Upcoming Events

Ignatian Spirituality: Ignatian 40s Speaker Series
Location: Wallace Hall

Ignatian 40s welcomes all parishioners to its 2nd Annual Speaker Series, Ignatian Spirituality. The goal of the series is to help parishioners improve their knowledge of the Jesuit approach to our Catholic faith, so as to better live as authentic human beings before a loving God. 

Questions the series aims to answer:
• What is Ignatian prayer? How does it differ from other methods of prayer?
• What does it mean to “find God in all things”?
• What is discernment, imaginative prayer, a contemplative in action, the Examen? What is the purpose of each? How do I practice them?

Part 2 — Catholic Faith in Everyday Life

Sunday, April 27th
Ignatian Spirituality and Politics
Presenter: Fr. Matt Malone, Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine

*Sunday, May 4th
Discerning God’s Will and Presence in Everyday Life
Presenter: Fr. Joseph Marina, S.J., Pastor, Church of St. Francis Xavier
* This session will be held in the Parish Lounge

Sunday, June 8th
Natural Law & Sexual Ethics
Presenter: Fr. Thomas Feely, S.J., Associate Pastor, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

All sessions (unless otherwise noted) will be in held in Wallace Hall from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

All parishioners are welcome


Shelter Volunteers Needed!
Location: Wallace Hall

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is in need of volunteers at the Women’s Shelter, which is located in Wallace Hall every other weekend, from November through April.

Volunteers are particularly needed to stay overnight on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights.

To volunteer, please leave a message for Teresa Abruzzo at the Parish House or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Children’s Choir: Winter/Spring 2014

Download the Updated Winter/Spring 2014 Children’s Choir Schedule

Lenten Food Drive
Location: Parish House

It is estimated that 1.5 million New Yorkers rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. Food insecurity is an on-going struggle for many families and individuals.

Throughout Lent, SVdP will be accepting donations of food for the Community Pantry at the Church of St. Gregory the Great.

The items requested each week are listed below

Week 6

(April 13th – 16th):
rice, tomato sauce, bread

Donations can be brought to the Parish House.

Thank you for remembering those in need this Lenten Season.

“Quiet Wednesdays” - Daily Lenten Masses - Week 6
Time: Wednesday, April 16
Location: Church

Daily Masses at 8:30 AM, 12:10 PM, and 5:30 PM.

The Daily Masses on the Wednesdays of Lent will offer a few moments to reflect quietly upon the readings of the day (in lieu of a homily).

Stations of the Cross for the Parish Community
Time: Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm
Location: Church

Stations of the Cross for the Parish Community

Holy Thursday
Time: Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm
Location: Church

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Presider: Rev. William Bergen, S.J.

This Mass commemorates the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his apostles on the night before his death.  At that meal the Lord instituted the Eucharist for our continual nourishment and washed the feet of his disciples as a sign to us of the call to service and humility.

Music: Durufle Ubi caritas and Tantum ergo sacramentum
                Messaien O sacrum convivium 
                12th c.  Lament of Rachel

The church will be closed during the morning for set-up and rehearsal. During this time the Lady Chapel will remain open. The church will re-open from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

The fonts will be emptied after the Holy Thursday liturgy and filled again at the end of the Easter Vigil Service. This is in preparation for the blessing of new water during the Easter Vigil.

Three Hours Devotion
Time: Friday, April 18
Location: Church

Good Friday, April 18th, from Noon to 3:00 PM

The Seven Last Words of Christ

A traditional Christian devotion
commemorating our Savior’s death,
centered around the “seven last words”
spoken by Jesus from the cross.

1st Word: “Father, forgive them”
            Sister Eileen Burns, O.S.F.
      Spiritual Director, Sisters of St. Francis

2nd Word: “Today you will be with me in paradise” 
              Reverend Patti Welch
              The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

3rd Word: “Woman, behold your Son”
              Reverend Adrian Dannhauser
              St. James Episcopal Church, New York
4th Word: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” 
              Reverend Francis X. Hezel, S.J.
              Former Jesuit Missionary, Micronesia
5th Word: “I thirst”
              Brother Joseph Hoover, S.J.
              Poetry Editor, America Magazine

6th Word: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”   
              Reverend Thomas Feely, S.J., Associate Pastor
              St. Ignatius Loyola Church
7th Word: “It is finished”
              Reverend Dr. Cathy Gilliard, Senior Pastor
              Park Avenue Methodist Church, New York

Participating Musicians and Choirs

K. Scott Warren, Nancianne Parrella,
Robert Reuter, Michael Sheetz, Philip Anderson

Members of the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
Canticum Sacrum   Parish Community Choir   Wallace Hall Choir

St. Ignatius Loyola Children’s Choirs, Maureen Haley, Director
Ellen O’Neill, oboe  
Sara Murphy, soloist

with Omega Dance Company


Robinson Improperium
arr. Warren Humbly I Adore Thee
Spiritual, arr. Berg   Little Innocent Lamb
Archer The Lord’s My Shepherd
Spiritual, arr. Cox Ride On, King Jesus

The Church will be closed until 11:30 AM on Friday morning as it is prepared for the Three Hours Devotion. During this time the Lady Chapel will remain open.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered immediately following the Three Hours Devotion in the church.

Good Friday Evening
Time: Friday, April 18 at 7:00 pm
Location: Church

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Presider: Rev. Ugo Nacciarone, S.J.

The Church’s Liturgy for Good Friday is the starkest of all liturgies during the year.  It includes the chanting of the Passion of Our Lord according to John,  the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.


The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (chanted)
Victoria Popule meus   
Victoria O vos omnes

Easter Vigil
Time: Saturday, April 19 at 8:15 pm
Location: Church

Rev. George M. Witt, S.J., Presider

The Easter Vigil begins at 8:15 PM. The doors will open at 7:45 PM.

The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church.

Celebrated on Holy Saturday after sunset, the Vigil Mass is regarded as the most important Mass of the liturgical year.  It is replete with ancient and dramatic features that are unique to this worship service.  Adults who have never been baptized are baptized at this liturgy.  Baptized Christians of other denominations are received into the Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist.  Baptized Roman Catholics who have never had religious instruction are confirmed and receive their first Eucharist. 

Because it is so rich with detail, the Vigil Mass usually lasts about three hours. 

Because the Vigil begins in complete darkness, no latecomers will be admitted into the Church until the end of the “Exultet.” Please be on time.

Palestrina Sicut cervus
Victoria Vidi aquam
Warren Christ our Passover
Lassus Surgens Jesus
Widor Symphony No. 5: Toccata


Easter Sunday
Time: Sunday, April 20
Location: Church

Please note the change in Mass times on Easter Sunday:
7:30 AM - Organ/Cantor
9:00 AM - Organ/Cantor
10:30 AM - Organ/Cantor/Choirs/Brass
New time! *10:30 AM (Wallace Hall Family Mass) - Piano/Choirs*
Noon (SOLEMN MASS) - Organ/Cantor/Choirs/Brass
Please note: There will be no 7:30 PM Mass on Easter Sunday.

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola with Parish Community Choir and St. Ignatius Loyola Brass
Victoria Vidi aquam
Warren Christ our Passover
Elgar Ave Verum Corpus
Handel Hallelujah from Messiah
Farnam Toccata on O FILII ET FILIAE (10:30 AM)
Widor Symphony No. 5: Toccata (NOON)

arr. Warren, Jackson, Kibble Hallelujah
from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
Ray He Never Failed Me Yet

Documentary Screening: Inequality for All
Time: Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm
Location: Parish Lounge

Join us on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm in the Parish Lounge for the screening of the documentary Inequality for All.

Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth presents a powerful look at economist and author Robert Reich and his theories, featuring footage from Reich’s lectures as well as interviews with the author and his conversations with Americans from many walks of life. The film provides disturbing evidence of the roles stagnating wages, growing personal debt, and the decline of manufacturing are playing in the weakening of the American economy.

Inequality for All received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

All are welcome. Please bring a friend.

SVdP Meeting
Time: Wednesday, April 23 at 10:24 am
Location: Conference Room

Regularly scheduled meetings combine spiritual readings and reflections with the plans for the projects and programs we offer.  We always welcome new members. We meet every other Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Parish House. Come join us!

Jane Pauley: Your Life Calling - Reimagining the Rest of Your Life
Time: Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm
Location: Wallace Hall

Please join us for a conversation with award-winning broadcast journalist and best-selling author, Jane Pauley.

Through her own personal stories of reinvention and the stories of others, Ms. Pauley offers insights and advice to those seeking what’s next. “The future may be longer than you think!” This is an inspirational guide especially for Boomers – “the lucky generation.”

Wednesday, April 23rd. Doors open at 6:30 PM

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door (Names held at door.)
Please send checks to: Boomers & Beyond, c/o St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Questions: (Email preferred) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-288-3588

Please reserve seats early!

Serve Those in Need at the Meatloaf Kitchen
Time: Saturday, April 26
Location: Cardinal Spellman Center - 137 East 2nd Street

Come serve a delicious meal to folks in need at the Meatloaf Kitchen on Saturday, April 26th, 11:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Spellman Center, located at 137 East 2nd Street (between 1st Ave and Avenue A).

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or to sign up.

Easter Memorial Liturgy
Time: Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm
Location: Church

Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM
Refreshments following in Wallace Hall

Our annual liturgy to remember parishioners and family members who died in 2013. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

You are invited to submit the names of deceased loved ones to Sr. Kathryn King no later than Tuesday, April 22nd.

RSVP by Friday, April 25th to Sr. Kathryn King at 212-288-3588 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Ignatian Spirituality for New Parents
Time: Saturday, May 03 at 10:00 am
Location: Parish Lounge

Sponsored by Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA), a program of The Jesuit Collaborative, this group will serve as a community of men and women who are adjusting to the transition of being new parents.

Through reflection on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, participants seek to support one another in their discernment, endeavoring to understand where God’s presence is leading them in the context of parenthood.

Upcoming Sessions

May 3rd: Healing
Grateful joy in the realization of God’s unfailingly steadfast and forgiving love – revealed in Christ crucified, before whom Ignatius asks, “What have I done? What am I doing? What shall I do?”
Led by Joseph P. Parkes, S.J., President of Cristo Rey New York High School

Summer Picnic in Central Park

September 27th: Call
The enthusiastic desire and determination to join God and Christ in overcoming the powers of darkness – so that the light of truth and love, justice and peace might shine in our world.
Led by Molly Cesarz, mother to Quinn (5), Timmy (3), and Charlie (1) and Deirdre Spiropoulos, Member of the first CLA cohort, and mother to Rosie (5), Timothy (4), and Julianne (2)

October 25th: Co-laboring
To live and labor lovingly as the hands and feet, heads and hearts, of the risen Lord living and laboring in us, his Ignatian companions, Lay and Jesuit, on mission together.
Led by Brian Pinter, Chaplain and Teacher of Theology, Regis High School and father of Michael (6) and Matthew (4)

It is recommended that parents come as a couple but, if not feasible, children are welcome to join.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

SVdP Blood Drive
Time: Sunday, May 04 at 9:00 am
Location: McKinnon Hall


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The NY Blood Center requires 2,000 donations daily to meet the transfusion needs of our community.

Your donation could help a premature baby to live, a burn victim to recover, a cancer patient to be treated, an accident victim to survive, or a transplant candidate to have life-giving surgery. 

While walk-ins are welcome, registration is suggested.

Please reference Group Code 06239 when registering:
Online – http://www.nybloodcenter.org/blood
Telephone – (800) 933-2566
On the day of the Drive, please bring identification with a photo or signature.

Remember to eat a well-balanced meal before giving blood.

How to Interpret the Bible: From Augustine to Bergoglio
Time: Tuesday, May 06 at 7:00 pm
Location: Wallace Hall

Presented by Fr. Peter Dubovsky, S.J., Dean of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00 PM, Wallace Hall

Biblical interpretation has a long and often uneasy history. It can be a battlefield of differing theological and spiritual schools. Various interpretations may fall across a full spectrum, from what is heretical or academically suspect to what is wonderfully appealing or even enlightening.

This lecture will consider different approaches to the Bible, their pluses and minuses, and will ask what makes for good and right interpretation of Biblical texts. To accomplish this, we will employ Jesuit Fr. John W. O’Malley’s understanding of culture as presented in his book, Four Cultures of the West.

A brief presentation will follow on the work of the Gregorian University Foundation by Fr. Alan Fogarty, S.J., President

Sponsored by the Gregorian University Foundation & the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

Click here to view a flyer for this event.

SVdP Meeting
Time: Wednesday, May 07 at 7:00 pm
Location: Conference Room

Regularly scheduled meetings combine spiritual readings and reflections with the plans for the projects and programs we offer.  We always welcome new members. We meet every other Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Parish House. Come join us!

Psalms of David
Time: Wednesday, May 07 at 7:00 pm
Location: Church


Tickets and complete information at http://www.smssconcerts.org

Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor

The lineage of Western sacred music begins with the Psalms: timeless songs of faith composed during the last millennium before the common era. These songs of love, songs of repentance and songs of praise reach full expressive power in the hands of early Baroque masters Schütz, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Rossi.

Multiple choirs and instrumental ensembles fill the space with majesty.

Praying With Yoga
Time: Sunday, May 11 at 6:00 pm
Location: Parish Lounge

Join Jesuit Scholastic Bobby Karle, S.J. for this opporunity to learn how the practice of yoga can deepen your spiritual life and relationship with God, and enrich your Christian faith.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for yoga. If you have a yoga mat, bring it to the sessions.

Sunday, May 11th from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM


$10 donation requested. All proceeds will benefit a charitable cause.

To register or for more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Rejoice in the Lord! A Music Ministry Celebration
Time: Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 pm
Location: Church

The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Parish Community Choir, Wallace Hall Choir, Canticum Sacrum, the High School Choir, and Children’s Choirs join forces in gratitude and joy.

Free will offering. No tickets required.


Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs to Know
Time: Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm
Location: Wallace Hall

One in six people in the world live on less than a dollar a day and one in three earn only two dollars a day. Thomas Nazario will share what he discovered about global poverty — about the "forgotten people" — during his travels and in the writing of his book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor.

The lives of these “forgotten people” are ones of abject poverty, typically women and children who have no access to real power or influence.

Click here to view a flyer about this upcoming lecture.

About the Presenter

Thomas Nazario is a California attorney, child advocate, and law professor. His expertise in children’s legal issues has led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children, as well as working with inner-city kids in the Bay Area for over 30 years.

Nazario is the executive director of the Center for Community Legal Education and he supervises the Street Law Program. He is also the program director of the University of San Francisco’s Tibetan Children Education Project. He has been a Robert F. Kennedy Fellow and a consultant for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Catholic Social Teaching & Public Policy
Time: Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 pm
Location: Wallace Hall

Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. One way the faithful are called to respond is through the legislative process. This lecture will examine the Church’s role in creating compassionate public policy that is not only ethical but also promotes respect for life and justice.

About the Speaker

John Carr is the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. He is also Washington correspondent for America magazine. He previously served as director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, providing guidance for the bishops’ public policy and advocacy initiatives.

To download a brochure that details upcoming The Faith That Does Justice lecture events this Spring, click here

SVdP Meeting
Time: Wednesday, June 04 at 7:00 pm
Location: Conference Room

Regularly scheduled meetings combine spiritual readings and reflections with the plans for the projects and programs we offer.  We always welcome new members. We meet every other Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Parish House. Come join us!

SVdP Meeting
Time: Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm
Location: Conference Room

Regularly scheduled meetings combine spiritual readings and reflections with the plans for the projects and programs we offer.  We always welcome new members. We meet every other Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Parish House. Come join us!