• 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:

A Message From the Rector

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! … The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Dearly Loved Ones in Christ,

I am very happy to announce the vestry’s decision to resume full in-person worship at St. Mary’s By The Sea effective June 1, 2021. Starting on the first Sunday in June, we will hold all our regular Sunday services indoors, in the church. As has long been our custom, the 8 am will be a Rite I service with pre-recorded music at Communion time, and the 10 am will be a Rite II service with organist and cantor or choir. Most Sundays there will be adult faith formation provided between the services in the format of a Bible or book study.

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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!

Sunday Worship at Saint Mary's by the Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service of Holy Eucharist, Indoors in the Church.

9:00 am Book Study in the Jones Room.

10:00 am Rite II Service of Holy Eucharist

JUST A REMINDER
Diocesan guidelines as to the details of full re-opening

For those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are no longer required
at any indoor or outdoor parish activities.

For those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, face masks and social distancing requirements
will remain in effect at all indoor and outdoor parish activities.

If you are fully vaccinated and wish to continue wearing a mask regardless,
we fully support your right to do so, no questions asked.

Masking and social distancing are still required for any and all children's activities, including Church School.



Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - July 4, 2021

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

Book Study
Sundays at 9:00 am.

“Learning to Pray”
A Guide for Everyone
by James Martin, SJ

Join us every time and/or any time. Sundays at 9:00 am.

 

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.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE DRAWING OF CASH CALENDAR RAFFLE. Please Click below.
Congratulations to the winners of the CASH Calendar Raffle for MAY.
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
https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

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.

FROM THE TREASURER

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
Treasurer

OFFERING ENVELOPES

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

THE ST. MARY'S CHALLENGE IS BACK!!

Once again, an anonymous donor will match every dollar that is
donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge up to $5,000. Each of the past 2 years we have had the Challenge, all of you stepped up and met the challenge. In fact, in both years you exceed 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.

CHURCH SCHOOL ONLINE LEARNING

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.

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 SEPTEMBER 12th is
"WELCOME BACK SUNDAY PART 2!"

Join us for our traditional Welcome Back
in the Fall Sunday. There will be a special
single service at 9 am, followed by a pancake breakfast in the Parish Hall. Please plan
to be with us as we regather to take
St. Mary's forward into the future that
God has in store for us!

 

Check out our Calendar of Events

SUNDAY AUGUST 15TH CELEBRATE
ST. MARY'S DAY!

In honor of Mary, who is the Mother of Jesus
and the Patroness of our church, we will
enjoy a special coffee hour between the two services, from 9 to 9:45. Parts of our services
that day will also mark this beautiful feast of Mary. Come and share some summertime fellowship with us on this special Sunday!

MARY'S TABLE

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!
I hope you are all well!

On June 24, the Greene team served roasted pork, homemade bean salad and corn on the cob. We delivered 240 meals at a cost of $330.

On July 1, the Greene team served sliced ham with a pineapple slice, baked beans and Mac & Cheese. We delivered 244 meals at a cost of $250.

In anticipation of reopening sometime in the future, Laurie Clayton is organizing a vaccine clinic at Saint Mary's. Once it gets finalized, please invite your family, friends and neighbors for this free vaccine!!! We will notify you when a date is set. In the meantime, stay safe!

Stay safe!
Peace and love, Kathy


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 4, 2021

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inwards. And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Mark 6:1-13

Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.


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