An Update from Fr. Larry

November 26, 2020

I'd like to thank our wonderful lay volunteers who organized - and spent a good part of their Thanksgiving Day - distributing prepackaged Thanksgiving Dinners at the entrance to Shepherds Hall. COVID-19 has made this (like many other things) a different type of Thanksgiving, but the spirit of showing our thanksgiving to God through the sharing of His gifts to us continues to shine very brightly here at HNJ.

Thank you for your response to last weekend’s In-Pew Phase of our Parish Stewardship Program. We received response cards or on-line responses from about 140 parish members or families, many of whom have committed to increasing their weekly offertory. Others were not able to increase their offertory but have committed to maintaining their present level of weekly giving. The Response Cards also provided us with very important updated email addresses and cell phone information so that we can stay in better contact with each other. If you still have a Response Card from our earlier mailing, please return it to the Rectory Office or place it in a collection basket at Church as soon as possible. You can also respond on-line at We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of receiving a response (either by card or on-line) from every parish member or family. Thank you again for your participation in this Stewardship Program intended to sustain the financial, spiritual, and ministerial vitality of our wonderful parish.
Advent is a Season of prayer and preparation as we move through the darkness of winter to the arrival of Christ at Christmas. In this unusual year, Advent mirrors the experience of a world waiting for the COVID vaccine. Please see the "flyers" below for our planned Advent liturgies and events — the first of which will occur in the next few days: This Saturday, November 28, I will light the Advent Wreath at the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. At 7 p.m., Monday November 30, we will have the first of a series of three Advent Holy Hours. Please join us!
Have a safe and blessed weekend.
Fr. Larry Ryan
Advent “Callers”
We are now entering the tenth month of the COVID-19 Pandemic which has greatly reduced Church attendance and made it so difficult for us to stay in contact with each other. We have used, and will continue to use, our weekly on-line Parish Bulletins and blast emails such as the one you are now reading, but we want to open up an additional, more personal form of communication. Toward that end, we have organized a group of parish volunteers who this week will begin making calls to each registered parishioner. They are calling on my behalf and they are conveying a message that I have approved.
This is not a request for donations. This is simply an effort to check in with you, to ask how you and your loved ones are doing, to remind you that HNJ Church remains open with all COVID-19 safety protocols in place, and to invite you to attend (in person or via livestream) the Advent events listed below.
Christmas Giving Tree 2020

With Christmas on the horizon, we ask you to find it in your heart to share the joy of giving so that Hour Children can continue with their mission to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunite with their families, and build independent and secure lives. Hour Children provides many community-based programs such as Day Care, After School, and Workforce Development. They also provide transportation and visitation services for the prisons.

We’ve provided a list of gift suggestions below. Note: Gifts cards are an excellent option, especially since shopping can be difficult due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please place your unwrapped gifts in the box by the giving tree in the rear of the Church, or bring them to the Rectory during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).  

Christmas will look different this year, but it will happen! On behalf of Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ, and everyone at Hour Children, we thank you for helping to make it brighter.
Clothes - 0 to 3 years (B's & G's)
Wipes/Diapers-Sizes 2,4,5 & 6
Fisher Price Toys
Baby Books (up to 3 yrs. of age)
Bath Toys/bath crayons
Stuffed Animals
Shape Sorters
Push and Pull Toys
Baby Activity Centers
Music and Sound Toys
Teethers, Sippy Cups
Boys 5- 12
Coats, Gloves, Hats (sizes S – 12)
Clothes (sizes 5-12)
Discovery kits
Trucks, Trains, Cars
Board Games
Space Lab Robots
Super Hero Action Figures
Science Kits
Dinosaur figures
Gift Cards {Visa, Target, etc.)
Bath Sets
Robes/ Slipper s (large, XL)
Handbags, wallets
Bracelets, necklaces
Sweaters(M -L- XL)
Scarves, Hats, Gloves
Teens 13-17
Gift Cards (Visa, Master, Amazon, etc.)
Gift Cards (Food, Movie Theaters)
Pajamas, Gloves, Hats, Scarves
Sports Balls
Body Washes and Soaps
Pillows, Fashion, T-shirts
Headphones, Bluetooth Speaker
Metro Cards
Arts & Crafts
Girls ages 5 - 12
Clothes (sizes 5-12)
Coat, Gloves, Hats (sizes 5-12)
Glam Kits
Jewelry Making Kits
Dolls (Culturally Diverse)
Disney Princess
Crayola Super Art
Our Generation Dolls (Target)
Barbie Doll and Accessories
Journals, Reading Books
LEGO Friends
Bath Towels
Bath Mats
Twin Comforter Sets
Rubbermaid kitchen containers
Sheets (Twin moms & children)
Dish Towels, Pot Holders
Flatware, Cooking Utensils
Pots and pans
Blankets (twin)


Holy Name Food Pantry
will distribute food from
the Rectory basement from 2 - 3 p.m.,
Saturdays, Dec. 5 & 19, and Jan. 2.
At this time: coffee, soup, and
sauce for pasta are needed.
We thank St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy for their generous food donation to our pantry.
We also thank Michele and Larry Nardo for their recent generous donation in memory of the deceased members of the Devine and Nardo families.


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HNJ Church Remains 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. We also continue to livestream Masses on our Facebook page on Sundays at 9 a.m. (Spanish) and 10:30 a.m. (English) and from Monday through Friday at 9 a.m.

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 to help us to remain OPEN.
10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Monday to Friday
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.