September 23, 2020
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are being live-streamed on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Thursday, September 24
5pm - Evening Prayer

Saturday, September 26
9pm - Compline

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 27
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Tuesday, September 29
5pm - Evening Prayer

Wednesday, September 30
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Thursday, October 1
5pm - Evening Prayer

Saturday, October 3
10am - Fall Fun Run
9pm - Compline

Saint Francis Sunday, October 4
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)
10:45am-11:30am - Pet Blessing on the Great Lawn
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I have written on numerous occasions about the importance of pilgrimage to the Christian life. Sacred sites offer much more than the thrill of the exotic--they bind us together with centuries of the faithful and are full of the power of their prayers.

I am sure that you are familiar with pilgrimages to the Holy Land, or to Rome, or even Santiago de Compostela in Spain. As with other countries throughout Europe, England developed its own sites that became popular due to difficulty in traveling all the way to Jerusalem. Because of the writings of Chaucer, the Canterbury pilgrimage is probably the best known, but there is another site that draws thousands of pilgrims to this day, the shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.

Our Lady of Walsingham, whose feast falls on September 24, is said to have appeared to a noble woman, Richeldis de Faverches in 1061. Lady Richeldis was instructed to build a shrine on the site of the apparitions, which she did. Within the first century of its existence, Walsingham became one of the top pilgrimage sites in all of Europe. Sadly, the original shrine was destroyed in 1538 by Henry VIII, and the image of Our Lady was burned at Chelsea.

Almost 400 years later, the shrine was revived, and pilgrims began to arrive in droves. A Pilgrim Hospice was eventually opened to house the faithful, and the complex was much expanded in the 1960s. Priests around the Anglican Communion (including myself) belong to The Association of Priests Associate of the Holy House, and have the privilege of saying Mass at the shrine. I have yet to do this, but hope to someday.

Jesus invites us to "come and see," and pilgrimage allows us to do just that. For now, though, those pilgrimages will have to be made in our hearts. And so I invite you on the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham to make a pilgrimage in prayer to her shrine, just as centuries of Christians before you have done.

Father Rick
Staff Change
The last six months have shaken up everyone's lives a great deal. At St. Mary's we have had to adapt, plan strategically for the future, and make some difficult decisions. It is clear that we are going to have to deal with life during covid well into next year. Because of this, our administrative needs have changed. We are also committed to providing a level of safety that the lack of physical distancing in the current office makes impossible. In light of this, and in consultation with the Senior Warden, I have eliminated the position of Parish Administrator.

I shared this news with Lisa, then the Vestry, and now inform you. I am grateful for Lisa's years of service at St. Mary's and will assist her in any way I can as she moves forward. It is my hope that some time in 2021 we can consider what kind of office support meets our needs at that time.

Father Rick
Fall Fun Run is October 3rd
On Saturday, October 3rd, at 10am, we will host our second Fun Run around the beautiful lakes of Tuxedo Park. It's a safe opportunity to encourage fitness, enjoy the great outdoors, and also support the many good works of St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo!

Runners can choose how far they want to run/jog/walk (2.5 miles around the small lakes, 4.5 miles around Tuxedo Lake, 7 miles around all the lakes). Runners/walkers will check-in at the starting point (the lawn across from the club, at Lorillard Rd and West Lake Rd), look for the black & white checker flag. Masks are required at the starting point, but runners may remove their masks when they're running alone or with just their immediate family. Awards will be announced for runners with the fastest times, the most sponsors, and the greatest total dollars raised.

Please consider running or becoming an event sponsor.
St. Francis Day is October 4th
In a longstanding Anglican tradition, pets are always welcome in church, but especially on St. Francis Day! On Sunday, October 4th, we will have a special blessing of the animals after the 10am service, on the great lawn of St. Mary's. So please bring your furry, feathery, and scaly friends that day. All are welcome to attend the inside service and/or just the outdoor pet blessing. If your pets don't travel well, or you'd like to remember pets who have passed, please bring a photo. Masks are required at all times at St. Mary's.

For those joining us virtually, please send a photo of your pet with their name to by October 1st and we will include them in the pet blessing service.
Fall Book Group Begins October 6th
Join us on Tuesdays at 5:30pm (October 6, 13, and 20) for a local discussion (via Zoom) of a very important book that people throughout our diocese will be reading this fall. More information is below, along with a sign up link if you’re interested. All are welcome to join the discussion.
The Light of Christ
A sanctuary lamp has been hung 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.

Last week, the lamp was given by Father Rick in thanksgiving for the life and work of the Tuxedo Park Garden Club. This week's lamp is given by Harrison Bush in thanksgiving for The Order of the Holy Cross (West Park NY).
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