Holy Name Society
Holy Name Society – Personal Call to Holiness
The Holy Name Society (Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus) is affiliated with the Diocesan and National organizations of the same name and adheres to the same commitment to helping its members to grow in holiness through devotion to the most Holy Name of Jesus. Members of Holy Name are called to be leaders, to cleanse themselves in the sacrament of penance, strengthen themselves with the most Holy Eucharist, nourish their souls with Sacred Scripture, increase their desire for divine love through prayer and lead their families, friends, and coworkers to Christ Jesus by their acts of charity and piety.
The Holy Name Society of St. Mary Catholic Church exists to promote reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, Sand 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 apostolate of the society is to assist 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.
Membership in the Holy Name Society
Membership in the Holy Name Society is open to all Catholic, lay, clergy and religious over the age of 18. They must be firm believers in all that the Catholic Church believes and teaches and put these teachings into practice in their daily lives.
How to Become a Member:
To become a member of the Holy Name Society requires a public expression of faith by the candidate in a special induction ceremony. Please see below for contact information.
Life Marriage Family Youth Initiative
The Holy Name Society of St. Mary Parish unites itself with the National Association of the Holy Name Society to assist its members to implement the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Plan for rebuilding a Catholic Culture in accord with a consistent ethic of life, which holds that all life is sacred from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, protecting the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage, promoting Catholic teaching and promoting activities for the proper formation of Catholic Youth and Young Adults.
The Holy Name Society of St. Mary Parish in unity with the National Association of the Holy Name Society is committed to encouraging and providing resources for members to grow in holiness through Catholic religious education, prayer, and worship. We believe that prayer is the foundation for growing in holiness therefore we encourage each member to spend one hour each week in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We are committed to sponsoring prayer vigils, memorial masses, retreats, days of recollection, and promotion of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary, the message of Divine Mercy and other devotions.
History of the Devotion
The third phase was brought to life by St. Bernardine of Siena (1380 – 1444). St. Bernardine made the object of devotion the Monogram of the Holy Name. St. Bernardine painted a special wooden tablet with the Monogram of the Name of Jesus surrounded by rays of the sun. St. Bernardine and his contemporary St. John Capistran popularized this devotion and made it so widespread that the monogram of the name of Jesus, even today, stands at the side of the cross as a symbol of Christianity.
The Holy Name Society is spiritually rooted in the zealous devotions that began in the Dominican Order and flourished through the work of St. Bernardine and his Franciscan Brothers.
Prayer for Vocations to Holy Name Society
Most Divine Jesus, we ask in Your most Holy Name that You bless
Those that have heard Your call to the Confraternity of the Most Holy
Names of God and Jesus and have answered it with faith, hope and charity.
We pray that you will open the hearts and minds of many more whose
Souls are stirred by the sound of your voice and the invocation of Your
Name. Please bring these souls into this Confraternity.
We ask that You grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Bill Holstine, Secretary
The second phase is found in the early middle ages. Here devotion to the Holy Name was fixed specifically to the Name of Jesus. Pope Gregory X (1271 – 1276) and the Council of Lyons in 1274 initiated a call of the Universal Church to this special devotion. Through the works of Blessed John of Vercelli, the sixth Master General of the Order of St. Dominic, the Dominicans began preaching on the virtues of the Holy Name and built special altars where the lay faithful could venerate the Holy Name of Jesus.
Devotion to the Holy Name falls loosely into three periods. The first phase is the very early Church and was cultivated by the Apostles and the early disciples. In this period devotion is to the Name of Christ, to the Name of Christ Jesus, to the Name of the Lord, and to the Name of Jesus.