Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

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August 2020


Public Worship is suspended through the summer.
To join our online worship offerings visit our calendar page and our YouTube Channel


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.

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.

A message from the Rector about coronavirus Our Community during this crisis Stewardship 2020 and the Capital Campaign

Stewardship 2020 and Saint Ignatius at 150 Capital Campaign

On Sunday November 3 we formally launched both our 2020 Stewardship Campaign and our important, generational Saint Ignatius at 150 Capital Campaign. That day, we gathered not just for Mass, but for a parish lunch at which our old friend Peg Breen, president of the Landmarks Conservancy, spoke to us and encouraged us in our work. She said, “The people who built St. Ignatius had faith. They built it to honor God, to give themselves a beautiful worship space, and intending that St. Ignatius would stand, as it has since 1903. You are redeeming that faith, and passing a legacy on to a future congregation.”

This dual effort is essential for us to both maintain our ministries and program in 2020 with our stewardship pledges and ensure our future with our gifts to the campaign.

You will all have received in the mail information about Stewardship and the Capital Campaign. There are also materials at the back of the church today with the churchwardens. If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by a member of the Stewardship and Campaign Committee who will wish to meet with you and discuss your pledge and anything else you wish to talk about the life of the parish. Please take the time to meet. You will find more information about Stewardship, Pledging, and Parish Membership on our website.

We are most grateful to those who have already made their 2020 Stewardship pledges. We have had a wonderful start and we hope you will keep your pledges coming!

If you have not pledged, please consider making a pledge at this time.
We have made it easy to make your contributions. As many do already (thank you!), you can pay through direct debit (contact us for information) and you can now pay by credit card here

Please contact churchwarden or stewardship chairman,

Christian Formation

All in person Christian formation is on hold for the time being. See below for current online educational offerings.

For some reading and reflection, take a look at our sermon archive.

Book Discussion: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Episcopal Diocese of New York is encouraging all parishes to participate in on-line discussions based on one of the most timely and important books of the day, Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist

In addition to starting a discussion group with fellow Ignatians, we will have the opportunity to join in conversation with members of another parish from the diocese, as well as a “meet the author” event at the end of October.  Thus we will have opportunities to address the crucial issues the book raises amongst ourselves and to create new relationships with other Episcopal parishes. Our plan is to have at least 1-2 parish discussion sessions mid-August to early September, before the wider diocesan discussions begin.

The book is readily available in print, Kindle, and audio editions from major retailers, but you may wish to support your local booksellers either directly or through  or, or use this link if you wish to purchase books from black-owned bookstores. If purchasing the book is an hardship, please let Deacon Kahn know confidentially and funds can be made available from the Rector’s Discretionary Account.

The Anti-Racism Committee and the clerical and lay leadership of St Ignatius encourage your participation! Please notify Deacon Paul Kahn by email here or by phone at 917.544.3626 of your interest and then stay tuned for more details.

Daily Office Readings Discussion Group  Each Thursday at 4 PM the group will meet to discuss the Daily Office readings of the preceding seven days.  Father Towner and Deacon Kahn do not envision the readings as “homework that must be done in advance, but rather as common territory in some part of which (this reading or that) each of us will undoubtedly have encountered something we wish to share with one another, whether a fresh insight, or an old connection made meaningful again in our present.  It will be a time to appreciate the relationship we enjoy in Christ as we reflect together on the story of our redemption.” You will find the Zoom meeting details here and in the weekly calendar, and in Thursday morning’s email. For more information contact .

Bible Study: Stephen Morris continues his popular Zoom Bible Study, Wednesdays at 11 AM.

Links to Daily Office offerings online can be found on our calendar page.

Youth Group and Sunday School are suspended until further notice.

Christian Formation for Youth: Our program for 7th to 11th graders continues under the leadership of the Rector and our seminarian Mary Davenport, and meets one Sunday each month at 5 PM. The program, which is a combination of fellowship, worship, and study, will also include this year a number of special events. For more information, please contact the Rector.

Sunday Christian Formation for Children: Meredith Strauss will continue to lead our Sunday School, which meets following the 9 AM Mass, getting started around 10:10 AM. We 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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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.

The Leopards, led by Deacon Kahn and Lucy Kuemmerle, are hard at work formulating ways to get people the material help they need, such as groceries and supplies, as well as maintaining connection. If you need help or want to volunteer to help, you can contact or here.

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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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Public gatherings are suspended at the moment.

Parish Social Events: An Open Invitation

Informal parish gatherings at local restaurants and parishioners’ homes have been a wonderful way for St Ignatians to get to know one another outside of church. We want to schedule many more such get-togethers. The co-chairs of the Hospitality Committee, Josh Slater and Meredith Strauss, would love to hear from anyone who is interested in hosting a social gathering in your home or has ideas for future outings. Please email us at and we will be in touch with you!


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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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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Upcoming Events:

Public worship is suspended through the summer. To view our online worship offerings check our calendar page and visit our YouTube Channel Please Subscribe!

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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: TBA