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St. Ignatius Loyola
Advent: Season of Expectation by Fr. William Bergen, SJ, Senior Priest
 
Advent is often described as a season of anticipation. Young children are being cheerfully warned that Santa is coming and that they need to be good if they expect Santa to bring them gifts from their wish list. Most adults, even in this pandemic time, are anticipating some scaled back family gatherings during the next month.
 
Scripture has its own anticipation over the next twenty-six days. The one constant message we'll be hearing is this: “The Lord is coming! The Lord is coming!’ This is the promise that resounds through a thousand years of Hebrew Scriptures, a promise Christians believe has been fulfilled with the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet every Advent there’s the continual exhortation to “be prepared” and to “stay awake.”
Read the full essay
Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at the Parish House on the following dates to accept wrapped and labeled gifts from parishioners who signed up to participate in this year's Christmas Angel Project:
Saturday, November 28th, December 5th & December 12th: 5 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, November 29th, December 6th & December 13th: 9 AM to 1 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM
Volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be at the Parish House on the following dates to accept new, unwrapped toys or games for our Annual Toy Drive, which benefits the children from the St. Mary of the Assumption & Our Lady of Mt. Carmel–St. Benedict on Staten Island:
Saturday, December 5th & December 12th: 5 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, December 6th & December 13th: 9 AM to 1 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM
Worship

Weekend Mass Schedule | December 6th

Saturday

5:30 PM: Fr. Hilbert

Sunday
8:00 AM: Fr. Yesalonia
9:30 AM: Fr. Amiot
11:00 AM Solemn (Livestreamed): Fr. Bergen
7:30 PM: Fr. Bergen

Livestream Mass

Beginning Monday, November 30th, our 5:30 PM Daily Mass will be celebrated in the Church. The Mass can be attended in-person or viewed via livestream. 

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.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception | A Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, December 7th
5:30 PM Vigil Mass (in the Church and livestreamed) & 7:30 PM Vigil Mass in Italian (in the Church) 

Tuesday, December 8th
 Masses at 8:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 5:30 PM (in the Church and livestreamed) & 7:30 PM
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Reservations
 
Phone and online registration for our Thursday, December 24th Christmas Eve Masses and Friday, December 25th Christmas Day Masses is now open.

To register online, click here.

Registration is required.

 
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule
 
Christmas Eve Masses: 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM
Christmas Day Masses: 8 AM, 10 AM, and 12 Noon 
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
Weekly Wisdom
In his Monday, November 23rd homily, Fr. Yesalonia challenges us with this question: "What are you willing to do this day [to make it a better world]?" "To bring about justice, peace, to take care of our common home, the earth? What can we do? We can do a lot. A lot of little ways to reassure people, to give them hope, to give them courage that will help them understand they're not alone... It doesn't take much."
Just Faith Workshop
Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM
 
Faith and Racial Equity introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities and takes a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege.
 
Three primary goals of this workshop:
  • Develop awareness of the ways that racial privilege impacts our communities and ourselves
  • Through a deep dive into the Gospel of Luke, learn how Jesus’s teachings guide us in seeking racial justice in today’s world.
  • Learn practical tools for becoming anti-racist, and for effecting change in our communities.
Join with Pastoral Associate, Jean Santopatre, and ISJ member and facilitator, Laura De Boisblanc every other Thursday to discuss Faith & Racial Equity.  We will be discussing the following books:
  •  I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • 40 Days of Prayer by Cheri Mills
There is no fee to attend this workshop.

To register, email santopatrej@saintignatiusloyola.org.
Celebrating Women at St. Ignatius: Past, Present, Future

SAVE THE DATE—March 11, 2021
 
Recently, we announced that on March 11, 2021, our parish is having a special event to celebrate all of the women of the parish for their service to our parish family.
 
The evening will have two parts: first, we will be honoring four women who have given decades of extraordinary service to our parish. We will keep their names secret for now. Second, we will be giving our parish a unique chance to “meet” our women and “hear” their voices. How? We will be displaying their photos and sharing their reflections.


COME AND BE PHOTOGRAPHED—December 2, 2020
Women of St. Ignatius! Come and be photographed! Click here for more information.
Upcoming Events
For more information on any of our upcoming programs, please click the event title.
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Tuesdays, beginning December 1st through December 22nd at 7 PM on Zoom
Angels - Agents of Transformation | Presented by Brian Pinter
Thursdays, beginning December 3rd through December 17th at 7 PM on Zoom
Mary, Symbol of "Yes!" | Presented by Brian Pinter | Sponsored by Boomers & Beyond
Monday, December 7th at 7 PM on Zoom
IYA Advent Meetings: Discussion, Reflection and Examen Around Advent Readings by James Martin, S.J., Fr. Richard Rohr, Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, and Dorothy Day
Tuesday, December 8th & Thursday, December 17th at 7 PM on Zoom 
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday, December 9th at 7 PM on Zoom
Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays at 9:45 AM on Zoom

Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM on Zoom
Violist and member of the Wallace Hall Orchestra, Andrew Jensen, shares his brilliance, playing the Courante from Bach's Suite No. 2.
Planning for End-of-Year Charitable Giving

As you plan for the end of the calendar year charitable giving, we remind you of the following (click the link for more information on each option):
 
CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act tax benefits
 
Donating Appreciated Securities
 
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
 
Please consult your legal or financial advisor for guidance on your specific situation.

If you have any questions, please contact Fernando Castro, Treasurer, at castrof@saintignatiusloyola.org or Erin Pick, Director of Development, at picke@saintignatiusloyola.org.

This summer, Fr. Yesalonia announced an ambitious expansion of our livestream capabilities at the parish.

By winter, we will have the capability to livestream Sunday Mass from Church. Additionally, screens 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.
Announcing the SIL NY Water Bottle Collection  
 
These 24 oz. bottles are 100% American made with 100% Recyclable, US-sourced Aluminum. BPA-Free, Lifetime Guarantee (NOT dishwasher safe). Available in blue, black, and steelhead grey.

They make excellent stocking stuffers! 

Please note: This product will start shipping the week of December 14th.
Visit the SIL Online Store
Small Business Directory for Parishioner-Owned Small Businesses

We know that many small businesses are hurting and we want to help. That's why we created this online directory of parishioner-owned small businesses: Directory

If you would like to be included in this directory, please send the following information to Erin at picke@saintignatiusloyola.org:

- Your name and contact information (your contact information will not be published)
- Type of business (e.g. hair salon or Italian restaurant)
- Name of your business
- Address of your business
- Website, if applicable
Do you have a friend, family member, or a loved one who is considering becoming Catholic? Encourage them to reach out to us to inquire about our parish program designed to initiate adults into the Catholic faith.

For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), call M. Fullam at 212-288-3588 or email us at church@saintignatiusloyola.org.
Virtual Book of Remembrance

During the month of November, we remember our loved ones who have died. We have set-up an online Book of Remembrance, where individuals are invited to submit the names of deceased loved ones (click here). The book will remain open until the end of this month.
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