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A Note From Fr. Larry

I am writing this note on Ash Wednesday. Today, we join Catholics from around the world in beginning the penitential season of Lent, the season of 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare us to celebrate the sacred liturgies of Holy Week culminating in the joy of Easter Sunday

The following are several points concerning prayer and the sacraments:

    • I again urge everyone who can to attend Mass more frequently in person during Lent and to receive Holy Communion physically. Confessions are available on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. and by appointment in the Rectory.
    • This Lent is during the time of the National Eucharistic Revival. Here in Holy Name of Jesus Church, we have Eucharistic Adoration all year on Thursdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.. During Lent, we will also have Adoration as part of our 7 p.m. Monday Holy Hours and at 6:35 p.m. before each of the evening sessions of our Parish Lenten Mission on March 13, 14, and 15.
    • We will have Stations of the Cross in English as part of our 7 p.m. Monday Holy Hours and after the 9 a.m. Mass on Fridays; and in Spanish at 7 p.m. on Fridays.
    • Our Small Faith Sharing Groups will be meeting weekly. Contact Diane Larkin via email at for details.
    • Our Parish Lenten Mission will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13, 14, 15 and after the 9 a.m. Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 14, 15, 16.
    • We will have a special Spanish Lenten Holy Hour (including Stations and Adoration) at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3, and a Spanish language Lenten Retreat Day on Sunday, March 26.

Concerning fasting and abstinence, Catholics in good health from ages 18 to 59 are required to fast and to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting consists of eating only one full meal and two smaller meals that together should not equal an additional meal. Catholics aged 14 or older are required to abstain from meat on all Fridays in Lent as well as on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 

Concerning almsgiving, please continue to contribute to our Sunday Mass collections. Lent would be an excellent time to request parish envelopes or to enroll in online giving through Faith Direct. Also, please support the 2023 Annual Catholic Appeal which begins this weekend. As you know, the ACA provides critical assistance to many people and programs throughout the Diocese. It also provides critical support to HNJ parish since all dollars donated above the Diocesan goal are returned to the parish where we use them to reduce our debt. The students from our Religious Education program and from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy are on vacation this week. When they return, we will distribute Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowls to them and to the parish at large (via placement on the tables in the Church vestibule).

As you can see from the above, a lot will be happening at HNJ parish to help us all make this a good Lent. Please pray for me and I will pray for you during this special time. Also, please pray for peace in the Ukraine and for all those who died in, or are suffering because of, the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

– Fr. Larry Ryan, Pastor

Pastor’s Letter Concerning Parish Stewardship: Time, Talents, Treasure

Dear Parishioners of HNJ Parish,

My Pastor’s Report for the 2021/2022 Parish Fiscal Year was included in our Bulletin for December 4, 2022. Near the end of that report, I indicated that I would be communicating with you in January of 2023 about the Brooklyn Diocese’s ongoing Stewardship Program, which is the subject of this letter.

Stated briefly, Catholic Stewardship involves the proper care and use of God’s gifts to us to help us fulfill our responsibilities as Catholic followers of Jesus Christ. Stewardship is often discussed in the context of our use of God’s gifts of time, talents and treasure. The Stewardship program is essentially an effort to ask parishioners to use their God-given gifts to provide more help to their parishes. This is especially important now as we continue to struggle to recover from the lingering effects of the Pandemic.

Concerning time: We are all well-aware of the increasing demands on our time to meet family and work responsibilities. However, as we begin 2023, can we ask ourselves: Could we all benefit by devoting more time to improving our relationship with Jesus Christ, His sacraments, His Church? Could we be more faithful to attending Mass (including worthy reception of the Eucharist), especially on Sundays and possibly more frequently on weekdays? Could we devote more time to prayer, especially prayer before the Eucharist during this time of Eucharistic Revival? Average Sunday Mass attendance remains at barely 300, as opposed to nearly 600 before the Pandemic. We need to increase in-person attendance at Sunday Mass.

Concerning talents: Could there be increased volunteer participation in our many parish ministries (again recognizing the realities of busy lives)? We can use your help. Ministries and activities such as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, Religious Education Catechist/Assistant Catechist, Environmental Committee (Church cleaning and decorating), Food Pantry, English and Spanish choirs, Youth Programs (Fathers Guild Sports, Scouting), etc., have all lost volunteers in recent years. The time commitments are variable and take into account personal schedules. Please contact the Parish Office so that we can provide you with additional information.

Concerning treasure: For most of the Pandemic months and years, our parish weekly collections were only moderately reduced despite the decline in Mass attendance. Online giving via Faith Direct and generous use of the “Catch Up” envelopes were big helps. Unfortunately, this situation is changing. In recent months we have been experiencing larger, more persistent decreases in our First and Second weekend Mass collections, the results of which are reported in the weekly bulletin. From September of 2021 through November of 2022, the number of parishioners using Faith Direct declined significantly from 112 to 97. As those familiar with parish finances know well, the weekly collections are our main funding sources for our operating expenses (salaries and benefits, utilities, ordinary repairs and maintenance, etc.). Several of the larger donors who helped us so faithfully for years are no longer with us. We understand how difficult individual circumstances can be; but, if you can, please try to meet our suggested weekly donation goal of $25 ($20 First Collection, $5 Second Collection). Use of Faith Direct or Parish Envelopes would be a big plus.

Thank you for your faith, your generosity and your support of HNJ Parish and me. Please help keep our wonderful parish a vibrant Catholic center for sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Larry Ryan

Carta Del Párroco Sobre La Corresponsabilidad Parroquial: Tiempo, Talentos, Tesoro

Estimados feligreses de la parroquia HNJ,

El Informe de mi párroco para el año fiscal parroquial 2021/2022 se incluyó en nuestro Boletín del 4 de diciembre de 2022. Cerca del final de ese informe, indiqué que me comunicaría con usted en enero de 2023 sobre el Programa de mayordomía en curso de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, que es el tema de esta carta.

Dicho brevemente, la corresponsabilidad católica implica el cuidado y uso apropiado de los dones de Dios para ayudarnos a cumplir con nuestras responsabilidades como seguidores católicos de Jesucristo. La mayordomía se discute a menudo en el contexto de nuestro uso de los dones de tiempo, talentos y tesoros de Dios. El programa de Corresponsabilidad es esencialmente un esfuerzo para pedir a los feligreses que usen los dones que Dios les ha dado para brindar más ayuda a sus parroquias. Esto es especialmente importante ahora que continuamos luchando para recuperarnos de los efectos persistentes de la pandemia.

En cuanto al tiempo: Todos somos conscientes de la creciente demanda de nuestro tiempo para cumplir con las responsabilidades familiares y laborales. Sin embargo, al comenzar el 2023, podemos preguntarnos: ¿Podríamos todos beneficiarnos al dedicar más tiempo a mejorar nuestra relación con Jesucristo, Sus sacramentos, Su Iglesia? ¿Podríamos ser más fieles en asistir a Misa (incluida la recepción digna de la Eucaristía), especialmente los domingos y posiblemente con más frecuencia entre semana? ¿Podríamos dedicar más tiempo a la oración, especialmente a la oración ante la Eucaristía durante este tiempo de Renacimiento Eucarístico? El promedio de asistencia a misa dominical se mantiene en apenas 300, frente a los casi 600 antes de la pandemia. Necesitamos aumentar la asistencia en persona a la misa dominical.

Con respecto a los talentos: ¿Podría haber una mayor participación de voluntarios en nuestros muchos ministerios parroquiales (reconociendo nuevamente las realidades de vidas ocupadas)? Podemos utilizar su ayuda. Ministerios y actividades tales como Ministro Extraordinario de la Sagrada Comunión, Lector, Catequista de Educación Religiosa/Catequista Asistente, Comité Ambiental (limpieza y decoración de iglesias), Despensa de Alimentos, coros en inglés y español, Programas Juveniles (Deportes del Gremio de Padres, Escultismo), etc., todos han perdido voluntarios en los últimos años. Los compromisos de tiempo son variables y tienen en cuenta los horarios personales. Comuníquese con la Oficina Parroquial para que podamos brindarle información adicional.

Con respecto al tesoro: durante la mayor parte de los meses y años de la pandemia, las colectas semanales de nuestra parroquia se redujeron solo moderadamente a pesar de la disminución en la asistencia a misa. Las donaciones en línea a través de Faith Direct y el uso generoso de los sobres “Catch Up” fueron de gran ayuda. Desafortunadamente, esta situación está cambiando. En los últimos meses hemos estado experimentando disminuciones más grandes y persistentes en nuestras colectas de misas del primer y segundo fin de semana, cuyos resultados se informan en el boletín semanal. Desde septiembre de 2021 hasta noviembre de 2022, la cantidad de feligreses que usan Faith Direct disminuyó significativamente de 112 a 97. Como bien saben quienes están familiarizados con las finanzas parroquiales, las colectas semanales son nuestras principales fuentes de financiamiento para nuestros gastos operativos (salarios y beneficios, servicios públicos). , reparaciones ordinarias y mantenimiento, etc.). Varios de los donantes más grandes que nos ayudaron tan fielmente durante años ya no están con nosotros. Entendemos lo difíciles que pueden ser las circunstancias individuales; pero, si puede, intente alcanzar nuestra meta de donación semanal sugerida de $25 ($20 para la primera colección, $5 para la segunda). El uso de Faith Direct o Sobres Parroquiales sería una gran ventaja.

Gracias por su fe, su generosidad y su apoyo a HNJ Parish ya mí. Ayude a mantener nuestra maravillosa parroquia como un centro católico vibrante para compartir las Buenas Nuevas del Evangelio de Jesucristo.


Fr. Larry Ryan

Introducing FORMED – The Catholic Faith. On Demand.

Holy Name Father’s Guild – Spring 2023 Sports

Co-ed between the ages of 4 & 7 years old.
Games played on our lady’s field during weeknights.


Games are typically played on the weekends in Prospect Park with practices typically held on weeknights. Age requirements for the below Divisions are as of April 30, 2023.
MUSTANG – ages 8 to 10
BRONCO – ages 11 to 12
COLT – ages 13 to 15

Games are typically played on the weekends in Prospect Park with practices typically held on weeknights. Age requirements for the below Divisions are as of April 30, 2023.
PONY – ages 7 to 8
CUB – ages 8 to 10
BANTAM – ages 11 to 12
GRASSHOPPER – ages 14 to 15
FRESHMAN – ages 15 to 18

The Soccer Clinic will be on Saturday mornings in Our Lady’s Field for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old.

* In order to coach a team you must have been Virtus Trained. If you are not Virtus Trained and are interested in coaching, please register at the website:



St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy

Grades PreK-3 through 8

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy is accepting registrations for Preschool through Grade 8 for the 2022 – 2023 School Year.

Please go to the Academy’s web site for details for children entering Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Go to the NYC Department of Education Portal at to register children for PreK 3 and 4.                         Tel: (718) 768-7629

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)

The OCIA program (formerly known as RCIA) prepares adults to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Religious instruction will be available this Fall for adults who wish to be baptized Catholic, as well as those who are already members of the Catholic Church,  but were never able to receive the fullness of the sacraments (Communion and/or Confirmation.)

If you are interested, please contact the Rectory at 718-768-3071 for more information.

Sacraments for the Homebound or Ill

Fr. Larry is available to administer the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and the Anointing of the Sick either at home or in a hospital. All three of these Sacraments are grace and salvation-filled opportunities for spiritual (and sometimes physical) healing, nourishment, and peace. Please note that it is preferable to have a priest visit before there are issues with communication and swallowing, but please don’t hesitate to contact the Rectory at any time to have Fr. Larry (or another priest) administer these important sacraments to those in need.

Arrangements can also be made to bring the Eucharist (Holy Communion) to the homebound on a recurring basis. All visits should be by advance appointment (made by calling the Rectory) to avoid concerns about strangers coming to the door.

National Eucharistic Revival

Our Bishop Robert Brennan has asked pastors to advise everyone that the three-year National Eucharistic Revival officially began on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19, 2022. Bishop Brennan also asked that everyone be directed to watch his brief message to the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens about the Revival. Please view the Bishop’s message as soon as you can.

Your attention is also directed to the web site which has been set up as a central source of information about the Revival, and to an excellent news release on the subject recently issued by the Archdiocese of Chicago. As that news release explains: The National Eucharistic Revival officially begins on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19. The Revival is a three-year initiative sponsored by the USCCB to form, heal, convert, and unite the People of God through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and then to send them out to a hurting and hungry world. The Revival’s focus on formation and missionary discipleship begins at the grassroots level in individual parishes and dioceses along with other Catholic institutions…

The Frequently Asked Questions section of the website reminds us of the Church’s current challenges.…The website goes on to boldly assert that “The goal of the National Eucharistic Revival is to engage every Catholic in the United States! This is a movement, not a program, and is meant to provide opportunities for the faithful to fall deeper in love with Jesus in the Eucharist and to be inspired and equipped to share that love with others.” Please pray for the success of the Eucharistic Revival.

The link that you see on the left side of our Parish Home Page will be updated as future announcements are made and additional information becomes known.