Holy Name Society
Promoting a Christian Culture
On January 3, 2013, the National Association of the Holy Name Society formally granted a charter society to be established at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. That day at 6:00 pm the Society will be instituted at St. John's and new members professed after the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
For information on how to become a charter member please contact Fr. Vasquez
Holy Name Society of St. John the Baptist
Established January 3, 2013 (Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus)
All members of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus, while faithful to their Obligations of Membership are protected by the "Mantle of Our Blessed Mother."
The NAHNS Exists....
- To promote reverence for the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and to praise and venerate the Most Holy Names of God.
- To promote sanctification of Holy Name Members by the frequent reception of the sacraments and by faithful correspondence with the grace of their state of life;
- To foster observance of the promises in the Holy Name Pledge;
- To cooperate with the hierarchy of the Holy Catholic Church in its collegiate unity with our Holy Father, the Pope;
- To cooperate with the National Spiritual Director and the Archdiocesan and Diocesan Unions, Federations and Associations in the United States and Canada;
- To promote the founding and strengthening of Archdiocesan and Diocesan Unions, Federations, Vicariates and Associations;
- To provide a means of effective communications and coordination among Archdiocesan and Diocesan Unions, Federations, Vicariates and Associations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Philippines and Canada;
- To publish, manage and distribute materials that promote devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus and membership in the Holy Name Society;
- To publicly proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Power of His Most Holy Name and in His Name foster meaningful spiritual programs and perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy;
- What We Do?
Members of the Holy Name Society – both individually and collectively in parish Societies – are called to build the kingdom of God in their parishes and communities by completing Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
These works can be categorized into three main areas - Spiritual, Service, and Social.
- Promotes devotion to and respect for the most Holy Names of God and Jesus;
- Encourages frequent (at least) reception of the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist;
- Promotes daily Mass attendance, prayer, and spiritual reading;
- Participates in Eucharistic Adoration;
- Promotes memorial masses;
- Participates and sponsors Eucharistic and Marian Processions and Vigils;
- Sponsors, coordinates and participates in spiritual conferences, weekend retreats and days of recollection;
- Holds prayer vigils for the canonization of Blessed John of Vercelli;
- Fights for the respect and dignity of human life;
- Visits the elderly, the sick and the dying;
- Helps the aged and handicapped;
- Assists pastors with parish initiatives;
- Fights against Pornography (And all forms of attacks against chastity and purity)
- Encourages Stewardship during parish and diocesan fund raising drives;
- Serves on parish sodalities and confraternities councils and as parish trustees;
- Coordinates and supports parish youth activities;
- Cooperates with Holy Name Society initiatives at the Parish, Deanery, Diocesan and National level;
- Coordinates food and clothing drives
- Holds Parish Family nights, and other family activities (Movie, game, and social nights)
- Holds parish Communion breakfasts;
- Coordinates and works at parish festivals and fundraisers;
- Sponsors parish social events;
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.
- The Sacred Penitentiary*, in response to the petition of the Dominican Order, granted a plenary indulgence to the members of the Most Holy Name of God and the Most Holy Name of Jesus, 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)
- The Solemnity of St. Joseph the Husband of Mary (March 19)
- 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)
Obligations of Membership
All who are professed members of the Confraternity must:
- Praise and glorify God by fidelity to prayer, especially by both private and public Holy Name devotions and as far as it can be done, bring others, particularly those committed to the member's care, to know and honor the name of God.
- Recognize His divine authority and believe that all power on earth, civil and religious comes from Him and respect and promise to obey all lawfully constituted authority.
- Proclaim love and obedience to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
- Believe all the sacred truths, which the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches and to educate himself and all those in his charge in these truths.
- Promise to strive for perfection by frequent reception of the sacraments, daily prayer, spiritual reading, acts of penance and mortification, and fraternal charity - "You must, therefore, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Mt 5:48.
- In honor of His Divine Name, avoid disrespect to the name of God, of Jesus, and of what is sacred and should abstain from all improper language, such as blasphemy, perjury profanity, cursing, obscene speech and indecency, and as far as prudence permits induce others to refrain from such insults to God and immorality. – "Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name." Mt 6:9
- Avoid any conduct that would be scandalous or cause or tempt others to ridicule or despise the Catholic faith or the Confraternity – lest it be true "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." Rom 2:24.
Fulfill all the obligations of membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, according to one's state in life, as well as the specific obligations of membership in the Society, particularly attendance at all devotional events.
It should be noted that regulations imposed do not bind under the pain of sin. Members of the Confraternity as a matter of honor and obedience should live up to these regulations. They should also, in all of their activities, as members, be mindful of the divine law of charity.
Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name forever and ever. Psalm 145:2
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
Holy Name Pledge
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ true God and 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
May God bless your resolutions; may His holy angels and saints assist you to keep them.
Laboring during your whole life for the glory and honor of the Holy Name of God,
may you merit to share in the glory of the apostles, martyrs and confessors,
who labored and died for the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Name Pledge is to be recited at all Holy Name Society occasions - especially at the closing exercises and at all Receptions of members into the Confraternity.
"Official Holy Name Manual"
National Headquarters of the Holy Name Society
O good Jesus, according to Thy great mercy, have mercy on me. O most merciful Jesus, by that Precious Blood which Thou didst will to shed for sins, I beseech Thee to wash away all mine iniquities and look graciously upon me, a poor and unworthy sinner, as I call upon Thy holy Name. Therefore, O Jesus, do Thou save me for Thy holy Name's sake. Amen.
Praised by the name of Jesus Christ! Now and forever, Amen!
About the Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a spiritual confraternity within the Catholic Church for lay people, religious and clergy. The mission is to promote devotion and reverence to the Holy Name of God and Jesus and to help members grow in holiness and obtain their personal salvation. Through Faith and Works - Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy - Holy Name Society members live out their faith!
Holy Name Pledge
Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. I believe O Jesus, that Thoug 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. I honor his Divine Name. I pledge myself against perjury, blasphemy, profanity and obscene speech. I pledge my loyalty to the flag of my country, and I give 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 and beg that he will keep me faithful to these pledges until death. Amen.