This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Saturday, November 2 - All Souls' Day
11am - Burial Service for John S. W. Dawson

Sunday, November 3 - All Saints' Sunday
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50am - Infant/childcare and Sunday School
10am - Holy Eucharist with choir and organ
Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, November 5
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, November 6
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Happy Halloween!

Growing up in the Evangelical tradition, this time of year, there was always the requisite "Halloween is the Devil's night" sermon. Everyone wholeheartedly agreed with the pastor, and then took their children trick-or-treating. Far from being of demonic origin, this night and the following few days are completely wrapped up in the Church's teachings about life, death, and resurrection.

Borrowing from an informative post from the Society of Catholic Priests (of which I am a member), we are in the "Triduum of Death." THE Triduum, of course, refers to the three great observances of our Lord's death and resurrection: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. However the Triduum in which we currently find ourselves consists of All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day.

All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween (Oct 31), has become a family-friendly, non-sectarian night in which children everywhere dress in ghoulish costumes and gorge on candy. To quote a famous Tim Burton movie, "life's no fun without a good scare!" But in the eyes of the Church, this night is spent fasting and praying in preparation for the great feast that is to come. It is said that the veil between life and death is especially thin at this time.

All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) The Church honors the Saints in heaven and acknowledges our destiny and unity within the Body of Christ, which death cannot destroy. On this day, we ask the Saints' continual intercession as they worship continually before the throne of God.

All Souls' Day (Nov 2) We commemorate the faithful departed. Praying for the departed is a practice that has its roots in Judaism, and has been a part of the Christian Church since its beginning. Fun fact: the official colors of Halloween, orange and black, come from the colors of the candles and vestments used at the mass of this day--unbleached, orange-ish candles, and black vestments.

This year, very appropriately, on the feast of All Souls, we will commit the earthly remains of our brother, John Dawson, to the hallowed ground of St. Mary's churchyard in his beloved Tuxedo. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Father Rick
In Memoriam
Longtime resident and friend John S. W. Dawson died on Sunday, October 13th, at home surrounded by family and friends. His burial service will take place at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo on Saturday, November 2nd, at 11am. A memorial service will be held at Brick Church in NYC on Thursday, November 7th, at 4pm. May John's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Daylight Saving Time - Fall Back this Sunday
Dinner in the Nave
You are cordially invited to Dinner in the Nave of St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo. The pews are removed from the historic nave of the church and a splendid dinner is served, accompanied by music and an auction of fabulous items. This year, we will be honoring Greg & Patte Stevens for a combined nine decades of service with the Rector's Distinguished Service Award. Please join us for this biennial tradition. All are welcome!
Walk to End Alzheimer's: A Firsthand Account
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s was scheduled for a Sunday morning, which was unfortunate in a way because that is the time of most church services. Not that so many went to church, but it was a good excuse. I volunteered to gather a team to donate and support the Walk in memory of Chris. Quite a few friends, though not necessarily those whom I had counted on, responded and joined my team. I did well, and the organization called me a “champion.” 
Sunday was gray and damp when we arrived at Boulder Stadium in Rockland County. It was a good crowd of people, all sorts of people, who were there with hopes of contributing to efforts leading to a cure. Alzheimer’s is non-discriminating. Many had lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s, some were caregivers, and there were also some who are currently afflicted. We all shared in each other’s pain, current or past. Alzheimer’s is a lonely process, but here, at Boulder Stadium I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of connection and love for everyone there, my friends and those I didn’t know. There were some uplifting and enthusiastic speeches, and music and food and celebrating. A diverse group of high school students played bongo drums with energy and determination as we walked around the stadium. That was it.
I had invited my group for lunch at Valley Rock in Sloatsburg, and then it started to rain. When I went to settle the bill, the owner of the place, a friend, told me that the meal was on him, his show of support for the cause. I was touched by his generosity and kindness and caring.
I had planned, after the event and lunch, to walk with my group in Tuxedo Park, on one or two of the trails that had recently been cleared as a result of an initiative from Chris. However, in the rain, most bagged out, except a few hardy women. It was peaceful and beautiful, and a lovely end to a lovely day.
I didn’t have to go to church to find God that day.
Sally Sonne
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