March 4, 2021
Many, many thanks to Fr. Charles Keeney for saying all of the Masses (including all five weekend Masses!) since February 23. Fr. Emmanuel and I, who are both symptom-free and fully vaccinated, are again presiding at Masses and devotions. Our staff member who tested positive for COVID 19 continues to recover at home, and the rest of the staff is healthy and symptom-free. In accordance with Diocesan guidance, the Rectory office will continue to operate via phone or e-mail until it re-opens on Monday morning, March 8. I’m residing in the Rectory and, as always, am available to respond at all times. Thank you all for your understanding.
March 8 through 14 is Catholic Sisters Week, an annual celebration that shines a light on the spirituality, mission and community building of women religious. Every day, these women stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, and offer hope. CSW provides a chance to recognize all that they do, with the hope that, as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.
In an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis declared this to be a ”Year of St. Joseph”. Bishop DiMarzio wrote an excellent article entitled “Understanding, Through St. Joseph, How We Do God’s Will Better for the February 27 edition of "The Tablet". In his article, he summarizes observations Pope Francis made about St. Joseph's attributes as a father. The Bishop concludes: “If we look at each aspect of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter, we will understand not only Joseph’s life but also how we can improve our own life.… We pray and go to St. Joseph, that he might enable us … to understand God’s will for each and every one of us”.
Friday, March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. From next Wednesday, March 10 through Thursday, March 18, we will have a Novena to St. Joseph at our regular
9 a.m. Masses, Immediately after the "Prayer After Communion", we will say the Novena Prayer (below) that Pope Francis included in Patris Corde. We will have a similar Novena in our aligned St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, and the Academy students will attend our 9 a.m. Mass, via livestream, on the Solemnity itself. We hope that you can join us, either in Church or via livestream, at our 9 a.m. Masses and our Solemnity Mass.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
In you Mary placed her trust;
With you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
Show yourself a father
And guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
And defend us from every evil. Am
Please continue to pray for peace and reconciliation in our great country.
Fr. Larry Ryan
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A Prayer for Pope Francis
Next Saturday, March 13, we celebrate the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election. Please say a prayer for the Holy Father.

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your servant Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd; Grant, we pray, that by word and example he may be of service to those over whom he presides so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

© United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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Financial Aid Applications
Are Now Open For The
2021-2022 Academic Year!
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St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy
Registration Now Open For September 2021

Our aligned St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy offers excellent all-day, in-school instruction for Pre-K 3 through Grade 8, carefully observing all COVID protocols. Registration, and re-registration, for the 2021-22 School Year is now open. New tuition rates are posted on the Academy’s website: Financial aid is available for qualifying families.

Returning Students:
If you have not yet re-registered for the next school year, please go to and complete your re-registration form. Current students do NOT need to re-apply for admission.

New Students:
Please go to to create an account and fill out an application!
For more info, visit:
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Holy Name Food Pantry
will distribute food from the Rectory basement from
2-3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 13 & 27 and April 10 & 24.
We currently need sauce forpastaand small packages ofrice(1 or 2 lbs.)
Thank you to everyone who donates to our pantry!


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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 Wedding, Baptisms and Funerals. 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.