday Mass  during the weekend of September 19 - 20. Congratulations also to their parents and loved ones, and many thanks to our Coordinator of Religious Education Kathryn Sisto, and the catechists and teachers who prepared them for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.

As announced last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) made a special request for donations at this weekend’s (September 26/27) Masses. This is for emergency relief for people affected by the hurricanes in the Southern U.S. and the wildfires in the West. Please make checks payable to Holy Name and put "Hurricanes/Wildfires” in the memo line, or place cash in envelopes marked “Hurricanes/Wildfires”. Donations may be sent put into the baskets near the Church exits (along with regular weekly donations) or sent directly to the Rectory.
Next weekend, October 3/4, we will have the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal In-Pew Commitment at all Masses. The flyer below indicates how well the people of HNJ Parish have already done in supporting many Diocesan-wide initiatives (especially Catholic Charities) supported by the Appeal. All dollars pledged now will come back to HNJ Parish to help reduce our still-large debt. If you have not done so, please make a pledge to the 2020 ACA. Thank you for your generosity.
Have a safe and blessed weekend.
                                                                                                  - - Fr. Larry Ryan  

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Some Christians call the Feast “Michaelmass,” for Michael the archangel. And indeed, among the three archangels the Catholic Church honors today, the mighty Michael—depicted in art battling Satan—is probably best known. Almost as well known is Gabriel, who announces to Mary that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit and bear the Messiah. Raphael is least familiar. But, as the angel most known for healing—his name meaning “God’s medicine”—Raphael is arguably the heavenly help we need right now. Ask for Saint Raphael’s intercession today, to heal a world reeling from a pandemic.


You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending.

~ John 1:51



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Masking and social distancing guidelines must be observed. Because of COVID, please try to conduct Rectory business by phone (718-768-3071) whenever possible. For after hours emergencies: Dial the Rectory phone number and listen to the prompts for cell phone instructions.


The Deacon's Reflection


Guided By Jesus As We Seek The Reign Of God

This weekend's Readings speak about making choices — moral choices and the 
consequences of those choices. Ezekiel reminds the people who listen to him that each individual is responsible for his or her own actions. The Psalm is a prayer 
asking for God's guidance in making the right choices and God's forgiveness and 
mercy when wrong choices are made. St Paul addresses the community at Philippi and presents to them a list of virtuous actions which they should try to perform and reminds them that they have a role model in Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus shares the story of the two children of a parent who requests that the offspring participate and help out in the family business. One responds affirmatively to the request, but 
later changes his mind and does not do what was asked of him. The other responds negatively, but similarly changes his mind and ends up fulfilling the parent's wishes. Each had a change of heart and did the opposite of what he had originally said he 
was going to do. 

God respects our freedom of choice. God does not force us into acting one way or another. Yes, God asks us to do the Divine Will — during good times or during these times with this Pandemic. Sometimes we say "yes" but do not fulfill our affirmative response. Other times, we say "no" and later regret our response and do what is 
expected of us. However, most often, our actions show where our real heart is. 
Yet, how much more Christ-like would we be if we could respond affirmatively in 
both word and action? 

The fact of the matter is that Jesus is truly our role model! He could have opted out of suffering for our sake, but instead, He lovingly, said "Yes." Jesus realized the full ramifications of His responding affirmatively: knowing that He would have to take on the role of servant and humbly limit Himself for the sake of others. He knew how important His decision and actions were for all of us. He thought more of others than of Himself. He consciously made a choice, with full knowledge of what that very choice entailed. Are we able to have Jesus as our role model and are we able to do this very thing during this Pandemic?    LET US TRUST IN JESUS! 
   ~Deacon Mike Saez
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Holy Name’s Religious Education Program is Still Accepting Registrations for Fall 2020
Children in grades 1-8 in non-Catholic grammar schools should attend religious education classes to help them grow in their Catholic faith and prepare them to receive their sacraments. Due to COVID restrictions, Fall 2020 classes will be held remotely, via ZOOM.
If you have any questions, or wish to register your child in Holy Name’s program, contact Kathryn Sisto, Coordinator of Religious Education, by:
  • Completing the on-line registration form:
  • Emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.OR
  • Calling 718-768-7629.


The Holy Name Food Pantry
will distribute food from the Rectory basement on
Saturdays,October 3, 17, and 24
from 2 - 3 p.m.
At this time,soup and cerealare needed.