We are a loving and inclusive community of believers
and seekers who know that God is love (1 John 4:16), mercy
triumphs over judgement (James 2:13), and being a Christian
means living and loving like Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke &
John). Come and see!
Mark your calendars for June 10th
at Camp Zehnder! A sign up
sheet has been hung in Farnsworth Hall.
Please sign up today!
FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY (ESM)
Each Sunday, we kneel in our pews and pray “for
the good earth which God has given us and for
the wisdom and will to conserve it.” In
answering this call to be intentional stewards
of God’s creation, a new ministry at Saint
Mary’s, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry
(ESM), has come into being. Read
SUNDAY BOOK STUDY
BOOK STUDY between the services 9-9:45.Our Spring
book is "The Power of Now" by Eckhart
Tolle. A bestseller for more than 20 years,
this book will point us to the powerful spiritual
practice of being more fully present to the
present moment, which is exactly where God always
Please join us anytime!
are available to
bring Communion to those who are not able to get
to church for extended periods of time due to
illness or mobility issues. We are grateful to
for stepping forward
to co-ordinate this vital parish ministry. If
you know of someone who needs home, hospital,
rehab, or nursing home visits, please let us know.
If you would like to be trained to participate
in this beautiful ministry, please contact
Robin or Mother Victoria.
For the Soup Kitchen
in Asbury Park. We need a few more volunteers
for 1 or 2 Saturday mornings a year.
Please contact Laura Grodewald (firstname.lastname@example.org
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist
Midweek Service will resume after Labor
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB
The next meeting will be held at St.
Mary’s on Tuesday, June 12 from
Everyone is invited to join!
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES, TEACHERS, AND
OTHERS We will meet in the Jones Room
following the 10:00 a.m. service on May
6th to discuss future plans for our
Sunday School. Low student numbers have been
a challenge at all age levels and we will take
this into consideration as we plan for next
year. Alternative approaches will be discussed
and new ideas are welcome. Any questions
please contact Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454
Thank you all for making
the Gift Auction such
a success. There are so many tasks requiring
so much time and labor - and every year
we have your enthusiastic support. Your
generosity, energy and commitment resulted
in a net profit of $28,000. And our
parish family had fun working as a team
in the process. God is good! All the
TO EXPLORE YOUR FAITH…
If you have ever felt the urge
to more deeply explore and expand your
faith and to discern your purpose within
it, I'd like to invite you to an open
house gathering of my current EFM group
in Shrewsbury, NJ. We meet each Thurs
evening from mid Sept to mid June. On
May 31, we will be welcoming guests
to experience what EFM is all about.
It is a program that leads to personal
growth through interaction with scripture,
literature, theological reflection,
and peer group discussion.
In Peace, Anthony Pretti
If interested contact me @ email@example.com
P.S. more info at:
EFM Education for Ministry
A variety of sizes are now available in the
parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours
TENT CITY A box has been placed in
Farnsworth Hall for clean winter/spring clothing
for the residents of tent city located in Howell.
St. Mary’s Society, our local branch
of the ECW, encourages our young adults to apply
for this opportunity. The monetary awards, offered
through our Diocese, are open to all high school
Seniors and to Freshmen through Juniors in college.
The applications, in English and Spanish, are
available from Cherisse in the church office.
The deadline for all applications is
May 27th, 2018; at least two letters
of recommendation are required.
- ST. MARY’S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are
due in to the parish office no later than Sunday,
May 27th. |
BISHOP VAN DUZER SCHOLARSHIP
High School Seniors, who will be entering their
first year of college in the Fall, are also
encouraged to electronically submit their applications
Van Duzer Scholarship to
or to www.newjerseyyouth.org. Questions may
be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.
TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
Welcome to the WeShare family!
Following this week’s transition, here
are several things to keep in mind as you familiarize
yourself with WeShare.
We take the security of your website seriously.
We take the security of your website seriously.
Your recurring donations will continue as scheduled.
But you must authenticate your account and email
to receive WeShare emails to make any changes
to your account or receive WeShare emails. The
first time you enter the system-you will have
to go through a onetime validation requiring:
• Your ParishPay user name, The last
4 digits of the bank account or credit card
ParishPay And ONE of the following two options:
• Your email address
• A collection name and the specific amount
donated within the last 6 months
Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer
service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com
or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.
PLEDGE FOR 2018
If you have prayerfully decided to make an
annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea
in 2018, please return your pledge card to the
office as soon as possible so that we can plan
ahead for ministries and expenses in the new
For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact
is in need of someone to deliver meals
every third Thursday anytime between
4 and 5 PM. It takes approximately 1/2
hour of your time to deliver meals to
three different addresses in Point Pleasant
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
IN HONOR OF JOAN BIONDO
St. Mary’s will be installing
a pane in the next stained glass window in honor
of our sister, Joan Biondo. If you would like
to contribute to this tribute, please send a
check payable to St. Mary’s to the church
office, with a note indicating “Joan’s
A special collection has been
set up on the WeShare site for those that wish
to make a donation on line.
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
In October, a box will be taken to the
Seamen’s Institute. Many seamen
are away from their families and not allowed
to leave their ships. To help brighten
their holidays, please donate comfort
items to help them through the season.
May 20, 2018
Almighty God, on this
day you opened the way of eternal life to every race
and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the
preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the
ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O God, who on this day
taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending
to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by
the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things,
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
When the day of Pentecost had come,
the disciples were all together in one place. And
suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush
of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house
where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire,
appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of
them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit
gave them ability. Read
more ... Acts
The hand of the Lord came upon me,
and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and
set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full
of bones. He led me all around them; there were very
many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.
He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”
I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then
he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and
say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause
breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay
sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you,
and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and
you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
more ... Ezekiel
We know that the whole creation has
been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only
the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first
fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait
for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in
hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope.
For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for
what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our
weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep
for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows
what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit
intercedes for the saints according to the will of
more... Romans 8:22-27
2:1-21 [See above]
Jesus said to his disciples, ”When
the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the
Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father,
he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I did not say these things to you from the
beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going
to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where
are you going?’ But because I have said these
things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless
I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that
I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will
not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about
sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because
they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because
I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer;
about judgment, because the ruler of this world has
been condemned. “I still have many things to
say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the
Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all
the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will
speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you
the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because
he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All
that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said
that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
more ... John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15