This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Sunday, October 13
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

Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day
Church office is closed

Wednesday, October 16
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

At this week's Wednesday Eucharist in the Chapel, we commemorated the feast of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln. Grosseteste lived in England in the thirteenth century and distinguished himself as a scholar in numerous fields, including law, medicine, languages, sciences, and theology. In 1235, he was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln, an office which he exercised with efficiency and conscientiousness. He was known to travel throughout his diocese regularly to meet with the clergy and laity, as well as to carry out other episcopal duties. At one of his visitations someone remarked, "My Lord, you are doing something new and exceptional." To this the bishop replied, "Every new thing which implants and promotes and perfects the new man, corrupts and destroys the old. Blessed is the new, and in every way welcome to him who comes to recreate the old man in newness."

In reading the words of Bishop Grosseteste this morning, I was immediately impressed with his wisdom and theological accumen. While he may have been a visionary leader in his time, he did not revel in his own brilliance. Rather, in all humility he made it clear that he was doing the continuing work of resurrection as a servant of God and the Church. This also made me think about what his words mean to the Church today. Where is the decaying "old man" lurking in our parishes? Perhaps he lies in unhealthy attachment to old ways or personalities that are no longer relevant or even present. Or perhaps it is in putting our own agendas above the good of the whole. Maybe the "old man" has become an idol in his own right.

The words of Bishop Grosseteste are as true today as they were in the thirteenth century. We must first look to Jesus who is, as the Prayer Book tells us, "the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." We receive him through his word and sacrament, but it doesn't stop there. This isn't magic; we have to do our part to step out and allow our selves to be transformed by God's power working in and through us. Just like our Lord, we must be willing to be participants through our own sufferings to come to the joy of resurrection. As Jesus said, a grain of wheat remains just a grain of wheat unless it dies and goes into the ground. If it dies, new and abundant life will emerge where we saw only death.

"Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever." Ephesians 3:20-21

Father Rick
Last Call -- Pilgrimage Registration Deadline October 21st
Dinner in the Nave
Please join us for a bi-annual tradition, Dinner in the Nave! The pews are removed from the historic nave of the church and a splendid candlelit dinner is served, accompanied by music and an auction of fabulous items!

We are currently seeking donations for the auction, which can include, but are not limited to: art, antiques & jewelry; fine wines & spirits; gift baskets; experiences such as vacation homes, hotel stays, tours, shows or dinners; and services.

Please contact Jane Garofano or email Lisa in the church office (phone is 845.351.5122) if you have any questions or would like to donate an item for the auction.
Walk to End Alzheimer's October 20th
Join our team "Chris’ Crew" with Captain Sally Sonne. Participate in a 2-mile (not very difficult) Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, October 20, in Rockland County. We hope that you will join the team by walking or donating.

A cure is on the horizon, and, hopefully, will be discovered before we or our children are stricken. Alzheimer’s is truly a sad and devastating condition for the patient and for family and friends. Sally knows that Chris would want to do anything he could to end Alzheimer’s. For her, this walk is to honor him and give hope and help for a cure.

Registration begins at 9am, with a ceremony at 10am and the walk at 10:20am. Location is Palisades Credit Union Park Stadium (Rockland Boulders), Rockland/Pomona, NY.
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