Dating back to Feb. 9, 1951 when its first meeting was held, the Mater Christi Parish Holy Name Society has remained one of the most viable organizations for men within the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Their monthly meetings have stayed constant over the years with many of the men second generation members. A plaque in Menarik Hall in the parish school basement displays the names of many of those who have served as president of the Holy Name. Husband Joe enjoys looking at the plaque where he sees his father’s name as the organization’s second president.

Since that first meeting, the organization has continued meeting on a monthly basis. Members also receive a monthly newsletter as well as additional information published in the church bulletin, The Word. 

They actively sponsor the Boy Scouts and other projects devoted to young people. They have long been supporters of the St. Vincent DePaul Society within the parish.

As with any organization, fundraising is an integral part including the annual Smoker and the Turkey Shoot held right before Thanksgiving. Many is the year I have spent many dollars to win a prasky from the meat booth or to successfully win a turkey. In any of the many events held at the parish the Holy Name is right there helping.

Because of its success, this year the Mater Christi Holy Name Society will host the Chicago Association of Holy Name Societies 37th Annual Spiritual Assembly Mass on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Mater Christi Church at 24th Street and 10th Avenue in North Riverside. Plans include an outdoor Mass around the Mother of Mothers Shrine. 

The Mass will be followed by a reception. In partnership with the Chicago Association of Holy Name Societies, the event is being promoted throughout the archdiocese and all are invited to attend whether or not you are a member of a Holy Name Society.

For further information or to find out how you can support the event (there’s an ad book) contact Mater Christi Holy Name Society President Chet Wierciak at or the parish’s pastor, Father Matt Nemchausky, at Serving as chairman of the spiritual assembly is Mater Christi Holy Name member Matt Radek.