This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Saturday, February 5
10am to 2pm - Emporium Open
4:30pm - Confirmation class
5pm - Evening Prayer

Sunday, February 6
10am - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany - Holy Eucharist
11am to 1pm - Emporium open

Wednesday, February 9
10am - Holy Eucharist - Feria

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

For most of my life, I have lived in old houses. Despite their many quirks, I wouldn't have it any other way. It is fascinating to learn the history of a home by discovering clues and mementos here and there, left behind by previous generations.

Here at the rectory, the garden has been a great source for literally unearthing treasures from the past. I have found bottles, china fragments, tools, toys, and even a Beach Boys album!

So far, though, information about the house itself has remained elusive. I have found records in the vestry minutes of a committee being formed for the construction of a rectory including Mr. (Richard Howland) Hunt, the architect. A topographical drawing of the site is also held in the church archives.

The big prize, however, was still out of sight until just last week when our historian, Schuy Neuhauser, made an impressive discovery in the Library of Congress. A number of "Study Plans" for a rectory at Tuxedo were discovered.

While not the final drawings, these plans give a glimpse into the imagination of Mr. Hunt and to the construction styles of the time, which were in transition at the turn of the twentieth century. Still, in these plans, we can definitely see what would become the house we know today.

The rectory has been enlarged and modified over the years to meet the needs of the families who called it home, and to adjust to changes in lifestyle. For example, when Mrs. Patmore retired, the kitchen was moved upstairs.

We are looking forward to many more discoveries, and to adding our imprint to this unique old house.

Father Rick
Confirmation class will meet on Saturday afternoons at 4:30, immediately preceding our 5:00 wintertime service. Classes begin on February 5, 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.
Volunteers are needed for the following dates the at Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Wednesday, 2/16 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.
Did you know?
Parishioner Harrison Bush: As a child, Harrison studied music/piano/organ under the direction of Frederick Bentley (of Bentley Hall). Mr. Bentley was a WWI veteran who was Music Director at St. Mary's for decades. Harrison went on to become a WWII Infantryman and chaplain's assistant. He is a Purple Heart recipient. Harrison also served on the altar at St. Mary's for many years with Andy Jackson. Harrison taught at Monroe-Woodbury for thirty years and substituted in the region until he was 90! He is currently Village Historian of Sloatsburg.

Ed. Note-- Harrison is a true churchman and one of the most liturgically-informed laymen I know. He routinely keeps me on my game, for which I am grateful. RJR
Tuxedo Park School - Empty Bowls Event
Empty Bowls is an internationally known project which raises awareness in the fight to end hunger. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through art, education, and community. On February 4th, the community are invited to join Tuxedo Park School at Dottie Audrey’s Bakery Kitchen from 2:00-5:00pm, purchase a bowl, and enjoy a complementary bowl of soup and bread with their donation. All proceeds collected will benefit the Sloatsburg Food Pantry.
Prayers of the Community

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

Friends and family members we are praying for:
Bishop Rodney Michel
Bishop Andrew St. John
Manda and Fatima Sanandaji
John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete
Jolene Matthews, daughter of Gillian Ballard
Cliff Albertson, friend of Harrison Bush
Andrea Szechenyi, sister of Alexandra Parker
Dawn Triantafillou, daughter of Bill Steinmann

The sanctuary candle is given in loving memory of
Dr. Mehrdad Sanadaji
By Manda and Fatima Sanandaji

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