This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Sunday, November 11
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9:50am - Infant/childcare available and Sunday School begins
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with music
11am - Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall
11:30am - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, November 14
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11am - Chapel for Preschool 3's and 4's

Thursday, November 15
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

November is the month of All Saints and All Souls. It is a month in which we begin to hunker down for the winter, and take stock of what has transpired in the year almost past. We remember and reflect upon the great women and men of the faith, as well as those ordinary people who have made a lasting impression on our lives. Think of someone who has helped make you who you are today: perhaps a beloved family member, a trusted mentor, a good friend. Though we no longer experience their physical presence with us, they nevertheless continue to exert their influence in our lives.

Last Sunday, we sang the traditional All Saints hymn, "I Sing A Song of the Saints of God." In it, we proclaim, "...for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too." In other words, the saints--both those known to us, and those known only to God--are ordinary people who, through God's grace and power, have done extraordinary things. Look around the church next Sunday at the various memorials that line our walls, and the magnificent art that graces our house of worship. All of these things are there to help us remember people and events from long ago (and not so long ago) whose contribution to the greater good continues to benefit society and the Church to this day. Whether it be a substantial gift of monetary wealth, a gift of service, or even the ultimate sacrifice, the men and women memorialized in stone, glass, iron, and wood, live on and inspire us to be the saints of God in our own time.

We have some big shoes to fill, and with God's help we are up to the challenge. In a recent letter to alumni, Fr. Ted Dziak, one of my Jesuit mentors, reminds us that, "In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius suggests that we stand before the cross and consider three questions: What have I done for Christ? / What am I doing for Christ? / What ought I do for Christ? Our faith is a faith of action."

The world is full of great need, and St. Mary's seeks to meet that need as faithfully as possible. Our reach is both local and global, and is given without regard to race, religion, nationality, or any of the other false divisions people use to separate one sister or brother from another. Unlike other organizations, we receive no public funding--everything we do comes from your generosity and the generosity of generations who came before. As you prayerfully consider your annual pledge to St. Mary's, meditate on St. Ignatius' three questions, consider our legacy of service to the world, and be one of God's saints, right here and now.

Father Rick
Wedding Announcement
Congratulations to Danielle Barberio and Victor Miller who were married at St. Mary's on November 3rd by Father Rick. Best wishes to the happy couple and may God grant them many years!
Progressive Dinner
Many thanks to everyone who attended and supported our bi-annual Progressive Dinner on November 3rd! The theme was "Alfred Lee Loomis: The Lab and the Library." We started at the lab where radar was invented during World War II, currently the home of Sheri Stephenson, then proceeded to various homes throughout the park for dinner, concluding with dessert and entertainment at the Loomis Library, currently the home of Claudia and Carey Turnbull. A special thank you to our co-chairs Jane Garofano and Lili Neuhauser. Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the festivities.
In Memoriam
It is with sadness that I announce the death of Gregg Carder, who died on November 5 at Good Samaritan Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Gregg and his partner of 43 years, Brad Boles, met in Seattle and have called Tuxedo Park home for the past nine years. For 33 years, Gregg sang in the tenor section of the choir of St. Thomas' Church, a role which took him around the world. He loved his home, his cats, and his bonsais, but especially his partner, Brad. Always generous in life, in death Gregg donated his eyes and tissue, so that strangers' lives may be made whole.

May Gregg's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Fr. Robÿn
Beginning this Sunday, November 11, you will hear from several parishioners about the importance of financial giving as a spiritual practice, but also as a practical need. The reality of ministry in a large, historic building with a robust program is that doing these things takes money, and expenses almost never decrease. St. Mary's relies heavily on the generosity of her parishioners and friends to meet our budget. Your pledge is not only a significant part of your spiritual and civic life, but also a valuable tool for helping the parish leadership get an accurate picture of the financial year ahead.

There are many worthy causes out there, and we understand that as engaged citizens you may contribute to multiple organizations. When you do, please bear in mind that the donor base for some high-profile entities dwarfs that of a parish church like us, and that we receive absolutely no outside funding. Your gift to St. Mary's will ensure that the God of Abraham is glorified not only through our worship, but in our deeds. God's word will be preached and heard, and faithful people will be inspired to go out to do his will. The hungry will be fed, the naked clothed, the sick comforted. The sheer amount of good that flows forth from this place is astonishing, and it is all because of you.

From now through Sunday, December 2, please make your pledge or one-time donation to the mission and ministry of this integral part of our community. May God bless you in your generosity.
November at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
Thanksgiving scene
Fall is a particularly busy time at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo. In addition to all of the events in this newsletter, we have four baptisms and two weddings planned. Please plan on joining your parish family on these important dates:
  • November 11 - Remembrance Sunday - remembering all those who have served
  • November 18 - Harvest Thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, including stewardship ingathering
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving Day at St. John's in Arden
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