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Easter Triduum Livestream Schedule

Join us on our YouTube channel and Facebook page stignatiusnyc for livestreamed Masses of the Easter Triduum:

Holy Thursday, April 9th: 7:30 PM
Good Friday, April 10th: 7:30 PM
Easter Vigil, April 11th: 7:30 PM
Easter Sunday, April 12th: 11:00 AM

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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, April 8th | 5:30 PM Mass

From the Pastor

5 April 2020

Dear Parishioners,

If you were able to “attend” this morning’s Mass through livestreaming you witnessed the love, compassion, and resilience of a good number of parishioners as they waved their palms in celebration of Palm Sunday. If you were unable to join us, it is not too late to go to the parish website to behold and revel in our rather unorthodox procession. It was the creative genius of Father Hilbert that inspired this montage of palms. It is also not too late for you to prepare to join us next week for our Easter Parade. Put on your bonnet, fascinator, chapeau, cap, or hat; capture it on video or photo; and send the clip or photograph to our Director of Communications, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

With today’s celebration of Palm Sunday we begin Holy Week. Our commemoration of it will be like none other we have ever experienced. There is a new and heightened level of sadness that accompanies it as we anticipate the inability to be present at the most solemn and majestic liturgies of the church, referred to as the Easter Triduum. I have read in your emails and in your voices a heartfelt pain that is only partially assuaged by the livestreaming of services. We want to be physically present. We want to see, touch, hear, smell, taste and embrace what we hold most dear. We desire to celebrate together our faith in Jesus Christ as a vibrant and joyful community. Let me assure that we will do exactly that on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. Our faith unites us, binds us more closely than anything imaginable. No matter where we may be the outstretched arms of Jesus Christ from his Cross are embracing us in a way that will nourish and strengthen us. We are being led by him out of the darkness of fear and anxiety to a bright new day. Can you not yet see it? The brilliant radiance of Easter Sunday is about to dawn. Nothing can prevent it, not separation or distancing from one another, and yes, not even the scourge of a pandemic.

As we journey together in faith this week, let us find new ways of responding to God’s love in ways that bring us closer to one another. Here are a few suggestions. How about using Monday as letter writing day. Let’s forget the computer and do something old fashioned. Take out the note paper, a writing instrument (pen or pencil), and write a letter to someone we have lost contact with, or someone we love, or that cranky neighbor next door. Hopefully, you get the idea. On Tuesday let’s use some of that note paper and those pens, pencils, crayons, or Sharpies and draw something. Give yourself permission to be a kid again, or join your children in drawing, painting, or scribbling. In the old days Wednesday of Holy Week was called Spy Wednesday. How about a game of hide and seek. For us old timers hide something and then have someone ask you 20 questions to find the hidden item. And you do not even have to be in the same house, apartment, or city to play this game. On the day we commemorate the Last Supper, set aside a few moments at each meal of the day to say to one another how much you love them, even if it means calling or texting someone to do it. On Good Friday let’s stop whatever it is we are doing at 3:00 PM and recite out loud the Our Father and a Hail Mary, then let us gaze upon a crucifix for 5 minutes or longer and talk with Jesus. For Saturday, whether or not you have the talent of Julia Child or Betty Crocker, bake a cake from scratch. Finally on Easter Sunday, eat the entire cake and don’t leave any morsels for the mice. Don’t forget the Easter Eggs, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans!

I also take this opportunity to extend to you the best wishes and prayers of Cardinal Dolan. I was at my desk on Thursday morning when the phone rang. It was Cardinal Dolan. He wanted us to know that we are in his thoughts and prayers. He was his usual gregarious self and was at the same time genuinely concerned about us. I spoke of the many volunteers from the parish who are offering their assistance to those in need, parishioners and non-parishioners alike. I assured him that we are praying for him and our fellow New Yorkers.

I end this letter in the same manner I have with recent ones. Your financial support is needed to maintain the parish. If you are able, please remain committed to your regular Offertory contributions or contribute for the first time. You may make your contribution through the GIVING link of the parish website or by sending a check through the mail. We can only do what we have been able to do during this stressful time because of your financial support and prayers. Thank you for your generosity!

As we accompany the Lord during these days of his Passion, let us be strengthened by our faith and trust in God’s abiding love. The brightness of Easter Sunday beckons from the horizon.

Know that I keep each one of you in my heart and in my grateful prayers. Let us continue to pray for the brave women and men who are tending to the medical needs of those who are now in hospitals, clinics, and temporary medical facilities.

God bless you!

Sincerely in the Lord,
Fr. Yesalonia

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