AN UPDATE FROM FATHER LARRY

September 24, 2021

The Brooklyn Diocese reminds that parishioners should continue to be careful about observing COVD protocols at Mass and other liturgies, especially in light of concerns about the Delta Variant. The Diocese has also advised us that there will be no large gatherings in parish buildings through the end of 2021. Small gatherings may be held with COVID protocols in place (masking, social distancing, etc.) Just about all of our parish meetings, etc. fit this requirement and will continue to do so as our Fall schedule resumes. However, we have to cancel our three large Fall Fundraising events: the Oct. 22 Rockinghams Concert, the November 6 Radio Bingo, and the December 11 Decades Concert. These cancellations will seriously impact our budget, and we are exploring ways to replace that lost revenue.

One thing you can do right now: Make your pledge to the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal if you have not already done so. Every dollar pledged and paid to the ACA now will come back to Holy Name, and could be a big help in addressing the revenue shortfalls resulting from the cancellation of the three large events mentioned above.

The Catholic Church in the United States observes September 20-26 as National Migration Week. It concludes with the Universal Church’s observance of World Day for Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, September 26. In recent weeks, our television, Internet and print media have been filled with dramatic images of refugees from Afghanistan and migrants from Haiti. We pray for refugees and migrants making dangerous journeys in so many places throughout the world.

Hurricane Ida’s record-breaking rainfall caused extensive damage to many churches, schools, and parish buildings In Brooklyn and Queens. Many Catholics in our Diocese are suffering as a result of that storm, and Bishop DiMarzio has asked parishes to take up a special collection to help them.  All loose cash, as well as checks and envelopes marked “Ida Relief“, that is deposited in the baskets during the Second Collection, will be sent to the Diocese for distribution and direct assistance to those affected by the hurricane. Parish Building Repair Envelopes will be retained by HNJ. Our hearts and prayers go out to the many parishes and parishioners in this Diocese impacted by the tremendous rain and flooding from the Hurricane. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.

Please see a copy of our bulletin here on our web site or pick one up in Church. Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Fr. Larry Ryan

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Sunday Rosary at HNJ – September 26

Members of the Holy Name Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society will lead the recitation of the Rosary in the Church immediately after the 12 Noon Mass (approximately 1 p.m.) on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Please join them for this great way to start your week!

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Blessing of the Animals

in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

We will have two brief prayer services and blessing of pets. Please join us and bring your creatures – great and small!

Sunday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m.

and

Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Howard Place School Yard

(behind Holy Name Church)

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Why Catholic? Small Groups

There are still opportunities to join Holy Name of Jesus Why Catholic? Small Groups which will begin meeting 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.