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March 18, 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

The Marian Antiphon is suspended during Lent when we sing the Great Litany in Procession. We will resume the Marian Antiphon on Easter Day, when we will sing the Regina coeli at the Shrine of Our Lady and Our Lord following the Solemn Mass.

— The Rector

Christian Formation

Adult Education: In the last weeks before his crucifixion, knowing his suffering and death were drawing near, Jesus exposed his humanity in all its frailty, emotion, and uncertainty. On March 6 and 13 at 6.30pm, an Adult Ed short Lenten series will explore and reflect upon these ultimate human moments of Jesus: what do they reveal about the incarnate God?; what do they reveal about us? Please join us on this short journey.

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

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.

Music Notes

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 seventeenth, is intended for Sundays in Lent.

Born in Paris to a wealthy bourgeois family, Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) began his musical studies with his mother, who gave him his first piano lessons. The death of Poulenc's parents upset his plans to attend the Paris Conservatoire and, as a result, he took no formal lessons in orchestration and counterpoint. From 1914 to 1917 Poulenc was the pupil of Ricardo Viñes, who was both the dedicatee of several early works as well as a somewhat spiritual mentor. Poulenc was grouped, along with five other emerging French composers garnered notoriety for their advances compositional ideas. He wrote a great deal of religious music for the Roman church, including the Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, composed between 1938 and 1939. In contrast to the more sarcastic, witty secular music composed as part of Poulenc's involvement in Les Six, the motets delight in a pious simplicity and gentle exuberance.

— James Kennerley

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.

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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:

Friday, March 2nd
6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 4th — The Third Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Friday, March 9th
6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 11th — The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare)
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Friday, March 16th
6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 18th — The Fifth Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Friday, March 23rd
6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 25th — The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Wednesday, March 28th — Wednesday in Holy Week
6:30 p.m. Low Mass.
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae: Matins and Lauds of Maundy Thursday.

Thursday, March 29th — Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy with the Foot Washing, Solemn Mass, Procession to the Altar of Repose, and the Stripping of the Altars. Following the service, vigil will be kept at the Altar of Repose until the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday.

Friday, March 30th Good Friday
12:30 p.m. Solemn Liturgy with the Passion According to Saint John, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.

Saturday, March 31stHoly Saturday: Easter Eve
8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil and First Mass and Evensong of Easter.

Sunday, April 1st — Easter Day
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & 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.