Ignatian COVID-19 Response

The Office of Mission & Ministry is here to help our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. New material and updates will be posted regularly to connect our community, nourish us spiritually, and help us work in solidarity with the vulnerable and marginalized. Most importantly, please know that while we are away from school, we are still here for you, so please contact us if we can be of service.

Upcoming Events

Pope Francis (@Pontifex) | Twitter“For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties…but the Lord has not left us alone!” 

– Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Easter Blessing 

Sunday, June 7

Please know that we are still here for you as a pastoral care team! Please email any member of Mission & Ministry if we can be of assistance (or if you just want to say hello!).

Weekly Student Examen:

Liturgy of the Word: Join us on Black & Gold Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. for a brief prayer service based on the daily readings. Leaders include:

  • Mr. Larry Luciano: June 3, 2020
  • Coach Dan Bates: May 27, 2020
  • Ms. Elizabeth Pietropaoli: May 20, 2020
  • Mr. Dan Brady: May 13, 2020
  • Mr. Patrick Flaherty: May 6, 2020
  • Dr. Damian Zynda: April 29, 2020
  • Coach Dan Bates: April 22, 2020

Kairos Small Group Reunions occurred on April 29. While we are distance socially, remember to reconnect with your Kairos brothers!

Mondays with Mary: McQuaid Family Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Meeting ID: 920 0305 3735 // Password: 1hzW2k

Agape Latte 8.0: “My Rock” with Mr. Cory Parker ’13 is Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. Meeting ID: 819 3272 4781 // Password: 8ppDkJ

Parents Survival Package:

Prayer:

Retreat:

  • A Retreat for Lent and Easter– A Journey Into Freedom. This Lent Retreat is a course in prayer. It’s aim is to help you get to know and love Jesus Christ better in order to live a deeper and more authentic Christian life of service. Comes from the Jesuits in Britain.

 

Newest Updates on Service Requirements:

Seniors – For any Senior who has not already completed their Capstone Service Project this requirement has been waived. However, any student currently under 50 hours of service must complete 10 virtual service hours to graduate. These hours have no specific theme attached to them, but transfer hours cannot count.

8th Graders – Normal 8th Grade promotion requirements have been waived. Any student with 5-15 hours of service qualifies for promotion. However, any student currently under 5 hours must meet the threshold of 5 hours from virtual service. Transfer hours do not count.

All Other Students: Service requirements for all other students remain the same at this time. No student in these groups is expected to meet a certain threshold before the end of the school year.

There are a number of virtual service options below you can complete from home. We encourage everyone engaged in service outside the home to follow CDC safety guidelines, keep a physical distance from others, and wear protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Additionally, the normal restriction that service cannot be completed for direct family members is being loosened. Students completing tasks for older or high-risk family members may count their actions for service hours. Students should continue to utilize MobileServe to submit hours and should attach a picture of what they are doing with their submission to confirm their hours.

Service

During this pandemic many groups who are at the margins of society are particularly vulnerable. Please check out our Google Doc here on how to connect with and support organizations in our community who are continuing to serve the marginalized.

Justice

  • The Ignatian Solidarity Network – The ISN has some excellent resources on how to stay in solidarity with others, especially the marginalized, during this pandemic. Their Education for Justice wing put together a great resource on how to learn about and take action for vulnerable groups. You can find that here.
  • Frontline and Healthcare Workers – Our fellow New Yorkers in the city are at the epicenter of the U.S.’s coronavirus outbreak. You can support their healthcare workers by purchasing a meal for them or through helping provide needed protective gear. You can also support hospitals by donating blood, which is a major need right now. Check out the Red Cross to find a blood drive near you.
  • The Innocence Project – The coronavirus has spread like a wildfire through many jails throughout the country. Prisoners are unable to socially distance and are often not provided proper hygiene materials, putting not just them but also prison staff at a higher risk. The Innocence Project provides a list of how you can lend your voice, reach out, and spread awareness about this important justice issue. You can continue to learn more from The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that reports on the criminal justice system.
  • Climate Justice – Get involved in an ecochallenge for April and Earth Day or learn more about the climate strike movement and how you can get involved!

Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is the most solemn of the liturgical year. This three-day period – the Easter Triduum – is one great festival recounting the last three days of Jesus’ life on earth, his suffering, death and resurrection.

Click on the link below to view a prerecorded video of each day’s retreat.  This includes music, Gospel reading, reflection and guiding questions for the day’s reflection. Links are open at 6 AM daily.  You can enter the retreat at your convenience. You are invited back at 3 PM daily for a live Zoom sharing of graces. (Zoom invitation can be found at the end of each video.)

Holy Thursday Retreat

Mrs. Penny Gonzalez, Assistant to the President     

Good Friday Retreat

Mrs. Lupia, Foreign Language Department and BSU Co-Moderator

 

Holy Saturday

Mrs. Janet Dacey, Dean, Middle School

 

Easter Sunday Retreat

Mr. Jack Ruppert, History Department

A number of great events took place during the second semester. Check out the photos below!