September 7, 2022

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This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo

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Upcoming Calendar

The 10am Sunday service is offered in-person and online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, September 10

10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open

Sunday, September 11

Please welcome Fr. Lloyd Prator

8am - Holy Eucharist (spoken, at the St. Mark's altar)

10am - Holy Eucharist (with music and hymns)

11am to 1pm - The Emporium is open

Wednesday, September 14

10am - Holy Eucharist 

From the Vestry 

Fr. Cromey our Rector Emeritus, has been filling in for Wednesday service these past two weeks. He delighted the congregation by shaking things up with lively Gospel quizzes and open conversation on the individuals interpretation of Christianity. We are proud to say here at St. Mary's he was once again recently published in the Episcopal New Yorker for a very enlightening piece. Have a read below :

Christianity: The time of our Lord.

“Churchianity”: Our time.

I believe I was an Episcopalian before I was even born. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was my birthplace. My dad was a priest; my mother was a choir member in his first parish. I was ordained to the priesthood in the diocese of Long Island in 1962. Since then, I have been rector of parishes, headmaster of schools, priest-in-charge, and Sunday supply for many churches. The conflicts I know of are from a lifetime of experience from 1934 to today, and thinking of them recently, I realized the mistake I’d made throughout a lifetime teaching confirmation classes: I spent an abundance of time on the creeds, Ten Commandments, church history, sacraments, physical devotion, and church polity—and almost no time at all talking about love, forgiveness, and appreciation for creation and life itself—mine and others’.

Like most of my fellow rectors, I was concerned with winning people into our parish more than winning them into a way of life. Numbers were more important than hearts and souls. How many families and communicants on the rolls? What is the amount of money pledged for next year and the amount of the diocesan assessment? What can we spend for outreach? What is our average Sunday attendance? All of these numbers are important. I would like to see them all increase. But above all, we must do whatever we can to create loving hearts in our people.

I like these words of food industry executive Clarence Francis (1888-1985): “You can legislate many conditions, but you cannot legislate harmony into the hearts of men… we need more than by-laws and compulsory rules.”

The primary purpose in every parish should be to change people’s hearts. I never want to see again divisions such as high church v. low church or inclusive v. non-inclusive. My understanding as a Christian is that we are automatically inclusive: male, female, slave, free, Jew, gentile, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. Everybody born is a child of God and people will know us by the way of love.

How to begin?

An alternative: On the sabbath day, all four gospels often place Jesus teaching in the synagogue. Our Sunday service should do the same. We are so accustomed and proud of our current liturgy with its sermon that we miss opportunities for transforming hearts. I suggest that after the Collect for Purity, the congregation should discuss a scripture reading or relevant topic. The seminary-educated priest becomes the rabbi, teaching what it means to be a Christian and live the Christian life. Do this, and in time, “Churchianity” disappears and Christianity takes hold—and this Chinese proverb could become true.

“If there is righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in character.

If there is beauty in character there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation there will be peace in the world.”

The author is rector emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Tuxedo Park.

Sunday School Resumes This Sunday

Please join us this Sunday, September 11th, as we officially kick off the new program year with the return of all our professional singers for the 10am service and the restart of our Sunday School program (please be sure children arrive by 9:45am).

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 and/or attend church services with their parents. Under age 5, there is a a fun childcare program. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to attend Sunday School. Those 10 and older are encouraged to participate in the service as acolytes or readers. Please speak with Father Rick or Sally Sonne, or contact Aoife in the church office at 845.351.5122, for more information.

Welcome back Fr. Rick & Pete!!

Our world travelers will be back in action this coming Sunday. Take the opportunity to welcome them home in person following 10am service at coffee hour.  

Up Coming Events


Prayers of the Community

Parishioners we are praying for:

Barbara Beauregard

Bert Lucarelli

Bill Steinmann

Webb Turner

Kirby Warren

Friends and family members we are praying for:

Bishop Andrew St. John

Jessica Cromey Buck, niece of Fr. Cromey

Kathy Catini, friend of Sandy McGrady

and longtime Tuxedo resident

John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete

Rob McQuilkin, longtime Tuxedo Park resident

Bob Myers, husband of Marie-Claude Wrenn

Allan Moli Ochieng, son of Elizabeth Ochieng

Brendan Pascarella, relative of Gillian Ballard

Richard J. Schineller, friend of Inger Grüterich

and former resident of Tuxedo

Nicholas Triantafillou, Grandson of Bill Steinmann

Charles de Casteja longtime Tuxedo Park resident 

Anthony Garofano brother of Neil Garofano

The Sanctuary candle is given in memory of Tenley & Eric Escoffery by the Bush Family

Prayer requests may be made at

(845) 351-5122 or

Volunteers are needed for the Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Help is need for the following dates:

  • Tues, 9/13 delivery & distribution 
  • Wed, 9/14 distribution
  • Mon, 9/19 delivery
  • Wed, 9/21 distribution
  • Tues, 9/27 distribution
  • wed, 9/28 distribution

Please Contact St. Mary's (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry (201) 394-0627 if you can help on any of the above dates. New volunteers click here to fill out your application form.

If you are someone you know are in need these are the available distribution times for June & July
Community Notices
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