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St. Joe's

St. Anne's Society - Parish Council of Catholic Women

St. Anne's Society welcomes all women of St. Joseph Parish as members. Its objectives are to unite all women of the parish in spiritual, charitable and social activities, to supply and care for the needs of the sanctuary, and to assist in the needs of the parish.

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month (September through June). The meeting time is decided upon by members at the planning meeting in June. This past year, the meeting time was 6:30 p.m.

Annual dues are $5.00, payable in January.

St. Joseph Holy Name Society

This society originated in 1929. It has been active over the years, sometimes more than others. We are proud to carry on this heritage that began in 1929.

When the Holy Name became active, the Society began sponsoring the Boy Scouts of St. Joseph. Today, the scouts remain very active and continue to be sponsored by the Holy Name Society.

Presently, the Holy Name Society puts on breakfast for its members as well as the rest of the parish. They too are invited to participate. Also for the past three years, the society has put on a Swiss Steak Dinner and a Pancake Breakfast. All profits go to the church to help in any way with the finances and budget.

History of the Holy Name

The Holy Name Society is a Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, established in 1274. The Council of Lyons prescribed that the faithful should have a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and seek to counter those who denied the Divinity of Christ.

With the assistance of the Dominicans, preaching emerged to support the work of the Society of the Holy Name. Evidence suggests a continued existence of the Society during the 14th and 15th centuries.

On Jan. 1, 1433, the first procession was held in honor of the Holy Name of Jesus. St. Bernardine of Siena became a promoter of this devotion in Italy.

The most notable Dominican preacher of the devotion is Didacus of Victoria. He founded a confraternity known as the Society of the Holy Name of God. Similar in purpose, this confraternity was approved by Pope Pius IV, on Apr. 13, 1564. Later this confraternity merged in the Society of the Holy Name of Jesus.

The Society of the Holy Name of Jesus is one of the most richly blessed in the church. Through the ages and through its entire development and growth, the Society continues to foster reverence for the Name and Person of Christ.

Through its membership, the Society seeks to foster love and reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ while also seeking to discourage blasphemy, perjury, profanity, and all improper language, and, as far as the members can, to prevent those vices in others.

According to church law, three requirements must be met before these spiritual benefits reach the individual member:

1. Consent of your local ordinary.
2. A charter obtained from one of three provinces of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans): Wisconsin, Holy Name Society, Provincial Director, St. Albert's Province, 1909 South Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.
3. The name of each member must be inscribed in a Holy Name Register, maintained in each parish. The register is a canonical requirement, not just a list of active members. Once enrolled, a member retains membership for life.

In the United States, the Society functioned as an important association for promoting the Catholic faith among immigrants during the late 19th century. It organized parades and rallies not only to spread public devotion to Jesus' name, but also to demonstrate Catholic strength.

Through these societies, members were supported in their faith. As a group, they received communion once a month followed by a “Communion breakfast” to which a guest speaker usually was invited.

The Society enjoys continued growth. The men of the society in the United States number about 500,000. They are able to accomplish great good by public yearly processions of many thousands professing reverence for the name of Jesus Christ and abhorrence of blasphemy, profanity and immorality. Members are required to receive Holy Communion in a body at least once every three months; in most places the rule prescribes Communion on the second Sunday of every month. Members are able to seek God's grace for their personal lives and the good of all people.

The National Association

In 1974, the Dominican Fathers turned the administration of the temporal affairs of the Confraternity over to the National Association of the Holy Name Society. This is an organization of Archdiocesan and Diocesan unions in the United States. Its mission statement reads:

“The National Association of the Holy Name Society promotes the honor and glory of our Divine God and the personal sanctification of its 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.

“Our members perform 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 on a parochial, diocesan and national level. The National Association of the Holy Name Society promotes respect for the most Holy Name of God, faith in the Catholic Church and the Magisterium, loyalty to one's country and respect for all lawful authority both civil and religious.”