Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Ignatius,
I’m very sorry that I have to send you unwelcome news today. We just received a message from the Bishop’s office confirming today's mandate from the Governor: that in this time of rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections, public assemblies, including religious services, are forbidden until further notice. Bishop Soto has instructed us to respect and comply with this order. Therefore, at St. Ignatius we will be returning to live-stream liturgies only until further notice. We will resume the pattern established in the first phase of the pandemic, namely daily live stream masses Monday to Saturday at 8 am, and our Sunday vigil mass at 5:30 pm. For the time being, at least, the church will remain closed to the public.
This is certainly a sad turn of events, just as we’d begun to return to some semblance of ordinary liturgical life in our Church. The dramatic increase in infections, however, puts everyone at risk. It is clearly our obligation to do whatever we can to promote the health and welfare of our parish and civic community, especially of our most vulnerable members.
We acknowledge that this news is especially difficult for those children and their parents who were looking forward to First Communions in the coming weeks, and to the other parishioners who were awaiting already delayed sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and matrimony. Two young Jesuits who were to be ordained priests on Wednesday in Los Angeles are among those who will be waiting along with you. We will inform you as soon as we have further news and information about next steps and future scheduling.
I ask you to pray for your loved ones, for our parish community, and our world. As people who walk by faith and not always by sight, let’s pray for the Holy Spirit’s gifts of healing and hope for ourselves and for our world,
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Tom Lucas S.J.
In keeping with the suggested precautions coming from the Diocese of Sacramento and the CDC, some upcoming events hosted by or otherwise involving St. Ignatius Loyola Parish have been cancelled in order to reduce the chances of parishioners coming into contact with individuals who may unknowingly be infected with COVID-19. The current list of cancelled events can be found below; please check back to this post regularly for any updates on additional cancellations, and be sure to double check whether or not an event has been cancelled before heading out to attend it by contacting the appropriate event coordinator, whose information can be found on relevant event materials.
*The regular Bounty dinner event will not take place until further notice; however, food will still be passed out to those who are hungry. Please contact Collin Price, nSJ, at email@example.com or (916) 482-9666 ext. 217 for more details.
UPDATE: Lenten Penance Services have been cancelled to prevent possible exposure to Coronavirus.
Fr. Mike Moynahan, S.J., was interviewed by St. Ignatius School recently about the Novena of Grace. Enjoy the video below!
To see all Faith Formation newsletters and videos from St. Ignatius School, visit their the Ignatian Spirituality page.
Join us February 27 through March 6, 2020, for this year's Hearts on Fire Novena.
The theme this year is "Teach us to be Generous." We will have eight presenters; each one will lead us in a new lesson on how to be generous.
Father Mike Moynahan, S.J., St. Ignatius Parish Pastor
• Comes from the deserts of Arizona and loves the wisdom of the desert mothers and fathers
• Loves all things Irish, including the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality
• Both a poet and a storyteller
• As a Jesuit, he understands that gratitude and generosity live in the same house.
Father John McGarry, S.J.
• Originally from Los Angeles, California
• Former Principal of Jesuit High School, now President
• A member of the Society of Jesus for 37 years, 27 years a priest
• His parents taught him by word and example. Be grateful. Be generous.
Mr. Dino Rufo
• Ignatian Spiritual Advisor
• Retired attorney
• Husband, Father, Grandfather
Mr Alan Nissila
• Liturgy Director of St. Ignatius Parish
• Pastoral Musician for over 30 years
• Enjoys classic films, RVing and cycling at a leisurely pace
• Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality
• Theology faculty member at Jesuit High School
• Team member of the Ignatian Formation of deacon candidates and spouses for the Diocese of Sacramento
Father Chuck Tilley, S.J., Associate Pastor at St. Ignatius/Business Manager
• He knows he is the most handsome priest here at S.I.
• He inspires others with his modesty
• He is softspoken and gentle
• He shivers every time he passes an open refrigerator door.
• Wife for 33 years and mother of three young adults
• Raised Baptist and was received into the Catholic Church 30 years ago
• Lifelong student of scripture, music and liturgy
• Music Director of St. Ignatius Church
Fr. Tom O’Neill S.J., Associate Pastor of St. Ignatius
• Superior of the Sacramento Jesuit Community
• Helps at Jesuit High School and Cristo Rey High School
• An artist with a M.F.A. in painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.
• A “Friend of Bill” blessed with nearly 6 years of sobriety
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Super Bowl Squares fundraiser. It was a big success, and most importantly, it was a lot of fun.
Congratulations to the lucky winners!
1st Quarter SF 3 – KC 7 Winners: Harry Anderson, Tony & Julie Siebert, Clementine Rivera-Brown
2nd Quarter SF 10 – KC 10 Winners: Mariela Santana, Mike Flynn, Katelyn Paulson
3rd Quarter SF 20 – KC 10 Winners: Mariela Santana, Mike Flynn, Katelyn Paulson
4th Quarter SF 20 – KC 31 Winners: Marti Price, Mark Becker, (square empty on kids board)
All remaining portrait session appointments are currently filled. If you still want an appointment, contact Amy for cancellations and waitlist. If we get 25 names on a waitlist, Lifetouch will assign us an additional day.
As an alternative to a portrait session, you may submit your own digital photo, and receive a copy of the directory, for a $20 fee. (Ask Amy about fee waiver if this presents a hardship.)
To submit your own digital photo:
Room Change Alert: photo sessions on February 10 and 11th will be in the Ministries Room. Enter from Arden way parking lot.
Questions or need help? Contact Amy at (916) 712-3334.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality will be offering Mornings of Prayer and Evenings of Prayer during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Our first session begins on Tuesday, December 3rd from 9-10 am in the Chapel led by Fr. Mike Moynahan, SJ. The Evenings of Prayer will begin on the same day but from 7-8 PM led by Michael Cheney, Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
The Mornings and Evenings of Prayer are meant to offer actual experiences of various forms of Ignatian prayer: the Daily Examen, Ignatian Meditation, and Ignatian Contemplation. Our time together will also include an opportunity to share and/or respond to questions about spirituality and one’s prayer life.
Lenten Season: March 10, 17, & 24 9 – 10 AM or 7 – 8 PM
March 31 & April 7 9 – 10 AM
Due to the earlier onset of the flu season this year, the diocese has recommended the following precautions to prevent further spread of illness among us
The flu season has came early. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is “widespread” and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, Bishop Soto has issued the following directives:
• The use of the communion cup is temporarily suspended.
• Receive the Body of Christ in the hand (although receiving on the tongue is still permitted)
• Refrain from shaking hands (a “nod” or elbow bump is allowed.)
• Refrain from holding hands during the Our Father
• Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will cleanse their hands with hand sanitizer before distributing communion.
And most importantly: the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday or other Holy Days does not apply to those who are sick.
If you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself, and do not risk spreading illness to your Brothers and Sisters.
Calling all Brother Knights to join us the second Saturday of each month from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to assist Saint Ignatius with some light duty chores and projects around the parish center and school. Bring your work gloves, water, sunscreen/hat, and any tools you wish to bring. Lady Knights and prospective members welcome. Please contact our Worthy Chancellor, Dan Aseltine at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance and with any questions. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Please be aware of your belongings and what is visible in your vehicle while you're in church. We do have security guards present in our East parking lot, but your simple precautions help them to maintain a secure environment.