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St. Ignatius Loyola
From the Pastor
20 June 2020
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius
“East Side, West Side, all around the town.”
Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio have announced that the City of New York will be prepared to reopen on Monday, June 22, allowing for Phase 2 of the state and city plans. New York City has hit all the health and safety benchmarks required to enter Phase 2.

This welcome news signals the next level of reopening of churches in the Boroughs of The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. I am overjoyed to bring you up-to-date on the information that I have received from the Archdiocese.

With the inauguration of Phase 2 of the state plan, the archdiocesan Faith Forward plan leapfrogs us to Level 4! [Level 2 allowed weddings and baptisms, and Level 3 weekday Masses and funerals. The northern counties of the Archdiocese have already reached Level 3.]

Now that we are entering Level 4, we can celebrate Sunday Mass in our beloved Church of St. Ignatius Loyola!
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A Short Word: Podcast
The Shadow Knows | Part 2:
Shadow Boxing

Bringing our shadow to consciousness is an essential task in the spiritual journey. In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores ten ways we can do our shadow work.  
Listen now
Philip Anderson: Gentleman Farmer
In the premiere installment of his new video series, our cantor Philip Anderson invites us to his beautiful farm and shares the secret to growing that staple of many a pantry: garlic. 
Catechumens and candidates meet with members of the RCIA team on Zoom
Signs of Hope in These Pandemic Days
by Maureen Fullam, RCIA Director

Though the desert came to us this Lent with closed churches everywhere and people suffering, we as a Parish found new and creative ways to be a community, reaching out to each other and to those in need. Like the nascent Church we see in the Acts of the Apostles, we also found light, meaning, and purpose in the presence of our Risen Lord.

The past three and a half months have been a journey of faith for St. Ignatius Loyola like no other as we dealt with the coronavirus. Without warning, lives have been lost and have been turned upside down as we lived with uncertainty and fear. At the same time, for many, these past months have also been a time of grace and transformation. And together we are experiencing signs of life and hope.

These days presented a unique challenge for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. When the necessary lockdown happened, we were entering the final period of preparation for reception into the Catholic Church for people never baptized and for those baptized coming into Full Communion with the Church.

How were we to continue as an RCIA community? Closed doors and social distancing to preserve health and safety could not mean that the heart of the Church was closed as well. Little did we know that these days would be luminous in an unanticipated way.
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Religious Education
Registration is open for the 2020-2021 session of our Interparish Religious Education Program (IREP). IREP is an on-going formation process for Kindergarten to 8th-grade students.

To register, click here
Registration is open for the 2020-2021 session of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CotGS). CotGS is a program of religious formation for children ages 3, 4, and 5-years-old. 

To register, click here.
Children's Choirs

The St. Ignatius Loyola Children’s Choir program is auditioning 1st through 8th graders for next season. We begin in September with online training.

Choristers participate in our liturgies and concerts, serve their parish and community, and enjoy the company of children from nearby schools. No previous experience is necessary.

Please contact Maureen Haley, Director of Children’s Choirs, at to inquire about audition procedures and rehearsal times. Auditions for next season
which begins in an online format in Septemberare ongoing throughout the summer.

To learn more about the Children's Choirs, click here.

Music Moment

Ellen O’Neill is a graduate student in oboe performance at Manhattan School of Music. A graduate of Ithaca College, Ellen has been playing with the Wallace Hall Orchestra since eighth grade, and is a freelance orchestra, chamber, and solo performer. She teaches privately in New York City.

Parish Table: Recipes
This week, parishioner Joan Schultz shares a recipe for Roasted Branzino with Lemon and Thyme that she calls "delicious, easy to prep, fast cooking, quick clean up, and, very importantly, healthy!"

Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? Please send the recipe and a photo of the finished product to
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Parishioner Chatline

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Call (914) 418-4004 to connect one-on-one with a fellow parishioner for lighthearted conversation and fellowship.
Mass Telephone Line

To hear a recording of each day's Mass, call (646) 849-7277.

If you can't join us for our livestream Mass, listen to Mass on a dedicated telephone line. The 5:30 PM Mass is available beginning at 6:30 PM each day (Monday to Friday); the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass is available at Noon.
Weekly Wisdom
In his Friday, June 12th homily, Fr. Hilbert invites us to answer the "call[] to renewal. Renewal physically, now as we come, hopefully, to some resolution of this pandemic.... We are renewed in our spiritual lives, in our hope. And, we are renewed in our feeling of being isolated, of having no friends around us. We are friends here. We are in spiritual communion. We are not alone."     
Open for Private Prayer 

Daily, from 10 AM to 3 PM
The church is open daily for private prayer and reflection.

Please note: Wearing a face mask is mandatory if you wish to enter the church. The mask must be worn for the length of time you remain in the church.
Livestream Mass

Daily Mass
Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM &
Sunday Mass at 11 AM 

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

Upcoming Events
Sunday Morning Sing-In

Sundays at 9:45 AM 
Join us on Zoom as we sing our hearts out during this sing-in of hymns and psalms (Mics off, please!). Led by Michael Sheetz (Music Associate & Director of the Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra). Singers of all ages are welcome.


July 12th and 26th & August 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th.

To participate, email
Social Distancing Socials

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
at 6 PM

Join us as we gather virtually for an hour of lighthearted conversation on Zoom.

On Monday, June 29th, join us as Antonio del Rosario takes us back into the kitchen for a lively hour of cooking and conversation. 

To participate, click here.
From the Archives
Sunday Mass  |  ca. 1930s.
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