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Lent 2017


If you are visiting or new to Saint Ignatius, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please join us after Mass for Coffee Hour downstairs in the Parish Hall, and, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we can keep in touch.

The Children’s Playroom is located just adjacent to the Parish Hall downstairs; please ask an usher to show you where to go. We have professional child care available and parents are welcome to come and go throughout the service.

A note about Holy Communion: The Episcopal Church teaches that all baptised persons are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Communion is offered in both kinds. If you wish to intinct the wafer into the wine, please allow the Eucharistic Minister to take the Host from your hand, dip it into the chalice, and place it on your tongue. If you are unable to come forward to receive at the altar rail, please let an usher know so that the ministers may bring the Sacrament to your seat. A number of gluten-free wafers are consecrated for Holy Communion. If you would like to receive a gluten-free Host and the chalice, please let one of the ushers know so we can accommodate you.

Sidewalk and Vault Repair

Notes on Today’s Music:

During Lent the organ is played only as necessary to sustain the singing (with the exception of the feast of the Annunciation (when it falls in Lent) and, to a lesser extent,
the Fourth Sunday in Lent). This is chiefly noticeable in the lack of organ voluntaries (preludes and postludes), the absence of organ improvisation to cover liturgical action (entrance music, interludes and so forth) and a restrained manner of hymn accompaniment. The choir will also occasionally sing the Mass Ordinary to the traditional plainsong melodies set forth in the Liber Usualis and other liturgical books. Of the eighteen settings, the eighteenth, Deus Genitor alme, is intended for
weekdays in Lent.

— James Kennerley

Christian Formation:

Christian education programs for children: Parents should bring children down to the Sunday School room immediately following the 9 o’clock Mass.

Christian education programs for adults: See below for information about the Inquirer’s/Adult Condirmation Class and Lenten Bible Study.

For more information about our offerings, please speak with the Rector, Deacon Kahn (Adult Programs), or Lucy Yates (Children’s Programs).

Out to Lunch

Women of all ages are cordially invited to join us for food and fellowship on Wednesday, March 22, from 11:30 until 1:00 or 1:30 in the church office. We will send out for sandwiches, or bring your own, and please bring your favorite beverage. We are reading Rowan Williams: Being Christian. If you don't have a copy or if you need someone to accompany you, call Kathleen Towner: 314-691-9926 or Lucy Kuemmerle: 212-865-9239.

Adult Confirmation and Inquirer’s Class

Continuing now through Sunday, May 14, the Rector will be leading a weekly class to prepare adults for Confirmation or Reception in the Episcopal Church. The class, which will meet between the 9 and 11 AM Masses, starting usually by 10:15, is also open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Episcopal Church and Anglican tradition and deepen their faith and understanding. In Confirmation, we publicly reaffirm, in the presence of our local community and the Bishop (whose presence represents that of the whole Church), the promises we made—or which our parents made on our behalf—at baptism. We then receive the laying on of hands of the Bishop, who prays God to send the Holy Spirit upon us to bless and strengthen us in our life and ministry. Those who have been previously Confirmed by the laying on of hands of a bishop outside the Anglican Communion may be Received into the Episcopal Church. Confirmation and Reception is scheduled to be a part of our Ascension Day liturgy on Thursday, May 23. For more information, please see the Rector.

Lenten Bible Study

The Eternal Question: Why? If God is good, why do bad things happen? And why do they happen to me? Please join us for our Lenten Bible Study of the Book of Job, which explores the same questions of faith and suffering that still trouble us today. Three Tuesdays (March 14, 21, 28) at 6:30 PM in the Rector’s Office. You may wish to read Job Chapters 1-2 before the fi rst meeting. Please speak with Deacon Paul for more details.

Parish Retreat

The biennial Eastertide Parish Retreat will be the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY, overlooking the lordly Hudson River. The retreat will be led by one of the monks and will include group time, down time, silent time, and of course good food. The cost of $225 includes two nights' lodging and all meals; transportation is extra. A 50% down payment will reserve your place. Please speak to Deacon Paul for more details.

Memorial and Commemorative Gifts

Memorial gifts or thank offerings are always welcome to support the ongoing ministry of the parish. This is a lovely way to publically express our gratitude to God for all the blessings of this life, especially those people who have been important to us on our journey. Most welcome are donations to support the music of the Mass. At this time $875 will cover the expenses of the choir at a regular mass, but donations from $125 up are welcome to support part of the cost of the music. A gift of $100 will
support the work of our Soup Kitchen to feed our neighbours one meal. Gifts are also accepted for altar flowers. If you wish to make a gift you can place a cheque in the plate or the mail indicating your intentions and we would appreciate an email to the rector or parish office as well.

Soup Kitchen Grant

Good news! Episcopal Charities has awarded the St. Ignatius of Antioch Soup Kitchen a Human Needs Grant for 2017 in the amount of $3,200 to help us to feed New Yorkers in need. Combined with donations from parishioners, the grant will defray some of our expenses for paper goods and food staples we do not receive from New York City’s Emergency Food Assistance Program. We are grateful to Episcopal Charities for their continued support of our feeding program, and to everyone who gives their time and talent to this vital ministry.

Stewardship Campaign

We kicked off our 2017 Stewardship Campaign several weeks ago. We thank everyone who has pledged thus far. We hope that everyone who pledged last year will consider increasing their level of commitment, and that those who did not make a pledge will consider making one. We also hope that you will be able to return your pledge cards as soon as possible.

Once again this year, the members of the Stewardship Committee expect to be in touch with every member of the parish personally. This “every member canvas” is designed not only to discuss your financial support for our community, but so that they may hear what you have to say about the life of the parish and give us an opportunity to learn about the gifts and talents you have to share with us all. So, please do not be surprized when you hear from someone from Saint Ignatius.

In the meanwhile, you will have received a letter from the rector with a pledge card. You may also pick one up today at the back of the church or at coffee hour, download a pledge card from the parish website, or get one during the week from the parish office. This year we are offering you the opportunity to pay your pledge directly from your bank account through the diocese's e-pledgeing program. Please contact the parish office or the Stewardship chair for more information.

You will find more information about Stewardship, Pledging, and Parish Membership on our website.

We hope all parishioners will make their pledge to support St. Ignatius of Antioch. If you have questions about pledging or stewardship, do not hesitate to speak with Stewardship Chair Holly Hughes.

Sidewalk and Vault Repair

As the Vestry announced at the Annual Meeting, the NYC Department of Transportation has demanded we replace damaged paving stones and curbstones around
our church. We have also decided to seize the opportunity presented by the sidewalk excavation to arrest damaging water penetration in the portion of our basement below the West 87th Street sidewalk. When the project is complete, we will have safer and more attractive sidewalks, improved waterproofi ng for the basement, a more structurally sound vault and foundation, recaulked and levelled steps, and a more inviting street view. With the help of our architect and engineers, RAND, We have now selected a contractor, but will now begin the work in the spring, which is, in any case, a better time for us to pour concrete.

The project is estimated to cost $258,000 and already we have received signifi cant grant support. The Property Support Committee of the Diocese of New York has generously awarded us $70,000 and authorized a loan. Furthermore, we are honored and grateful to announce that the New York Landmarks Conservancy has recognized the value of our repair project to maintaining the foundation of our historic church and has awarded us two grants. The fi rst is a $2,500 Consulting Grant, which
will help defray the costs of our engineer’s supervision of the work. The second, from the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program, is a matching grant of $25,000. Thanks to the generous contributions so far of many parishioners and friends of the parish, we are close to meeting this match. If you have not yet contributed or pledged to the 2016 Capital Campaign, we urge you to so in order to help us make the match and ensure the completion of the project.

Chantry Guild

In 2012 we founded the Chantry Guild of the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, a parish organisation formed with the express purpose of offering prayers for the dead and to support our ministry for and with the dead and dying. The All Souls Offering on Wednesday, November 2nd will be given to the Guild and all those who contribute that evening, or at any time before or after, will become Oblates of the Guild for the year. Funds raised will be used to purchase items for use at masses of the dead, pay for the proper burial of those in need, and support the All Souls Requiem. The Guild will also promote educational programs on the spirituality of death and dying and estate and funeral planning, the fi rst series of which took place this past winter.


The Columbarium that lines the north and south walls of our church has provided a resting place for the remains of many late beloved parishioners and their families.. Since its expansion in 2004, we have maintained the cost of a niche with engraved slate cover at $2,500. This past summer the Vestry voted to increase that amount to $3,500 for members and $5,000 for non-members. As has always been the case, there is an additional charge for the removal and reengraving of a stone when a second urn is placed in a niche. The raise will go into effect on All Souls Day, November 2, 2016. If you wish to purchase a niche, please contact Karen Christian.

Parish T-shirts are still available!

Our stylish new St. Ignatius of Antioch T-shirts are still available in many sizes for $20 each. See Deacon Paul with cash in hand. All profits will directly benefit the parish. Order forms can be obtained at the back of the church or from Deacon Paul or download here.

The Leopards: Helping Parishioners Help Each Other

Might you have an occasional hour or two to help a fellow parishioner who is temporarily homebound or otherwise laid low? Grocery shopping, dog-walking, or accompanying someone to the doctor or to church is a simple, useful, and practical way of caring for one another within the St Ignatius community.

Or perhaps you would like a St. Ignatius Leopard in your life. If you are homebound from illness, a bad back, or post-surgery and need a little help with shopping or cleaning, or need someone to accompany you to a doctor's appointment or to church, we have a group of parisioners eager to help out.

If you need help, or would like to help, please speak to Lucy Kuemmerle or Deacon Paul, or contact the Parish Office about becoming a Leopard.

Social Media

As we all know, using social media sites allows us to get information to our members and friends efficiently and quickly. It drives traffic (that means people) to our web site where there is lots more information about our parish. We are finding that most people who walk through our doors for the first time have somehow found us on the internet. Increasing our on-line presence allows us to reach more people who may be looking to find a church home and make it here at Saint Ignatius.

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Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Do you have an hour a month to spend serving the hungry in our neighborhood? For more than 30 years, we have provided take-away meals of soup and sandwiches every Saturday afternoon and Monday evening to all individuals who come to our West End Avenue door. If you want to participate, please contact Holly Hughes (646-245-1782) or David Holkeboer (212-874-1050) for information.

Toiletries for Soup Kitchen Guests

We like to give our guests bags of toiletries. If you have unopened shampoos and soaps from your travels, or could pick up small toothpastes and hand lotions, we have a basket by the West Avenue door to drop them in.

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This Week’s Readings

Readings for Lent:

The Third Sunday in Lent – Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26 (27-38) 39-42
The Fourth Sunday in Lent – 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:(1-7) 8-14; John 9:1-13 (14-27) 28-38
The Fifth Sunday in Lent – Ezekiel 37:1-3 (4-10) 11-14; Psalm 130; Romans 6:16-23; John 11:(1-17) 18-44

Upcoming Events:


Friday, March 24: Lenten Feria
6:30 P.M. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 26: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
8:00 A.M. Low Mass
9:00 A.M. Sung Mass
11:00 A.M.
Procession and Solemn Mass: The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Missa ‘Salve intemerata’ by Thomas Tallis and Tristitia et anxietas by William Byrd.

Friday, March 31: John Donne, Priest
6:30 P.M. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, April 2: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:00 A.M. Low Mass
9:00 A.M. Sung Mass
11:00 A.M.
Procession and Solemn Mass: The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Mass XVII (Kyrie salve II - plainchant) and Emendemus in melius by William Byrd.

Friday, April 7: Lenten Feria
6:30 P.M. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament



Please join us as we celebrate Holy Week and Easter at Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

In addition to the extraordinary music programmed throughout the week, highlights of this year’s liturgies include our first celebration of Tenebrae, featuring the Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres; welcoming well known priest and spiritual writer Barbara Crafton as our preacher on Good Friday; and the Herbert Howell’s Coll. Reg. Magnificat to cap off the Great Vigil of Easter.

Here is the full schedule:

Saturday, April 8
10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. — Parish Work day and liturgical rehearsal. We will serve lunch. Please join us as we prepare the church for Holy Week and Easter.

Sunday, April 9, The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (Domine, ne longe)
8:00 A.M — Mass in the Lady Chapel
9:00 A.M — The Blessing and Distribution of Palms, Procession, and Solemn Mass with the Passion According to Saint Matthew. The Rector will preach and Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass.
11:00 A.M — The Blessing and Distribution of Palms, Procession, and Solemn Mass with the Passion according to Saint Matthew. The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the mass and sing Missa in die tribulationis by Orlande de Lassus (1532–1594), the responsories “Hosanna to the son of David” by Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623), and “Pueri Hebraeorum” by Marc’Antonio Ingegneri (c. 1535/1536–1592), and the motet “Improperium expectavit” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594).

Monday, April 10, Monday in Holy Week
6:30 P.M. — Mass

Tuesday, April 11, Tuesday in Holy Week
6:30 P.M. — Mass

Wednesday, April 12, Wednesday in Holy Week
6:30 P.M. — Mass of the Day
7:00 P.M.Tenebrae: Mattins and Lauds of Maundy Thursday. Under the direction of organist and choirmaster James Kennerley (tenor), he and sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Sherezade Panthaki will offer the music of the liturgy. In addition to the proper plainchant responsories and psalms they will sing the proper lessons from Jeremiah, set by François Couperin (1668-1733) in 1714 for the Abbaye royale de Longchamps. Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres are almost never performed liturgically, making this an extraordinary opportunity to hear this music in context.

Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday (Nos autem)
7:00 P.M. — The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, and the Stripping of the Altars. The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the mass and sing Missa "Pange lingua" by Josquin Desprez (c. 1440–1521) and the motets "Ubi caritas" by Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986), "Tristis est anima mea" by Orlande de Lassus (1532–1594), and Lassus' "Una hora" and "In monte Oliveti."
Watch will be kept before the Reserved Sacrament throughout the night and until the Good Friday liturgy.

Friday, April 14, Good Friday
12:30 P.M.. — The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion According to Saint John, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. We will welcome as our preacher the Rev’d Barbara Cawthorn Crafton and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the liturgy and sing Improperia by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611) and the motet “Adoramus te, Christi” by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643).
A reception with hot cross buns will follow the liturgy.

Saturday, April 15, Holy Saturday
8:00 P.M. — The Great Vigil, First Mass, and First Evensong of Easter. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the mass and sing the antiphon "Sicut cervus" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594), Missa "Alleluia" by Jean Mouton (1459-1522), the motet "Jubilate Deo a 8" by Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557–1612), and the Magnificat from the Evening Service Collegium Regale by Herbert Howells (1892–1983).
A reception in the Undercroft follows the mass.

Sunday, April 16, The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day (Resurrexi)
8:00 A.M — Mass
9:00 A.M — Procession and Solemn Mass. The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass.
11:00 A.M — The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Missa “Congratulamini mihi” by Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599) and the motet “Dum transisset Sabbatum (I)” by John Taverner (c. 1490–1545).


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Prayer List: The weekly intercessions list is found in the Sunday Leaflet. The entire list of those for whom our prayers for healing are offered, which you will find on the next to last page of this Leaflet, will always be prayed in full on our Wednesday evening healing Masses.

If you wish to place yourself or someone else, whether a member of the parish or not, on the prayer list, please contact the office either by or phone (212-580-3326). Please do let us know if you or a member of your family or a friend is sick and would like either our prayers or a visit from one of the clergy. In these days of strict privacy laws we will not know you or a member of your family is in the hospital or ill unless you tell us. Names will be placed on the list for six weeks, after which time they will be removed, unless renewed. Please contact the parish office to place names on the list. Names submitted by Wednesday 12 Noon will appear in the following Sunday Leaflet.

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Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-5:30; Wednesday 2-6; Thursday 1:30-5:30

Deadline for Parish Notes: Wednesdays at Noon