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Msgr. Maguire Scholarship Essay Contest 2019

This year’s topic is:  “As a Young Adult, What Do You Think Our Church is Need of Today?” The Essay Contest will begin in January and all essays are to be returned by April 12, 2019. Applications are available at the Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies office call 847-2201-2202- between the hours of 10 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. They will also be available in the School Counselor’s offices.

Annual Family Day at the Ball Park 2019

This year’s Family Day at the Ballpark, our Bisons will be playing the Durham team.

The game will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at 1:05 p.m. Cost of ticket to be determined per person, these are for reserved seats. Tickets will be available in June call our office at 847-2201 or 2202. Our office is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Information will be updated at a later time.

Awards Banquet 2019

Our Annual Banquet will be possibly held once again at Kiebzak’s and Beginning Banquet Facilities.  When we have the selection of the Honoree for the year of 2019 we will be update the website with all the pertinent information as it becomes available.

The 49th Annual National Holy Name Convention 2019

This year’s National Association of Holy Name Society will be held in Rockville Center in Long Island, New York. When we receive the information from National it will be inserted in the website.

International Breakfast 2019

This year the International Breakfast will be hosted by the United States Holy Name Society. The hosting parish will be St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga on March 31. It will start with a Rosary at 8:30 a.m. and the Mass to follow at 9 a.m. The cost will be approximately $10 per person. More information to follow as we get closer to the actual date.

Diocesan Local Convention 2019

This event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, once again at St. Andrews Parish on Crocker Street in Sloan. It starts at 8:45 a.m. with a procession to church with HNS banners. Mass will begin at 9 a.m. 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 p.m. The Cost to be determined at a later time for the Continental Breakfast and a Luncheon Dinner. Call the Diocesan Office for ticket reservation 847-2201-2202 by Nov. 22.

Healing and Memorial Mass Services 2019 

It will possibly be held once again at St. John the Baptist Parish, 1085 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Father Paul Sabo will celebrate the Mass. This Mass is for anyone seeking spiritual healing and remembering our deceased members. During this Mass we will remember the submitted names of all those members who served the Lord as protectors of his Holy Name and are now with him in his kingdom. Following the Mass Father Paul will anoint everyone who wishes to be anointed. Refreshment will be served in the parish hall. Additional information regarding the above to follow as we get closer to the date.

Diocesan Marian Tribute 2019

We will post the date for 2019 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.

Annual "Retreat" for all the men in the Diocese of Buffalo and Canada 2019

You do not have to be a Holy Name member, but it is open to only the men unfortunately due to the accomodations. 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 this “Retreat” at the Christ the King Seminary on Friday, Sept. 20; Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at a nominal cost to be determined per person. This cost covers housing, meals, and seminars for the three days. This year’s guest speaker will be announced when it becomes available by Father Paul and Father Peter. If you are interested please call the Diocesan Office at 847-2201 or 2202 or Father Paul Sabo at 604-4948. The seminary is limited to 60 men so get your reservation in early.

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 our the diocesan office: (716) 847-2201, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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.

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 though 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 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 and All the Men and Women of the Holy Name Societies.

Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies
795 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203-1250
Phone: 716-847-2201 or 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 me an e-mail: rzientara@buffalodiocese.org

Monthly fund raising drawing

If you would like to support our Diocesan Union Holy Name Society program, please give us a call, at 847-2201.  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.

PS: If you wish to have any of your parish Holy Name activities publicized in our Buffalonian newsletter, please give me a call in advance of our next publication. Our Buffalonian is printed every two months, six times per year. - Raymond W. Zientara, editor and executive director of the D.U.H.N.S.

If any man or women would like to become a member, speak to your pastor, a member of the parish Holy Name Society or call our diocesan downtown office at 847-2201 or 2202 for assistance.