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26 February 2021
 
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius,
 
My last letter to you was during the Christmas season. Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago? I think it is time to bring you up to date with a comprehensive survey of news of the parish.
 
I am happy to report that even in the midst of the pandemic the work of the parish has continued at full throttle, although often in very different and novel formats. Most important of all, the various ministries of the parish are active and have learned to adapt to current circumstances without in any way diminishing their enthusiasm and commitment or fulfilling their principal responsibilities. In this regard, the parish is thriving.
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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 7th

Saturday
5:30 PM: Fr. Bergen

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

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.

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 FEBRUARY 28 to Jean Santopatre, Family Ministry Pastoral Associate, at santopatrej@saintignatiusloyola.org.
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, February 19th homily, Fr. Hilbert underscores the spiritual nature of Lenten fasting. "When we de-emphasize the material things, when we de-emphasize physical gratification through fasting, we can then increase our awareness of the spiritual influences. ... Our stomachs might growl but our hearts can be at peace."
St. Joseph and True Humility
by Nicole Bedard, Director of Religious Education


 
Have you ever seen this “quote” before?

“” – Joseph
 
It refers to the fact that Joseph, Mary’s husband, is never quoted as saying anything in the Bible. I usually just chuckle to myself and move on when I see it on stickers, shirts, etc, but during this year of St. Joseph (which was declared by Pope Francis back at the beginning of Advent), I decided to stop and look more deeply at this “quote.”
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Faith traditions the world over have long understood that grieving is an embodied experience. In this week's episode The Ashes of Lent - How Do We Express Our Grief?, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores how ritual can allow us to express deeply held grief.
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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 brianbpinter@gmail.com.
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 parentcommittee.familyministry@gmail.com 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. 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 simensgroup@aol.com
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.
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
Beginning Monday, March 1st, through Sunday, March 21st 
Ignatian Young Adults Meeting
Tuesday, March 2nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, March 3rd at 7 PM on Zoom
Laetare Lecture: New Voices. New Talent. Time for New Roles for Women in the Church?
Thursday, March 11th at 7 PM. In Church & Livestreamed. 
LGBT Catholics & Friends
Thursday, March 18th at 7 PM on Zoom
In this video "Why St. Joseph Is the Saint We Need in 2021", Fr. James Martin, SJ, discusses how the hiddenness of St. Joseph's life can speak to those overwhelmed by the pandemic.

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.
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: “The Heart of Leadership: Love, Courage, and Vulnerability"
with David McCallum, S.J.

Saturday, March 13th at 10 AM
 
Sponsored by LeMoyne College and the Discerning Leadership Program, the webinar is presented by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) and features an interactive discussion by Fr. McCallum, Executive Director of the Discerning Leadership Program.

The 90-minute program includes contemplative prayer, leadership presentation, individual reflection, and concludes with a question-and-answer period. The workshop is an opportunity to:
• Reflect on your leadership and service spirit
• Call forth the benefits of leading with an open heart
• Discern how to lead the way in the spirit of “Fratelli Tutti”
 
Registration donation is $25 per person. All proceeds will support the Albany and Syracuse regions of the IVC.

For more information, click here.
The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola with Choir Master John Williams. 1966.
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