This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Sunday, May 5 - The Third Sunday of Easter
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50 a.m. Infant/Childcare provided 
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall
Investment Committee meeting follows in the Vestry Room

Wednesday, May 8
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 3s and 4s

Thursday, May 9
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 2s

Friday, May 10
12:00 p.m. Preschool Committee meeting in the school
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

"Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25

Many of you know that I have long belonged to a group called the Society of Catholic Priests , an Anglican fellowship of clergy and religious. Each year, we assemble as a body in a different city in the US or Canada. Between annual meetings, our local chapters meet several times each year, and on Wednesday night, I attended my first meeting of the New York chapter, hosted by Fr. Gerth at the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square. We began with worship—evening prayer followed by low mass for the feast of Saints Philip and James. After that we headed upstairs to the rectory for dinner and conversation.

These sorts of colleague groups are essential for clergy, because even though we are very busy and find ourselves surrounded by people, our work can be extremely lonely and isolating. So it is good to have time to pray, socialize and share stories of challenges and joys with other people who understand completely. In that way, we feel encouraged and “provoked to good works” as St. Paul wrote.

Feelings of isolation and loneliness are by no means unique to the clergy. Ironically, in today’s hyper-connected world, people can feel lonelier than ever. This loneliness can be profound, and lead to tragic and deadly consequences. We see it all too often in stories of young people who were radicalized online: connected, yet alone. That is why it is so important to pull ourselves away from our screens and echo-chambers, and engage with one another in good faith and charity. It is in coming together that we strengthen the bonds of our common humanity across all lines. In humanizing the other we become more human. And in loving we become more like the one from whom all light and love proceed, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Rick
Easter Sunday
The joy of Easter Sunday arrived with a large congregation eager to hear the good news of the resurrection! Beautiful flowers and music filled the church. The service was live-streamed on Facebook for the first time.

A festive coffee hour and Easter egg hunt followed in Bentley Hall. Please visit our Facebook page for  photos  of the service. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the day possible!
Become an Episcopalian!
On the feast of Pentecost, Sunday, June 9, we will be joined by the Right Rev. Andrew St. John at the 10:00 service. Bishop St. John will preach and offer the rites of confirmation and reception into the Episcopal Church.

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. Those who have already been confirmed in another tradition (such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, or the Lutheran Church), may be officially received into the Episcopal Church. Please contact Fr Rick for more information.
Join us on the experience of a lifetime as we seek to grow in discipleship while walking in the footsteps of Christ. A detailed itinerary and booking form can be found here or you may sign up below to stay in the loop.
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