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December 9, 2018


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.


Marian Antiphon

For many years it has been the tradition in the parish to ring the tower bell and pray the Angelus, a little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, immediately before the 11 o'clock Solemn Mass on Sunday mornings. In Eastertide we replace the Angelus with the seasonal Marian antiphon, Regina Coeli (O Queen of Heaven). Last spring the tower bell became unusable and we are now working out an economical solution to its repair. At that time we took the opportunity to experiment with the placement of the Marian Office and in Eastertide we sung the Regina Coeli at the Shrine of Our Lady following the liturgy at the High Altar, something we have done from time-to-time following Evensong. This is a custom followed in a number of other historic Anglo-Catholic churches throughout the Communion. This fall and going forward, we will continue to pray the Marian Office after the dismissal and before the organ voluntary. The congregation are now invited to join in the singing of the antiphon (when we are using an Anglican or plain chant setting) and making their appointed responses aloud as we make this a fully communal devotion. We will sing the Angelus through Christ the King, switch to the seasonal antiphon, Alma redemptoris Mater from Advent through Epiphany, return to the Angelus through Lent, and in Eastertide sing Regina Coeli. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

— The Rector

Music Notes

Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500–1553) is perhaps the most important Spanish composer of his generation and one of Spain's first major composers. Born in Seville, his career included posts in Rome (for ten years he was a singer in the papal choir) and, after returning to Spain, as maestro de capilla of the cathedrals at Toledo and Málaga. Among his students was Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599). Most of Morales's compositional output is liturgical music, including twenty–two masses.

Little is known of Robert Parsons' (c. 1535–1571/2) life apart from the fact that he was a chorister in the Chapel Royal, and perhaps taught the young William Byrd. His setting of Ave Maria utilizes the shorter version of the text that was prevalent prior to the additional words (Sancta Maria etc.) appended by St Petrus Canisius in the catechism instigated by the Council of Trent in 1566.

— James Kennerley

Advent Gift Drive

As in past years, we are collecting new, wrapped gifts for the children living in the Ellington Shelter in our neighborhood. The age/gender breakdown for the 86 or so children is as follows: Newborns (2 boys, 4 girls); age 1-2 (11 boys, 6 girls); age 3-4 (8 boys, 7 girls); age 5-6 (8 boys, 5 girls); age 7-9 (10 boys, 9 girls); age 10-11 (1 boy, 3 girls); age 12-13 (2 boys, 2 girls); age 15-16 (3 girls); age 17 (4 boys, 1 girl). We will update the numbers as gifts come in, or if we receive further information from Ellington. The best practice is to choose gifts that cover a wide range of ages and/or would work for any gender so that the staff can distribute at least one gift to each child. Please leave your donated gifts, which should be wrapped and tagged with the gender (if appropriate) and age of the intended recipient, at the baptismal font throughout Advent and we will deliver them to the shelter no later than December 24.

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.

Christian Formation

Weeknight Christian Formation for Adults: The first of three programs this year was just completed. Future programs will be offered by Deacon Kahn in preparation for Lent and by Father Towner in Eastertide.

Sunday Christian Formation for Adults: Once a month as announced, following the 11 am Mass Coffee Hour Father Blume will lead a Rector's Forum on a variety of topics.

Christian Formation for Youth: Monthly Youth Group for Seventh through Tenth Graders takes place in the Rector's Office on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 pm.

Sunday Christian Formation for Children: Meredith Strauss will continue to lead our Sunday School, which meets following the 9 am Mass, and Leanne Dodge will continue to coordinate our youth acolytes. We continue to offer childcare for children under seven years of age from 9 am through coffee hour following the 11 am Mass. Older children are encouraged to attend mass and are welcome to serve as readers, ushers, and acolytes.

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Parish Retreat

Our biennial parish retreat will take place the first weekend of Lent, March 8-10, at Holy Cross Monastery in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, and will be facilitated by one of the monks. The cost of $235 includes the two nights' lodging and all meals; transportation is extra. Space is limited! A 50% down payment now will reserve your spot. Please hand your check, payable to the parish, to Deacon Paul or mail it to his attention at the church. You can contact Deacon Paul with any questions.

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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.

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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.

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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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Stewardship 2018

Stewardship season is under way. We have rolled out the process a bit more deliberately this year. You will have received from the Rector his appeal and a letter from the wardens and treasurer with a pledge form. We are hoping that this time table will give everyone some time to give some serious thought to their pledge and not simply just write down the same number you have always written. We need our church to be here and be strong for each of us when we come, and to do this we need to wean ourselves from reliance on our reserves. In order to move in this direction we hope that everyone who participated last year will do so again and raise their pledge by 12%. If you did not pledge this year or are a newcomer and consider yourself a member of the parish, we hope that you will make a pledge. Everyone working together can ensure a strong future for our community.

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

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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.

Ushering at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatians who would like to serve as ushers are warmly invited to speak to any of the regular ushers. Ushers welcome people as they enter the church, take up collection, and assist in other ways throughout the service. We will pair up new ushers with more experienced ushers so that there is plenty of support in learning the ropes. Please make yourself known to us so we can include you in this ministry!

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Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 9th — The Second Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass.
5:00 p.m. Advent Lessons & Carols.

Sunday, December 16th — The Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass.

Sunday, December 23rd — The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass.

Monday, December 24th — The Eve of the Nativity: Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. Solemn Mass.
9:30 p.m. Choral Prelude.
10:00 p.m. Solemn Mass.

Tuesday, December 25th — The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass.

Sunday, December 31st — The First Sunday after Christmas
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass.

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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.