• 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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Our Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Illness:

St. Mary’s By The Sea
Note From the Rector, Fall 2020

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: Please remember to call, text or email Cherisse (609-713-8813) by midday each Friday to register for in-person church at St. Mary’s By The Sea on Sunday at 9 am. After midday Friday please call, text or email Mother Victoria at 609-827-8231. Facemasks that cover mouth and nose are strictly required at all times. Social distancing and all other public health guidelines will be very carefully followed. The service can also be seen on FaceBook Live at 9 am Sunday and/or watched later on the church’s FB page. Read more...

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!

In light of the current advisory, you can watch this
week's Gospel in our Facebook Live on
St. Mary's by the Sea Facebook page.

September 27, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 21

You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.

Visit us on
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

“The Universal Christ” Book Study
Sundays at 12 noon.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:

As Fr. Richard Rohr says, “Christ is NOT Jesus’ last name!”
Well, what is it then? Come and see! You may just be amazed at how big and beautiful Christianity really is!

Join us every time and/or any time. Sundays at 12 noon.
Use the Zoom link above. See you there!


As you may all know by now COVID 19 has caused the cancellation of both our spring and fall rummage sales, as well as our Gift Auction in February of 2021. Although everyone has been extremely generous in fulfilling their pledges this year, the loss of the gift auction revenue for next year presents a very challenging situation for the church.

Without this major fundraising event we had to find alternate means to fill this budget gap. Attached here, you will find information about a calendar raffle we are launching in October to help fill this gap. The concept is fairly simple. For every 3 month period there is a dollar amount associated with Monday-Friday, For $25 people can purchase a chance to win that dollar amount. Numbers are chosen at random at the beginning of the month. If your number is chosen you will get a check for that amount in the mail. We have sent this to all gift auction attendees and we will continue to promote through various means. We welcome your participation as well. Details on how to enter are attached. And as always, you can call Cherisse with your questions.

Download your CASH Calendar Ticket Request Form and Cash Calendar Nov, Dec 202 and January 2021 here.


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.

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Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer
service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or
call 1 (800) 950-9952 and select Option 1.


I would like to thank everyone who is sending in the Pledge support during this most uncertain and difficult time. We continue to hold our own as parishioners pledge payments continue to be made via USPS mail and online giving, as well as, attendance at the 9 AM live service. We remain 19% below budget as I reported a few months back. So, again, a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you.

Additionally, donations to Mary’s Table are remaining strong even as the number of delivered meals continues to rise.

Finally, the St. Mary’s challenge is at $4,569 ($9,138 with the match); we are $431 away from having met the match.

I can’t say thank you enough to all of you, our Parishioners, for you continued and strong support! Be safe and stay the course,
Gary Smerillo


Church School will be utilizing remote online learning only for the foreseeable future.
Families who are interested in online Church School should please contact the office to let us know of their interest.


Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel’s or ship’s toiletries to share with the seafarer’s at SCI. SCI is eager to receive travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (hand or body), and soap. Unscented items are preferred. Please leave your donations in the kitchen marked for Elaine Long.

Check out our Calendar of Events

SINGERS NEEDED The choir is in need of a few singers, especially females (altos and sopranos). If interested, please speak to
JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.

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.


Mary’s Table provides food and fellowship to all who hunger or seek companionship in a loving environment of acceptance. Started by parishioners of Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, and located there, Mary's Table opened her doors on November 1 of 2012. Volunteers from other churches, communities and businesses quickly became involved in this worthy mission. Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
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News from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

Hello all!

Last week Bean served Lasagna, meatballs and crusty bread. We delivered 235 meals (notice the numbers are up). We are receiving donations of all the fruit. We get 2 cases of bananas from Stop & Shop, one from an individual and one from the company (management approved). Nature's Rewards has been donating 3 cases of fruit as well! There is a man, who I refer to as "cookie man" who brings six cases of Oreo cookies to us every week! He started doing this during the Emergency Food Project and is continuing for Mary's Table! We are so blessed by this incredible giving community! We still get volunteers willing to deliver meals! Laurie schedules them every week and we are so grateful for all they do!

Stay positive in this crazy time-good things happen everywhere!

Peace and love,

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 21
September 27, 2020

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Exodus 17:1-7

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Philippians 2:1-13

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Matthew 21:23-32

When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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