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St. Ignatius Loyola
3 July 2020
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius,
I write a short letter this week to invite us to take some time this holiday weekend and pray.
Let us pray in thanksgiving for God’s compassionate love for us and the gift of our faith in His Son.
Let us pray with heartfelt gratitude for our ability once again to worship together at Mass in our beloved church.
Let us pray for one another that we may enjoy a safe and healthy summertime.
Let us pray for those who seek comfort and healing during this time of pandemic.
Let us pray in gratitude for the first-responders in our city who valiantly rushed to the aid of those in urgent need of care because of the coronavirus.
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Daily & Weekend Mass

Daily Mass (Monday to Saturday)
8:30 AM


Weekend Mass
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and 5:30 PM
Livestream Mass

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.

Reservations are required for our weekend liturgies. 

Visit or call (212) 288-3588 to reserve your space. Registration closes every Saturday at Noon. 
A Short Word: Podcast
The American House on Fire:
Riots and Looting

While there are no excuses for this destructive behavior, there are reasons. In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter unpacks some of the possible spiritual and emotional energies at work in these chaotic moments.
Listen now
Redeeming the Time in Gratitude Before Saying Farewell
by Assistant Pastor Fr. Christopher Grodecki, SJ

Whoever, in the moment of receiving God’s gifts forgets to fear possible affliction, will be brought low by his presumption. Equally, whoever in the moment of suffering fails to take comfort from the gifts which it has been his lot to receive, is thrown down from the steadfastness of his mind and despairs (Pope St. Gregory the Great, In Job 3.16).
When I arrived here in January, I had spent the Fall providing sacramental assistance regularly at two parishes in Toronto while completing a thesis, so I had a fairly good idea of what to expect from my time here at St. Ignatius Loyola. First-year priest in time of plague, however, was not something within the horizon of my imagination (I don’t think I err in stating that a four-month lockdown was beyond most people’s ken). On this Fourth of July, however, I find myself giving thanks for both these my first six months back in the U.S. and too brief time missioned here to St. Ignatius as a parish priest.
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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.
We have the privilege at St. Ignatius of welcoming many visitors and new parishioners. We especially welcome those of you who may be thinking about becoming Catholic. If you feel attracted to the Catholic faith, we want you to know about a program at the parish beginning in the Fall.

A group will meet here during the year to inquire into the Catholic faith, to come to know Jesus through the Gospels, to pray, and to prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This process is also open to those Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation.
For more information about this process, which is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), call M. Fullam at 212-288-3588 or email
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.

If you are a small business owner or professional who is trying to navigate through the economic turmoil of the loss of business due to the pandemic, you may wish to consider joining a group of parishioners confronting the same circumstances. A member of the parish has offered to take on the responsibility of coordinating such a group and hosting Zoom meetings. If interested, please email me at
— Fr. Yesalonia

St. Ignatius Loyola supports our parishioners' small businesses!

We know that many small businesses are hurting and we want to help. We will be publishing an online directory of parishioner-owned small businesses in late July.

If you would like to be included in this directory, please send the following information to Erin at by Saturday, July 18th.

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

Statement on Allegations of Misconduct by Composer David Haas

Dear St. Ignatius Family,

For the past few decades, the music of prominent Catholic composer, David Haas, has been a cornerstone in the repertoire of our Wallace Hall and Sunday 7:30 PM Masses. The Mass of Light and hymns such as We are called and You are mine are beloved by our congregation, as well as many others around the world. Mr. Haas has long been in demand not just as a composer, but as a clinician, teacher, and mentor. To say he is an important figure in Catholic music is to make a gross understatement.

I regret to inform you that allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Haas have recently been made public, and these allegations point to a pattern of abuse going back to the 1970s and 80s. All victims were young adults at the time.

Mr. Haas has issued a vehement denial.

Read the full statement
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 Wednesday, July 1st homily, Fr. Bergen reflects on the last 3-and-half months of the novel coronavirus pandemic. "[]What is God teaching me and all of us as we face this cosmic change? I'm being taught that I cannot dwell on the past nor on the future. I can dwell only on the present. For I am made that I can only carry the weight of 24 hours, no more. God has promised to help me with the burdens of the day only. So, I will leave tomorrow's burden to God because God is the great burden-bearer. He only expects me to carry my one day's share." 
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!). 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 for an hour of lighthearted conversation on Zoom.

Grab your beverage of choice and gather virtually with friends both old and new.

To participate, click here to sign-up.

On Sunday, June 28th, string players performed at a violin vigil for Elijah McClain in Washington Square Park. McClain was a 23-year-old Black man who died while in police custody after he was stopped while walking home in Colorado last August.
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