This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Thursday, May 23
11 am - Chapel for Preschool 2s
11:30 am - Salad and Sandwich Luncheon & Day by Day Reading Reflection Time
3pm - Memorial Service for Mike McColgan

Sunday, May 26 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50am - Sunday school starts and infant/childcare provided 
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day
Church office closed
10 am - Invocation and wreath laying at Police Department in Southfields
11 am - Parade forms at High School, marches to St. Mary's

Wednesday, May 29
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
11am - Preschool chapel for 3's and 4's

Thursday, May 30
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's

Saturday, June 1
10am - SCHC Meeting in Bentley Hall
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

One of the things I enjoy about the Anglican expression of Christ’s Church is our love of esoteric and otherwise forgotten expressions of faith. Eccentricity is a cardinal virtue in our tribe, and I believe in our community. In that respect, we’re a match made in heaven.

This coming Sunday will be a multi-layered experience, encompassing our continued celebration of the Resurrection, honoring our fallen heroes, and giving thanks for God’s creation. The sixth Sunday of Easter is a rogation day—that is, a day of prayer and thanksgiving going back to our agrarian roots of days gone by. In rural farming communities, the faithful would process to farm fields and cattle pens to ask God’s blessing on the crops and the herds. And these prayers were not just for “good luck.” In one, we ask that in giving us a bountiful harvest, we may be able to share the fruits of the earth with those less fortunate, not because it will make us feel good about ourselves, but so all of God’s people can render him praise and thanksgiving.

This Sunday, we will not be venturing to a farm field, but into our own churchyard, where we will bless and plant a dogwood tree. Dogwoods are a reminder to us of Christ’s crucifixion, but also of his glorious resurrection. We will ask God’s blessing on our land, and pray for an abundant harvest. Again, we do this not in hopes of material gain, but that all of God’s people may be fed, both physically and spiritually. Please join us after the 10:00 service just outside the church, and weather permitting, for refreshments al fresco in the churchyard.

Blessings, Father Rick
In Memoriam
Please join us on Thursday, May 23, at 3pm as we celebrate the life of Mike McColgan. Mike is survived by his wife, Julie (Garofano), and their children Maya and Michael. He was a long-time resident of our community, beloved by all who knew him. "Mayor Mike," as he was affectionately called, seemed to know everyone, and comfortably navigated the the many layers that make up Tuxedo. He had a humble and giving spirit, and will be missed by many. And so in honor of his life, we will gather to offer prayers for him to almighty God, and also to ask for his intercession for us as he enters a broader horizon and a brighter light.

May Mike's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The "Mary" Month of May
The month of May is traditionally devoted to St. Mary, our patron. Throughout the month, we will be singing special hymns to the blessed mother. On Rogation Sunday, May 26, immediately following the 10am service, we will process into the churchyard to bless the grounds and plant a dogwood tree. Pious legend has it that the dogwood was used for the cross of Jesus, and upon his death, it changed into a small gnarled tree so that no cross could ever be made from it limbs again.
Memorial Day in Tuxedo
In a tradition stretching back many years, St. Mary's will help lead the Tuxedo Memorial Day festivities on Monday. At 10am, Fr. Rick will be on hand at the police department in Southfields for prayers of remembrance at the memorial. At 11am, a grand parade will form at George Baker High School and proceed up Route 17, stopping at the monument just outside the Park gates for a wreath laying, then continuing to the parking lot of St. Mary's, where Fr. Rick will emcee the traditional observances. Afterward, a community picnic will take place at the library. All are cordially invited to participate in this cherished community event.
SCHC Meeting on June 1st
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, New York Chapter will be at St Mary's for their next meeting on June 1 from 10am to 2pm. All ladies are invited to attend.
The  SCHC  is a diverse group of women, both laypeople and clergy, called to live their lives under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving and simplicity of life. In 1884 the two founding members Emily Morgan and Adelyn Howard, envisioned a group of women united in prayer and companionship.
Today the SCHC is comprised of about 900 women both from the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion who pray and work with intentional concern for the unity of all God's people, God's mission in the world, social justice and peace and reconciliation.
Pentecost Sunday, June 9th
On the feast of Pentecost, Sunday, June 9, we will be joined by the Right Rev. Andrew St. John at the 10:00 service. Bishop St. John will preach and offer the rites of confirmation and reception into the Episcopal Church.

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. Those who have already been confirmed in another tradition (such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, or the Lutheran Church), may be officially received into the Episcopal Church. Please contact Fr Rick for more information.
Join us on the experience of a lifetime as we seek to grow in discipleship while walking in the footsteps of Christ. A detailed itinerary and booking form can be found here or you may sign up below to stay in the loop.
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