This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Thursday, April 4
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 2s

Saturday, April 6
Noon - 6:00 p.m. Soup for Scholarships at the Tuxedo Train Station

Sunday, April 7 - The Fifth Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:00 a.m. Lenten Learning in the Vestry Room
9:50 a.m. Infant/Childcare provided 
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Wednesday, April 10
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 3s and 4s

Saturday, April 13
11:00 a.m. Memorial Service for Christian Richard Sonne

Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50 a.m. Infant/Childcare provided 
10:00 a.m. Procession and Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In many parts of the Christian world, one’s name day is celebrated with much more importance than one’s actual birthday. By name day, I mean the day on which the Church commemorates the Saint with whom you share a name. In my case, it is St. Richard of Chichester, whose feast we kept at the Wednesday morning Eucharist. The concept of the name day is appealing to me because instead of a highly individualistic focus of a birthday, it instead points us in the direction of greater relationship with the communion of Saints, and with God.

It is also interesting to learn a little bit of Church history, and to see where you and your Saint’s personalities and passions may or may not align. According to Lesser Feasts and Fasts, in the case of St. Richard, he was born in 1197, the son of a prosperous farmer, and orphaned at an early age. Richard worked dilligently to restore the family property which had been squandered by an incompetent guardian, and later went off to Oxford to Study law. He was too poor to afford a gown, but he did very well at his studies and acquired a doctorate. He became Chancellor of Oxford in 1235.

Richard later became the Chancellor to his former tutor, then Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop rebuked King Henry III for keeping various bishoprics vacant as long as possible in order to pocket the revenues, so Henry forced him into exile in France. Richard accompanied him and nursed him in his final illness. After the Archbishop's death in 1240, Richard studied at the Dominican house in Orleans, and was ordained priest in 1243.

In 1244 he was elected Bishop of Chichester, but Henry would not recognize the election. Richard accepted shelter with a village priest, and spent the next two years walking barefoot through his diocese, preaching to fishermen and farmers, and correcting abuses. Among other things, he insisted that the clergy were required to wear clerical dress, and to live in the parishes they were assigned. The laity were required to attend services on all Sundays and holy days, and to know by heart the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles' Creed.

He caught a fever and died in 1253, and was canonized in 1262. A well-known prayer written by him reads in part as follows:

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly, day by day.

Father Rick
In Memoriam
Longtime parishioner Christian Richard Sonne , age 82, died peacefully on March 22 in the same house in Tuxedo Park where he grew up and lived most of his life. Chris was a good-natured gentleman, fair and decent. He was devoted to and proud of his wife and children and grandchildren. Chris will be greatly missed by his family and community. His memorial service will be held at St. Mary's on Saturday, April 13, at 11am.

May Chris's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Lenten Learning
Please join us during lent as we rediscover the timeless sermons of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Sunday at 9am, we will discuss his sermon titled " The Drum Major Instinct ."
Easter Flowers & Music
Easter Altar
Two of the delights of Easter at St. Mary's are the lovely Easter lilies and the addition of a brass quintet to our wonderful choir and organ. This extraordinary greeting of our risen Lord occurs separately from our ordinary budget. The cost is approximately $3000, and it all depends on your generosity. If you would like to participate in making all this happen and honor or remember someone on this great festive day, please make a donation as soon as possible by using the link below (choose fund designation of Holiday Flowers and Music), envelopes provided in the church, or sending a check to St. Mary's (memo line: Easter flowers/music). Names of all those remembered/honored received by Monday, April 15, will appear in the Easter bulletins and the following Sunday as we enjoy the lilies for two weeks.
Diocesan Pilgrimage for High School Students
Blessed Jonathan Daniels, a young seminarian and a saint of the Episcopal Church, was martyred in Hayneville while working for the civil rights of the people of Alabama. Each August, people gather in Hayneville to march and remember him and the many others who died striving for equality and freedom during that tumultuous time in our country's history. During the trip, we visit sites important to the Civil Rights Movement and examine the pivotal role that young people played in its success. More information here .
Benefit at Renamor on May 4th
The Dow Family will be hosting the 4th Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Christina Seix Academy Graduates Fund on Saturday May 4th in Tuxedo Park, NY. This year's event will explore the fantastical world of robotic and kinetic art, featuring a unique installation by the PRATT Consortium for Research and Robotics and exhibits from three prominent artists in this field. The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by Sweet Meg and the Wayfairers and DJ Soy.

This special evening raises money to provide scholarships for the graduates of the Christina Seix Academy. Founded by Christina Seix Dow in 2012, the Academy provides an outstanding private school education for exceptional students from single parent families living below the poverty line in Trenton, NJ.
All are truly welcome at St. Mary's, which is located within the historic gates of Tuxedo Park and serves the entire Tuxedo community. Please tell the gatehouse you're going to St. Mary's, proceed thru the gates and we're on the right (plenty of parking available).
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
PreSchool: 845.351.2389
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987