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Summer 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

Rector's Vacation

I shall be taking my annual summer vacation and will be away from the parish the next three Sundays. I will be back at mass on Sunday, July 16. In my absence, Father Towner ( and Deacon Kahn ( will be handling pastoral and liturgical matters and the Churchwardens taking care of administration. Please be in touch with them if you have needs or concerns during this period. For those of you who might be travelling and find yourself in London, on Sunday, July 2nd I shall be the preacher at the 10:30 AM service at our companion parish, Saint Saviour, Saint George's Square, Pimlico, London SW1. I look forward to seeing you upon my return.

Summer Mass Schedule

Through the summer, Low Mass will be said in the Lady Chapel at 8 am and Solemn Mass will be sung at the high altar at 10 am. The program year schedule of three masses will resume Sunday, September 10, 2017. Wednesday Evening Prayer and mass are suspended through the summer and will resume Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

NYC LGBTQ Pride Parade 2017 - June 25

Come march under our rainbow lion banner as part of the Episcopal Diocese contingent for the pride parade on Sunday, June 25th! Please reach out to Bekka O'Donnell ( or Emily Petit ( for more details. Parish t-shirts will be on sale that day! We encourage you to wear yours to represent our community.

Regina Coeli

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). These last few weeks we have prayed these little offices without the tower bell, which, sadly is out of order and may remain so for some time given the complexity and expense of the repairs. From time to time, especially at Evensong in Advent and a s a special devotion to Our Lady (as we are doing this May Sunday), we pray the seasonal Marian office at the Shrine of Our Lady and Our Lord following the liturgy at the High Altar. This is a custom followed in a number of other historic Anglo-Catholic churches throughout the Communion. Through Pentecost (and likely continuing in the Autumn after Labor Day) we will move the Marian Office from before mass to its conclusion. The congregation are now invited to join in the singing of the antiphon (when we are using a plainchant setting) and making their appointed responses aloud as we make this a fully communal devotion. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

— The Rector

Christian Formation:

Christian education programs for children will resume in the fall.

Christian education programs for adults will resume in the fall.

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

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.

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 waterproofing 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.

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.

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


Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 25 — The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, July 2 — The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, July 9 — The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, July 16 — The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, July 23 — The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, July 30 — The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass.

Sunday, August 6 — The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Procession & Solemn Mass. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass.

Sunday, August 13 — The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung Mass

Sunday, August 20 — Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ (tr)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Procession & Solemn Mass. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass.

Sunday, August 27 — The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)
8:00 A.M Low Mass.
10:00 A.M Sung 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

Deadline for Parish Notes: Wednesdays at Noon