This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Services are being live-streamed online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Thursday, May 6
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9 - Mother's Day
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
10:45am - Dedication of Memorial Trees - Great Lawn

Tuesday, May 11
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Wednesday, May 12
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This week the Church honors Dame Julian of Norwich, who lived in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and was renowned even in her own time as a wise mystic.

My first knowledge of her came from a stained glass window in my home parish in New Orleans. As with most churches of its time, the iconography was a bit short on women, and so Dame Julian's window was given by the local Episcopal Church Women.

Seminary studies of the great medieval mystics brought a greater understanding and appreciation of her, as well as others such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Margery Kempe, who visited the reclusive Julian.

At age thirty, Julian received a series of fifteen visions of the Passion after recovering from a painful illness. She contemplated the meaning of these fifteen visions for the next fifteen years, when the Lord opened her mind to the meaning of it all. She wrote, "Wouldst thou learn the Lord's meaning in this thing? Learn it well. Love was his meaning. Who showed it thee? Love. What showed he thee? Love. Wherefore showed it he? For Love. Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same."

For the rest of her life, her counsel was sought out by the clergy and laity alike, exemplifying God's love in self-sacrifice and service to others.

Lord God, who in thy compassion didst grant to the Lady Julian many revelations of thy nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek thee above all things, for in giving us thyself thou givest us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Father Rick
Memorial Tree Dedication May 9th
After the dedication of the Pam Cromey rose garden and the planting of a dogwood tree in her memory, Fr. Rick mentioned his vision for the creation of an allée of native dogwoods along the approach to the church on Tuxedo Road. The response was enthusiastic and donors asked that seven more trees be planted in memory of loved ones. There will be a total of nine trees in place, with room for a few more in the future. The trees are not only beautiful, but will provide food for the birds as they prepare for their fall migration. The seven new trees will be dedicated and blessed on Mother's Day, May 9th, immediately following the 10am service. The trees are given in loving memory by:
  • Jane and Neil Garofano for their son-in-law, Michael McColgan (1973-2019)
  • Inger Grüterich for her husband, Rolf Grüterich (1929-2016)
  • Nancy and Jim Hays for their son, Alexander M. Hays (1977-2018)
  • Sue Heywood for her husband, Alan Heywood (1939-2015)
  • Sally Sonne for her husband, Christian R. Sonne (1936-2019)
  • Serene Swirbul for her husband, L. Philip Swirbul (1931- 2016)
  • Sandy Taylor for her sister, Anne Louise McFarland Heigho (1935-2020)
Many thanks to Sue Heywood for coordinating this effort!
Reopening our Ministries - Ushers
There are many ways to get involved, deepen your faith and help make a difference in the life of your neighbor, our community and the broader world. Our ministries have naturally changed over time, depending on the needs and interests of our community. Many of them were scaled back and/or moved online during the pandemic. As more people are vaccinated and covid infections decrease, we hope people will feel more comfortable attending in-person events — what a great opportunity to restart and reimagine those ministries that enrich and enlighten our community!

When in-person worship resumed last July, we deliberately limited the number of people involved in the services for safety reasons. Lili Neuhauser has been serving as usher most Sundays, but we are now ready to expand the ranks of those who provide that initial warm welcome. The usher is often the first person who people see when they come to St. Mary's, be they life-long members or new visitors. In addition to a welcoming voice and a ready bulletin, ushers help with seating and directions to restrooms. They ring the bell that calls us to worship, take attendance, and coordinate the offering and communion. Ushers also help keep us safe by providing hand sanitizer and taking temperatures.

If you are interested in serving as an usher, please talk with Lili or visit to sign up. Schedules will be made out several months in advance so you can plan your calendar accordingly. Please visit to learn more about all of our ministries.
Episcopal Charities Sunday May 9th
Antiracism Summit May 22nd
Several congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of New York have groups focusing on racial justice and/or antiracism. Other congregations have members who would like to start such a group. They are looking for help and resources to do so.

With the help of the diocesan Antiracism Committee, a group of congregants from around the diocese are planning an online "summit meeting" on May 22nd for representatives from congregations who have existing groups or congregations which want to start one.

Please click on the link below to sign up for the summit and let Father Rick know if you'd be interested in starting such a group at St. Mary's.
The legacies of famed 19th century Hudson River School painter Jasper Cropsey & important 1930’s impressionist painters George Macrum and Edith Varian Cockcroft, who lived and worked in Sloatsburg, live on at the fourth annual Sloatsburg Plein Air event. Presented by resident artist Jessie Taylor, The Friends of Harmony Hall, and The Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce. May 16th from 1pm to 5pm.

41 participating regional artists will have the opportunity to paint at various sites in historic Sloatsburg including the great lawn of Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House. Revitalized main street features several restaurants set up for safe outdoor dining experiences!

Selected works by the late artist and Sloat descendant Elizabeth Bush Schmidt will be on display at Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House. A suggested Harmony Hall gallery donation of $10.00 for the 2021 Not Just a Front Porch restoration campaign.

Parking at the community lot, 27 Mill Street. Social distancing, mask wearing, and all safety protocols will be enforced.
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987