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St. Ignatius Loyola
To Dream of Sugar Plums, Again
 
‘Tis the week before Christmas, and we dare not gather,
Lest we dither about and create a health matter.
We go through the motions to try to bring cheer,
In hopes that Our Savior will lead us this year,
To Bethlehem’s stable filled with hope and no fear.
We climb in our beds, all cozy and warm,
And visions of sugar plums emerge and take form.
As mothers, as fathers, as children of God,
We gather remotely and venture a look,
At the pure light of love, shining from hillside to brook,
That brightens the paths that we follow and trod.
With a star to guide us on this journey of life,
Let us dream of new worlds, filled with no strife.

Reflecting on what to write in my Christmas message to you, I was drawn to the warmth, good cheer, and good old-fashioned sentiment evoked by Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas. From its opening words, “’Twas the night before Christmas,” to the wonderful imagery of “eight tiny reindeer” and a belly described as “a bowl filled with jelly,” we are invited to imagine a world filled with merriment and wonder, to a place where sugar plums dance.
 
I believe that today more than ever we need to be transported in our imagining to a world as fanciful and beautiful as the one described by Moore, one that gives us hope for the future. I confess I am not a poet, and I may be accused of being a plagiarist in penning To Dream of Sugar Plums, Again. My purpose, like that of Clement Clarke Moore or any true poet, is to invite the reader to be washed by memories and images that gladden the soul and through them enter a world of possibilities, to dream.
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Jesus was born in a stable - the messiest of places!  Likewise, God desires to be born in what we deem the least desirable places in our hearts.

In this week's episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how we can welcome the Divine Child into the places of woundedness, shame, and pain; those areas within that are most in need of transformation.
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In this special Christmas edition of Philip Anderson: Gentleman Farmer, we return to the Strawcutter Farm kitchen as our cantor shares his family's recipe for biscotti (along with a brief Latin lesson thrown into the mix for extra flavor).
Reconciliation Monday
Monday, December 21st
 
Confessions will be heard in the Church from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Worship

Weekend Mass Schedule | December 27th

Saturday
5:30 PM: Fr. Yesalonia

Sunday
8:00 AM: Fr. Amiot
9:30 AM: Fr. Hallinan
11:00 AM Solemn (Livestream & Church): Fr. Hilbert
7:30 PM: Fr. Hilbert

Livestream Mass
 
Our 5:30 PM Daily Mass is now celebrated in the Church. The Mass can be attended in-person or viewed via livestream on YouTube and Facebook

Daily Mass (Monday to Friday)
5:30 PM

Sunday Mass
11 AM 

Join us on YouTube (click here to subscribe) and Facebook (stignatiusnyc) for our Daily and Sunday livestream Masses.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Reservations
 
Phone and online registration for our Thursday, December 24th Christmas Eve Masses and Friday, December 25th Christmas Day Masses is now open.

To register online, click here.
Please note: Reservations are no longer being accepted for our 4 PM Mass on December 24th.

Registration is required.

 
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule
 
Christmas Eve Masses: 2 PM, 4 PM (with Omega Dance Company), 6 PM, and 8 PM | 5:30 PM (online/prerecorded)
Christmas Day Masses: 8 AM, 10 AM, and 12 Noon | 11:00 AM (online/prerecorded)
Please Support Your Parish

Your generous financial support of our parish is more important than ever. Please make a donation today to help sustain the substantial operational costs of St. Ignatius Loyola.
 
To contribute, please click here
Weekly Wisdom
In his Wednesday, December 16th homily, Fr. Bergen posits this question: "What do I put first?" It is important, he continues, to be conscious of the "false gods"be they "money, comfort, ambition, power"—that we can "so easily put first before the one true God."
Upcoming Events
For more information on any of our upcoming programs, please click the event title.
Family Ministry Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Saturday, December 19th at 4 PM on Zoom
Christmas Carol “Sing-In-Along”
Sunday, December 20th at 6 PM on Zoom
Tuesday Night Book Group | Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Tuesday, December 22nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Tuesdays, through December 22nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, December 23rd at 7 PM on Zoom
LME Day of Recollection: The Overlooked Ecologies of Laudato Sí | Presented by Fr. Thomas Feely, SJ
Saturday, January 30th, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays at 9:45 AM on Zoom
Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom
Music is a beloved tradition in our liturgies here at St. Ignatius. Through the many challenges of this year, we have redoubled our efforts to keep this tradition of music in our Masses, available to all online, and in person. 

Please help us continue to serve the parish through the vital ministry of music. In these times, your support is needed more than ever.

Click here to contribute.
Last Sunday, four members of the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola (Elisa Singer, Sean Fallen, Enrico Lagasca, and Heather Petrie) brought their mellifluous tones to Scotch Plains, New Jersey as they Christmas Caroled in support of the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, raising over $2,400 for the state's largest anti-hunger organization. 

If you would like to make a contribution to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, click here.
Planning for End-of-Year Charitable Giving

As you plan for the end of the calendar year charitable giving, we remind you of the following (click the link for more information on each option):
 
CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act tax benefits
 
Donating Appreciated Securities
 
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
 
Please consult your legal or financial advisor for guidance on your specific situation.

If you have any questions, please contact Fernando Castro, Treasurer, at castrof@saintignatiusloyola.org or Erin Pick, Director of Development, at picke@saintignatiusloyola.org.

This summer, Fr. Yesalonia announced an ambitious expansion of our livestream capabilities at the parish.

By winter, we will have the capability to livestream Sunday Mass from Church. Additionally, screens will be installed in the Church and so that pre-recorded music can be broadcast into the Church during services.

Eventually, services and events will be livestreamed from the Lady Chapel, the Church, and Wallace Hall.

To support this important initiative, please click here.

Your support of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is more important than ever.
 
To make a contribution, text GIVE to 1-855-939-3919.
Support Your Parish Through Your Online Shopping
 
We are thrilled to announce the debut of our online store, featuring an assortment of St. Ignatius Loyola branded merchandise. Now selling handcrafted pottery mugs, water bottles, a canvas shopping tote, a baseball cap, and reusable cloth face masks. All of these items are now available for ordering. 100% of proceeds benefit the parish.
Visit the SIL Online Store
For an extra dose of Christmas cheer, we bring you a special Noël-themed Visual Sermon from Pastoral Associate Jean Santopatre.
Small Business Directory for Parishioner-Owned Small Businesses

We know that many small businesses are hurting and we want to help. That's why we created this online directory of parishioner-owned small businesses: Directory

If you would like to be included in this directory, please send the following information to Erin at picke@saintignatiusloyola.org:

- Your name and contact information (your contact information will not be published)
- Type of business (e.g. hair salon or Italian restaurant)
- Name of your business
- Address of your business
- Website, if applicable
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