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St. Ignatius Loyola
14 November 2020
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius
With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, it is also time to anticipate the celebration of Christmas. Undoubtedly it will be more subdued this year, but hopefully, we will find consolation in the light of hope that is the promise of every Christmas Season.
Planning for the holiday season has begun in earnest here at the parish. As in years past, we will usher in the Christmas Season with music - on December 5th A Chanticleer Christmas, and on December 13th our annual Christmas Concert, this year entitled The Light of Hope. Unlike all other years, these concerts will be presented virtually. For ticket information, please go to the parish website at
The reality of the current global circumstances of the pandemic will also have an impact on the schedule of Masses for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sadly, I anticipate far fewer people attending Mass on these holy days. Let me explain why.
Read the full essay
Thanks to your generous donations to this year's Thanksgiving Food Drive (sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul), 22 boxes of food were donated to the New York Common Pantry (NYCP). The NYCP’s Food Pantry Program is New York City’s largest community-based food pantry. Throughout the holiday season, NYCP will serve meals to over 2,000 low-income families.

Weekend Mass Schedule | November 22nd


5:30 PM: Fr. Yesalonia

8:00 AM: Fr. Amiot
9:30 AM: Fr. Hilbert
11:00 AM Solemn: Fr. Hallinan
11:00 AM Livestream: Fr. Yesalonia
7:30 PM: Fr. Hallinan

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.

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 will open Monday, November 23rd.

Please see next week's e-newsletter for full registration details.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve Masses: 2 PM, 4 PM, 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 Tuesday, November 10th homily, Fr. Hilbert reminds us that "God is not obligated to reward us for all the good things that we do," for the true reward of service is the "meaning and purpose and joy" it gives our lives.

The Amazing Race 2020 in Central Park
Saturday, November 28th at 12:00 PM

Can’t travel to be with your family this Thanksgiving? Or does your family need encouragement to get off the couch and burn some calories after the big meal? Come join your parish family for some holiday fun! 

Part race, part scavenger hunt, this year it will be a socially distanced event held in Central Park. It’s open to all parishioners and friends, adults and children, and it’s a chance for us all to be together safely and share some fun after so many months of isolation and stress. Come with your team, or be assigned to teams that day.

Hosted by LGBT Catholics & Friends.

Register individually or as teams at

Price: $10/person

Upcoming Events
For more information on any of our upcoming programs, please click the event title.
Annual Memorial Liturgy | Sponsored by the Emmaus Bereavement Ministry
Tuesday, November 17th at 7 PM. Church and Livestreamed.
Parish Men's Faith Group
Tuesday, November 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
Tuesday Night Book Group | Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Tuesday, November 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Tuesdays, beginning December 1st through December 22nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Angels - Agents of Transformation | Presented by Brian Pinter
Thursdays, beginning December 3rd 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
Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom
Celebrating Women at St. Ignatius: Past, Present, Future

SAVE THE DATE—March 11, 2021
Recently, we announced that on March 11, 2021, our parish is having a special event to celebrate all of the women of the parish for their service to our parish family.
The evening will have two parts: first, we will be honoring four women who have given decades of extraordinary service to our parish. We will keep their names secret for now. Second, we will be giving our parish a unique chance to “meet” our women and “hear” their voices. How? We will be displaying their photos and sharing their reflections.

COME AND BE PHOTOGRAPHED—November 22 & December 2, 2020
Women of St. Ignatius! Come and be photographed! Click here for more information.
Catholic Social Justice: A Broader Perspective
by Eric Van Nostrand, Chair of the Ignatian Social Justice ministry

We have just finished another contentious national election that intersected with many aspects of our identity as Americans, but also our identity as Catholics. The election offered me – and I suspect many of you as well – an opportunity to reflect on the nature of social justice in the Catholic context. One thing I love about our parish is that we proudly take an especially broad view of social justice. As exemplified by our mission statement – which urges us to “walk together with those in need” – we know that our faith compels us to welcome the stranger by standing with refugees, fighting racial and economic injustice, and showing compassion for the infirmed. The pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways, but many of the challenges affecting those in need have been exacerbated.
Read the full essay
In case you missed the choir anthem from this past Sunday's livestream, here it is.
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

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.
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! 

Please note: This product will start shipping the week of December 14th.
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
Do you have a friend, family member, or a loved one who is considering becoming Catholic? Encourage them to reach out to us to inquire about our parish program designed to initiate adults into the Catholic faith.

For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), call M. Fullam at 212-288-3588 or email us at
Virtual Book of Remembrance

During the month of November, we remember our loved ones who have died. We have set-up an online Book of Remembrance, where individuals are invited to submit the names of deceased loved ones (click here). The book will remain open until the end of this month.
Celebrate the Living Legacy of Dorothy Day: A Hunger for God. A Striving for Goodness. A Passion for Justice.

Sunday, November 29th at 6:00 PM
Panelists include David Brooks (Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times), Anne Snyder (Editor-in-Chief, Comment magazine), and Paul Elie (Senior Fellow, Georgetown University). 

To register, please click here.
Submit a Prayer Request
At-Home Prayer Resources
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