Our Lady of Joy Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society
The Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society) promotes reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of its members. Members are called to contribute to the evangelization mission of the Church and to make perpetual acts of reverence and love for our Lord and Savior.
The Holy Name Society was established in the United States in 1870 to promote reverence for the Sacred Name of God and Jesus Christ and to in parish ministries by performing the Corporal Works of Mercy: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead; as well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy: to convert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the wayward, comfort the sorrowing, bear adversity patiently, forgive offenses, and pray for the living and the dead.
The Holy Name Society was established at Our Lady of Joy in March of 1997. We meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month at the 10 AM Mass. A short meeting (usually under an hour) follows in the Fr. Marchukonis Hall from September through May. Dues are $12.00 a year. If you have questions, please call or email Jim LeDonne, President, Our Lady of Joy Holy Name Society, 724-339-2351, Ledonne39@yahoo.com, Randy Duva, Diocesan Union of the Holy Name Society representative, 412-638-1605, email@example.com. Or Jack Geier, Diocesan Union of the Holy Name Society representative, 724-327-3071. Please also visit the National Holy Name Society’s website at www.nahns.com.
Spiritual Benefits of Membership
Every member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus, while they are faithful to their obligations; shares in all of the blessings from the Masses, good works, preaching, teaching and the manual labor of the Dominican Order. This includes a share in the thirty-three Masses which each Dominican is bound to say every year for the souls of the departed brethren.
The following partial indulgences are particularly applicable to faithful members of the Holy Name Society who:
- In the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, asking – if only mentally – some pious invocation. "Blessed be the name of God", and similar invocations of devotion to the name of God would be applicable in this grant. (cf. The Decree in the Apostolate of the Laity, 4, "Whatever you do in word or work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him").
- In a spirit of faith and mercy give of themselves or of their goods to serve brothers in need.
- In spirit of penance voluntarily deprive themselves of what is licit and pleasing to them.
- Recite the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.
- Wear the Holy Name emblem – properly blessed by any priest.
Plenary indulgences have been granted to the members of the Most Holy Name of God and the Most Holy Name of Jesus, by the Sacred Penitentiary in response to the petition of the Dominican Order on the following occasions:
- · The day of the member's induction into the Confraternity
- · Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Christmas Day (December 25)
- · The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3)
- · Resurrection of the Lord - Easter Sunday
- · The Solemnity of Christ the King (Last Sunday in Ordinary Time – last Sunday prior to the start of the Season of Advent)
- · The Annunciation of the Lord (March 25)
- · The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)