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Repentance and Forgiveness
 
The season of Lent begins on Wednesday of this week. For forty days we are invited to take a closer look at ourselves in a way that is different from our usual glimpses in a mirror. For some, it is threatening and easy to avoid, or it is done in a cursory fashion. For others, it is considered an outdated pious practice that merely has the patina of relevance. Most of us, however, are filled with sincere determination, as is evidenced by the number of people who faithfully attend Mass each Ash Wednesday to be marked by the sign of their faith. The perennial challenge is to maintain such determination after the ashes have been washed off.
 
When I was a young boy, not unlike many of my contemporaries, my objective was to ”give up” candy during Lent. The good nuns at the grammar school knew exactly what to ask of us now that we made fewer trips to the candy store. Mite boxes were provided so we had a place for the coins that we would otherwise have used to buy a Hershey’s bar or a Three Musketeers. A double grace was in store for us because we were helping the less fortunate. Naturally, the temptation to have even one small morsel out of a box of Milk Duds grew stronger and stronger as Lent progressed. And yes, I experienced the guilt of enjoying the whole box (on more than one occasion!). Even in my youth, I could Jesuitically justify my indulgence knowing, or at least hoping, that God would understand and forgive me. Besides, my friends were also falling to the left and right of me in their resolve to go the distance.
Read the full essay
Worship
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th.

Masses will be celebrated in the Church at 8:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

Weekend Mass Schedule | February 21st

Saturday
5:30 PM: Fr. Hallinan

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

Livestream Mass
 
Our 5:30 PM Daily Mass and 11 AM Sunday Solemn Mass are now celebrated in the Church. These Masses 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.

Presidents' Day | Parish House & Mass Schedule
 
The Parish House will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents' Day. One Mass will be celebrated in the Church at 8:30 AM. There will be no 5:30 PM livestreamed Mass.
There will be a Family Mass consisting of Wallace Hall music on Palm Sunday, March 28 at 4 PM in the Church.
 
The Mass may be attended in person or via livestream. We are creating a photo montage of children’s hands, palms
close ups and with their faceswith music by the Wallace Hall Choir, “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.” We invite you to send a few photos of your children so they can see their friends via livestream.
 
For families that will attend in person, contact Jean Santopatre at the email address below if your child would like to be a reader at Mass. Looking forward to creating a “Wallace Hall Family Mass” with you all!
 
Please email photos by FEBRUARY 28 to Jean Santopatre, Family Ministry Pastoral Associate, at santopatrej@saintignatiusloyola.org.
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 Friday, February 5th homily, Fr. Hilbert calls us to love. "Love those near. Love those far. Love those in trouble. And, be faithful to that love."
This week's episode Love is Stronger Than Death: On the Communion of Saints posits the question: "How do our relationships with loved ones continue after they have crossed to the other side?" Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores the Christian dogma of the Communion of the Saints and how we are invited to experience connection, reconciliation, support, and love from those who now pray for and with us from their heavenly place.
Listen now
Parish Men's Faith Group: The Men of Lent
Tuesday, February 16th & Tuesday, March 16th at 7 PM on Zoom
 
Presentations and discussions will explore the men we encounter in the Sunday Lenten lectionary readings. Themes will include how we can serve as beacons of faith in a chaotic world, how God works through our flaws and wounds, learning to discern the voice of the inner prophet, and saying yes to God’s invitation to vulnerability and surrender. 
 
The February 16th gathering will focus on Noah, Abraham, and Cyrus; on March 16th, we will visit Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Jesus.
 
Brian B. Pinter, Pastoral Associate, will present and facilitate the discussion.

To RSVP, email simensgroup@aol.com
Painting and Patriotism 
Wednesday, February 24th at 7 PM on Zoom

Presented by Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.
 
Beset by a world-wide, deadly pathogen, suffering from severe economic distress, painfully aware of our heritage of racial injustice, and alarmed by divisions in our nation, we Americans need new reasons for patriotism. But not just any patriotism. A critical, socially aware, and committed patriotism.

Join Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., in visiting American paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to find light for what such a patriotism might be like.

To register, click here.
Falling into Grace
Thursdays, February 25th to March 25th, at 7 PM on Zoom
 
Lent invites us to prepare for resurrection by allowing God’s grace to redeem and transform our broken, wounded places. The presentations and discussions will explore how we find grace in struggle and suffering, meditation practices that prepare the heart to receive grace, biblical stories of grace, letting go images of God that no longer serve us, and how we cooperate with grace. Brian B. Pinter, Pastoral Associate, will present and facilitate the discussion.
 
To register, email brianbpinter@gmail.com.
Celebrating Women of St. Ignatius: 
Past | Present | Future
Thursday, March 11th at 7:00 PM in the Church and Livestreamed
 
What’s in store? You will be greeted by large-size photos of 130 women of our parish on display in the church. And you can read their personal faith stories. Don’t miss this unique chance to “meet” these women and “hear” their voices!

Plus, our parish will be recognizing four women for their decades of service—Maureen Fullam, Pattie Hughes, Jean Junker, and Kathy Murnion. Come, be part of that celebration!

That same evening, the Laetare Lecture will be given by Kerry Robinson, founder of Leadership Roundtable, entitled “New Voices. New Talents. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?”  Kerry’s talk will be a provocative discussion of ways the Church can further its mission by tapping into women’s gifts—spiritual, intellectual, moral, decision-making and management skills. Isn’t it time?

See you on March 11th! Come at 6:30 pm so you have time to get a good look at the photos and read the personal statements.

(Seating in the church on March 11th will adhere to social distancing rules. Masks and prior registration will be required.)

To register, click here.

Lenten Food Drive
 
During Lentfrom Saturday, March 13th to Tuesday, March 28ththe Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be accepting donations of food for the Church of the Ascension.
Click here to view drop-off dates and requested donation items.
Upcoming Events
For more information on any of our upcoming programs, please click the event title.
Tuesday Night Book Group: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Tuesdays, through March 30th at 7 PM on Zoom
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, February 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
LGBT Catholics & Friends
Thursday, February 18th at 7 PM on Zoom
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Virtual Blood Drive
Beginning Monday, March 1st, through Sunday, March 21st 
Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays at 9:45 AM on Zoom
Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom
While More Than A Book Club is on hiatus, let's keep reading until we meet again.

This month's selection is Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, S.J. Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives. 

 
Comments or questions? Contact morethanabookclubsil@gmail.com.

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

We will soon have the capability to livestream Sunday Mass from Church. Additionally, monitors 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.
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