This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Thursday, March 14
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 2s

Saturday March 16
5:00 p.m. Saturday evening service

Sunday, March 17 - The Second Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50 a.m. Infant/Childcare provided 
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall
11:30 a.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, March 20
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 3s and 4s
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In the course of our work as priests, many of us will find small gifts of recommended reading left in our mailboxes or on our desks, sometimes anonymous, sometimes accompanied by a letter of recommendation. Newspaper clippings, magazines, and books on topics ranging from archaeology, to grief, to the existence of heaven have all found their way to me over the years. Whatever the topic, it is something that moved the reader to want to share it with me, which I count as a blessing.

Oftentimes we priests also find ourselves at a loss for words (believe it or not!), especially when it comes to seasons and observances that return year after year. This is when I rely upon a favorite passage from scripture: "... do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:19-20)
You would be surprised how often the Spirit comes through, often in the form of those articles left on my desk.

Today I would like to turn the tables, so to speak, and offer you a recommendation. The Book of Common Prayer exhorts us to utilize Lent as a time of " self-examination and repentance; [of] prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and [of] reading and meditating on God's holy Word. In her short essay, " Letter of Recommendation: Lent ," Rachel Howard chronicles her journey over the course of four Lents, slowly and fully laying her guilt before God, and humbly and joyfully receiving his forgiveness.

May you also experience the reconciling embrace of God's love this Lent.

Father Rick
Welcome Bruce Xu, Acting Organist
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Bruce Xu as he takes on the role of Acting Organist. Bruce is known to many of you already, as he has filled in at St. Mary's on numerous occasions in the past. He will be with us for at least six weeks while the search for a permanent Organist and Choirmaster takes place. Many thanks to Alex Wise, usually our tenor section leader, for accompanying the choir on organ and piano until Bruce joins us on Sunday, March 24.

The search process officially began this week with the publication of the Organist and Choirmaster position description, which you can see here . We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.
Parish Directory
Over the past year, we've realized that our various lists of parishioners and friends at St. Mary's are not up to date. It is very important that we have the most accurate contact information for you (especially emails and mobile phone numbers), because we want to be sure we can reach you in times of need, but also to make sure you receive proper invites to parish events! Please take a moment to update your contact information for our parish directory and rest assured that we will never release personal information to any outside organization.
All are truly welcome at St. Mary's, which is located within the historic gates of Tuxedo Park and serves the entire Tuxedo community. Please tell the gatehouse you're going to St. Mary's, proceed thru the gates and we're on the right (plenty of parking available).
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
PreSchool: 845.351.2389
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987