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October 7, 2021

Two weeks ago, we advised you that, due to Diocesan prohibitions, we would have to cancel our three large Fall Fundraising events and that we would be exploring ways to replace the revenue those events normally would generate. One step we took this week: We sent letters asking those who contributed to last year’s Annual Catholic Appeal, but have not yet done so for this year, to please make a pledge to the 2021 Appeal. At this point, every dollar pledged for HNJ and paid to the 2021 Appeal will come back to our parish.

 Also: I’m now humbly asking those of you who are regular donors to consider increasing your weekly offerings, if you can afford to do so. Whether you use Faith Direct, Church envelopes, or put cash / checks in our weekend Mass collections, even a small amount can be a big help. Increasing your Faith Direct offerings is easy to do on-line at As always, thank you and God bless you for your ongoing support of our parish.

The RCIA Program — The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults — prepares adults, and children over the age of eight, to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Religious instruction will be available this Fall for adults who wish to be baptized Catholic, as well as for those who are already members of the Catholic Church but were never able to receive the fullness of the sacraments (Communion and/or Confirmation.) Please call the Rectory at 718-768-3071 for additional information.

This year, we observed the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi on two different days. Deacon Gerry Devine blessed live pets—and their human companions—in the Howard Place schoolyard after the last Mass on Sunday, October 3. On the morning of Monday, October 4, the actual feast day, I had the pleasure of blessing stuffed animals and children at our aligned St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy. Later that day, Deacon Gerry offered additional blessings for all those who were happy to brave the rain. Many thanks to everyone who helped with these enjoyable events.

The October 2 edition of The Tablet contained three articles of particular note:

I’ll close with some brief spiritual notes. Our Why Catholic? Small Prayer Groups have started meeting for their Fall season. We will be reciting the Why Catholic? prayer at our weekend Masses during the next several weeks to bring the larger parish into this important spiritual initiative.

During this Marian month of October, please try to join us, either in-person or via livestream, for the Rosary immediately after our 9 a.m. weekday Masses. October is also Respect Life Month. Please join Deacon Gerry Devine and me, in Holy Name Church or via livestream, for our Holy Hour for Life at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 17.

Monday, October 11 is the Columbus Day Federal Holiday. The Rectory Office will be closed on Monday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 12.

You can read a copy of our bulletin on our web site, or pick one up in Church. Have a safe and blessed weekend!

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Holy Hour for Life

in honor of

Respect Life Month

Sunday, October 17, 2021

at 3 p.m.

Please join us for: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Recitation of the Rosary; The Litany for Life; Silent Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life; and Benediction.

Masking & Social Distancing Strongly Recommended

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Holy Name Girls Swim Team Tryouts

The Holy Name Girls Swim Team is holding tryouts for swimmers ages 7-14, born in 2007-2014 (currently no open spots for 2011)!

Friday, October 22 at 7:00 pm

at the

John Jay Educational Campus
227 7th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11215.

To try out sign up here:

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Why Catholic? Small Groups

There are still opportunities to join Holy Name of Jesus Why Catholic? Small Groups which meet once a week from early October into mid- November (with COVID protocols in place). This Fall, the groups will continue their consideration of the Sacraments. Prior participation is NOT required. Please call the Rectory office for additional information about this very valuable, very friendly and very convenient spiritual opportunity.

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Holy Name Food Pantry

We will distribute food from the
Rectory basement from
2-3 p.m. on Saturdays,
October 9 & 23 and November 6 & 20.
Thank you for your continued support!

Registration and Re-registration for the 2021-22 HNJ Religious Education Program is still available.

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.