The Ignatian Year

May 20, 2021 — July 31, 2022

Declaration of the Ignatian Year for Our Parish

From our Pastor, Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., and the Parish Pastoral Council:

Five hundred years ago, the man who would become known as St. Ignatius of Loyola was hit in the legs by a cannonball at the battle of Pamplona. This devastating event sparked a process of conversion as Ignatius' eyes were slowly opened to see all things new in Christ. To mark this anniversary, we, the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, declare an Ignatian Year for our parish starting on May 20, 2021 (the anniversary of the battle of Pamplona) and ending on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31, 2022. We take this step in concert with declarations of the Ignatian Year made by Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J., by the Jesuits East USA province, and in concert with Jesuit ministries around the world. We encourage parish ministries to focus their work over the next year through the lens of “seeing all things new in Christ.” We invite all parishioners and community members to respond to God’s call to deeper conversion, to engage more deeply with the Universal Apostolic Preferences, to recognize and reflect on personal “cannonball moments,” and to truly “see all things new in Christ.”

Ignatian Year Upcoming Events

Day of Prayer: From Grieving to Living in Hope
Saturday, November 6
9am - 3pm
Register here

St Ignatius invites us to “see all things new in Christ.” This invitation can include every human experience, including the experience of grieving. The time of Covid-19 has given us many reasons to grieve, that is, to acknowledge the pain of loss. It can be the loss of a loved one, an associate at work or school, a close friend, or an acquaintance. We also grieve the loss of something important in our lives: our job, our home, financial security, health, the celebration of special events. Grieving is both a human and a spiritual experience, allowing God’s healing grace to touch us. This Day of Prayer will offer two presentations on grieving, with time for reflection, prayer, and conversation. Led by Fr. Jim Wallace and the Redemptorist Team for Evangelization and Parish Missions. Contact Catherine Heinhold at cheinhold@trinity.org with questions.

Responding to Racism
The social justice ministry continues to invite parishioners to explore their own responses to racism in our church and communities. Parishioners are invited to participate in Restorative Justice circles, JustFaith retreats on racial healing and racial justice, advocacy efforts with Washington Interfaith Network, and understanding the history of race and racism at Holy Trinity.

Lifting the Voices of Women
The Women Who Stay taps feminist biblical scholarship, art, imagination, and the experiences of participants  to prompt spiritual reflection on the often overlooked and misunderstood women of scripture and the Christian tradition. Embracing the theme of the Ignatian Year to see all things new in Christ, the program will continue to highlight voices and perspectives of women.

Living Laudato Si in the Year of Ignatius
Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology invite you to explore themes from Laudato Si through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality and the gospels during the coming year. Renewing the Earth: Living Laudato Si in the Year of Ignatius is a campaign that invites the Ignatian family to consider St. Ignatius’ conversion, or “cannonball moment,” as a model for our own ecological conversion in this historic environmental moment that requires a renewal of our spirits and of the earth. The HT Green Team will continue to meet each month inviting speakers to support a renewal of our spirits at Holy Trinity. The HT Green Team is also leading the effort to bring solar to energy to Holy Trinity with installation by summer 2022.

Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome
Information Session: November 14
Trip: March 20-29, 2022

Father Kevin Gillespie will be leading a group of Holy Trinity parishioners and friends on a pilgrimage tracing the steps of St. Ignatius of Loyola from March 20-29, 2022.  In collaboration with Illume Tours, you will experience the transformative power of travel with prayer through Spain and Rome during the Ignatian Year. Visit the webpage for information and registration. Space will be limited and deposits are due by November 20. Father Kevin will meet with those interested on November 14 after the 9am and 11:30am in the Parish Center Library. Please contact Lisa Dittmeier at parishlife@trinity.org for more information.

A Prayer for the Ignatian Year

God of love, when St. Ignatius was at his lowest point, you slowly opened his eyes to imagine new pathways for his life in response to your invitations. I ask you to be with me as you were with Ignatius. Help me to imagine new possibilities in my life and in the world as I listen to you. Open my eyes to see your presence in all things, and to see all things new in Christ. Amen.

Learn more about and find resources for the Ignatian Year at Jesuits.org/Ignatian-Year.