This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
For your safety, the church building, preschool and office are closed during the pandemic. All services are being live-streamed on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Friday, May 22
1pm to 4pm - Clothing drive donations at Train Station
5pm - Evening Prayer

Saturday, May 23
10am to 1pm - Clothing drive donations at Train Station
9pm - Compline

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24
10am - Holy Eucharist

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day
5pm - Memorial Day Service

Tuesday, May 26
10am - Morning Prayer
1pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, May 27
5pm - Evening Prayer
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Across the USA, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Tuxedo is no different, and in fact has a long tradition of celebrating this national holiday with great pomp and solemnity. There are usually flag ceremonies at the various monuments around town, and a lively parade usually rolls from the high school to St. Mary’s. Being at the heart of the community, we usually play host to the ceremonies, and the rector is usually the MC. Well, there is nothing usual about 2020.

This year, we will still honor our fallen soldiers, but in a much-modified way. Like our church services, Memorial Day solemnities will be shown via a streaming service. We will be in our own homes, sharing meals with our immediate families—no public picnics or barbecues this year. It is sad to have to lay aside our joy for a time.

And yet, what better holiday from which to draw strength and to steel our resolve? While Memorial Day certainly has its fun elements, at heart it is about remembering sacrifices made long ago and not so long ago on our behalf. Brave men and women, in the hour of danger ventured much, some even paying the ultimate price, so that we can live free.

What does that mean from a truly Christian perspective? The freedom we have in Christ is not the freedom to do whatever we want. It is not about self indulgence. It is not about individualism. The freedom we have in Christ is actually a calling to a higher level of loving service that was granted by his sacrifice of himself. That freedom also comes from a higher level of spiritual maturity that reorients our human nature to look outward instead of inward, to distribute instead of hoard, to love instead of fear.

On this unusual Memorial Day, let us ponder the selfless love of Christ, as well as the supreme sacrifices of our ancestors, in light of the small things we are being asked to give up at this time in our common life. Let us remember the debt we owe, and the examples that have been set for us, and that freedom, health, and prosperity flow from the interdependent actions of us all. Happy Memorial Day, and stay safe.

Memorial Day
At 5pm on Monday, May 25, please join St. Mary's online at Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate), for a special Memorial Day service.

If you'd like to reminisce with last year's events, please see our Facebook page for  photos of the ceremony  as well as video of the  National Anthem  and  Taps .
Clothing Drive This Weekend
We are collecting clothing and shoes for boys and girls from babies to high school grads. These will be donated to those who need them.

Donations at Tuxedo Train Station Friday May 22nd from 1pm to 4pm and Saturday May 23rd from 10am to 1pm . All items must be clean and in good condition and packed, preferably into boxes, but acceptable in large plastic bags. 

For the safety of everyone concerned please drive into the North entrance of the Train Station Parking Lot and move slowly in single file to the front porch of the Train Station Building. Stop in the marked space, place your donations in the space indicated and then drive on. Your donation will be picked up and taken inside. There will be no direct social contact.

Thank you!
Sue Heywood
St Mary's Outreach Chair
The Light of Christ
A sanctuary lamp has been hung in the church directly above the tabernacle, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept in reserve. The perpetual light of the lamp reminds us that Jesus is sacramentally present, and calls us to greater reverence for his Body as well as to prayer in his presence.

The glass vigil candles that fit inside the lamp can be given in memory of a loved one, as a petition for some need, or in thanksgiving for answered prayer. Each light burns for an entire week, and the cost is $20. With your donation, please leave a note describing your prayer's intention as well as the week you would like the light to burn. You may donate online or mail a check to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo, P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

This week, the sanctuary lamp is given by Harrison Bush in loving memory of William A. Bush (1928-2011) .
Daily Services Continue Online
For your safety, the church building is closed during the pandemic. Services continue online at St. Mary’s Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to participate). Join us for services daily, especially Sundays at 10am for Holy Eucharist (bulletin is at ).
Operation Love Thy Neighbor
In partnership with local civic organizations, St. Mary's Outreach is making sure that no one is forgotten in this time of great crisis and self-isolation.  Here is the link  that explains how we are helping the Tuxedo community and how to get help.

We are aware of the need for everything from groceries, to medicines, to simple human contact, and we are here for you. For help, call your neighborhood coordinator or email  [email protected] . Donations to support our outreach efforts may be made  here .

The Sloatsburg Food Pantry will be open again to clients on Tuesday, May 26th. Tuxedo residents are eligible. Please visit their  website  for more information. At last week's food distribution, 407 families received food parcels, up from 118 in January. Many thanks to everyone who helped , especially the St. Mary's volunteers.
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