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St. Ignatius Loyola
17 July 2020
Dear Friend of St. Ignatius
I am delighted to report that we have successfully transitioned to a new Mass schedule and a new manner of worship. Thank you for your cooperation in following the procedures that were instituted to facilitate the opening of the church in a safe way. For those of you who have yet to attend Mass in the church, I encourage you to view the video posted on the parish website to become familiar with the protocols before you arrive for Mass.
The advance registration for seating in the church is working efficiently. Now that it is the summer season when Mass attendance is usually less robust, we have been able to accommodate walk-ins. This may not be the case after the Labor Day weekend. Anticipating an increase in Mass attendance in the Fall, I encourage you to get in the habit of registering for Mass at this time to avoid the possibility of not being able to attend the Mass of your choice as more people begin to register.
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Daily & Weekend Mass

Daily Mass (Monday to Saturday)
8:30 AM


Weekend Mass
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and 5:30 PM
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.

Reservations are required for our weekend liturgies. 

Visit or call (212) 288-3588 to reserve your space. Registration closes every Saturday at Noon. 
This video outlines the health and safety guidelines that are and will continue to be in place, as well as orienting you to the new norms for entering and leaving the church, and for receiving communion.
Thank You and Farewell to Fr. Grodecki and Tucker Redding!
This Sunday at 5:30 PM, Assistant Pastor Fr. Chris Grodecki, SJ, will celebrate his final Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola. Fr. Grodecki, who joined the parish staff in January, departs for South Bend, Indiana on Monday morning to begin a doctoral program in Systemic Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. 

Tucker Redding, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic and an assistant producer of audio and film at America Media, will be making the move to Chestnut Hill later this month to continue his graduate studies at Boston College.

When the Church closed in March, Fr. Grodecki and Tucker Redding immediately jumped in to set-up and produce our Daily Mass from the Lady Chapel. The first livestream Mass debuted on March 22nd—Laetare Sunday—and is here to stay. 

A heartfelt thank you to Fr. Grodecki and Tucker for their dedication to this project. Livestream Masses at St. Ignatius have been a comforting gift to all during the pandemic.
On Wednesday, July 15th, Cardinal Dolan addressed the participation of the Archdiocese of New York in the Paycheck Protection Program.

Click here to read the statement.
A Short Word: Podcast
Generational Healing
In this episode, Pastoral Associate Brian Pinter explores "Generational Healing."

We inherit from our ancestors their unresolved trauma and wounds. If we remain unconscious of it, we will be frustrated in our efforts to live a full life, and we will pass on dysfunctional dynamics to those who come after us. We can make a choice to wake up, stop the toxic patterns, and heal.
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We have the privilege at St. Ignatius of welcoming many visitors and new parishioners. We especially welcome those of you who may be thinking about becoming Catholic. If you feel attracted to the Catholic faith, we want you to know about a program at the parish beginning in the Fall.

A group will meet here during the year to inquire into the Catholic faith, to come to know Jesus through the Gospels, to pray, and to prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This process is also open to those Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation.
For more information about this process, which is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), call M. Fullam at 212-288-3588 or email
Always elegant, tasteful, and sublime, the music of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) is a staple of repertoire of the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola. We thought you might enjoy this set from our February 24, 2019 concert. 

The choir is conducted by our Director of Music Ministries, K. Scott Warren, with Michael Sheetz at the piano, and Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano.
If you are a small business owner or professional who is trying to navigate through the economic turmoil of the loss of business due to the pandemic, you may wish to consider joining a group of parishioners confronting the same circumstances. A member of the parish has offered to take on the responsibility of coordinating such a group and hosting Zoom meetings. If interested, please email me at
— Fr. Yesalonia

St. Ignatius Loyola supports our parishioners' small businesses!

We know that many small businesses are hurting and we want to help. We will be publishing an online directory of parishioner-owned small businesses in late July.

If you would like to be included in this directory, please send the following information to Erin at by Saturday, July 18th.

  1. Your name and contact information (your contact information will not be published)
  2. Type of business (e.g. hair salon or Italian restaurant)
  3. Name of your business
  4. Address of your business
  5. Website, if applicable
Upcoming Events
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Wednesday, July 22nd at 7 PM

SVdP meets biweekly (year-round) on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Meeting attendees can choose to participate online via smartphone/computer or via telephone.
Meetings begin with a prayer and spiritual reflection, followed by an agenda of items geared toward service toward the Poor. We also build and grow in friendship by sharing updates and happenings in our lives. Please consider joining us as we serve our neighbors in need.

To participate, email for login information.
Sunday Morning Sing-In

Sundays at 9:45 AM 
Join us on Zoom as we sing our hearts out during this sing-in of hymns and psalms (Mics off, please!). Singers of all ages are welcome.

July 26th & August 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th.

To participate, email
Social Distancing Socials

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
at 6 PM

Join us for an hour of lighthearted conversation on Zoom.

Grab your beverage of choice and gather virtually with friends both old and new.

To participate, click here to sign-up.

This week’s Parish Table recipe from Pastoral Associate Jean Santopatre answers the age-old question, “What do you do with ripe bananas?”, with (of course): Tugboat Mike’s Banana Bread & Muffins. (Pictured: Tugboat Mike himself,  a.k.a. Jean’s husband).

Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? Please send the recipe and a photo of the finished product to
Read the full recipe
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 lighthearted 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 livestream 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.
Weekly Wisdom
In his Wednesday, July 15th homily, Fr. Bergen invokes the words of 15th-century mystic Julian of Norwich to remind us of who God is and who He isn't. "'There can be no anger in God.'... What happens, she says, is that we project upon God our own anger and bitterness. She encourages us to grow up and to cast aside our immature and punitive images of God. []God is our friend, our mother, our father. As close to us as the clothing we wear."
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.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying you that Blackbaud, the company that provides the parish’s donor management software—Raiser’s Edge—recently discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. The cybercriminal temporarily removed data from the system. Blackbaud assured us that no credit card information, bank information, or encrypted files were accessed.

We are diligently monitoring this situation with Blackbaud. Protecting your data is of the utmost importance to us. The purpose of this notification is to reassure you that your data remain safe with us.

Please contact Fernando Castro, Parish Treasurer, at 212-288-3588 ext. 651, if you have any questions.

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