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A Better Kind of Politics
by Fr. Mark Hallinan, SJ, Associate Pastor


Given the depths to which our political system seems to have sunk, it is important to remember that politics can be something truly noble and transformative of human society. Pope Francis reminds us of this fact in his encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship.”

“A better kind of politics,” Pope Francis tells us, is “truly at the service of the common good.” Such politics, however, require the right type of popular leader.

Read the full essay
The March intention seeks to highlight the joy that the sacrament of reconciliation brings, and reminds us that it’s a loving and merciful encounter between God and ourselves.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

6:00 PM to 8:00 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.

Weekend Mass Schedule | March 14th

5:30 PM: Fr. Hallinan

8:00 AM: Fr. Bergen
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.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week Mass Reservations
Online and phone reservations for our Palm Sunday and Holy Week Masses are now open.

For registration details and Mass schedule, click here.
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 MARCH 7th to Jean Santopatre, Family Ministry Pastoral Associate, at
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 Tuesday, February 23rd homily, Fr. Yesalonia invites us to put our prayerful words into action. "In the season of Lent, we need to reflect on the ways in which we are called to pray, not simply in word but in deed."
Reconciliation Monday
Monday, March 29th

On Monday, March 29th the Archdiocese will observe a Lenten Day of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard in the church from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
A Reflection on Faith and Racial Equity 
by Nicholas Naccari, Ignatian Social Justice Ministry

The parish’s Social Justice Committee has recently been engaged in a series of discussions and study concerning Faith and Racial Justice. Relatedly, this past fall, I had read “Walking with The Wind,” a memoir by the well-known Congressman and social justice leader, John Lewis. While a highly engaging and informative primer on the civil rights movement in its own right, it also struck me as a moving and inspiring example of yet another person’s life whose committed, courageous, tireless, brutally challenged life’s work for justice, advocacy, and/or service for the marginalized in society was grounded in and nourished by their religious faith and Gospel values.
Read the full essay
In this week's episode, The Ashes of Lent - Tears, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how allowing ourselves to weep as we grieve, allowing the tears to come, symbolizes the watering of the seeds of transformation, seeds that will sprout as empathy, compassion, wisdom, forgiveness, mercy, and love.
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Falling into Grace
Through Thursday, 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
Learning to Pray the Examen
Sunday, March 7th at 3 PM on Zoom

This one-hour-long session will be lead by Jean Santopatre, Pastoral Associate for Ignatian Social Justice, Ignatian Young Adults, and Family Ministry.

Jean has prepared an introduction to the Examen that can be applied to young children, older children, and parents. The Examen is a spiritual practice, designed by St Ignatius, that focuses on learning to find God throughout the day. Jean will give a brief overview of the history of the Examen, ideas on how to implement it in your own life, and creative ways to teach its basic principles to your children.  

If you are interested in joining, please email Family Ministry at to receive the Zoom link and handouts.  

Celebrating Women of St. Ignatius: 
Past | Present | Future

Thursday, March 11th at 7 PM
(Doors open at 6:30 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 (pictured above, clockwise from top left). Come, be part of that celebration!

That same evening, the Laetare Lecture will be given by Kerry Robinson, founding executive director and global ambassador 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?
Leadership Roundtable harnesses the expertise of lay executives for the benefit of the Catholic Church in the areas of finance and management. Kerry is an award-winning author, an editor, and, since 1990, an adviser to philanthropic institutions.
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 to attend in-person or by livestream
, click here.
Parish Men's Faith Group: The Men of Lent
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 March 16th meeting will focus on Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Jesus.
Brian B. Pinter, Pastoral Associate, will present and facilitate the discussion.

To RSVP, email
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.
Top row: Views of the Lady Chapel, pre-pandemic
Bottom row: Livestreaming Masses in the Lady Chapel began in April (left); Jesuits attending Daily Mass in the Lady Chapel last spring when the main Church was closed (right)  
Pre-pandemic, many of you may have attended Daily Mass at 12:10 PM or 5:30 PM in the Lady Chapel, our beloved side chapel located between the Narthex and the Parish House. It is also a sacred space for smaller, private sacraments. Since last March, when we went into lockdown, the 5:30 PM Daily Mass was livestreamed from the Lady Chapel. The Chapel is devoted to Our Lady because she is the spiritual and sacramental cornerstone of the parish. In a matter of weeks, our parish family grew exponentially via livestream.

Last week Fr. Yesalonia announced a restoration project is currently underway in the Lady Chapel. An improved entrance from the Narthex and a refreshed interior will grace this sacred space that will be unveiled at Easter.

Stay tuned to this space over the next several weeks. We will explore the history of the furnishings of the Lady Chapel and the journey from Inisfada—the Jesuit Retreat House on Long Island—to Park Avenue and the benefactors who have made this possible.
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
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Virtual Blood Drive
Through Sunday, March 21st 
Laetare Lecture: New Voices. New Talent. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?
Thursday, March 11th at 7 PM. In Church & Livestreamed. 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, March 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
LGBT Catholics & Friends
Thursday, March 18th at 7 PM on Zoom

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 31 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.
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.
Visit the SIL Online Store
Online Retreat: Claiming Our Inner Light and Truth: Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen and Catherine of Siena
Thursday, March 11th to Sunday, March 14th

This retreat will focus on the lives and legacies of three of the most important women in history who defied societal expectations to become spiritual leaders and teachers.

We will encounter Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle, revered for her capacity for love and compassion; Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, whose refusal to be either a married woman or a cloistered nun opened the way for Third Order Dominicans; and Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century Benedictine Abbess, composer, theologian, natural medicine healer and visionary artist.

Join cultural historian, musician, and spiritual director Kayleen Asbo for a four-day retreat saturated with art and music that weds contemplative spiritual practices (chant, guided journaling, earth mandala making, lectio divina, and visio divina) with the fascinating stories of these revolutionary women who will inspire us to claim our own inner light in service to the world.

Fee: $200

For more information and to register, click here.

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