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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

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

Covid-19

Reopening Information
Worship
Online Worship

Parish Office
Pastoral Care
Christian Formation
Community Events

Worship

As we return to in person public worship, for the time being we will have two masses on Sundays: Low Mass at 9 A.M. and Solemn Mass at 11 A.M.

As stated above we must limit attendance to ensure adequate social distancing. You may reserve a place at mass for your and members of your household here:
https://saintignatiusnyc.org/RSVP_form_in-person_worship.html

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.

Online Worship

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

You will find Sunday Mass at 11 AM, as well as feast day services (as announced) on our YouTube Channel: https://www.YouTube.com/SaintIgnatiusNYC
These services are all available to watch anytime after on YouTube.

In addition, we will continue the following online offerings:
Evening Prayer is said weekdays at 6 PM EDT on Zoom
The Great Litany is said Fridays at Noon EDT on Zoom
The Office of the Dead is prayed Saturdays at 10 AM EDT on Zoom

You can find the links to all Zoom services here.

Additionally, it is also now possible for us to offer the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Matrimony. If you feel called to either of these sacraments, please be in touch with me and we can discuss how to proceed and what this would look like. We are also able to bury the dead according to the rites of the Church.

Pay attention to the Rector’s emails and this space for details and developments.

Parish Office

To contact the parish office, please email us at office@saintignatiusnyc.org

Our sexton is in the building on his regular schedule, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm. Organist and Choirmaster Richard Porterfield lives on the property and together with Boniface helps us maintain our security.

The Rector is working both from home in his office at Church. He is available for parishioners by phone and email.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care as we have come to know it, with the opportunity for in person visits and meetings, is one of the casualties of the present moment. If you are sick or in need, please do not hesitate to let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the best support we can. Right now no one can visit hospitals and nursing facilities and we can not make home visits.

At the same time we do not want people in need to feel isolated or be unable to receive what help we can give. The clergy are happy to speak with you by phone or even FaceTime (or Skype, etc.) and keep in touch via email. We may be entering a phase where socially distanced visits are possible.

If you cannot or should not go out, the Leopards are on the prowl, ready to assist those quarantined at home or unable to go out by dropping groceries and other necessary supplies at their doors, current restriction permitting. They are also looking for vigorous new Leopards to assist in this and future endeavours.

If you need help or want to volunteer to help, you can contact Deacon Kahn or Lucy Kummerle here.

The Spiritual Life and Christian Formation

If you want some reading and reflection, check out our Sermon Archive. You will find our sermons here

Stephen Morris is continuing his Wednesday morning Bible Study, which is now meeting live on Zoom from 11 AM to noon EDT; the sessions are being recorded for later viewing as well. He is making his way through the Gospel according to St Mark, and is currently on Chapter 15. If you have not already downloaded ZOOM when you click on the link, it will prompt you to download it:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/644352898?pwd=a25Na0E0VTVUZVlKWXlmYzRtbnpnZz09
Meeting ID: 644 352 898
Password: 091418

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.

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 www.indiebound.org or www.bookshop.org, 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.

Community Events

Over the last year or so, we have been holding regular community gatherings in restaurants and peoples’ homes in order to deepen our fellowship. These are, of course, suspended for the moment.