July 31, 2021

This will be a short note, written as I work to catch up after being away from the parish for three weeks. I had two wonderful weeks of vacation travel to visit nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and (by airplane) Michigan. Upon my return to New York, I made a private retreat at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington. I extend many thanks to Fathers Keeney and Canduah, as well as to Deacons Gerry Devine and Michael Saez, for making all of this possible by filling in for me.

During my vacation, I also had the opportunity to visit Msgr. Michael Curran at St. Joseph’s Seminary in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers, NY, where he lives and is on the faculty as a Professor of Moral Theology. Msgr. Mike is still undergoing medical treatments, and he thanks everyone at Holy Name for their well wishes and prayers. He looks forward to being able to return to us as a Weekend Assistant, helping with our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses. I assured him that we are looking forward to his return and will keep him in our prayers.

Finally, I once again want to thank Fr. John Cush for his very successful two-part ZOOM series on the Female Doctors of the Church. I was able to join both sessions through the wonders of modern ZOOM technology. Fr. Cush will soon return to his seminary teaching and administrative duties in Rome, but he and I are already discussing possible topics for a similar series when he returns to Brooklyn next summer!

HNJ Meeting Room Users, please take note: After nearly eighteen months on hiatus due to Covid related precautions, the HNJ Meeting Room Calendar will soon reopen (assuming current NYC and Diocesan guidelines do not change.) If you wish to secure space for your group meetings for the 2021-2022 Calendar Year, you must submit your schedules to Louise Oconnor in the Rectory Office no later than Monday, August 16, 2021. Please list all dates individually on a sheet of paper and include the name of the group, the name person to be contacted, and the contact’s cell and home telephone numbers. All requests must be made in writing and will be handled on a “First Come, First Served” basis. Subsequent requests during the 2021-2022 Calendar Year should be emailed to Louise at No requests will be taken over the phone.

Next Thursday, August 4 is the Memorial of St. John Vianny, the Patron Saint of parish priests. Please pray that all priests—especially parish priests—will remain faithful and strong in our efforts to minister to those under our care.

Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Fr. Larry Ryan

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Holy Name Food Pantry

Food will be distributed from the Rectory basement:

2-3 p.m. on Saturdays,

August 14 & 28.

We currently need one-pound bags and boxes of rice, as well as containers of juice that do not need refrigeration (e.g., apple, cranberry, V8).

Thank you for your continued support.


Registration and re-registration for the 2021-22

HNJ Religious Education Program is underway.

If your child is in grades 1-8, and attending a public or a non-Catholic private school, they should be attending religious education classes to help them grow in their faith and to prepare them to receive their sacraments.
For additional information, or to register your child, contact Kathryn Sisto, Coordinator of Religious Education, by:


St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy

Grades PreK-3 through 8
Educating students of all faiths in a diverse, inclusive environment that is designed to develop the whole child based on the catholic principles of love, respect, and service to the community and each other.                         Tel: (718) 768-7629

HNJ Church is OPEN for Masses, Prayer and Other Sacraments

HNJ Church remains OPEN for our full Mass and prayer schedule, as well as Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings.
Mass Schedule:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m.*
Saturday: 9 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.* (Spanish), 10:30 a.m.*, Noon.
Masses noted with * are also live streamed on our Facebook page.
Church Open for Private Prayer:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to Noon
Saturdays, 5 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. in the Church; or by appointment.
Weddings, Baptisms:  Please call the Rectory

Funerals:  Please have the Funeral Home contact the Rectory

It is important to be extra careful about observing all COVID guidelines, including social distancing, masking, hand-washing and staying home if you do not feel well. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.