The Holy Name Society (HNS) is a religious, fraternal society of Catholic men in the parish. The Society strives to promote respect for the Name of Jesus. The HNS meets monthly at 7:00 PM in the rectory conference room. It also conducts various fund-raising activities to assist in the support of the parish. Members plan and participate in a variety of parish activities to include:
- Hospitality receptions following Sunday Masses
- Nocturnal Adoration at St. James Church in Red Bank
- Maintaining the Lighthouse Catholic Media Kiosk
- Altar Server Recognition
- 8th Grade Boys Religious and Service recognition.
- Annual events to support the Saint Jerome School Tuition Assistance Fund.
In the United States, the National Association of the Holy Name Society was formalized following the Second Vatican Council. Among the stated purposes in its new constitution were: (a) 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 Name of God, (b) 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 and (c) To foster observance of the promises in the Holy Name Pledge. The St. Jerome Holy Name Society was restarted in the parish by a former pastor, the Rev. Father Gluth, in 1983.
Monthly meetings include periodic instruction in the Faith, discussion of important issues affecting Catholicism, normal business affairs, good fellowship, and various social events. All Catholic men wanting to ‘raise the bar’ for their spiritual growth are welcome.