This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
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Thursday, July 1
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Sunday, July 4 - Independence Day
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Tuesday, July 6
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Wednesday, July 7
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)

Thursday, July 8
5pm - Evening Prayer (online only)

Saturday, July 10
3pm - Funeral for Fred Wibiralske
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This week, to attempt to beat the heat, we decided to go out onto Tuxedo Lake. Even there, the sun was scorching and there was very little breeze. However, we were in for a treat. All of a sudden, a majestic bald eagle flew low over us with an eye to catching a large fish that was jumping out of the water. The fish went un-caught, but we did see something remarkable. The eagle flew to the other side of the lake, where it landed on a fallen log in the water alongside another eagle. They are not usually seen resting so low to the ground. Maybe they too were trying to cool off!

What a treat it was to see two such magnificent creatures, the symbols of our country, so close up. They also reminded me that we celebrate Independence Day this weekend. Here at the rectory, we will have a house full, including Mom for the first time since the pandemic hit. I hope that after a year of isolation, you too will be able to celebrate our national holiday with family, friends, and neighbors. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Father Rick
Funeral for Fred Wibiralske
Funeral arrangements have now been finalized for parishioner Fred Wibiralske, who died on May 24th at the age of 94. The funeral will take place here at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo on Saturday, July 10th, at 3pm. Fred led a life of service to his community as well as his beloved Episcopal Church, and was surrounded by his loving family when he died peacefully at home. You may read his full obituary here. May Fred's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
Summer Camp Sponsors Needed
St. Mary’s has a long history of assisting families to pay for Summer camp experience for their children. This year some of the camps are free, but the families we are helping are either not eligible for the free camps due to where they live, or the hours and dates being offered are such that the parent would not be able to continue working and earning a living. All these families are known by us and have been adversely affected by the effects of Covid and recommended for financial assistance by guidance counselors and teachers.

Fourteen children from ten families will attend the five week Town of Tuxedo Recreation Department Day Camp based on Murphy field and the Ringwood swimming pool. The cost to St Mary’s is $8,540.

The children are all very excited and parents relieved that they can continue to work while their children can enjoy the fun of Summer activities.

We would be grateful for sponsorship donations of any amount. The cost for the first child in a family is $660 and siblings $560.

Donations can be received online at or checks made out to St Mary’s Outreach, memo "Summer camp sponsorship" and mailed to St Mary’s at PO Box 637, Tuxedo, NY 10987.

Thank you for your support in any amount. It will all make a difference to children who need a happy time this Summer, especially.

Sue Heywood
St. Mary’s Outreach Chair
Did You Know?
It was much to our current choirmaster's dismay when he learned this week’s fact about the church's history. Poor Sheldon was as shocked as surely the community was in 1914.

Tragedy struck the parish when 4 time US Singles Tennis Champion and Tuxedo Park resident, Robert Wrenn, pictured here, struck and killed St. Mary’s organist and choirmaster Herbert George Loveday after losing control of his vehicle on May 3rd, 1914. Charges of manslaughter were ultimately dropped as it was claimed that “the steering mechanism of the car had become disarranged.” 

At 26, Wrenn served with Theodore Roosevelt as a Rough Rider in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898, until he contracted yellow fever. Wrenn was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955, he served as its vice president from 1902-1911 and as president from 1915-1917. He flew, as an “older pilot" in World War I. He died in the Madison Hotel in NYC in 1925.

Many thanks to historian Schuy Neuhauser who has organized this and many other historical tidbits into a new wikipedia page for St. Mary's that the whole world can enjoy. Please check it out!
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