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St. Ignatius Loyola
2016 Sesquicentennial Street Fair
12 June 2020
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius
You may be aware that in all but the boroughs of New York City the churches of the Archdiocese of New York will resume Masses as of this weekend. We still await word from the Cardinal when we can return to our weekend Mass schedule, along with Baptisms, weddings, and Funeral Masses. The latest word from the Vicar General of the archdiocese is that such a resumption of services in New York City will be tied to Phase 2 of business re-openings, as determined by state and city officials. The good news in all of this is that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel for our return to church for the sacraments.
As we prepare to open wide the doors of the church to welcome you back to Mass and the reception of the other sacraments, I wish to reiterate a few essential matters that I have already brought to your attention. Until social distancing restrictions are lifted, the seating capacity of the church for each Mass is 194. You must register by telephone or online to reserve seating for yourself and each member of your family. If the seating for the Mass you wish to attend is no longer available, you will need to register for a Mass where seating is available. Registration will be required for all weekend Masses, not weekday Masses. Further details on how to register will be published as soon as we are advised of the reopening date for weekend Masses.
There will be a revised weekend Mass schedule for the foreseeable future. It is as follows: Saturday, 5:30 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM; 10:15 AM; 12:30 PM; and 5:30 PM.
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A Short Word: Podcast
The Shadow Knows - Part 1
Powerful, chaotic, but potentially transformative energies are coursing through our country right now. In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter will explore the spiritual dimension of this pivotal moment, and how each of us can contribute to healing and renewal by confronting our shadow side.
Listen now
Image 1: Volunteers prepare to load pantry bags into the van for delivery
Image 2: A sampling of the bags that Rap4Bronx distributes every week
Peter Wood, a parishioner for many years and a member of the Ignatian Social Justice ministry, has continued to volunteer at the Rap4Bronx [Relief Access Program for the Bronx] food bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This food bank has remained open while adhering to the CDC guidelines. Volunteers wear face masks and gloves while social distancing as they pack food bags for clients.
Peter shares his reflection with us.
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In this video, Fr. Grodecki discusses the difference between the live and livestream worship experience, and recalls his first visit to St. Ignatius as a Jesuit novice.
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 light-hearted 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 livestreamed 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.
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.
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.

Weekly Wisdom
In his Tuesday, June 9th homily, Fr. Grodecki reminds us that "[a]s Jesus says, 'We don't have our light to put it under a bushel basket. We sit it on a lampstand.' Not because we think we're great but because we know the gift we have been given. And, that gift has not been for ourselves... [But] to see the work that God has done, is doing, and will do in the world."
Open for Private Prayer 

Daily, from 10 AM to 3 PM
The church is open daily for private prayer and reflection.

Please note: Wearing a face mask is mandatory if you wish to enter the church. The mask must be worn for the length of time you remain in the church.
Livestream Mass

Daily Mass
Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM &
Sunday Mass at 11 AM 

Join us on YouTube (click here to subscribe) and Facebook (stignatiusnyc) for our Daily and Sunday livestream Masses.

Upcoming Events
Sunday Morning Sing-In

Sundays at 9:45 AM 
via Zoom

Join us on Zoom before our 11 AM livestream Mass as we sing our hearts out during this sing-in of hymns and psalms (Mics off, please!). Led by Michael Sheetz (Music Associate & Director of the Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra), with cantor Nick Lowe and members of the Wallace Hall Choir & Orchestra. Singers of all ages are welcome.

To participate, email
Social Distancing Socials

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
at 6 PM

Join us as we gather for an hour of lighthearted conversation on Zoom.

On Monday, June 15th, professional organizer Tori Cohen will share practical solutions on how to declutter your space, get organized, and develop a system that is easy to maintain. 

Join us by clicking here.
Parish Women's Faith Group

Tuesday, June 16th at 7 PM
via Zoom

The Parish Women's Faith Group is a forum for women to reflect on their faith life and their experience of finding God in daily life.

To register, email
Beyond St. Ignatius
Panel Discussion on Climate Change & Laudato Si'

Sunday, June 14th at 4 PM
via Zoom

A webinar on the fifth anniversary of the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, 
Laudato Si', to discuss its significant contributions and call to action.

Participants will include Dr. Nancy Tuchman of Loyola University Chicago and College of Saint Elizabeth professor Dr. Erin Lothes. Moderated by Br. Kevin Cawley, C.S.C., PhD, of Iona College.

ponsored by the St. Francis Xavier Environment Ministry and the Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement.

To register, click here.
Joe Tompkins is our spectacularly talented percussionist for the 11 AM Wallace Hall and 7:30 PM Masses. In addition to playing for us, Joe is on faculty at Rutgers University and maintains an active freelance career, often performing with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony, among others.

We thought we'd show a different side of Joe today. Here he is playing a variety of instruments at the 2015 Zeltsman Marimba Festival at Rutgers University with his buddies Mike Truesdell and Greg Riss. This exciting and gorgeous piece is called Stereo is King and was composed by Mason Bates.
Wallace Hall Family Mass | Fall 2005
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