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.

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Daily/Sunday Livestreamed Masses

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.

Wednesday, January 6th | 5:30 PM Mass

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Finding God in Paradox

The feast of the Epiphany invites us to seek God in unforeseen, unexpected places; in paradox rather than logic.  The Magi, quite reasonably, assume that they will find the newborn “king of the Jews” in the palace of King Herod.  Yet the Divine GPS leads them to a cave in Bethlehem - a stabling place for animals, their feed, and smelly dung!  If you and I were planning the arrival of God’s messiah, I’m sure we would not create such an absurd tableau, but as God declares, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways your ways” (Isaiah 55:8).

“Epiphany” derives from the Greek epiphaino, meaning “to be seen, to show, to give light to, become apparent, make an appearance.”  Our gospel reading for today–a jewel of the New Testament – relates that the Divine Child makes his appearance in the shockingly unanticipated – in a backwater town, born to peasant parents, much removed from power and privilege.  In this narrative, God’s providence confounds human reason, so that God’s grace may transform the human heart.

The Epiphany drama invites us to contemplate that God is not incarnated in pristine, gold-plated perfection, but rather in those smelly, dark, grubby places within and without that we’d rather not visit, and certainly don’t want anyone to see.  Let’s imagine the Magi posing a question for spiritual reflection from across the millennia – “Where is the stable in your heart where this child wants to make his light be known?  Where does the Lord want to set up a Christmas crèche in your life this year?”  Is there a place of woundedness, pain, shame, addiction, or past trauma that will-power alone cannot bring to rest?  Where is this vulnerable, unattractive place within and without where God wants to be born?

Welcoming God into the dark caves and squalid stables of the heart will be a radical revolution for the ego, that part of us that seeks accomplishment, status, and a burnished persona, so ready to put on facades and erect defenses.  The ego’s logic would have us be more spiritual by being more angelic, i.e. chasing perfection, imagining we can be free from conflict and complexity, and floating three inches above the ground.  The paradox of God’s grace, however, is that “the stone rejected by the builder has become the cornerstone.”

Our gospel closes with the Magi, ever attentive to God’s mysterious guidance, whether in the stars above or the angelic messages in the depths of the soul, being directed in their dreams not to return to Herod. The birth of the Divine Child has disturbed a kingdom and an empire.  And so it will be with us.  If we can find the strength, through the alchemy of prayer and God’s grace, to persevere long enough to allow this divine impregnation to take place within us, we too will be disturbed to our core. We will be transformed; our lives restructured.

As the Christmas season draws to a close, I invite you to spend time in prayer with the Magi today - before they leave “for their own country by a different road” - contemplating their amazement at where they have found the Divine Child, and the sheer delight they take in welcoming him as he takes his place among us.  Perhaps ask for their blessing on us - may we share in their graced bewilderment and joy, and may we find and welcome Christ in those unexpected stabling places in our hearts.

- Brian Pinter, Pastoral Associate

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

Last 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.

We will soon 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
Returns Sunday, January 17th
Sundays before the 11 AM Livestream Mass

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

Tue., Jan. 12, 7:00 pm
Tuesday Night Book Group: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Tuesdays, from January 12th to March 30th, at 7 PM

Wed., Jan. 20, 7:00 pm
SVdP Meeting: Zoom
All are welcome!

Sat., Jan. 30, 9:00 am
LME Day of Recollection: “The Overlooked Ecologies of Laudato Sí”
Presented by Fr. Thomas Feely, SJ

Tue., Feb. 02
Emmaus Bereavement Support Group
Registration is now open.

Wed., Feb. 03
Meeting Christ in Prayer
An interactive 8-week guided prayer experience on Zoom
Begins Wednesday, February 3rd
Registration is now open

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