A Letter From the Pastor

December 4,  2022

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Thursday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. On this day, the Church acknowledges Mary’s privilege of being conceived and born free from sin. On this day, we celebrate and acknowledge this special privilege from God to Mary. There will be a VIGIL MASS on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:15 PM and a 12:10 PM Mass on Thursday, December 8.

Prior to the pandemic, Deacon Chris and Lori Krotz invited all parishioners to a ziti and meatball dinner. In the past, the dinner was served with the help of the Confirmation Class. Once Covid came, many group activities and functions were cancelled and some even discontinued. So this year, Deacon Chris and Lori Krotz along with the assistance of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, parish would like to revive the custom of the pre-
Christmas ziti dinner to bring parishioners together for an evening dinner, socialization and anticipatory Christmas joy. Nothing is required of you – we only ask that you MAKE A RESERVATION by calling Maria or Bullet at the Rectory Office (516-921-2334) to let us know how many are coming with you AND to show up. All are invited to attend.

Speaking of all, may I ask a favor of you? I’m sure you noticed the reduced number of parishioners attending Mass once the Churches reopened. Many have returned to the practice of coming to Church, but others it seems might need some encouragement to get back into the swing of things. Why not extend an invitation to your neighbor or someone you know who has not yet as returned and invite them to come with you for dinner.
Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to sing some Christmas Carols as we journey towards Christmas. Envelopes for the Christmas Flower Fund have been mailed to all parishioners. Every year, the HNJ Church invites all parishioners to donate to the Christmas Flower Fund to help pay for the poinsettias plants and other Christmas decorations used in our Church. In appreciation for your support, you are invited to submit the name(s) of people to be remembered at the Christmas Masses and other Masses for those enrolled in the Christmas

Flower Fund. If you did not receive a Christmas Flower envelope and wish to enroll someone in the Christmas Mass Flower Fund, envelopes are available at the doors of the Church as you leave Mass this weekend. Bishop Andrzej is offering a series of Advent Reflections entitled COFFEE with JESUS.The Reflections continue on December 9, 16, and 23 via ZOOM. It’s a wonderful opportunity to prepare and nourish your mind, body and heart for Christmas. To register for COFFEE with JESUS, please call Suzanne at 516-744-6850. Zoom information will be sent prior to each session.

A unique opportunity allows taxpayers to make charitable contributions through a direct IRA transfer. Qualified Charitable Donations (QCD) are direct transfers from an IRA to a charity of your choice. If you wish to direct your annual distribution to Holy Name of Jesus to help with the upcoming cost of replacing the air conditioning in the Church this Spring, please consult the custodian of your IRA. Tell them you wish to make a “qualified charitable distribution”. In most cases, you will only have to fill out one form.