An Update from Fr. Larry

October 15, 2020

 
 
Parish Stewardship Program: At last weekend’s Masses, I had the pleasure of thanking the people of HNJ Parish for their generous response during our October 3/4 Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend (which had been postponed from April because of COVID-19). Immediately after expressing my thanks for that, I had to announce the beginning of an initiative called the Parish Stewardship Program. The Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) and the Parish Stewardship Program (PSP) have different purposes: The ACA helps the Diocese first and then the parish, while the PSP is designed exclusively to help the parish.

As I explained last weekend, dollars donated through the ACA are used first to meet our parish goal to help pay for large Diocesan-wide programs (like Catholic Charities). All money donated “over-goal” then comes back to the parish to help meet parish needs (in our case, the reduction of our still-large debt obligation.) The Parish Stewardship Program has many purposes, including increasing our parish weekly offertory (AKA "parish weekly collections") which are used to pay our operating expenses. Mass attendance and the weekly offertory are still down and will almost certainly remain so as the COVID-19 threat continues. Maintaining and increasing the offertory is essential for paying current operating expenses and demonstrating the fiscal sustainability of the parish when difficult decisions are being made about parish mergers, etc. (Enrolling in electronic giving at faithdirect.net, using HNJ code NY349, is a great way to achieve PSP goals!)
 
The first step in the Parish Stewardship Program is simple. This week or next many of you will receive a letter from me describing the program. Enclosed with that letter will be a response form asking you to increase your weekly offering and to indicate what your new offering will be. The card also asks for your current cell phone number and email address so we can update our records. Please return your completed response form by hand-delivering or mailing it to the Rectory office, or by dropping it in one of the donation baskets that are near the Church doors during weekend Masses. You can even complete and submit it online at www.cfbq.org/PSP. It is well understood that finances are difficult for many now. Even if you cannot increase your weekly offering at this time, please return the response form with updated cell phone and email information. This helps fulfill another purpose of the PSP which is to stay better connected with each other. There is a flyer about the PSP program in this bulletin and you will be hearing and reading more about it in future weeks.  As always, thank you for your cooperation and support.
 
Have a safe and blessed weekend.
                                                                                                  - - Fr. Larry Ryan  

 

 

HNJ Church NOT in any Restricted Zone - We Remain Open for Masses, Prayers, & Other Sacraments

As of this writing, Holy Name Church is not in one of New York's designated Red, Orange or Yellow COVID Zones. The Diocese of Brooklyn is monitoring this situation and has filed a lawsuit against the State to better protect religious freedom. 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 Fridays at 9 a.m. This reminds us of the importance of being 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.

 

RECTORY OFFICE HOURS

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.
 
The Deacon's Reflection
 
Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues
& Companions - North American Martyrs

It's fitting that the Church celebrates this Feast on October 19, the day after World Mission Sunday this year. These men, six Jesuits and two lay missionaries, devoted their lives to missionary work, bringing the Catholic faith to those who had never heard of Jesus. The following is excerpted from Loyola Press, which defines them as being among the most gifted men of the 17th Century:

“By 1632, the Jesuits had a mission center in Quebec, where they ministered to 20,000 Huron in 30 villages. [They] suffered from cold and heat and were not accustomed to the Huron culture. When the “black robes” arrived, Huron children ran to their mothers, afraid that they were sorcerers. The missionaries were blamed for a smallpox epidemic. Still, they tried to bring the faith to the native people, educate them, and teach them medical and agricultural skills. John de Brébeuf founded schools and wrote a catechism and dictionary in the Huron language. He was once condemned to death but spoke so well that he was spared. Noel Chabanel, a language professor, could barely stutter out Huron phrases. The food and life of the Huron repulsed him, but he vowed to stay. Rene Goupil and John de Lalande, lay missioners, worked without pay. Charles Garnier sometimes walked 40 miles to baptize one child.

The missionaries converted about two thousand converts in their many years in Quebec. Then the enemies of the Huron, the Iroquois, who resented the French, captured and tortured the missionaries. Rene Goupil was tomahawked while trying to baptize a baby. Anthony Daniel was at Mass when the Iroquois attacked, shot arrows at him, and threw him into the fire. Isaac Jogues was made a slave but escaped back to France. His left hand had been mutilated, but Pope Urban VIII allowed him to celebrate Mass, saying, “It would be a shame that a martyr of Christ not drink the blood of Christ.” Isaac Jogues returned to America. On a peace mission to the Iroquois for the governor of New France, he was accused of bringing a bad harvest. The Iroquois thought his box of religious goods contained the plague. He was attacked and killed. The Indian who killed him was later baptized and took the name Isaac. The sufferings of the missionaries are the seeds of the Church.”
 
Let's continue to pray for those bringing Jesus to others. Even in our time, priests and religious are being attacked and killed, all because they are preaching the Good News of Jesus.                                                                                      ~ Deacon Gerry Devine

Note: World Mission Day, or Mission Sunday, was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926, to remind Catholics about their commitment and support to the missionary work of the Church through prayer and sacrifice. 
 
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The Holy Name Food Pantry
will distribute food from the Rectory basement on
Saturdays,October 17 and 24 and Novermber 7
from 2 - 3 p.m.
 
At this time, tuna,soup, cereal, pasta, and pasta sauce (not canned tomatoes)are needed.
 
 

 

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