Holy Name of Jesus, Stratford to End Year-long 100th Anniversary Celebration

Stratford – Holy Name of Jesus Church will be ending its 100th Anniversary Celebrations on Saturday, June 15, 2024 with a choral concert presented by singers and musicians from many Diocesan Parishes, a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano blessing the “refreshed” Church and dedicating the new Altar, and a Reception.

“Last June, Bishop Frank opened the 100th Anniversary celebration of the founding of our Parish by blessing our restored façade,” Father Bert Pinciaro, said. “Now, he will mark the completion of our year-long journey by rededicating our newly revitalized Church.”

Early last year, the parish initiated a successful capital campaign which was generously supported by an overwhelming number of parishioners. The campaign enabled a major restoration of the interior of the church building enhancing its beauty and ensuring it will be a landmark of worship and community for the next 100 years. At the Mass, Bishop Caggiano will consecrate a new altar imported from France specially chosen to compliment Holy Name Church’s classic Gothic architecture.

During the year, the Parish hosted activities and events to explore its rich history, strengthen relationships among its parishioners, and build an understanding of diverse aspects of the Catholic faith. Events included a reunion of former students of Holy Name of Jesus School, the rededication and renaming of the Parish Hall as “Holy Name of Jesus Heritage Hall”, and a seven-part Lent to Pentecost Speaker series.

The final week of the Celebration will commence with a concert by famed singer Tony Melendez on June 9th at 2:00 P.M. All are welcome!

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, located at 1950 Barnum Avenue in Stratford was founded in 1923 as a “Slovak National Parish” and today welcomes and values families from a variety of cultural backgrounds in Stratford and neighboring communities. Illustrating this, Spanish, Vietnamese, Slovak and Creole Scripture readings and musical selections were incorporated into last year’s opening Mass—and this will happen again at the closing Mass.

On June 15th, the concert will begin at 4pm, followed immediately by Mass at 5pm, with a reception on the Church Lawn and in Heritage Hall to follow. All are invited.

“Thanks to the hard work of many parishioners, our church is renewed – both our Church building and the people of God who call this place their spiritual home.” Father Bert said. “What a momentous and blessed year this has been!”

Omnis qui invocaverit Nomen Domini salvus erit (inscribed above the church’s main entrance).