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Hope is Free from Quarantine by Maureen Fullam,
Director, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Program

Advent is about hope and waiting yet we naturally fearfor ourselves and our loved ones —especially today as the virus numbers spike again. Like the Advent Season, we hope that the vaccine will come soon, but are we hopeful? There seem to be many reasons not to be.

The resurgence of the coronavirus has laid bare our vulnerability and the fragility of life (even more keenly for those most in need). We may be asking ourselves: Where is God? In suffering? In brokenness? In death? In crisis? These questions touch at the core of life—its meaning and our meaning in the world.
Read the full essay
For the month of December, Pope Francis asks that "[w]e pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer."
In this week's episode, "I'll Do It Later" - On Procrastination, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores the emotions that give rise to procrastination as well as perspectives on how might conquer this form of self-sabotage. 
Listen now
Amazing Central Park Scavenger Hunt
On Saturday, November 28, close to 50 parishioners met at the Ancient Playground in Central Park for the Amazing Central Park Scavenger Hunt. Sponsored by LGBT Catholics & Friends, the Family Ministry, Ignatian Young Adults, and Ignatian Social Justice, the event offered a chance for fellowship and a little friendly competition during the Thanksgiving weekend.

After receiving clues on their smartphones, teams raced around Central Park hunting for hidden sites and various elusive objects. As the scores were tallied back at the starting point, everyone laughed together about their experiences while enjoying cookies, cider, and the perfect autumn weather. This year’s winning team was “Saint Tony’s” (last photo). Best Team Name Award went to “The Beauties and the Priest” (second photo); honorable mention to “The Leftovers” (penultimate photo) and “Jesulits.” — Bruce Rameker, Member, LGBT Catholics & Friends ministry

Weekend Mass Schedule | December 13th

5:30 PM: Fr. Yesalonia

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

Livestream Mass

Please Note: 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.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary | A Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, December 7th
5:30 PM Vigil Mass (in the Church and livestreamed)
& 7:30 PM Vigil Mass in Italian (in the Church) 

At the initiative of our Italian parishioners, and with the intention of expanding the opportunities to live the sacraments together with a larger linguistic community, a Mass in Italian will be celebrated on Monday, December 7th, at 7:30 PM. 

Fr. Hilbert will be the principal celebrant, with concelebrant Father Angelo Plodari, CS, Pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village, a parish that serves the larger Catholic community of Italian heritage.

Knowledge of the Italian language is not required!

Tuesday, December 8th
Masses at 8:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 5:30 PM (in the Church and livestreamed) & 7:30 PM
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.

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
Christmas Day Masses: 8 AM, 10 AM, and 12 Noon 
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 2nd homily, Fr. Bergen encourages us to partake of the bounty we are being offered this Advent: "We can be sure of this: God wants to feed us with His inspired word this Advent, with His rich banquet of His plans and desires for us. I hope we all will listen and be changed."
Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at the Parish House on the following dates to accept wrapped and labeled gifts from parishioners who signed up to participate in this year's Christmas Angel Project:
Saturday, December 5th & December 12th: 5 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, December 6th & December 13th: 9 AM to 1 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM
Volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be at the Parish House on the following dates to accept new, unwrapped toys or games for our Annual Toy Drive, which benefits the children from the St. Mary of the Assumption & Our Lady of Mt. Carmel–St. Benedict on Staten Island:
Saturday, December 5th & December 12th: 5 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, December 6th & December 13th: 9 AM to 1 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM
Upcoming Events
For more information on any of our upcoming programs, please click the event title.
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Tuesdays, through December 22nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Angels - Agents of Transformation | Presented by Brian Pinter
Thursdays, through December 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
Mary, Symbol of "Yes!" | Presented by Brian Pinter | Sponsored by Boomers & Beyond
Monday, December 7th at 7 PM on Zoom

Tuesday Night Book Group | Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Tuesday, December 8th at 7 PM on Zoom

IYA Advent Meetings: Discussion, Reflection and Examen Around Advent Readings by James Martin, S.J., Fr. Richard Rohr, Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, and Dorothy Day
Tuesday, December 8th & Thursday, December 17th at 7 PM on Zoom 
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, December 9th at 7 PM on Zoom
Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays at 9:45 AM on Zoom

Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom
Sustainable Sundays Speaker Series: The Power of Faith Communities to Inspire Change 

Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 PM on Zoom

Hosted by the Care for Creation Ministry, the Church of the Holy Name of Mary, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 

Presentation by Dr. Erin Lothes, Theologian at St. Elizabeth University, Morristown, NJ.

Zoom Link: Click here | For more information, click here.
Longtime Choir of St. Ignatius member Doug Purcell serenades during the lunch hour in the Guggenheim Atrium at Mt. Sinai Hospital twice a week. Here, he is singing "Till there was you" from "The Music Man."
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 or Erin Pick, Director of Development, at

Please help the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola reach its goal of being completely barrier-free and contribute to the Your Parish, Your Home Capital Campaign!

The signature feature of the Capital Campaign project—the passenger elevator that will take visitors from East 84th Street up into the Church and down into Wallace Hall—is nearing completion and we need your help to bring it home.

Please support the Your Parish, Your Home capital campaign so that all the buildings of our parish and the activities that take place within them are accessible to everyone. 

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.
Announcing the SIL NY Water Bottle Collection  
These 24 oz. bottles are 100% American made with 100% Recyclable, US-sourced Aluminum. BPA-Free, Lifetime Guarantee (NOT dishwasher safe). Available in blue, black, and steelhead grey.

They make excellent stocking stuffers!
Visit the SIL Online Store
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

- 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
Submit a Prayer Request
At-Home Prayer Resources
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