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Keeping Watch... 
by Jean Santopatre, Pastoral Associate

The Palm Sunday readings have always been unsettling and sad for me. Even though the day begins with a joyful celebration, it ends with the passion of Christ. I have always imagined myself being there with the other disciples as Christ faces his destiny as the Son of God. A searing pain invades my heart and tears flood down my face as this passage is read. How could the people want Jesus condemned to death?

Read the full essay
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

6 PM to 8 PM in the Church
Tuesday Evenings of Lent, through March 30th

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at 6:00 PM. The church will be open for private adoration until shortly before 8:00 PM when the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed and the church will close.
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.

Mass Telephone Line
To hear a recording of each day's Mass, call (646) 849-7277.
Holy Week Mass Reservations
Online and phone reservations for our Holy Week Masses are open.

For registration details, please click here.
Preparing to Celebrate the Easter Triduum

To enhance your worship experience, we invite you to download this guide (click here) to the symbols & rituals in the Triduum. 
Holy Week Confession Schedule

Monday, March 29th | The Archdiocese will observe a Lenten Day of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard in the church from 3 PM to 5 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM.
Good Friday, April 2nd | 3 PM to 5 PM in the Church.
Holy Saturday, April 3rd | 4 PM to 5:30 PM in the Parish House
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
In his Thursday, March 25th homily, Fr. Hallinan reminds us that each day is an invitation for us to say "yes." "To say 'yes' to what [Jesus] asks of us, to say 'yes' to living our lives in faithfulness to his values... If we say that 'yes' each and every day to Jesus Christ, then one day we will be with Mary and her son in eternal glory."
Stations of the Cross for the Parish Community
Wednesday, March 31st at 7:30 PM in the Church

Please join us and begin making the Stations of the Cross part of your annual Lenten observance for you and your family.

How do we know our grief work is bearing fruit? One infallible sign is when we don't feel the need to blame anyone anymore. In this week's episode, The Ashes of Lent - When the Blaming Stops, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores the invitation to share the journey with a soul friend, especially when we are working through "primordial wounds", i.e. those related to family and church.

Listen now
Praying the Jesus Prayer with Fr. Sergey Trostyanskiy
Tuesday, March 30th at 6 PM on Zoom

Join the Ignatian Interfaith Ministry virtually as we deepen our prayer this Holy Week by praying the Jesus Prayer, led by Fr. Sergey Trostyanskiy, St. Gregory the Theologian, Eastern Orthodox Church. The Jesus Prayer is an ancient form of repetitive prayer especially found in the Orthodox tradition. Pope John Paul II likened the meditative quality of the prayer to that of the Rosary.

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, email
The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola recently recorded Ne irascaris, a beautiful motet by English Catholic composer, William Byrd (1543-1623), published in his 1589 collection of "Jerusalem motets". These motets, based on motifs from Psalm 137 (By the waters of Babylon we sat down, yea, we wept), are a personal expression of the desolation Byrd felt at the state of English Catholicism during his lifetime. We enter Holy Week, mindful of our own captivity to sin and fear, and we ask for God's grace and mercy.
Lenten Food Drive
Through Sunday, 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.
Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays at 9:45 AM on Zoom
Tuesday Night Book Group: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Tuesdays, through March 30th at 7 PM on Zoom
Ignatian Young Adults Meeting
Wednesday, March 31st at 7 PM on Zoom
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, March 31st at 7 PM on Zoom
Tuesday Night Book Group: CONVERSION: Spiritual Insights Into An Essential Encounter with God by Fr. Donald Haggerty
Tuesdays, beginning April 6th at 7 PM on Zoom 
How Do Catholics Read the Bible?
Thursdays, from April 15th to May 6th at 7 PM on Zoom
While many Americans approach scripture from a literalist perspective, the Catholic tradition embraces much richer methods of interpretation. Our class meetings will examine both contemporary and traditional ways of reading Scripture. Above all, we will reflect on how our church hears the Word and responds under the Spirit's guidance.  

Brian B. Pinter, Pastoral Associate, will present. 

To RSVP, email
In this piece from The Jesuit Post "In a Field Hospital Church, We Need Healers Like Carlos," Jesuit scholastic and former parishioner Jake Braithwaite, S.J., recounts the role that Carlos Cuartas, a longtime parishioner who died last April, played in his decision to not only stay with the Church but to also join the Society of Jesus.
Read the article
In this Holy Week Visual Sermon, Pastoral Associate Jean Santopatre provides us with an opportunity for reflection as we prepare to celebrate our Lord's resurrection.
A Morning of Reflection
Saturday, April 24th, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, on Zoom
This day of virtual reflection will focus on environmental sustainability in the context of Laudato Si'. Speaker Dr. Erin Lothes is a theologian at St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey, and author of the book Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis Books, 2016). This virtual program will include presentations by Dr. Lothes and opportunities for small group faith-sharing.

To register, click here.
This week, we take a closer look at the restoration of the reredos, or altarpiece, in the Lady Chapel.

Column 1: Detail of an angel featured on the right side of the reredos (top); Close-up of the St. Francis Xavier carving from the center of the altarpiece (bottom)

Column 2: One of the artisans restoring the original paintwork 

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.
Along our journey during Lent, we ask you to support the liturgical music program here at St. Ignatius Loyola. Your gift to the Lent and Easter Music Fund is a prayerful way to memorialize and honor family and friends. Your generosity keeps us connected to one another through the vital ministry of music. 

Gifts of $100 or more that are received on or before Wednesday, March 31st will be acknowledged in an online listing. Contributions of $1000 or more and $2500 or more will be featured in special sections.

To contribute, click here.
This weekend, as we wave in the start of Holy Week on Palm Sunday, the youngest members of our parish lead our second annual virtual procession of palms.
40 Hours Devotion Closing Ceremony. March 1951.
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