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Contemplatives in Action: Can a Corporate Lawyer Bring God to Work? by Rose DiMartino, Parishioner

Each of us is a member of a parish grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. That calls us to be “contemplatives in action”, deeply engaged in God’s work in the world. We are invited to accept God’s invitation to save and heal the world—in our jobs, families, and community. But, seriously, can a corporate lawyer bring God to work?

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Worship
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 21st

Saturday
5:30 PM: Fr. Hilbert

Sunday
8:00 AM: Fr. Hallinan
9:30 AM: Fr. Hilbert
11:00 AM Solemn (Livestream & Church): Fr. Bergen
7:30 PM: Fr. Bergen

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.
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.
Praying Through Movement on Laetare Sunday
Sunday, March 14th at the 11 AM Mass

At this Sunday's 11 AM Mass, we'll be joined by Vanity David, associate director of Omega Dance Company. Dance offerings will include a responsorial psalm with congregational gestures.

All are invited to join in praying through movement, whether you're in the church or your own home. If you're attending the livestream, be sure to tune in a few minutes early to learn the gestures!
Mass in Italian: The Solemnity of St. Joseph
Friday, March 19th at 7 PM
 
On Friday, March 19th at 7:00 PM in the Church, Fr. Hilbert will celebrate a Mass in Italian for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required.
 

The Solemnity of St. Joseph & the Friday Meat Abstinence Requirement
 
Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays are important Lenten obligations for every Catholic bound by age and health.

However, as the Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on a Friday this year, Cardinal Dolan is granting a dispensation to Catholics within the Archdiocese, allowing for the eating of meat on Friday, March 19th.
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
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.
In his Wednesday, March 10th homily, Fr. Bergen urges us to look beyond the text in our observance of the Ten Commandments. Instead, we must "get to the root of the law, bringing out its full meaning and observing that. [. . . .] Merely adhering to the surface meaning of one of the Commandments is never enough."
Thea Bowman and Her Fight for Racial Justice 
by Laura De Boisblanc, Parishioner

 

Years ago Fr. Hallinan took a group of us to paint the interior of St. Aloysius School in Harlem. Impressed with the school, I became an annual donor and received yearly reports showing smiling children, sometimes with a reference to Thea Bowman. When the school closed in 2016, reminders of Sr. Thea faded away. Lately, I wondered which African-Americans the church has recognized and came across Thea Bowman’s name. Her fight for racial justice and her joy in God and in life inspire me, so I want to share her story with you.

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In this week's episode, The Ashes of Lent - Mother Nature Helps Us Grieve, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how nature has the power to mirror the soul and nurture us on the journey to healing and wholeness
Listen now
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 brianbpinter@gmail.com.
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 simensgroup@aol.com
Ordinary Mystics 
Tuesday, March 23rd at 7 PM on Zoom

We are all hard-wired for connection with God. The mystics simply have the “inner radio” tuned to the correct station! Our presentation and discussion will explore how we can respond in our everyday lives to God’s invitation to friendship and union.

Brian B. Pinter, Pastoral Associate, will present.

For more information and the Zoom link, click here.

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 ignatianinterfaithministry@gmail.com.
Interior of Wallace Hall elevator vestibule (left); copper roof is being carefully installed this week (right)
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
 
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I, David, think back to my Hogan ancestors, O’hogain, originally, who immigrated from Ireland. While they settled in Pittsburgh, not New York, their Catholic faith was as important to them as it was to those Irish immigrants here in New York who sacrificed to build the Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole which we know today as our Parish, St. Ignatius Loyola.
 
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our Capital Campaign, Your Parish, Your Home, we have continued this legacy. We have given our Parish an even stronger foundation for the future.
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Lenten Food Drive
 
Through 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.
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 
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
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.
Top row: The Chapel in Inisfada (left); Inisfada, the Brady's Tudor revival estate in Manhasset, now razed (right)
Bottom row: Nicholas and Genevieve Brady on display in the Preschool (left); a print of the life of St. Ignatius Loyola from Inisfada on display in the Grammar School (right)
As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, it is only fitting that we talk about the history of the Lady Chapel and how it ended up here on Park Avenue.  Many of the contents of the Chapel come from Inisfada, the St. Ignatius Retreat Center in Manhasset, Long Island.  Inisfada means Long Island in Gaelic. This 300-acre, 87-room estate was the summer residence of Nicholas Frederic and Genevieve Garvan Brady. It was designed by Philadelphia architect John Windram and built from 1916-20. Mr. Brady was an Episcopalian convert to Catholicism. The Brady’s were great philanthropists and notable donors to Roman Catholic and Jesuit causes.

The couple bequeathed Inisfada to the Society of Jesus in 1937. It was used as a Jesuit seminary until 1963, when it was converted to a Jesuit Retreat Center. The Jesuits closed Inisfada and Mount Manresa Retreat House on Staten Island on June 1, 2013, after determining that maintaining these two structures was financially impossible. Inisfada was razed in December 2013.
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While More Than A Book Club is on hiatus, let's keep reading until we meet again.

This month's selection is River of Fire by Helen Prejean
. In this memoir from the author of Dead Man Walking, the nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty, shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive.
 
Comments or questions? Contact morethanabookclubsil@gmail.com.

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.
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Webinar: An Introductory Catholic Overview
of the Climate Crisis Policy Project

Saturday, March 20th at 11 AM

This meeting, presented by the Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement, will introduce participants to a legislative approach to halting climate change and present concrete ideas on how to become involved in the Climate Crisis Policy Project.

For more information and to register, click here.

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