This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are being live-streamed online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Friday, March 12
7pm - Stations of the Cross and Benediction (online only)

Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Tuesday, March 16
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Wednesday, March 17
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Thursday, March 18
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today is the feast of St. Gregory the Great, who died on this day in AD 604. Gregory is one of only two popes to bear the popular title of "the great," the other being Pope Leo. Gregory was born into a patrician Roman family, and established a monastic community at his ancestral home in the 570's. In 579, Pope Pelagius made him Ambassador to Constantinople, which gave him an education into the wider affairs of the Church. Shortly after his return home, Pope Pelagius died of the plague, and Gregory was elected to succeed him.

Gregory's pontificate was one of feverish activity, in which he ably faced the challenges of plague, pestilence, and war. He is probably best known, however, for his ordering of church chant and liturgy, a legacy which has shaped the Western Church to this very day.

In addition to all this, Gregory also fostered evangelization to the Anglo-Saxons under Augustine (later the first Archbishop of Canterbury) and other monks from the order he founded. He was rightly known as the "Apostle of the English," playing a major role in the establishment of the English Church.

His life was a true witness to the title he assumed in office: "Servant of the servants of God."

Father Rick

Biographical information taken from Lesser Feasts and Fasts.
In Memoriam
Longtime parishioner Cindy Reese, 67, died on March 1st. A visitation will be held from 2pm to 3pm on Saturday, March 20th, at the Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave, Monroe, followed by a memorial service at 3pm. May Cindy's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sanctuary Lamp
A sanctuary lamp hangs in the church directly above the tabernacle, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept in reserve. The perpetual light of the lamp reminds us that Jesus is sacramentally present, and calls us to greater reverence for his Body as well as to prayer in his presence.

The glass vigil candles that fit inside the lamp can be given in memory of a loved one, as a petition for some need, or in thanksgiving for answered prayer. Each light burns for an entire week, and the cost is $20. With your donation, please leave a note describing your prayer's intention as well as the week you would like the light to burn. You may donate online or mail a check to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo, P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

The sanctuary lamp is given this week by Harrison Bush in memory of the St. Francis Lenten Chowder Makers Evelyn Haight, Jules Ogilvie, and Gretel Bush.
Prayers of the People
Our community prayer list has been restarted. If you have a friend or family member that you'd like us to pray for as a community, please call the office at (845) 351-5122 or email The prayer list will be published in the Sunday bulletin and the weekly newsletter (see below), which is also always available at Unless you specify a time period, each person will remain on the list for one month. Keep in mind that this information is broadly visible, so do not use this list if the person in need desires privacy.
Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday
Youth Gathering
Church Office Moves to French House
The building which formerly housed the preschool was dedicated in 1962 as a place for Christian education. It was officially named “French House” in honor of the heroic efforts of Francis Ormond French, who spent years raising funds for its construction.

Last summer, when we were forced to permanently disband the preschool, a small committee began meeting to consider future uses for the space. The committee members were Father Rick (rector), Billy Mincey (former junior warden and project architect), Lili Neuhauser (senior warden), Sue Heywood (outreach chair), and Pete Datos (project manager).

Several ideas were presented and discussed. Whatever we did, the rector felt that in the spirit of honoring Mr. French’s efforts, an element of Christian education should be maintained. Then Sue spurred us on toward the winning idea:

  • The front half of French House would be used to house the parish office and vestry, providing not only a more cheerful atmosphere but also good ventilation and the necessary space for social distancing that will be required going forward.
  • The back half of French House would be rededicated as “St. Mary’s Family Room,” a multipurpose, multigenerational Christian education space — hosting varied functions such as Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, and/or Adult Education sessions.
Thanks to our church handyman/contractor Aivars, along with electrician Jesse, the new office is now up and running. Many thanks also to Sara & John Cassis for donating some lovely furniture for the new space. Due to the pandemic and lack of administrative support, the office is not yet open regular hours, but Father Rick would be happy to give you a tour anytime, just call or email him. Outfitting the Family Room will come next — please let us know if you'd like to help realize this vision for a fun, multigenerational space!

The former office, located in the undercroft of the church, is now in the process of becoming "The Emporium" at St. Mary's — a whole new way to shop sustainably while supporting a worthy cause. It will be much more than a thrift shop — a carefully curated selection of beautiful items, donated by local residents. It will be led by Lili Neuhauser and run entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds benefitting the good works of St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo. Thanks to generous donations by Sara Cassis, Sherri Stephenson, and others, we will be well stocked when it opens. Stay tuned for more information...
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