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 CALENDAR
Once again this year we will honor all the
special woman of the parish by having a Mother’s
Day Breakfast (Sunday, May 12th)
between the services. Please join us.
PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB
The next meeting will be held
at St. Mary’s on Tuesday,
May 14th from 7-9. Everyone is
WE COULD USE YOUR HELP
If you have any experience in fundraising or
special event planning we would love to pick
your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria,
Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the
parish office and speak to Cherisse.
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.
St. Mary’s is forming a new committee
that will focus on staying connected
with our current parishioners as well
as welcoming our new ones. Please contact
Pam Baker at email@example.com
if you are interested.
CHEF FUNDRAISER FOR MARY’S TABLE
The Pampered Chef
fundraiser for Mary’s Table has
been extended to May 15!
If you would like to order some items
to support this ministry please do so
before then. If you do not know how to
use the Internet and would like a catalog
delivered to your home please call me
732-600-3916. Thank you! - Kathy Lyon.
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.
Registration Form here
NURSERY/PRESCHOOL HELP NEEDED
We need a few adults and teens who are willing
to rotate to oversee the Nursery/Preschool during
our 10 o’clock service each Sunday. This
will allow our young families to attend church
while their children are in a safe and fun space.
Please call Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454, if
you are able to help out.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS THE ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE?
Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated
above the regular pledged amount and identified
as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous
donor will match that donation dollar for dollar,
up to $5,000. Each month we will give an update
on the status of the challenge. To donate just
indicate on your check St. Mary’s Challenge
or if a cash donation, use any envelope and
write St. Mary’s Challenge on the envelope.
To date $1590.00 has been donated
to St. Mary’s Challenge ($3180.00 with
Check out our
Calendar of Events
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
Thursday, May 9 from 9AM - 2 PM &
Friday, May 10 from 9AM - 1PM
BAG SALE ALL DAY FRIDAY!
Set up is scheduled for:
Monday, May 6 & Tuesday, May 7
The following items WILL be accepted: Clean
Clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances,
jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths,
bedspreads, blankets, shoes The following WILL
NOT be accepted: Underwear, swim suits, non-working
appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias
or text books.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ENERGY HEALER?
Heal yourself, lose weight, reduce stress, experience
more peace and joy now! Reiki Level
1 Certification Class Includes Usui
White Light and Seichum Attunements. A Certificate
of Completion will be awarded at the end of
class and includes Attunement, instruction and
hands on sessions. This first level offers the
basic understanding of Reiki, it’s history,
principles, lineage and how it works. You will
learn about chakras and the body’s energy
system, how to feel/sense energy, learn the
hand positions and experience the giving and
receiving of Reiki. Having completed this class,
you will be able to use Reiki on yourself, family
and friends. $200 Saturday, June 15 from 11-4.
Please RSVP by June 7 to Susan
Anthony 732.475.5655 or email Onealphaomega123@gmail.com
FROM THE ALTAR GUILD
This year, in light of all the
recent fires, storms and natural disasters that
have caused suffering for so many people around
the country, we would like to make a Christmas
donation to Episcopal Relief and Development.
Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display
beautiful but simple and donate the remaining
funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations
will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those
in need. Please give as generously as you are
able. Thank you!
For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury
Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or
2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
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.
Please help yourself to Centering Prayer pamphlet,
located at the back of the church. Centering
Prayer is a beautiful form of Christian meditation
that has, for centuries, drawn people into deeper
intimacy with God. If you have any questions,
or would like to discuss your prayer life and
the possibility of trying Christian meditation,
please speak to Mother Victoria
SPRING BOOK STUDY continues
on Sundays from 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room.
"Adult Faith" (Part 2) by Diarmuid
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.
TABLE is in desperate need
of baked items for Thursday evenings.
If you have any questions, please contact
Kathy at 732-600-3916 Thank you so much
for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
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.
Sunday of Easter
May 12, 2019
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good
shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his
voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and
follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy
Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was
Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted
to good works and acts of charity. At that time
she became ill and died. When they had washed her,
they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was
near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter
was there, sent two men to him with the request,
"Please come to us without delay." So
Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived,
they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows
stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and
other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was
with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then
he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body
and said, "Tabitha, get up." Then she
opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He
gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling
the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.
This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed
in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some
time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
I looked, and there was a great multitude
that no one could count, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing before
the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with
palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a
loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated
on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels stood around the throne and around
the elders and the four living creatures, and they
fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped
“Amen! Blessing and glory and
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever!
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who
are these, robed in white, and where have they come
from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the
one that knows." Then he said to me, "These
are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they
have washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their
and he will guide them to springs of the water of
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
At that time the festival of the
Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter,
and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico
of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said
to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense?
If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus
answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe.
The works that I do in my Father's name testify to
me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong
to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them,
and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and
they will never perish. No one will snatch them out
of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater
than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the
Father's hand. The Father and I are one."