This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:30 pm - Holy Eucharist with choir in the Church
All night vigil before the Altar of Repose in the Chapel

Good Friday, March 30
12 noon - Prayers in the Chapel
7:30 pm - Liturgy with choir in the Church

Holy Saturday, March 31
11 am - Acolyte and Usher Rehearsal in the Church
6 pm - First Eucharist of Easter at St. John's in Arden

Easter Sunday, April 1
8 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9:55 am - Children gather for the flowering of the cross
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with choir and brass
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour follows in Bentley Hall

Easter Monday, April 2
Church office closed

Wednesday, April 4
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11 am - Preschool Chapel for the 3's and 4's

Thursday, April 5
11 am - Preschool Chapel for 2's
11:30 am - Soup & Sandwich Luncheon and Day by Day Reflection
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary in a stable in Bethlehem; he was a wise prophet, teacher, and healer; he showed us how to live with God and one another; he was killed by an angry mob. These are the facts of his earthly life, but believing in them alone does not make one a Christian.

Any one of us can easily recite the Nicene Creed, which deals (mostly) with just who and what Jesus is, and how he relates to the other
persons of the Trinity. "On the third day he rose again, according to the scriptures," is just one line among many, and it can get lost in the shuffle of words and ideas. But stop and think about that one line. That's what makes us Christians.

As we conclude our Lenten observance, we prepare to walk with Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane, to the Upper Room, to the cross and the tomb, where through word and sacrament we will witness the unfolding of our very salvation. We will witness the prophet become the Lamb of God, the one oblation of himself once offered, the eternal sacrifice that opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Just as we will gather in sorrow at the foot of the cross, so too will we greet with joy our Lord's resurrection at the empty tomb on Easter Day. We are indeed people of the Resurrection-we are Christians! Easter, our triumphant holy day, is our time to bask in God's eternal radiance, to give thanks for a love so great that it was willing to go to the cross for our salvation, and for a love so strong that even death could not conquer it!

May your faith in the Resurrection, that thing that makes you a Christian, be renewed and refreshed this Eastertide, and may the promise of new and eternal life, mirrored in the beauty of spring, fill your hearts with God's love. 

Father Rick
Maundy Thursday
On Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 pm, we will commemorate the Last Supper, a Passover meal which Jesus shared with his disciples and at which he became our passover, the Lamb of God. We also celebrate the institution of the holy priesthood as Jesus gave his disciples the command to break the bread and bless the cup until he comes again. After communion, the altar will be stripped and washed to represent the tomb that will receive Christ's body on Good Friday. The reserved Sacrament will then be taken in procession to the Altar of Repose in the Chapel, which represents the Garden of Gethsemene, where Jesus asked his disciples "Could you not wait with me one hour?" The Chapel will remain open all night for silent prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament.
Good Friday
Good Friday is the day we observe the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. We will have two services on this day, the first at the traditional noon hour in the Chapel and a 7:30pm service in the main Church.

The Good Friday Offering has been a source of support, love and hope for the people of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Through our support of these churches we are helping to realize God's vision of peace throughout this area. More information about this ministry can be found online here . In a tradition spanning nearly 100 years, all offerings collected on this day will go to the Diocese of Jerusalem or you can send your offering to the church office marked as Good Friday Offering.
Acolyte and Usher Rehearsal
All acolytes and ushers for Easter Sunday (as well as other days) are invited to attend a rehearsal on Saturday, March 31, at 11am in the Church. We will run through your roles and make sure everyone is comfortable with their duties before the big day.
New Website for St. Mary's
We are pleased to announce a new website for St. Mary's, which can be found at . Some of the things you can do on the new site include:
  • Plan a visit and know what to expect if you're coming to St. Mary's for the first time
  • Add upcoming events to your own personal calendar
  • Learn about our history and take an online tour of the campus or our windows
  • Learn about our ministries and how to get involved
  • Learn about the sacraments and how to schedule a baptism, wedding, etc.
  • Get to know our leadership team and more about the beliefs of the church
  • Listen to past sermons and subscribe to the podcast to receive future ones
  • Update your membership info and make your annual pledge
Tuxedo Park School Benefit
All members of the community are cordially invited to Tuxedo Park School’s annual Benefit on April 28. It promises to be a fun event with exciting live and silent auction items such as hosting a private dinner party at Dottie Audrey’s, beautiful paper goods from local artist Elizabeth Grubaugh and much, much more! To learn more about attending or donating items to the auction, please contact Fiona Duffy .
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