September 4, 2019
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Thursday, September 5
7pm - Dinner Committee Meeting in the Office

Sunday, September 8 - Rally Day
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50am - Infant/childcare and Sunday School starts 
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Nave with full choir
Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Wednesday, September 11
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In Rudyard Kipling’s short story, “The Cat That Walked by Himself,” we read a fanciful accounting of how certain animals became domesticated or otherwise dependent upon humans. First a dog, then a horse, then a cow all find their way to a cave where humans have discovered a source of light and heat—and cooking. The combination of food, shelter, and warmth compel the animals to make an eternal pact with the humans to serve them in exchange for these comforts. All of them, that is, except the cat; he comes and goes on his own terms.

Like the creation story in the Book of Genesis, Kipling’s story attempts to shed some dim and flickering light on our deep and eons-old connection with our animal companions. For many of us, they bring a sense of completeness to our lives, and truly make a house a home. This is a gift from God, I believe, and an object lesson in love.

Seventeen years ago, my friend (and sometimes foe) Mr. Kitty came into my life on his own terms. On Monday, at the age of eighteen, he left in the same way. After a miserable, rainy morning, the clouds broke and suddenly it was a beautiful day. I carried Mr. Kitty down to his favorite spot on the porch, where he spent his last few hours with his three favorite frenemies, basking in the sun.

Pets can be messy, costly, and even destructive (Mr. Kitty had two sofas, two love seats, a chair, and several carpets to his credit). They require constant care and attention, and they force us to order our lives around beings other than ourselves. But the unconditional love, the warmth, and constant companionship make our sacrifices for them seem small. Even aloof and crotchety Mr. Kitty was truly a light in my life, and was loved by people all over the country who had known him.

They say “all dogs go to heaven.” If God is just then all cats must spend at least a little time in purgatory. Whatever happens, one thing is for sure, they leave an indelible mark on our hearts. I am looking forward to celebrating the love that animals bring into our lives with you on St. Francis Day next month. In the mean time, please say a little prayer.

Blessings, Father Rick
Rally Day This Sunday
Please join us this Sunday, September 8th, as we officially kick off the new program year with the return of our Senior Choir and restart our Sunday School program. We will also officially welcome our new choirmaster and organist, Sheldon Eldridge!

There are many opportunities to serve God and our neighbors at St. Mary's. You and your children can join the choir , become an acolyte, reader or usher , or help with our many outreach ministries. Please consider what you can do to help make our little corner of this world a better place.

The formation of children is a critical part of our mission. Service in church helps them learn about responsibility, charity, and self-sacrifice. Children are welcome to participate in our programs or attend church services with their parents. Under age 6, there is a a fun childcare program in our Preschool. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to attend Sunday School (please contact Ms. Creamer for more info). Those 10 and older are encouraged to participate in the service as acolytes or readers (please contact Father Rick for more info).
Cereal for Children
Sloatsburg Community Food Pantry is in need of child friendly cereals. These are not offered by the food bank but frequently requested by families with multiple children. St Mary's is making a collection of the children's favorites and will deliver in the next couple of weeks. Donations can be left at St Mary's during weekday office hours or in the church or chapel at the weekends. Thank you!
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