Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society is a fraternal and social organization of men of the parish dedicated to support of the school and the church. Members support a wide variety of parish functions including running Bingo on Saturday nights for the benefit of our Parish and school.

The society had its origin in the Council of Lyons in 1274. The parish Holy Name Society was chartered on May 21, 1952 by the Dominican Order. In 1970, governance was transferred to the National Association of the Holy Name Society. Members attend Mass and receive Holy Communion in a body so that the true faith and vitality of the Catholic Church will enable them to set an example for all men to live a moral Christian life.

A primary objective of the Holy Name Society is to support the parish and the school through fundraising activities and volunteerism. For over half a century, the Holy Name Society has been a stalwart provider for the parish and school. Most of their efforts benefit parish youth. Many members join the society when their children are in the parish school, some members are graduates of the school, while many other members have never had any school children but want to help the school and parish.

The Holy Name Society at SJC is active year round with major events.

In March, they sponsor the St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance, with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, Irish dancing and a DJ. The event usually raises over $4,000 for the school sports program. The Holy Name Memorial Golf Tournament, which is usually held in May, funds four scholarships for eighth graders matriculating to Catholic high schools.

The school-sponsored carnival in October features barbequed food prepared by the Holy Name Society. The men spend three days cooking tri-tip, hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages, keeping carnival-goers well fed. In October, the Diocese holds a golf tournament for parish priests. At the conclusion of the day's event, the priests convene at the SJC hall for a hearty dinner prepared by the Holy Name Society.

On the last day of school before the Christmas break, the Holy Name Society arranges for Santa to visit and distributes candy canes to the children, and boxes of candy to the faculty and staff.

The Holy Name Society is the chartering organization for the parish Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Pack 476 and Troop 476. The Scouts have been part of the parish for over 50 years. Each quarter, the Holy Name men and their families attend an 8:00 am Mass together, followed by breakfast at a local restaurant.

The largest component of the Holy Name Society activity centers on the weekly Saturday evening bingo games. The bingo games fill the parish hall with players. The Holy Name men receive support from school families to run the games. Approximately 80 percent of the annual net proceeds are channeled to the school.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Name Room located next to the Parish Hall. For more information, contact Drew Lavery at 408/418-8516.