This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
The 10am Sunday service is offered in-person and online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, July 30
10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open

Sunday, July 31
8am - Holy Eucharist (spoken, at the St. Mark's altar)
10am - Holy Eucharist (with music and hymns)
11am to 1pm - The Emporium is open

Wednesday, August 3
10am - Holy Eucharist
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

When I speak about our Church, I often use the terms "Episcopal" and "Anglican" interchangeably. This leaves some people scratching their heads. What is the difference between the two? The answer is: nothing. The Episcopal Church is the US constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is a group of churches who all have roots in the Church of England, but which are all now autonomous though interdependent. Our nearest neighbors are the Anglican Church of Canada, and La Iglesia Anglicana de México.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is our spiritual leader, but outside of the Church of England he has no temporal authority. Every ten years (or so, depending on world events) he invites the Anglican bishops from all over the globe to London for what is called the Lambeth Conference. This is not a legislative body, as all of the churches represented are autonomous, as I mentioned earlier. However, they do usually come out with resolutions that are meant to guide and influence the bishops as they return to their own churches.

One of this year's resolutions (or "calls" as they are now referring to them) is the source of some controversy here and in other places where same-gender marriage has been embraced by the church. Found ironically in the body of a call entitled, "On Human Dignity," it was put in at the 11th hour and would reaffirm a 1998 resolution that deemed homosexuality as "incompatible with scripture." It has effectively stolen the spotlight and has taken away focus from from the other work at hand, which is meant to be spiritual fellowship, dialogue, and learning from each other. Another sticking point is that the Archbishop specifically disinvited the spouses of our gay bishops, including the wife of Bishop Glasspool. He later tried to ease the snub by inviting them to worship and public events, but not events meant for the other spouses. You can read all about it at The Living Church.

One hugely important resolution from way back in 1888 (the year of St. Mary's consecration) is the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral. You can find it in the Historical Documents of the Church section of the Prayer Book (p. 876-877). This is the document which has, for over a century, been the bedrock of our ecumenical outreach. Through it, communion and understanding between Christian traditions have been born. We have six full communion partner churches around the world: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Moravian Church, The Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India, The Philippine Independent Church, The Old Catholic Church, Union of Utrecht, and The Church of Sweden. Fun-fact: I got to co-celebrate at a beautiful Mar Thoma rite wedding at St. Mary's last year.

Our bishops are the guardians of our faith and doctrine. As they gather as one worldwide body, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will be with them, and that fellowship, communion, and a love as God loves us will be their guides. "And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one." (John 17:11)

Blessings,
Father Rick
917.658.6314
Childcare Service
We are pleased to announce the return of our childcare service.

Parishioners attending our regular 10am service with any age child can avail of childcare, which is available in our newly designed Family Room located next to our offices. The service is available Sundays from 9:45 am till 11am.

Our young attendees are always welcome to join us for the liturgy and coffee hour after service in Bentley Hall. Please call the office at 845-351-5122 for any further information.
St. Mary's is hosting a toiletry drive to aid the
Sloatsburg Food Pantry

What's needed:

  • Toothbrushes - toothpaste
  • Bars of soap, shower gel or hand soap
  • Deodorant - men, woman or young teens
  • Body lotion, face creams, sunblock, after Sun care or hand creams
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Wet wipes
  • Chapsticks
  • Razors & shaving gel both Men's and Women's

Where to bring the items:
Donations can be dropped of to the rear of the main church in the collection box during any service or brought to the office of St. Mary's between 9am-1pm Monday to Thursday or to the Emporium 10am-2pm Saturdays or 11am - 1pm on Sundays

Your help support and generosity is greatly appreciated

What not to bring:
Please don't bring any
  • Opened or previously used items
  • Any medications
  • Any expired products

Collection ends August 31st
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 Andrew St. John
Jessica Cromey Buck, niece of Fr. Cromey
Sam Catrini and daughter Kathy, friends of Sandy McGrady
and longtime Tuxedo residents
John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete
Rob McQuilkin, longtime Tuxedo Park resident
Bob Myers, husband of Marie-Claude Wrenn
Allan Moli Ochieng, son of Elizabeth Ochieng
Brendan Pascarella, relative of Gillian Ballard
Richard J. Schineller, friend of Inger Grüterich
and former resident of Tuxedo
Nicholas Triantafillou, Grandson of Bill Steinmann

We pray for Andy, Allen, and Mary, and all of the bishops of the Anglican Communion gathered at the Lambeth conference in London.

Prayer requests may be made at
(845) 351-5122 or info@stmtux.org.
Volunteers are needed for the Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901
Help is needed for the following dates in August:

  • Wed, 8/3 distribution
  • Tues, 8/9 delivery & distribution
  • Wed, 8/10 distribution
  • Wed, 8/17 distribution
  • Mon, 8/22 delivery
  • Tues, 8/23 distribution
  • Wed, 8/24 distribution



Please Contact St. Mary's info@stmtux.org (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry sloatsburgfoodpantry@gmail.com (201) 394-0627 if you can help on any of the above dates. New volunteers click here to fill out your application form.
If you are someone you know are in need these are the available distribution times for June & July
Community Notices
Shinning Lights Helping Hands Charity is collecting school supplies for local children in need. There are a number of local drop of points including our own Tuxedo Park Library
Help Wanted
How to contact us...
Website: www.stmtux.org
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987