December 29, 2021
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are offered in-person and online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Sunday, January 2
10am - Second Sunday after Christmas - Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, January 5
10am - Holy Eucharist
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today at the Wednesday service, we observed the feast of the Holy Innocents (transferred). In the midst of the celebration of the joyous birth of our savior, we get a stark reminder of the forces of evil that are at work in the world.

Having heard rumors of a rival king (or so he thought), King Herod, incandescent with rage at having been duped by the wise men who left town without telling him the location of the Holy Family, ordered all children two years of age and younger to be slaughtered. In my reading of scripture, especially the New Testament, this is one of the most shocking and horrifying passages of all. Even after having read it over and over, the grief and terror never cease to cut through my heart. Having walked the streets of Bethlehem, I can only think, “If those stones could talk, what a story they would tell.”

Where is the good news, one might ask. It lies in the fact that not even the rage of a tyrant could snuff out the light of Christ and God’s plan for our salvation. Nor could death itself stop our Lord from giving us the greatest gifts that were ever given: forgiveness, adoption, and eternal life. Still, we must remember the Holy Innocents, and through them all innocent life that suffers at the hand of man. Human kind, the animals, and all of the natural world are part of a magnificent tapestry that is at the center of God’s heart. We are stewards of it all, and we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy 
innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, 
we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent 
victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil 
tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with 
thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 
ever. Amen. BCP p.186

Father Rick
Christmas at St. Mary's
Thank you to everyone who helped make Christmas at St. Mary's so special again this year! We celebrated the birth of Christ with great reverence and beauty. All of the services are available on our Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to view them).
Annual Meeting
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 16, at 11:30am. At the meeting, we will conduct the yearly business of the parish and elect Vestry members. We will also review progress of our parish over the past year and goals for the future. Please plan on joining us for this important meeting.
Pledge Campaign Progress
At this time of year, we give thanks for all of the blessings of this life. Everything comes from and returns to God. Our 2022 pledge campaign is well underway and we are at 78% of our goal.

Every gift is important and is received with gratitude. It is vitally important for every member of St. Mary's to make his or her pledge as a show of financial support, but also of faith in our mission and witness to the risen Christ.

Your pledge can come in at any time, but practically speaking, before the end of the year helps us greatly with our budget projections for 2022. Thank you!
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