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Welcome, Protect, Promote, and Integrate 
by Fr. Mark Hallinan, Associate Pastor

Our nation has to undertake a comprehensive reform of its immigration laws and policies that will include addressing the issue of those in this country without legal status. Pope Francis, in “Fratelli Tutti,” makes it clear that this is a moral imperative.

Pope Francis is emphatic in declaring that we cannot embrace a culture of walls, physical, moral and spiritual, that deny human dignity and divide the human family.

Read the full essay
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 28th

5:30 PM: Fr. Yesalonia

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

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 open.

New! We are now accepting reservations for our Palm Sunday 4 PM Family Mass.

For registration details and Mass schedule, click here.
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 Friday, March 12th homily, Fr. Hilbert offers this advice if you should find yourself in the state of not knowing how to love God: surrender. Looking to the Ignatian prayer Suscipe for guidance, "I just turn over everything to God and say, 'I don't know how to love You now but I give You everything.'" And, it's this through that process "[of] try[ing] to understand what it means to love [that] we are close to the Kingdom of God."
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.
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.
Communities suffer traumas and wounds just as individuals do. In this week's episode, The Ashes of Lent - Communal Griefwork, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores why and how we can collectively do grief-work.
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
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
Top Row: Fr. Hilbert; Loyola Medal recipient Kerry Robinson with Mary Magdalen Award honorees Jean Junker and Kathy Murnion; Mary Magdalen Award honoree Pattie Hughes
Bottom Row: Kerry Robinson & Fr. Hilbert; Mary Magdalen Award recipient Maureen Fullam; Kerry Robinson presents the Laetare Lecture

On Thursday, March 11th, we presented the program Celebrating the Women of St. Ignatius: Past, Present, Future. We opened the evening by recognizing four women of the parish for their decades of service—Maureen Fullam, Pattie Hughes, Jean Junker, and Kathy Murnion—and presented each of them with the Mary Magdalen Award. 

That same evening, Kerry Robinson, founder of Leadership Roundtable and our 2021 Loyola Medal recipient, gave the Laetare Lecture, “New Voices. New Talents. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?”, an engaging and thought-provoking discussion of the ways in which the Catholic Church can further its mission by tapping into women’s gifts:

"Women are essential to the future of a vibrant Church," Kerry stated in her concluding remarks, encapsulating the theme of the evening. 

"Let’s change the narrative, raise up our sisters, our histories, and our stories. Let’s be the church we yearn to see. A more relevant church to young adults, a more joyful church, a church of integrity, ethics, trust, justice, and openness.

"A church the world needs because the world needs solace, healing, peace, hope, mercy, generosity, and the light and love of Christ."

To watch the full program, click here.

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
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Virtual Blood Drive
Through Sunday, March 21st 
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
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.
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Weekly Sessions Beginning Wednesday, April 7th at 7 PM on Zoom 

If you treasured the faith-sharing experiences of Meeting Christ in Prayer and long to deepen your relationship with Christ, we invite you to continue the journey and join us for four sessions of Holy Listening via Zoom.

Wednesday evening sessions will take place from April 7th to April 28th, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Based on Easter readings, this program provides new opportunities for spiritual conversation as you share your prayer experience with spiritual friends.

For registration and information, please email

Registration is required.

Top row: The hardwood floors have been refinished; the reredos under restoration
 Bottom row: New signage in the frieze identifies the Lady Chapel; a detail on the new iron entrance gate in production at Shape Studio in Brooklyn. Its design is based on the Baptistry in the Church.
Walking inside the church at any point, you may have seen a sheet of plastic covering the entryway to the southern narthex and Lady Chapel entrance. This plastic “curtain” will soon be coming down to show the new entry sequence and interior improvements to the Lady Chapel. It is noteworthy and exciting!

At the end of January, St. Ignatius initiated a renovation project in the Lady Chapel. Last week’s newsletter outlined the history of this very special component of the church’s spatial experience. Before construction even began, the sense of history was palpable—how exciting it is to walk in and see the exquisitely carved reredos commissioned by Nicholas and Genevieve Brady, those giant figures of American Catholic history and great friends and benefactors to the Jesuit Order and to the parish! The renovation is not intended to “re-do” the space. Instead, it is to augment it in a way that will foster devotion, meditation and prayer, and to celebrate the beauty, history, and faith of the building and people of St. Ignatius.

The historic reredos is being meticulously cleaned and refinished, as are the century-old panels within with authentic retouching of the original paint, meant to evoke stained glass; the floor, walls, and ceiling are all being refinished, and the lighting improved. To make the Lady Chapel an even more inviting component of the church, the entrances will be improved with two glass and wrought-iron gates of similar design and the same superb craftsmanship of those in the baptistery. The first step into the chapel entryway will be extended and two new railings brought down from the chapel to the narthex to improve accessibility.

Fr. Yesalonia will be announcing the opening of the renovated chapel in the coming weeks.

— William Collins, RA, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects

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.
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
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