• 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:


Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Sunday worship is now entirely remote once again.
Please join us on Zoom by using the following link. We will also broadcast on FaceBook Live.

Click here
Meeting ID: 813 2380 9144
Passcode: 568077

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!

St. Mary's By-The-Sea 2021 Lenten Event Announcements

Services on Zoom & FaceBook Live

Lenten Sunday Home Church Services
10 am Sunday Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21
& Palm Sunday March 28

Home services will be mailed out for you
and your families to enjoy together on
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
Holy Saturday & Easter Sunday

(In keeping with COVID-19 safety
guidelines there will be no distribution of ashes or palms this year)

Adult Education and Faith Formation:

Tuesday Bible Study with Andrea Rittenhouse
Women of the Bible
Feb 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
10 am
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 879 3345 0338
Passcode: 804804

Sunday Book Study
with Mother Victoria Pretti

The Book of Joy” by HH the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
10:45 on Zoom & FaceBook Live, Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Click here for the PDF flyer

Lenten Mini-Retreat:

Rolling Back the Stone:
Living Into the Paschal Mystery

Guided by Mother Victoria Pretti
Saturday March 20, 2021 ~ 9 am to 12 noon,
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 818 6380 7461
Passcode: 062577
Click here for the PDF flyer

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 10:45 am.

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 10:45 am.
Use the Zoom link above. See you there!


It’s Back!
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea CASH Calendar Raffle!

Our latest raffle was a terrific success! Several players won more than once and one lucky player won FIVE TIMES! Your purchase helps us support so many within the community through our outreach ministries. It’s a WIN WIN!

If you are not familiar with a CASH Calendar raffle, here is how it works: The raffle will run for a three-month period (March, April and May of 2021). For $25 you will receive one numbered calendar which will be mailed to you. Each weekday has a dollar amount associated with it. On the day of the drawing numbered balls corresponding to each calendar sold will be drawn one at a time at random. The first ball drawn will be for the first Monday on the March calendar. If that number is your calendar number, YOU WIN! That winning ball is immediately put back in the drum and the next winner for Tuesday is drawn, and so on. This gives you MULTIPLE CHANCES TO WIN! It’s that simple! Winners do not need to be present to win. There is nothing for you to do but watch for the mail!

If you would like to purchase a calendar(s), please respond to Cherisse at stmssecretary@verizon.net with your name, complete address and indicate how many calendars you would like to purchase or contact the parish office or @609-713-8813. A separate order form for each calendar you request will be mailed to you. Fill out the coupon on the bottom, detach and mail in with your payment. (The coupon is numbered to coincide with your numbered calendar, so you MUST fill out a separate coupon for each calendar you request). Retain the top half which indicates your individual calendar(s) numbers. If you are purchasing multiple calendars you can pay for them with just one check. Checks should be made payable to: St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, 804 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.

Congratulations to the winners of the CASH Calendar Raffle for March.
Checks will be mailed by the end of the month.


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.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

Want a more convenient way to support St. Mary’s?
Want to support St. Mary’s consistently throughout the year?
Want to make sure your pledge is there when you can’t be?

Switch to electronic giving – simply click on
the heart below or go to

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.


If you have not turned in your 2021 pledge card,
please do so as soon as possible or send a private email to
our treasurer Gary (gary.smerillo@smerilloassociates.com)
informing him of your planned support of St. Mary's for the coming
year. We are short of our goal for 2021 and your Pledge may be the
one to help us reach that goal!!! God bless you!

Gary Smerillo


Offering envelopes for 2021 are now available for pick up. The building is open during Mary's Table on Thursday evenings between noon and 6. Envelopes will be on the table in the Jones Room. If you are unable to stop by please to my email at stmssecretary@verizon.net and I will put yours in the mail to you.

Thanks, Cherisse


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.


St Mary's will again host three IHN families
during the week of March 7th. Please contact
me, Patti, (Tbell148@aol.com or pattisplants@gmail.com) if you can help
or would like to know more about this
amazing Ministry. I think the following
"thank you" letter explains the impact of our
efforts to share some love. Read here.

Check out our Calendar of Events

Six Tuesdays from February 23rd
through March 30th @10:00 AM

Repeats on Face Book and Google Drive Recording here

We're studying 6 Mary's, Jesus' female relatives + many more Biblical women. Please let Andrea know if you're joining us, if you haven't already.

andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net or
732 295-8233 (you can leave a message)

Click here for Zoom Meeting Recording
Password: abc804!@#


Message from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

For over 9 years Mary's Table has provided hot meals and warm companionship to the community. Continuing to serve our guests has been particularly challenging this past year but the need has never been greater. The volunteers of Mary's Table recognize none of this would have been possible without the vision, compassion and determination of Lois Lyon.

Lois, along with her parish friends Chuck Reagan and Joan Bryant, saw a role for St Mary's to feed the bodies and spirits of those who hunger, and since that time Lois has lead the Mary's Table family of volunteers, greeting guests, celebrating birthdays, and making every guest feel at home. We wish to honor Lois's unending commitment to Mary's Table by dedicating the meals served during the month of February to her, as a symbol of our love and gratitude. Read more...

Hello everyone!

This past week Robean and team served homemade lasagna with meatballs and bread. We delivered 266 meals (I believe this is a record)! The meal was donated in honor of Lois Lyon and those who started Mary's Table about 8 years ago. In addition Elaine is donating all desserts in February in honor of Lois as well. What an incredible group of volunteers.... Many donations come in from people we don't know. I thought you might enjoy what one person wrote. "We wanted to donate some of our stimulus check toward hunger, and the Rev. Maria Sanzo suggested Mary's Table is a wonderful resource for hunger. So please find our donation enclosed.." Our name is becoming well known which may be why are numbers are continuing to grow. Thank you for all you do to support this very important food ministry.

Love & peace,
Kathy Lyon

First Sunday in Lent
February 21, 2021

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Genesis 9:8-17

God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

1 Peter 3:18-22

Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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