This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
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Saturday, October 10
9pm - Compline

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Tuesday, October 13
5pm - Evening Prayer
5:30pm - Fall Book Group (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 14
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Thursday, October 15
5pm - Evening Prayer
Dear Parishioners, below is a message from Bishop Shin, who was not able to join us in person last Sunday for his regular visitation due to diocesan coronavirus restrictions. We look forward to welcoming him in person next April. Father Rick
From the Bishop
October 4, 2020
A Message to St. Mary’s Tuxedo 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Blessings in the name of Jesus! Let me begin by thanking all of you for your faithfulness during this time of turmoil and uncertainty—faithfulness to your parish community, to your Christian vocation and most importantly to Jesus Christ. Let me also acknowledge and thank your rector, Fr. Rick Robyn, and the lay leaders of the Vestry for their wonderful pastoral leadership and care. Many of our clergy and lay leaders have been under a lot of stress as they have tried to learn new ways of doing church and to lead the congregations safely during this challenging time. My deep gratitude to you all! 

I am sure you are all yearning for some sense of peace and normalcy which at the moment feels uncertain. In an oddly paradoxical way, however, this experience has brought people closer and made it clearer that church foremost is the people. We need each other more than ever to be the beloved community of Jesus despite our differences or perhaps because of our differences. The relationships we have taken for granted need intentional labor of love and nurture. I hope that you remember this as you continue your journey in this wilderness and as you gear up for the new season. 

The Sunday parish visitation is the best part of my ministry as bishop. So, I am very sad that I am not with you this Sunday as I am supposed to make the parish visitation at St. Mary’s. To those who were supposed to be confirmed or received or reaffirmed, let me say how sorry I am for not being able to celebrate this important renewal of faith with them. I look forward to the day when we can gather together in church to celebrate this joyful occasion. I miss being with you all. 

With the highest level of unemployment and homelessness since the Great Depression, the need for food, clothing and other essentials have increased manifold. Many of our churches have found creative ways to serve the needs of the less fortunate as well as continuing the faith formation and ministries online. Our churches are continuing to be church in new and creative ways, and I am proud of and deeply grateful to the leaders of our parishes. I encourage you to keep up the good work of serving those who are facing insurmountable challenges, especially the food insecurity. 

Friends in Christ, I invite you to lament for the ills of our common life today and pray for healing and reconciliation of the deep division in our nation. Not only are people suffering from the COVID pandemic but also many are suffering from economic inequalities, racial hatred and violence as well as extreme natural disasters like wildfires, hurricanes and tropical storms of recent. 2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic chaos. Pray for those who are suffering and for those who mourn. Pray for this nation. 

In the parable of the kingdom from this Sunday’s Gospel, the tenants of the vineyard are overcome by greed. They think that if they killed the owner’s son, they could inherit the vineyard. This is obviously absurd. Blinded by greed, they kill the son. The life we live together is the vineyard in which we are the temporary stewards of this gift of grace. Often, we, too, become blinded by greed and fail to nurture and tend this wonderful and mysterious vineyard of God’s creation and our life together. We have often failed to bear the fruits of mutual love and respect, of peace and justice, and of creation care in this vineyard. Today is also the feast of St. Francis, whose life is the symbol of love of all God’s creation. Following the example of St. Francis, the church, I believe, has an important role to play in this vineyard of God’s creation and our common life. 

In the midst of this turmoil, the mission of the Church is to witness to the healing and reconciling the love of Jesus Christ crucified. The suffering and crucifixion death of Jesus Christ has meaning for us because God suffered with Jesus in his suffering. Our suffering has meaning because God of Immanuel suffers with us through the crucified Christ. We can bring healing and discover shared meaning of life as we practice compassion (suffering with) for those who are suffering from all kinds of ills of our society. 

The values of togetherness and mutuality are at the heart of what it means to be the church. The loving, liberating and life-giving spirit of Jesus Christ is the driving energy of the church’s mission and ministry. The healing power of forgiveness and the redemptive power of mutual love and compassion are at the heart of the beloved community of Jesus, and that is the most important mission of the church at this moment in time. In our increasingly graceless culture, how can we practice grace, generosity, compassion and mercy? How can we learn to live together more deeply in the spirit of grace and sacrificial love of Christ crucified? 

I miss you all terribly as I cannot join you in a joyful celebration this Sunday. I keep you all in my prayer as I ask you keep me and my colleague bishops in your prayer. May God protect you and bless you in your journey of faith during this challenging time! 

The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin
Bishop Suffragen
The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Baptism Announcement
On Saturday, October 3, we welcomed Greyson Lyski, son of Sheri and Steven, into the body of Christ through the waters of baptism. Due to the pandemic, a private service was held for immediately family only.

Grant, Lord God, to all who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, that, as we have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Fall Fun Run
Thank you to everyone who helped make last Saturday's Fall Fun Run for St. Mary's a great success! We raised more than $950 for a good cause and the participants enjoyed a beautiful run (or walk) around the lakes of Tuxedo Park.

Many thanks to parishioner Adam Smith for his help in organizing the event and to our event sponsors:
* Patrick Bradbury and Tuxedo Junk Shop
* Changjie Han and Tuxedo Sushi
* Sally Sonne
* Lili Neuhauser

Thanks also to our fine police department for keeping us safe. Finally, Congratulations to our award winners!
* Fastest Time (7 mile run): Omar Delgado, 66m20s
* Fastest Time (4.5 mile run): Lauren & Shaun Anthony, 42m42s
* Fastest Time (2.5 mile run): Adam Smith, 23m8s
* Greatest $ Amount Raised: Dennis Trotter $375
Blessing of the Animals
Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually and in-person for last Sunday's Blessing of the Animals! St Francis’ faith and love of God live on in our works. Thanks be to God. Visit our Facebook page for photos and video of the event.
Tickets Now Available for October 24th Cocktails
In order to protect everyone’s health in our community, the Progressive Dinner will not be held this year. Instead, we will have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the nearly full “Blue Moon” at the Tuxedo Club (outdoor heated porch, overlooking Tuxedo Lake) and encourage people to have small private dinners afterwards.

Due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions, this event will be strictly limited to the first 50 people who sign up.

All proceeds benefit the many good works of St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo. Tickets are $175 per person. This event is normally the single biggest fundraiser of the year for the church, and we hope you’ll be understanding of the change in format. Please keep an eye out for emails and on our website, as we do hope to have other smaller events as we are able.
Fall Book Group Begins October 13th
Remember that our book group will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30pm (October 13, 20, and 27) for a local discussion (via Zoom) of a very important book that people throughout our diocese will be reading this fall. All are welcome to join the discussion. If you are reading the book and haven't yet received the Zoom link, please email
Attention Amazon Shoppers
You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church. If you haven't used Smile before, just go to and choose St. Mary's in Tuxedo as your favorite charity.
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