AN UPDATE FROM FR. LARRY
June 26, 2020
By now, most of you are aware that Holy Name of Jesus will be open for Masses with congregations starting next Monday, June 29. Many of the COVID related precautions we must take were outlined in the June 20 email we sent you, and additional information appears in this week's Bulletin (which is posted on our parish web site .) We are continuing with our preparations and will provide you with more details next week.
The 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is holding a Virtual Commitment Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 27 - 28. Details are in the email we sent on June 24 as well as in this week's Bulletin . Thank you for your support and generosity.
This Saturday, Bishop DiMarzio will ordain four men as priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn. They are:
The Ordination Mass will be aired live at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 on Verizon Fios channel 48, Optimum channel 30, Spectrum channel 97, and streamed at netny.tv/watchnow. Please join me in congratulating our new priests!
Our much anticipated return to offering public Masses at Holy Name is just days away. Fr. Austin. Fr. Keeney, Msgr. Curran and I are looking forward to celebrating Mass again with the wonderful parishioners of HNJ Parish.
- Fr. Larry Ryan
The Diocese of Brooklyn and Holy Name of Jesus Parish need your help with the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). The COVID 19 crisis put continuing extraordinary demands upon the network of Diocesan services supported by the Appeal. For example, Diocesan Catholic Charities has been serving over 100,000 meals daily across the Diocese, a 300% increase over previous years. There are 30 hospital chaplains deployed throughout the Diocese ministering to the most vulnerable. Our educators had to quickly implement innovative distance learning tools to continue the religious formation of our Catholic youth. Parishes have been livestreaming Masses and making increased use of social media to maintain connectivity with the faithful.
Funds donated through the Annual Catholic Appeal play a critical role in enabling the Diocese to continue these initiatives. Donations to the Appeal are also critically important to individual parishes like Holy Name of Jesus because any dollars donated over the Diocesan goal come back to the parish. Here at Holy Name,allof those “over goal” dollars are used to reduce our still quite large debt obligations.
2020 has been a year of extraordinary demands in a time of economic uncertainty. Fundraising has been difficult. I am very grateful to the 107 parishioners and friends of HNJ parish who have already pledged and paid $53,354 to the 2020 Appeal. Thanks to those parishioners and friends, HNJ parish has just met its Diocesan goal of $52,974. However, last year we had 221 parishioners who pledged and paid $112,831 to the 2019 Appeal. We are still about $60,000 (and 114 donors) away from where we were at the end of the 2019 Appeal. Failure to close that gap will have a serious financial impact on the parish.
The Diocese has designated June 27-28 as a Virtual Commitment Weekend. The theme for the 2020 Appeal is WE ARE THE CHURCH, TOGETHER. Please help us in demonstrating that theme by considering a gift to the Appeal.
Make your gift online at annualcatholicappeal.org
TextACA to 917-336-1255
or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 and have a pledge card mailed to your home.
I thank you in advance for making a gift commensurate with your means and circumstances!
Fr. Larry Ryan
HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHURCH WILL REOPEN FOR MASS AS OF JUNE 29
June 20, 2020
- You must wear a mask or cloth face covering in the Church, even during Mass.
- Please keep at least 6 feet of space between you and anyone who does not live with you. Members of the same household may sit together. Appropriate spacing has been marked.
- Social Distancing and capacity guidelines have greatly reduced available seating in the Church. Please help us to maximize our use of the available seats by following the ushers' seating guidance. Plans are being made to accommodate "overflow" in Shepherds' Hall, if necessary.
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect until further notice. Therefore, if you are elderly, health-compromised, have a temperature above 100 degrees, or are feeling ill in any way, we must ask you to stay home.
- We will continue to livestream our Monday-Friday 9 a.m. and our Sunday 9 a.m.(Spanish) and 10:30 am (English) Masses on our parish Facebook and web pages.