Welcome to the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, a Roman Catholic parish ministering to the Manhattan community since 1851.

Parish Mission Statement
The love of Christ impels us to welcome all,
to worship joyfully and pray fervently,
to walk together with those in need,
and to reverence God in the wonder of Creation.

News & Announcements

Christmas Mass Registration & Daily/Sunday Livestreamed Masses

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Reservations

Registration is now open for our Thursday, December 24th Christmas Eve, and Sunday, December 25th Christmas Day Masses.

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

To RSVP, visit https://ignatius.guestmanager.com/.

Reservations are required.

Daily and Sunday Livestream Masses

Join us on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel for Daily and Sunday Masses, streamed live from our Lady Chapel.

Daily Masses will be celebrated Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM.

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM.

We hope you can join us as we worship together as a virtual community.

Tuesday, November 24th | 5:30 PM Mass

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Advent: Season of Expectations

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.”

What’s going on here? Are we playing some sort of “make-believe” game in Advent? Are we supposed to pretend that the Lord has not come as we prepare for Christmas? Certainly not. The Lord has come, and the Church asks us to look back with amazement and gratitude for that first coming — for the birth of Jesus Christ. At the same time, we are to look ahead to when he will come again, as we pray in the Creed every Sunday: “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”

So, if you find yourself confused by the Scripture readings this season, it’s not your fault! They swivel back and forth, between events leading up to the birth of Jesus, and events still to come when Jesus will come again in glory, and time and the world as we know it will pass away and become a new creation.

At the time when Advent engenders a mood of heightened expectation, I am reminded of how important it is for Christians to be people of great expectations. In fact, the New Testament, if it had another name, might be called the Book of Great Expectations. The Advent refrain, “The Lord is coming,” is not just about the coming of Jesus two thousand years ago, nor about his return in glory at some unknown future time. It is also about the Lord’s coming to us now.

The Spirit of God who brought the Church to life at Pentecost is still the hidden source of life and power for good in our lives and in the life of the Church. We read in Psalm 121: “Help comes to me from the Lord who made heaven and earth ... This guardian of yours, he does not doze or sleep. He guards your lives ... now and always.”

God continues to be who God always has been for us: the guardian who never sleeps but who is constantly seeking to renew our lives. In this season of anticipation, we need to have great expectations for what God can do in us, in the world, and in the Church. Having anything less than great expectations would be terribly unworthy of Him.

- Rev. William J. Bergen, S.J.
Senior Priest

2021 Annual Appeal

15 November 2020

Dear Parishioners,

At this time of year, you ordinarily receive from the Pastor and the Parish Treasurer a financial report of the fiscal year, ending 31 August. To view the streamlined FY20 financial statement, please click here. While the overall financial health of the parish is strong, a significant loss of revenue resulted in a year-end deficit of $401,748. Anticipating such a shortfall in income for the current fiscal year as well, I have been meeting regularly with the Parish Finance Committee to monitor the finances of the parish.

I cannot overstate the importance of the weekly Offertory collection and the Annual and Spring Appeals in supporting the operating budget. During the months when no Masses were celebrated in the church, the weekend collection understandably plummeted. Since we resumed a regular Mass schedule the last week of June, the number of people attending Sunday Mass and the amount of the Sunday Offertory collections have been quite low. Also, there was no Spring Appeal this year because it would have come at a time when New York City was experiencing the worst of the spread of Covid-19.  Consequently, the goal of the combined Annual and Spring Appeals for FY20 was not met.

If the declining trend of weekly Offertory collections continues, the year-end deficit for FY21 will far exceed this year’s. The Annual Appeal now has far more critical importance than it ever has. I appreciate that the unknown variables of the pandemic are creating anxiety within households concerning their financial security. However, without your support the parish will have to cut back many of its ministries, activities, and programs.

Please contribute to the 2021 Annual Appeal as your financial means will allow. If you are able to double the amount that you contributed to last year’s Appeal, I urge and implore you to do that. And by signing up online for a recurring weekly or monthly automatic Sunday Offertory donation, you will contribute greatly to the parish’s fiscal stability.

Thank you for your generous response to the 2021 Annual Appeal. God bless you!

Sincerely in the Lord,

Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J.

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola A/V Appeal

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

Daily Mass will continue to livestream from the Lady Chapel every day at 5:30 PM.

By the end of this year, 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.

Please support this important initiative, which has been budgeted at $350,000.

Donations can be made here.

Upcoming Events
at St. Ignatius

Your Parish, @ Home: Social Distancing Socials
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6 PM

Sunday Morning Sing-In
Sundays before the 11 AM Livestream Mass

Mass Telephone Line
To hear a recording of each day's Mass, call (646) 849-7277.

Tue., Dec. 01, 7:00 pm
Meeting Christ in Prayer: Holy Listening
Tuesday, December 1st to Tuesday, December 22nd on Zoom

Thu., Dec. 03, 7:00 pm
Angels - Agents of Transformation
Thursday, December 3rd, 10th & 17th
Presented by Brian Pinter

Sat., Dec. 05, 3:00 pm
A Chanticleer Christmas
Tickets are now on sale

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