This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Sunday, October 6 - St. Francis Sunday
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50am - Infant/childcare and Sunday School
10am - Holy Baptism, Eucharist and Blessing of the Animals in the Nave with choir and organ
Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, October 8
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, October 9
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As you know, each year in October, I attend the annual conference of the Society of Catholic Priests, a world-wide Anglican group of bishops, priests, deacons, and religious who are united in mutual support and witness to the message of Christ through the sacraments, the creeds, and our own daily work. This year we meet at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona.

Early this morning, we boarded a bus and headed to the borderlands to experience first hand some of the ministry that is taking place at this crossroads of culture. As we stepped off the bus at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in dusty Nogales, Arizona, it was as if we had entered another country, and I was immediately reminded of my time in the occupied West Bank last January.

While at St. Andrew’s, we heard about the vital work of the Children’s Clinic, which is hosted by that church on the first Thursday of the month. Each month for over forty years, hundreds of children come from Mexico to receive life-changing medical treatments that they could not receive at home. Short-term medical visit visas are issued, and children are treated from infancy up to 19 years of age, with follow-up throughout their time of need. Services include nutrition, hearing aids, speech therapy, prosthetics for growing bodies, mobility aids, and (in partnership with the Shriners) cleft-palate surgeries, all free of charge. It is an astounding example of the impact a group of committed people can have in the name of Christ.

We also heard from Bishop Gomez of the Anglican Diocese of Western Mexico on how his diocese is partnering with government and charitable agencies there to aid the flood of migrants who are coming at great peril from not just Central America, but also places like Asia and the Caribbean. The two main causes for mass migration that he cited were fear for personal safety and climate change.

Lastly, we were taken to the border wall in Nogales. Between California and Texas, Nogales is the only truly international city, sitting squarely on the border. For generations, families crossed back and forth with ease via a pedestrian bridge. This all ended after 9/11, but still people could meet on either side of the wall. Family reunions were held, and even Holy Communion was passed between the iron bars. Then iron mesh was welded in place such that nothing could be shared. Concertina wire was added, then another row of fencing, the point of which can only be cruelty.

Against this backdrop we celebrated the Holy Eucharist, prayed for peace and unity, and said the litany of Our Lady of Sorrows during which everyone’s heart, like Mary’s, was broken. Broken, yes, but also strengthened to go forth in the redeeming and liberating love of Christ.

“Imprint, O Lord, thy wounds upon our hearts, that we may read therein sorrow and love; sorrow to endure all suffering for thee; love to despise all love but thine; who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.”

Father Rick

Many thanks to Father Cromey for providing pastoral coverage this week. Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the border experience.
Blessing of the Animals This Sunday
In a longstanding Anglican tradition, pets are always welcome in church, but especially on St. Francis Day!

On Sunday, October 6th, we will have a special blessing of the animals during the 10am service, so please bring your furry, feathery, and scaly friends that day. If your pets don't travel well, or you'd like to remember pets who have passed, please bring a photo.

Please join us for this beloved tradition, and bring a friend or two! 
Dinner in the Nave
Please join us for a bi-annual tradition, Dinner in the Nave! Note the date for the dinner has been changed -- it will now be held on November 23, 2019.

The pews are removed from the historic nave of the church and a splendid candlelit dinner is served, accompanied by music and an auction of fabulous items!

We are currently seeking donations for the auction, which can include, but are not limited to: art, antiques & jewelry; fine wines & spirits; gift baskets; experiences such as vacation homes, hotel stays, tours, shows or dinners; and services.

Please contact Jane Garofano or email Lisa in the church office (phone is 845.351.5122) if you have any questions or would like to donate an item for the auction.
Walk to End Alzheimer's October 20th
Join our team "Chris’ Crew" with Captain Sally Sonne. Participate in a 2-mile (not very difficult) Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, October 20, in Rockland County. We hope that you will join the team by walking or donating.

A cure is on the horizon, and, hopefully, will be discovered before we or our children are stricken. Alzheimer’s is truly a sad and devastating condition for the patient and for family and friends. Sally knows that Chris would want to do anything he could to end Alzheimer’s. For her, this walk is to honor him and give hope and help for a cure.

Registration begins at 9am, with a ceremony at 10am and the walk at 10:20am. Location is Palisades Credit Union Park Stadium (Rockland Boulders), Rockland/Pomona, NY.
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