Events

Holy Name Society Events

Msgr. Maguire Scholarship Essay Contest - 2016

The title selected by the committee for this year is "DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ATTEND MASS IT HAS ENRICHED YOUR FAITH." This year's winners are as follows: Evangelista J. Schmarder, Winner; Christopher J. Richards, First Runner Up; Helen P. Gibson, Second Runner Up.

Annual Family Day at the Ball Park 2016

This year's Family Day at the Ballpark, Bisons vs. Syracuse Chiefs, will be held on July 31 at 1:05 p.m. Reserved seats are $7.50 per person. Tickets are available at the downtown office by calling 716-847-2202.

Awards Banquet - 2016 

Our Annual Awards Banquet is questionable for this year. If any conditions change, they will be posted on our website and in the Buffalonian Newsletter. We wish to thank everyone who has participated in this event in the past for many, many years.

National Convention - 2016

This year's National Association of Holy Name Society will be held at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, Lancaster, PA, from September 29 to October 1. More information will be forthcoming from the National Association Committee and will be posted in our Buffalonian Newsletter, or call 716-847-2201.

International Breakfast - 2016

The International Breakfast was hosted by our Canadian Brothers in Canada this year on Sunday, April 10, at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, Niagara Falls, Canada. The Buffalo Diocese was well represented. The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Canada and Father Peter Rowe and Father Paul Sabo were the co-celebrants at the 8 a.m. Mass. Following the Mass everyone in attendance were invited to a breakfast at the restaurant selected by the Canadian Committee. Buffalo will host in the next event in 2017.

Diocesan Local Convention - 2016

This event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, once again at St. Andrews Parish located on Crocker Street in Sloan, New York. It starts at 8:45AM with a procession to church with HNS banners. Mass will begin at 9AM the main celebrant  and co-celebrants to be announced The registration desk will be open following the mass and a Continental Breakfast will be served. Guest Speakers will be announced later.  The convention is expected to end by 2: 30 PM. The Cost is $20.00 per person for a Continental Breakfast and a Luncheon. Call the Diocesan Office for ticket reservation 847-2201 or 2202 in November.

Healing Mass Services - 2016

This year it will be held on November 20th at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, New York at 1:30PM. Father Paul Sabo will celebrate the mass. Following the services and the anointing a short prayer service will be held at the Blessed John of Vercelli Statue which is located on the Avenue of Blessed and Saints. Lunch is available at the Cafeteria at your expense. The beautiful Catholic Store will also be open for your personal purchases and the Festival of Lights will be lite by 5PM. Call if you will be attending or need directions the D.U.H.N.S. office- Last year a bus was available at a nominal cost to each person who wanted to ride the bus to the shrine. 

St. Patrick's Parade Notice - 2016 and 2017

The Diocesan Union of the Holy Name Societies will not participate in the parade because of the lack of its members who have a difficult time in marching the length of the parade. Please attend the parade if you enjoy seeing the floats and variety of marching groups.

Diocesan Marian Tribute

We will post the date for 2017 when it becomes available to us. Each year it seems that more and more people have taken the time to come to the Cathedral for this event. It shows just how much love we all have for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Continue to pray to the Blessed Mother for love, guidance, and health.

Would you like to host a meeting of the Executive Board?

Reservations are now being taken by our Diocesan Office for Hosting an Executive meeting for the year of 2017 by calling our Downtown Office at 716-847-2201. The Executive Board meets every three months, on the third Monday of that month at 7 p.m. sharp, except in the months of July, August and December.

We will update this website with new information as it becomes available to us. Share any of your events with members, families, friends and supporters of the Holy Name Society by calling them in to the diocesan office at 716-847-2201.

Have you ever been asked this question about the Holy Name: Who are these men of the Holy Name Society in our parishes?

The Holy Name Society promotes the honor and glory of our divine God and the personal sanctification of the members by acts of Love and Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The spirited life of its members is a perpetual act of reverence and love.

The Holy Name Society believes in the faith of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium. Loyalty to one's country and respect for all lawful authority, both civil and religious.

Our members perform the Corporal Works of Mercy; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, tend to the sick, visit those in prison and bury the dead. As well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy to covert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the wayward, comfort the sorrowing, bear adversity patiently, forgive offenses and pray for the living and the dead on a parochial, Diocesan and National level.

Monthly fund raising drawing

If you would like to support our Diocesan Union Holy Name Society program, please give us a call, at 847-2202.  The monthly drawing tickets are a nominal cost of $3.00 each. The prizes are $25.00 per day and on (3) Special Sundays $50.00 and on (1) Sunday- $100.00 in addition to any number above or below will receive $5.00 as well. All numbers are drawn by the D.U.H.N.S. each day.

Annual Retreat for all of the men in the Diocese of Buffalo and Canada (You do not have to be a Holy Name member)

Father Paul P. Sabo, Spiritual Moderator of the Diocesan Holy Name Society in Buffalo and Father Peter Rowe Spiritual Moderator for the Canadian Diocese will be conducting a "Retreat" at the Christ the King Seminary on Friday, August 26; Saturday, August 27; and Sunday, August 28, at a nominal cost of $140 per person. This cost covers housing, meals, and seminars for the three days. This year's guest speaker will be announced as it becomes available. If you are interested please call the Diocesan Office at 716-847-2201 or Father Paul Sabo at 604-4948. The seminary is limited to 55 men so get your reservation in early.

The Objectives

The Holy Name Society is an established Confraternity of the Church.
A Confraternity is a voluntary association of the faithful, established and guided by competent ecclesiastical authorities, for the promotion of the special works of Christian charity of piety. The observance of the rules of Confraternity is not binding in conscience, nor does their neglect deprive a person of membership. From Blessed John of Vercelli and the zealous impetus with which he fostered the Holy Name devotion came finally the Confraternity of the Holy Name Society.

Principal Objectives of the Holy Name Society include the following:

1. To honor the Name of God and of Jesus Christ by example of a strictly Catholic life

2. To spread devotion and increase love for the Sacred Name of Jesus

3. To suppress blasphemy, profane, and indecent language

4. To prevent false oaths, in and out of court

5. To impart courage to Catholic men in the profession of their faith

The Vocation of Every Man is to help perform the Works of Christ among his Fellow Man.

God the Father needs man to fulfill his plan of creation.

God the Son needs man to fulfill his plan of Redemption.

God the Holy Spirit needs man to fulfill his plan of Sanctification.

The Holy Pledge

BLESSED BE GOD.
BLESSED BE HIS HOLY NAME.
BLESSED BE JESUS CHRIST, TRUE GOD, TRUE MAN.
BLESSED BE THE NAME OF JESUS.
I BELIEVE O'JESUS THAT THOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
I PROCLAIM MY LOVE FOR THE Vicar of Christ ON EARTH.
I BELIEVE ALL THE SACRED TRUTHS-WHICH THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH-BELIEVES AND TEACHES.
I PROMISE TO GIVE GOOD EXAMPLE-BY THE REGULAR PRACTICE -OF MY FAITH.
IN HONOR OF HIS DIVINE NAME-I PLEDGE MYSELF AGAINST PERJURY-BLASPHEMY-PROFANITY-AND OBSCENE SPEECH.
I PLEDGE MY LOYALTY-TO THE FLAG OF MY COUNTRY-AND TO THE GOD GIVEN PRINCIPLES-OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND HAPPINESS-FOR, WHICH IT STANDS.

I PLEDGE MY SUPPORT-TO ALL LAWFUL AUTHORITY-BOTH CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS.
I DEDICATE MYSELF-TO THE HONOR OF THE SACRED NAME OF JESUS CHRIST-AND BEG THAT HE WILL KEEP ME FAITHFUL-TO THESE PLEDGES- UNTIL DEATH.

BLESSED JOHN OF VERCELLI
PRAY FOR US

IF ANY MAN WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER SPEAK TO YOUR PASTOR, A MEMBER OF THE PARISH HOLY NAME SOCIETY OR CALL OUR DIOCESAN DOWNTOWN OFFICE.

Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies
795 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203-1250
Phone: 716-847-2201-2202
Fax No. 716-847-2206

If you need any information regarding anything about the Holy Name Society for your parish society give me a call at 847-2201 or send an e-mail to rzientara@buffalodiocese.org