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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

An Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition Where All Are Welcome


October 2020

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.

In-Person and Online Worship
Our Community during this crisis
Christian Formation
Toiletries for Soup Kitchen

Stewardship 2021
The Leopards
Notes on Today’s Music
Social Media

Capital Campaign: Saint Ignatius at 150
Prayer List
Service Schedule


We have resumed in-person worship, after an hiatus of over six months. We welcome those of you who are with us here today and refer you to the guidelines for gathering safely on the inside front page and to the instructions you will find throughout the leaflet.

We hope to continue to offer in person worship as long as infection rates in New York City remain at an acceptable level. Should the situation deteriorate, we will adapt as necessary and close again if we must. As conditions improve, we shall return to our more familiar forms of worship and adjust restrictions. Our first consideration is for your health and safety.

We return with two masses, Low Mass at 9 A.M. and Solemn Mass (similar to the format that has been live streamed) at 11 A.M. Feast day services will resume as announced. As long as the infection rates in New York City stay low, we shall proceed with our plan. Should matters here deteriorate we are prepared to adapt and do what is necessary. Read our re-opening information here.

We must limit attendance to ensure adequate social distancing. You may reserve a place at mass for you and members of your household here. You must fill out the form completely and answer all the questions on the form for us to accept your reservation. We will contact you if we have any questions.

For at least as long as Covid-19 remains a threat to public health and we have social distancing and other limitations on in-person worship, we will also continue to live stream Sunday worship and continue our other online offerings:

Sunday Solemn Mass and Feast days will be live streamed on our YouTube Channel and weekday services will continue on Zoom. To join our online worship offerings visit our calendar page.

Please be assured that the choice to come to church or not is yours and must be made with your health and safety and that of your friends, families, and coworkers in mind. The live stream and Zoom services will be there for you, too.

- The Rev’d Dr Andrew C. Blume, Rector

If you are worshipping with us in person, you will note that we will not pass the collection plate at the Offertory, but rather leave the basin at the back of the church. Please place your offerings in the plate as you depart. You can also donate using the PayPal button on our website which you may access from your mobile device.

If you are worshipping with us remotely, there are many ways for you to fulfill your Annual Stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge, or to make a donation to the church. The easiest way for you to do this is via PayPal, accessed by clicking the Donate button on the front page of our website. Your support remains essential to us during this period to ensure our continued operations in these challenging times, so we can serve you and our community, and keep up our historic property.

Notes on Today’s Music

Hans Leo Hassler, born in Nuremburg, studied with Andrea Gabrieli in Venice before returning to Germany, initially as organist to a nobleman in Augsburg. There he published, among other works, a collection of motets including his Ecce quam bonum in 1591. His Mass setting based on the same motet was published in 1599 in Nuremburg, to which he returned in 1602 as Kapellmeister.

Jacobus Clemens non Papa is unusual among Franco-flemish composers of the Renaissance in that he did not travel widely; he made his career entirely in the Netherlands. The nickname “non Papa” placed on his works published by the Antwerp printer Tielman Susato may have been meant to set him off from Pope Clement VII, or from the poet Jacobus Papa.

Although these and other polyphonic works may be conceived ideally as being for a choir of unaccompanied voices, it was not unusual—except in the papal chapel, from which the term ‘a cappella’ derives—for the organ or other instruments to support or replace some or all of those voices in practical performance during the Renaissance, as in times since and for the foreseeable future.

- Richard Porterfield

Stewardship 2021

Being a formal member of the parish means being regular in your attendance at worship and making a gift of support to the church, usually through a financial pledge. Your regular pledges to the church allow us, among other things to buy supplies, make repairs to the building, pay our share to the diocese, and, most importantly to pay our staff, so we can have beautiful worship and music, education programs, outreach ministries, and provide pastoral care for you, our members.

We have now launched our 2021 Stewardship Campaign. This is much earlier than we have done for many years and reflects the needs of our current financial situation. The Covid-19 emergency and its financial fall-out make our ability to budget for 2021 challenging. In order to ensure we can continue our ministry and programs and create a realistic budget it is essential that we have your firm commitment to support the church in the coming year as early as possible.

Once again we are conducting our every member canvas for Annual Stewardship and to check in with you about the Capital Campaign.

Both are critical to the life of our community and we hope that everyone who has pledged in the past will make a commitment to both, and hope that if you have never before made a formal pledge that you will seriously consider doing so.

Everyone who regularly participates in the life of the parish should expect to hear from someone about Annual Stewardship and the Capital Campaign.

Read the Stewardship Brochure here

Click here for our Online Pledge Form

Click here for a downloadable pledge card and direct debit instructions

Make your pledge payment with PayPal below:

At this time your continued support is especially important. To make an annual stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge payment, or make a one-time gift or offering, click here

Saint Ignatius at 150 Capital Campaign

We have formally launched both our 2021 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 2021 with our stewardship pledges and ensure our future with our gifts to the campaign.

Please visit the Saint Ignatius at 150 campaign website.

You will all have received in the mail information about Stewardship and the Capital Campaign. If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by a member of the Stewardship and Campaign Committee who will wish to discuss your pledge and anything else you wish to talk about the life of the parish. Please take the time to talk. 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 2021 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. Yoiu can find an online pledge form here.

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 or use PayPal below:

Please visit the Saint Ignatius at 150 campaign website.

At this time your continued support is especially important. To make an annual stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge payment, or make a one-time gift or offering, click here

Please contact churchwarden Abigail Plumer or stewardship chairman, Clive McKeef for additional information or with any questions.

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 Deacon Kahn.

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

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 5A.M.. 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 9A.M. through coffee hour following the 11A.M. Mass. Older children are encouraged to attend mass and are welcome to serve as readers, ushers, and acolytes.

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 Deacon Kahn or Lucy Kummerle here.

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 e-mail 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.

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!

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.


9:00A.M. Low Mass.
11:00A.M. Solemn Mass. Organist & Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield will offer the music of the Mass, including the Mass for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis and the anonymous Rejoice in the Lord alway sometimes attributed to the same.

9:00A.M. Low Mass.
11:00A.M. Solemn Mass. Organist & Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield will offer the music of the Mass, including the Harmonised Plainsong Communion of Charles Wood and Cum beatus Ignatius by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

9:00A.M. Low Mass.
11:00A.M. Solemn Mass. Organist & Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield will offer the music of the Mass, including the anonymous 14th-century Messe de Tournai and Jesus calls us by David Hurd.

9:00A.M. Low Mass.
11:00A.M. Solemn Mass. Organist & Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield will offer the music of the Mass, including the Missa sine nomine by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and O quam gloriosum by Juan de Esquivel.

7:00P.M. Solemn Requiem. Organist & Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield will lead The Schola of Saint Ignatius in the traditional Gregorian setting of the Mass for the Dead (Requiem).

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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