July 5, 2020


The resumption of daily Masses with congregations this week went well. We are very much looking forward to resuming our weekend Masses with congregations this Saturday evening and Sunday morning at our regular Mass times: Saturday evening Vigil: 5:30 p.m.; Sunday Morning: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., (Spanish), 10:30 a.m. and Noon. Many, many thanks to all those who have been working on preparations.

We provided extensive information in our bulletins, and through earlier Updates, about what you can expect when you return to Mass.Much of this is still available on our parish web site. As a reminder: please remember to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, and follow the guidance of the ushers. If you’re not feeling well or have medical issues, please stay home — the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in place. We will continue to live stream our Sunday 9 a.m. (Spanish) and 10:30 a.m. (English) Masses, and our 9 a.m. Weekday Masses.

We must continue to limit the number of visitors and office staff in the Rectory at any one time. Please try to conduct Rectory business by phone (718-768-3071) if possible. If someone isn't immediately available to answer your call, follow the prompts to leave a message and we will contact you by the following morning. I continue to live in the Rectory and can be reached at all times via the prompts on the phone.

Thank youto everyone who participated in theAnnual Catholic Appeal’s June 27-28 Virtual Commitment Weekend.Thank you, also, to those who had already made their 2020 pledges. As mentioned in my June 24 email, donations to the ACA help provide support to tens of thousands of people through key programs, ministries, and services administered by the Brooklyn Diocese. They are also critically important to individual parishes like Holy Name because monies that exceed the Diocesan goal are returned to the parish. Here at Holy Name, all of those “over goal” dollars are used to reduce our still quite large debt obligations.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney who was ordained and installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ on Wednesday, July 1. Bishop Sweeney has been an outstanding priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn since his ordination to the priesthood in 1993, serving most recently as the Pastor of nearby St. Michael’s parish in Sunset Park.

Please have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July Weekend in this most unusual year. I continue to pray for all of you and ask that you please continue to pray for me, for all priests, and especially for Bishop Sweeney.

- - Fr. Larry Ryan


The Deacon's Reflection





Even though this is a holiday weekend, many of us find ourselves pondering about many things. We are concerned about the pandemic, unjust racism regardless of race, high food and gas prices, about our jobs, about national security, just to name a few. Even with a long weekend and vacation during summer, we find it very difficult to rest and relax. However, true peace and profound rest only come when we can trust Jesus and live with assurance that GOD is in control. That takes a humble and contrite spirit.

We must admit that we cannot do everything nor should we try. We must look to Jesus and learn from Him, for He is meek and humble of heart.

In today's Gospel, Jesus distinguishes himself from the Pharisees by saying that people should not only obey His words but also model their life after His — how He spends His time, how He treats people, what He hopes for, etc..

Because He is God's wisdom in the flesh, His followers are right to emulate Him. Jesus offers Himself to all who listen. Unfortunately, people who think they already understand God close their ears to Him. Jesus spoke and acted as God's wisdom.

The wise reveal that when, after all is said and done, they are not so "aware", of Jesus' teachings they reject Him, the Incarnation of God's wisdom.

- - Deacon Michael Saez  



June 26, 2020

By now, most of you are aware that Holy Name of Jesus will be open for Masses with congregations starting next Monday, June 29. Many of the COVID related precautions we must take were outlined in the June 20 email we sent you, and additional information appears in this week's Bulletin  (which is posted on our parish web site .) We are continuing with our preparations and will provide you with more details next week.

The 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is holding a Virtual Commitment Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 27 - 28. Details are in the email we sent on June 24 as well as in this week's Bulletin . Thank you for your support and generosity.

This Saturday, Bishop DiMarzio will ordain four men as priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn. They are:


Néstor Martínez

Peter Okajima

Gabriel Agudelo-Perdomo

Dragan Pusic


The Ordination Mass will be aired live at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 on Verizon Fios channel 48, Optimum channel 30, Spectrum channel 97, and streamed at Please join me in congratulating our new priests!

Our much anticipated return to offering public Masses at Holy Name is just days away. Fr. Austin. Fr. Keeney, Msgr. Curran and I are looking forward to celebrating Mass again with the wonderful parishioners of HNJ Parish.

- Fr. Larry Ryan     





The Diocese of Brooklyn and Holy Name of Jesus Parish need your help with the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). The COVID 19 crisis put continuing extraordinary demands upon the network of Diocesan services supported by the Appeal. For example, Diocesan Catholic Charities has been serving over 100,000 meals daily across the Diocese, a 300% increase over previous years. There are 30 hospital chaplains deployed throughout the Diocese ministering to the most vulnerable. Our educators had to quickly implement innovative distance learning tools to continue the religious formation of our Catholic youth. Parishes have been livestreaming Masses and making increased use of social media to maintain connectivity with the faithful.

Funds donated through the Annual Catholic Appeal play a critical role in enabling the Diocese to continue these initiatives. Donations to the Appeal are also critically important to individual parishes like Holy Name of Jesus because any dollars donated over the Diocesan goal come back to the parish. Here at Holy Name,allof those “over goal” dollars are used to reduce our still quite large debt obligations.

2020 has been a year of extraordinary demands in a time of economic uncertainty. Fundraising has been difficult. I am very grateful to the 107 parishioners and friends of HNJ parish who have already pledged and paid $53,354 to the 2020 Appeal. Thanks to those parishioners and friends, HNJ parish has just met its Diocesan goal of $52,974. However, last year we had 221 parishioners who pledged and paid $112,831 to the 2019 Appeal. We are still about $60,000 (and 114 donors) away from where we were at the end of the 2019 Appeal. Failure to close that gap will have a serious financial impact on the parish.

The Diocese has designated June 27-28 as a Virtual Commitment Weekend. The theme for the 2020 Appeal is WE ARE THE CHURCH, TOGETHER. Please help us in demonstrating that theme by considering a gift to the Appeal.

You may:

  • Make your gift online at

  • TextACA to 917-336-1255

  • or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 and have a pledge card mailed to your home.  

I thank you in advance for making a gift commensurate with your means and circumstances!    


Fr. Larry Ryan      





June 20, 2020

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has announced that churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn can re-open for public Mass, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 
Starting Monday, June 29, we will have the following public Masses at Holy Name of Jesus:
Monday - Saturday:  9 a.m.
Saturday Vigil:          5:30 p.m.
Sunday:                    7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (Spanish), 10:30 a.m., and Noon
Everyone who enters Holy Name must adhere to social distancing directives. These are in place for your own protection as well as that of others:
  • You must wear a mask or cloth face covering in the Church, even during Mass.
  • Please keep at least 6 feet of space between you and anyone who does not live with you. Members of the same household may sit together. Appropriate spacing has been marked.
  • Social Distancing and capacity guidelines have greatly reduced available seating in the Church. Please help us to maximize our use of the available seats by following the ushers' seating guidance. Plans are being made to accommodate "overflow" in Shepherds' Hall, if necessary.  
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect until further notice. Therefore, if you are elderly, health-compromised, have a temperature above 100 degrees, or are feeling ill in any way, we must ask you to stay home.
  • We will continue to livestream our Monday-Friday 9 a.m. and our Sunday 9 a.m.(Spanish) and 10:30 am (English) Masses on our parish Facebook and web pages.
The reception of Communion will be different. It is strongly recommended the faithful receive Holy Communion in the hand. You must leave your mask on when you approach the priest. When you receive the Sacred Host, you should move to the side and consume the Eucharist immediately, then return to your seat.
Communion will only be offered in one form; the Precious Blood will not be distributed to the faithful at this time.
The Diocese provided a brief video (below) which further explains the guidelines.
I echo the words of Bishop DiMarzio in the Diocese's June 19 Press Release: “Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens have been longing for the celebration of Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist. But our sacrifice and patience have borne fruit, and we did our part to flatten the curve of the terrible coronavirus pandemic. Soon we can come together to be nourished by the spiritual food we have been desperate for.”
- - Fr. Larry Ryan       

Resumption of Mass from Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office on Vimeo.