September 29, 2022

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This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo

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Upcoming Calendar

The 10am Sunday service is offered in-person and online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, October 1

10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open

Sunday, October 2

8am - Holy Eucharist (spoken, at the St. Mark's altar)

10am - Holy Eucharist (with music and hymns)

11am to 1pm - The Emporium is open

Wednesday, October 5

10am - Morning Prayer

From The Rector 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Have you ever wondered why we are called The Episcopal Church? The answer lies in both history and etymology. In the colonial era, our churches were under the direct oversight of the Bishop of London. Time and again, clergy and lay leaders wrote to London pleading for bishops to be sent to these shores to ensure proper order and administration of the sacraments, notably the sacrament of ordination. The absence of bishops created a great shortage of priests, and this situation gave rise to church wardens and vestries (so named for the room in which they would meet), a vital ministry to this day.

After the American Revolution, Samuel Seabury was sent to Scotland to be ordained our first bishop by fellow bishops in the Scottish Episcopal Church. While we are all in full communion with the Church of England (and thereby the Anglican Communion), we nevertheless opted for the name "Episcopal" in gratitude for the creation of our first bishop, as well as other considerations.

The word "Episcopal" itself comes from the Greek word episcopos, which translates to "overseer". In other words, In the Episcopal Church, we are governed, or overseen, by bishops.

The ministry of bishops, according to the Book of Common Prayer, is " represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ's name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ's ministry." (BCP p. 855)

Since Bishop Dietsche announced his impending retirement at last year's diocesan convention, the Committee to Elect a Bishop has been hard at work listening to the people of the diocese, crafting materials, and vetting candidates. Just this week a slate of five nominees was announced, and you can read their bios as well as all other pertinent information by clicking here. A number of meet and greet sessions will be held throughout the diocese. The Hudson Valley event will take place on Wednesday, November 15 at St. George's in Newburgh. The electing convention will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Let us hold all of the committee members and candidates in our sincere prayers as we watch the work of the Spirit unfold.


Fr. Rick

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Nicole Martin and William Morris who were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s last Saturday. Hilary is the daughter of community members Gina and Michael Martin. May God grant them many years!

From the Vestry

Raffle for the Barn Owl

Support Saint Mary’s and buy a chance (or more! ) to bring home this incredible Barn Owl by photographer Kate Griswold.

The archival photo on paper measures 28” X 28” and is framed.

Kate is a renowned photographer who has been photographing animals of all types for many years. 7 years ago she decided to shoot birds in their natural habitat, both near her home in eastern Massachusetts and in Bray’s Island, South Carolina. She feels a strong spiritual pull from them, both birds of prey and other large birds; she has the patience to wait and let her subjects go about their daily tasks, with stunning results.

Kate adds a unique background, created digitally, thus focusing our attention solely on the bird.. Resulting in exceptionally beautiful works for any Tuxedo interior or lover of owls.

Saint Mary’s wishes to thank Ann Gwathmey who has so generously donated this work for our raffle.

Raffle tickets are $50. each. If you can’t join us on October 1st, please purchase tickets online. Or grab your chances at cocktails on the 1st!  The winner will be drawn at Victoria’s during dessert. (The winner need not be present)

Barn Owl Raffle

Sunday School Has Resumed

The Sunday school year has once again begun here at St. Mary's. Please contact the office at 845-351-5122 or via email at for more information.

Upcoming Events

Progressive Dinner October 1st 

This event is sold out. Thank you for support and generosity. 

Tickets are still available for our Barn Owl Raffle and can be purchased using the link above. 

Organ & Piano Recital

Saturday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Andrew P. Sheranian will present an organ and piano recital featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, and others. Mr. Sheranian is currently the Organist and Master of Choristers at the Parish of All Saints in Ashmont, Boston, a parish well-known for its excellence in liturgy and music. His complete bio can be found here. All are welcome to come and enjoy his artistry in the beautiful nave of St. Mary's. A free will offering will be collected. Reception to follow.

Prayers of the Community

Parishioners we are praying for:

Barbara Beauregard

Bert Lucarelli

Bill Steinmann

Webb Turner

Kirby Warren

Friends and family members we are praying for:

Bishop Andrew St. John

Jessica Cromey Buck, niece of Fr. Cromey

Charles de Casteja longtime Tuxedo Park resident 

Kathy Catini, friend of Sandy McGrady

and longtime Tuxedo resident

John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete

Rob McQuilkin, longtime Tuxedo Park resident

Bob Myers, husband of Marie-Claude Wrenn

Allan Moli Ochieng, son of Elizabeth Ochieng

Brendan Pascarella, relative of Gillian Ballard

Richard J. Schineller, friend of Inger Grüterich

and former resident of Tuxedo

Nicholas Triantafillou, Grandson of Bill Steinmann

Carmen Murphy, close friend of Ann Ho

Jolene Matthews, daughter of Gillian Ballard

We pray for the repose of the souls of:

Alan Heywood, in whose memory the sanctuary candle is given

Anthony Garofano

Prayer requests may be made at

(845) 351-5122 or


Volunteers are needed for the Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Please Contact St. Mary's (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry (201) 394-0627 if you can help on any of the above dates. New volunteers click here to fill out your application form.

If you are someone you know are in need these please sign up for an appointment using this link 

Community Notices
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