This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Saturday, March 17, Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461
5pm - Vigil Eucharist in the Church

Sunday, March 18, The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9 am - Enquirer's Class in the Chapel
9:50 am - Sunday School starts and infant/childcare provided
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with choir and organ
Coffee Hour follows in Bentley Hall

Wednesday, March 21, Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1711
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11 am - Chapel for Preschool 3’s and 4’s

Thursday, March 22, James DeKoven, Priest, 1879
11 am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As a young Episcopalian, I used to detest Lent. I did not grow up observing it, and it seemed to go on forever. I remember disliking the hymns that I thought sounded like dirges. Perhaps with age and a better grounding in the traditions of the faith, Lent has become a welcome season of anticipation, even more so than Advent for me. No doubt the addition of a rector's duties over the last decade have contributed to the abbreviated feeling of this season. Unlike the other big holiday, this one has not been coopted by commercialism. Sure, you can get your picture with the Easter Bunny at the mall if that's your thing, but the all-out bombardment weeks, even months before the actual celebration does not exist. As a child, I lived for Christmas. As an adult, I still enjoy it, but the real excitement and anticipation comes in the weeks leading up to Easter. Yes, things can get stressful in the office as a myriad of liturgies and bulletins must be assembled, but the thought of that glorious morning make it all worth the effort. The fourth Sunday of Lent always marks a palpable pivot point for me, and perhaps you too. As we move into the final Sunday of Lent, then Holy Week, remember that it is never too late to make your own spiritual preparations. I hope that the remaining weeks are fruitful for you, and that our coming observances are life-giving.

Fr Rick
Lenten Learning for Adults
Lent will feature an Enquirer's class, with everything you always wanted to know about the Episcopal Church but were afraid to ask. Whether you are a cradle Episcopalian, brand new to the faith, or just curious about art and history, please join Fr. Rick in an exploration of all things Anglican. We will cover everything from the creeds to couture!
Easter Flowers and Music
Easter Altar
Two of the delights of Easter at St. Mary's are the lovely Easter lilies and the addition of a brass quartet to our wonderful choir, organ and piano. If you would like to participate in making all this happen and honor/remember someone on this great festive day, please make a donation as soon as possible by using the envelopes provided in the church or sending a check to St. Mary's (memo line: Easter flowers/music). Names of all those remembered/honored received by Monday, March 26, will appear in the Easter bulletins and the following Sunday as we enjoy the lilies for two weeks.
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