December 23, 2020
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are being live-streamed online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24
4pm - Family Service (online only)
6pm - Evening Service at St. John's in Arden (online only)
9pm - Concert and Eucharist in the Church (in-person and online)

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25
10am - Eucharist in the Church (in-person and online)

First Sunday after Christmas, December 27
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Tuesday, December 29
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Wednesday, December 30
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The vestry and staff join Pete and me in wishing everyone a blessed Christmas. This year, we will all learn the same lesson that the old Grinch once did: you can't stop Christmas from coming! Thanks be to God.

Christmas Eve Family Service

Given the number of people that usually attend the family service on Christmas Eve and restrictions on using the building for multiple services on the same day, the family service will be entirely online. Please go to our Facebook page at 4pm on Christmas Eve for the online event (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Christmas Communion

The 9pm service on Christmas Eve and the 10am service on Christmas Day will be online at Facebook and also open to in-person worship; please sign-up in advance here to attend services in-person (as we want to be sure we can safely accommodate everyone).

Christmas Celebrations

On Christmas day, the bells of St. Mary's will ring out hourly with Christmas carols from noon to 6pm. Please feel free to come to the churchyard and sing along!

Instead of Father Rick and Pete's annual Christmas party at the rectory, please join us online for The Father Rick Christmas Special, which can be viewed on-demand at St. Mary's Facebook page. Early reviews include sentiments such as, "I laughed, I cried..." and "national treasure," so if you haven't already, be sure to tune in!

As we turn the page on a most difficult year, I would like to thank everyone for their generosity of spirit, forbearance, and gentleness as we all did our best to navigate these uncharted waters. Here's to a brighter new year and an exciting future for St. Mary's.

Father Rick
The Light of Christ
A sanctuary lamp hangs 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.

Next week, the sanctuary lamp is given by Harrison Bush in memory of Gretel Bush.
Stewardship Appeal
Many thanks to parishioners Bill and Calvin who have recorded stewardship messages in recent weeks around the theme of "Why I Love St. Mary's." We remind everyone to consider becoming a member and making their pledge for the coming year. And please share what St. Mary's means to you with our "Why I Love St. Mary's" survey.
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