It was incredibly uplifting to see so many faces in Holy Name Church last weekend. Although less than half the total we've had in past years, the combined attendance of approximately 630 people at at our Easter Triduum Liturgies is a vast improvement over that of last year's Triduum, which took place at the height of the coronavirus shutdown. In fact, only two of us were allowed to be physically present for Easter, 2020. The increased attendance reaffirms that we, as Catholics, are eager to gather as a community to pray and to praise God. May this be an indication that the despair and pain we’ve endured for the past year is now turning to hopefulness and a brighter future.
I offer my thanks to all who helped to carefully prepare for, and reverently celebrate, our Holy Week Liturgies. That includes: the members of our Environmental Committee who cleaned and helped arrange the flowers in the Church; our Director of Music and the singers who practiced for several weeks to provide us with beautiful music in English and Spanish; the Master of Ceremonies for our major liturgies; our RCIA program Coordinator; our lectors, sacristans and ushers; Custodian John Murphy and the Rectory staff upon whom there were even greater demands during this busy time; and especially our Deacons, Abel Torres, Michael Saez, and Gerry Devine, as well as my fellow priests, Frs. Charles Keeney and Emmanuel Canduah. And of course, as always, I thank you, the people of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, for your faith and your continuing support of this parish and me. I know that the Risen Lord will bless you and your loved ones.
I also want to thank all of you who donated Easter gifts to the Parish, and those of you who generously gave to our Good Friday collection for the Sacred Sites in the Holy Land, and the Easter Vigil / Easter Sunday collections for HNJ Parish and for the care of our Senior Priests in the Brooklyn Diocese.
In addition to being the Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021 is also Divine Mercy Sunday. Details about our Parish observance of Divine Mercy Sunday, which includes a Holy Hour on Sunday afternoon, appear below.
Please make your pledges to the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal, either by mail or online. Your pledges are very, very important to the Diocese and to the financial health of Holy Name parish. Thank you for your generosity.
Please continue to pray for peace and reconciliation in our great country.
Fr. Larry Ryan
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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY AT HNJ
The Divine Mercy Image will be displayed on our altar during the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass on April 10, and all of our Sunday Masses on April 11.
We will also have a Divine Mercy Holy Hour in the Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet; the prayers necessary for the Plenary Indulgence available for that day; time for silent prayer; and Benediction.
We hope you can join us, either in Church or via livestream on our Facebook page or Parish web site