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, August 13
10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open

Sunday, August 14
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, August 17
10am - Holy Eucharist
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase, "the treasures of the Church?" Perhaps you think of the glorious stained glass windows at St. Mary's for which we are rightfully well-known. Or, perhaps you think of the splendor of gothic or baroque churches in other parts of the world. In Philadelphia, St. Mark's Church in Locust Street has a solid silver altar donated by John Wanamaker in memory of his wife. Here in New York, one can visit the Cloisters Museum to see a vast array of medieval art.

All of the things we see in such places are amazing today, but you must think back to a time when churches were not just places for worship (though that is their primary purpose), but also places for community gatherings, and before the modern age were also defacto art museums and concert halls. They were the only places where ordinary people could surround themselves with such splendor and beauty. And indeed, all of this served the purpose of telling the story of salvation and giving the viewer or listener a small glimpse of heaven on earth. The art was and remains still the artists' gifts to God.

But, there is another type of treasure that we don't often categorize as such. Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Laurence of Rome, a deacon who was martyred in the year 258 AD during the Valerian persecution, along with Pope Sixtus II and six other deacons.

Laurence's primary responsibility was the oversight of distribution of alms to the poor. The Roman authorities demanded that Laurence turn over all of the Church's money that was to be used for this purpose. He asked for several days to gather it all together, during which he hastily distributed all of it to the poor. When asked again for the "treasures of the church," Laurence took the authorities to a ward filled with sick and poor people and said, "These are the treasures of the church." He was summarily roasted alive on a gridiron.

In the fourth century, Emperor Constantine built a basilica on the site of Laurence's death which stands to this day, though it was heavily damaged in WWII. Like St. Laurence, let us also in our time remember that in the kingdom of God, the greatest among us are servants of all, and that God's superabundant love is not something to be stored up, but to be given away freely as he gives to us.

Blessings,
Father Rick
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Childcare Service
We are pleased to announce the return of our childcare service.

Parishioners attending our regular 10am service with any age child can avail of childcare, which is available in our newly designed Family Room located next to our offices. The service is available Sundays from 9:45 am till 11am.

Our young attendees are always welcome to join us for the liturgy and coffee hour after service in Bentley Hall. Please call the office at 845-351-5122 for any further information.
St. Mary's is hosting a toiletry drive to aid the
Sloatsburg Food Pantry

What's needed:

  • Toothbrushes - toothpaste
  • Bars of soap, shower gel or hand soap
  • Deodorant - men, woman or young teens
  • Body lotion, face creams, sunblock, after Sun care or hand creams
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Wet wipes
  • Chapsticks
  • Razors & shaving gel both Men's and Women's

Where to bring the items:
Donations can be dropped of to the rear of the main church in the collection box during any service or brought to the office of St. Mary's between 9am-1pm Monday to Thursday or to the Emporium 10am-2pm Saturdays or 11am - 1pm on Sundays

Your help support and generosity is greatly appreciated

What not to bring:
Please don't bring any
  • Opened or previously used items
  • Any medications
  • Any expired products

Collection ends August 31st
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

The sanctuary candle is given in memory of Harrison G. Bush Sr. by the Bush family. 

Prayer requests may be made at
(845) 351-5122 or info@stmtux.org.
Volunteers are needed for the Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901
Help is needed for the following dates in August:

  • Wed, 8/10 distribution
  • Wed, 8/17 distribution
  • Mon, 8/22 delivery
  • Tues, 8/23 distribution
  • Wed, 8/24 distribution



Please Contact St. Mary's info@stmtux.org (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry sloatsburgfoodpantry@gmail.com (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
Shinning Lights Helping Hands Charity is collecting school supplies for local children in need. There are a number of local drop of points including our own Tuxedo Park Library
How to contact us...
Website: www.stmtux.org
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987