This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Wednesday, March 2
10am Ash Wednesday - Holy Eucharist
7pm Ash Wednesday - Holy Eucharist with music

Saturday, March 5
10am to 2pm - Emporium Open
4:30pm - Confirmation class
5pm - Evening Prayer

Sunday, March 6
10am - First Sunday in Lent - Holy Eucharist
11am to 1pm - Emporium open

Wednesday, March 9
10am - Holy Eucharist

Saturday, March 12
4:30pm - Confirmation class
5pm - Evening Prayer
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me." Psalm 23

As we enter the penitential season of Lent, like Jesus, we turn our faces spiritually and liturgically toward Jerusalem and the cross of Calvary. We leave behind the glory of the Mount of the Transfiguration and journey through the shadows of our hearts and minds.

What will you find there in the shadows? Only you and God know completely. The shadows of Lent, like St. John of the Cross' "dark night" aren't there to frighten or punish, but instead to bring us ever closer to the Beloved.

Lent is a time when we may make small gestures of self-denial, like giving up chocolates or wine. While abstinence and fasting are part of the tradition, we must also take this time to look deeply within ourselves and do the hard work of making our hearts truly ready to receive our risen Lord sacramentally at the altar at Easter, and also in the fullness of time to be received by him at the heavenly banquet.

Father Rick
Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert during which he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting, and will be celebrated at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo on March 2nd with liturgies at 10am (spoken) at St. Mark's altar and 7:30pm (with music) at the main altar. Both services will include the imposition of ashes, which echoes the ancient Near Eastern tradition of throwing ashes over one's head to signify repentance before God. Confessions will be heard by Father Rick by appointment at (845) 351-5122.
Confirmation class will meet on Saturday afternoons at 4:30, immediately preceding our 5:00 wintertime service. Classes have begun, and go through March 26, eight weeks in total. At each class, we will learn about the Church, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We will learn some basics of the faith, such as the Lord's Prayer, the creeds, and the ten commandments. We will also look into our particular way of being a Christian as an Anglican. This will prepare our confirmands to make their own profession of faith to the Bishop and congregation with confidence and understanding.

Even if you are already confirmed, you are welcome to come for a "refresher."

If you (or someone you know) will be 13 years of age by April 3 and wish to be confirmed, please contact us here at St. Mary's or (845) 351-5122.

An Invitation from the
Committee to Elect a Bishop
to Share Your Thoughts

The Committee to Elect a Bishop warmly invites and encourages lay and ordained members of the Diocese of New York to share their thoughts on

  • the characteristics and qualities they want to see in the next Bishop Diocesan
  • the major priorities of the Diocese of New York.

All responses will ONLY be shared with members of the Committee to Elect a Bishop.
Parish leaders: Please be sure to add this announcement to your parish newsletters! The committee would like to hear from anyone and everyone in the diocese.
Please click on the button below
to go to the Bishop Search Website
and complete our simple online form

Our local girl scout troop will be hosting a cookie sale on March 13th following our Sunday service.

They will have several varieties available on the day but feel free to reach out with any specific requests to troop leaders

Memorial Day

The 17th Annual Memorial Day Community Picnic and Fundraiser will return this May! The Memorial Day committee has begun preparing for the 17th annual picnic, and we are looking for committee members to help plan this much-loved and well-attended event that raises money to support library programs.

If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering on Memorial Day, please reach out to Cathy Sandak at or come into the library and fill out a volunteer form.

The event- scheduled from 12-2pm on Monday, May 30 on the Tuxedo Park Library grounds – will include music, entertainers, raffles, and family friendly activities.
Did You Know?
Pierre Slept Here--Maybe
While attending the conference formerly known as CEEP in Atlanta last week, I had some free time and decided to visit the High Museum of Art. It is a really fine museum with a wide range of art from various periods. As many of you know, I am a fan of nineteenth century American design, and when I saw this bedstead by famed German-American cabinetmaker Gustave Herter, I stopped in my tracks. Upon closer inspection of the information plaque, I learned that this once belonged to the founder of Tuxedo Park, Pierre Lorrilard! (The chair came from the legendary Vanderbilt mansion on Fifth Avenue). I offered to bring it back home to Tuxedo, but the curator's response was less than enthusiastic. Fr Rick
Volunteers are needed for the following dates the at Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Tuesday, 3/8 delivery & distribution
Wednesday, 3/9 distribution
Wednesday, 3/16 distribution
Monday, 3/21 delivery
Tuesday, 3/22 distribution
Wednesday, 3/23 distribution
Wednesday, 3/30 distribution

Please Contact St. Mary's (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry (201) 394-0627 if you can help on any of the above dates. New volunteers click here to fill out your application form.
Sliver Dollars Social Group

The Tuxedo Silver Dollars is a social organization committed to providing a social gathering and valuable information for Tuxedo’s senior population. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 1:00 PM in the Community Room at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Drive in Tuxedo NY. Refreshments are shared and prizes are won.
Switch up your daily routine and come to a meeting, visit a local attraction, go to a show or casino, or out to lunch with us. Membership is $15 a year to be part of Tuxedo’s most long-lived population of 50+. Any questions can be sent to:

Prayers of the Community

Parishioners we are praying for:
Barbara Beauregard
Bert Lucarelli
Bill Steinmann
Webb Turner
Kirby Warren

Friends and family members we are praying for:
Bishop Rodney Michel
Bishop Andrew St. John
John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete
Jolene Matthews, daughter of Gillian Ballard
Dawn Triantafillou, daughter of Bill Steinmann
Allan Moli Ocheigh, Son of Elizabeth Ocheing
Brendan Joseph Pascarella, relative of Gillian Ballard

Prayer requests may be made at
(845) 351-5122 or
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