• 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.

October 18, 2020
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 24

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 2020 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.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

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

Switch to electronic giving – simply click on
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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.


Please help me (Mother Victoria) write my annual stewardship letter. Email, text or leave a phone message telling me who you are and why you love St. Mary's. And yes, you WILL be quoted, since that's the whole point! ?? Thank you so much!


The newest edition of the Day by Day is now available. If you have not already let me know that you would like a copy, please reply to this email and I'll get one in the mail to you right away. Cherisse

Check out our Calendar of Events


Our Advent Bible Study will be via the internet if I can find a Zoom helper. Since we didn't get too far into the Lenten one on The Book of Common Prayer as the result of Covid-19, we'll start all over again, if that's agreeable with the class. I need someone who is able and willing to be the Zoom moderator/coordinator because I can't both run the class and Zoom at the same time. Will any of you be able to do that? Would you like to continue the class on Tuesdays at 10 AM or another time? Just about any date and time suits me. Stay safe. Fondly, Andrea 732 295-8233

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.


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 everyone!

On Thursday Robean's team served roast beef and turkey open face sandwiches with corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. We served 225 meals! The cost of the meal was $223.00. We met with a representative from the Elks, and have worked out the details of providing meals on Thanksgiving. We are providing side dishes and the delivery drivers.
If you know of anyone who would like a meal, please call Laurie at 732 600 5454.

Stay safe!

Peace and love,

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 24
October 11, 2020

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Exodus 33:12-23

Moses said to the LORD, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

The LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the LORD continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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