• St. Mary's by the Sea is a Christian community
  • that strives to create a sanctuary for ALL
  • seekers and believers alike
  • to come and experience the Love of God through Jesus Christ,
  • to share that love with those around us
  • and in the wider world,
  • and to grow in faith
  • as part of a caring Christian family.
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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!

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

Check out our Calendar of Events

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did!
Sign-up or call the parish office for details.


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.

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Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room

Last year, our Parish Book Studies focused on the true nature and essence of God, especially as God is revealed in the Holy Trinity. This year, we'll turn the focus back onto ourselves by exploring who and what we really are and how we can enter into a spiritually-mature relationship with God, Who is the source and goal of our Being, and of all Being.

View Schedules here

September 16 - October 14th:
"Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr

Eucharistic Ministers
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 Robin Henry 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.

Honoring Ministries of Older Adults

Please join us for an Evensong and reception on
September 29th at 2:00PM
in Trinity Cathedral as we celebrate the older adults in the Diocese of New Jersey, their gifts, witness, and ministries.

This year St. Mary’s will be honoring

Lois Lyon & Chuck Reagan

for the exemplary work they have done during their continued years of service to St. Mary’s by-the-Sea.
For more information, or to register to attend, phone 609-394-5281 or please visit this link

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES It's that time of year again and we're very excited to see our students for another fun-filled year! Registration forms will be in the back of the church each Sunday through the first day of classes, Sunday, September 16th. Please return completed forms (which can be found at the back of the church) to Cherisse in the Parish Office. If you have questions or would like to volunteer your time for Sunday School or Nursery, please call Laurie Clayton at 732-600-5454. Thank you!!

Download Registration Form here

CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning and need your input to create an effective program. Specifically we need to know if your teen will regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an alternative meeting time might be preferable. Please contact Laurie Clayton either by phone or email to discuss alternatives for the coming year.
732-600-5454 or claytombs1961@hotmail.com

We welcome all family pets to come to either worship service on Sunday, September 30th as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Well behaved pets are welcome to join their humans at either the 8 am or 10 am service on Sunday September 30th for our annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Mother Victoria is also happy to bless behaviorally-challenged pets in the parish hall or parking lot after the services. Please feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to bring their pets as well!


Each year, on the second Sunday in October (the 14th), St. Mary’s hosts the Friendship Dinner held at Harvey United Methodist Church. We are in desperate need of a coordinator for this year.
There is an established menu of baked Ziti, salad, bread etc. and also notes explaining other
details for the day.
If you would be willing to coordinate, please contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP.


held Thurs., Oct. 11 (9-2) and Fri., Oct. 12 (9-1)
Set up is Mon., Oct. 8 & Tue., Oct. 9.
Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer. Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM—3:00PM on Sunday, Oct. 7th.

ST. MARY’S T-SHIRTS A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!


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 (ldunn06@gmail.com / 732-948-3186) for more information.


The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, October 16th, from 7-9. Everyone is invited to join!


BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY, Saturday, May 4th, 2019, to the Amish Country for some light shopping, a visit to the Sight and Sound production of The Life of Jesus and dinner at the Shady Maple smorgasbord (they bill themselves as the worlds largest). We need 35 people to sign up as soon as possible so we can reserve the best seats possible. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under 13).

Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.

IHN at St. Mary’s

The IHN ministry at St. Mary’s seeks the donation of a new or gently used Pack ‘n Play.


A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean summer clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell


Mary’s Table, Seamen’s Institute and St. Gregory’s Pantry have all received donations from Soap S.A.C.K. (Supporting a community with kindness). Soap sacks are crocheted soap holders for homeless, seniors, and anyone in need. People all over the country are crocheting these beautiful sacks! When donated, each sack contains a wrapped bar of soap. It can be used as a wash cloth and hung to dry. Please consider donating bars of wrapped soap to supply this wonderful Mission! Look for the basket in Farnsworth Hall to place your wrapped bars of soap in! Thank you!!!!

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 used with
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.


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 year.

For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact our office.

MARY’S TABLE 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 Beach. Read more...

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


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.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 20
September 23, 2018

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!" But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

Jeremiah 11:18-20

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:30-37

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