• 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:


I hope and trust that you and your families are all staying safe and healthy. You are constantly in my prayers! Though Governor Murphy has started to loosen up public health restrictions, our church leadership continues to be deeply concerned for the health, well-being and protection of us all, especially those who, like our dear elderly members, are at higher risk for illness. Bishop Stokes has convened an advisory counsel consisting of church and medical professionals to help us find our way forward through this pandemic crisis. Though most dioceses are planning phased re-openings, there are as yet no firm dates being communicated in our highly-affected area. Out of love for the People of God, our church leaders will likely continue to proceed with great caution.

In the meantime, St. Mary's is continuing to hum along behind the scenes! We are feeding more people than ever through Mary's Table and the newly established St. Mary's Emergency Food Project. Farnsworth Hall is getting a freshen-up makeover with fresh paint and new carpeting. Our church grounds have been tended by gracious volunteers. Church staff and vestry are working together ... remotely ... to keep our ministries and finances not just surviving, but thriving. We are SO VERY GRATEFUL to all of you for your continued spiritual and financial support of our beautiful little church!

Even when we are apart, we are always held together in the Sacred Heart of God. As always, if you or your loved ones need anything at all, please don't hesitate to call any of us on our cell phones.

With hope, love & prayers,

Rector Victoria Pretti: 609-827-8231
Senior Warden Marie Lucier Woodruff: 713-673-5817
Parish Administrator Cherisse Petruzzi: 609-713-8813

Bishop Stokes has ordered that all public worship services be suspended. Therefore, there will be no Sunday services held at St. Mary’s until we receive permission from the Bishop to resume them.

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.

May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter


You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.

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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

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.


Farnsworth Hall is getting new carpet this coming week! Help is needed moving items. Please let Marie Lucier -Woodruff know (text or call 732-673-5817) if you are available to help at noon on Friday or Saturday morning at 10 for about an hour. Help will also be needed one evening (Monday or Tuesday evening to be determined). We only want a few volunteers at a time so please let Marie know before you come to church.

Check out our Calendar of Events


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. St. Mary’s Challenge envelopes are available at the back of the church. Please indicate ‘St. Mary’s Challenge’ in the memo if you are donating by check.

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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I would like to thank everyone who is sending in the Pledge support during this most uncertain and difficult time.
To that end, we are only down 19% from our budget pledges to date. So a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you.

Additionally, donations to Mary’s Table and our Emergency Food Project are remaining strong.
Finally, the St. Mary’s challenge is at $4,928 with the match; we are halfway to our goal (well almost).

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, Treasurer

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES We’re nearing the start of another fun Sunday School year and we look forward to seeing the children of St. Mary’s. Copies of the calendar and registration form are attached here and can also be found at the rear of the church. Please complete the registration form and return to teachers on the first day of class in September (the 15th).

Download Registration Form here


Vincent’s Legacy is seeking ‘like new’ designer handbags for its new fundraising initiative. The 100% volunteer-driven ministry is in its 10th year.

Please help by contacting handbags.to.help@svdptrenton.org. 17 bags
have been collected and are currently for sale at Selective Seconds in Belmar.


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.


Get your tickets! The annual fundraiser show for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church in Asbury Park will be "Monty Python's Spamalot", Friday March 20th at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30, and checks should be made out to Trinity Church with “Food Justice” in the memo.


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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Hello all,

I hope those of you we have not seen are well! It cannot be overstated how much we miss you!!! Please, if you are in need of anything, reach out! Last Thursday, Patty Camme, her husband Anthony and their friends, Laurie and Pete, worked the kitchen to serve the meals that were donated. Red's Lobster Pot donated 10 trays of chicken and pasta in vodka sauce AND we received 50 individual chicken parm and ziti from Maria's Pizza in Point Pleasant!

Overall, we delivered 222 meals to surrounding areas! Laurie has been coordinating volunteers who are delivering the meals and it has worked out so well. I don't know if I mentioned that we are including a small bag of cookies as dessert because packing 200 desserts in those clamshells is very expensive and they take up a lot of room. Every week it seems we are adding people to Mary's Table guest list to receive food. We have been so blessed that donations are still being made during this difficult time.

As for St. Mary's Emergency Food Project, it is going well. We have received so many non perishable items, the Jones room is overflowing! We are now directing people to purchase gift cards so people can get the extras they may need. As an example, we know an individual who needs adult diapers, but cannot afford them! Can you imagine having to ask someone you don't know for these types of products? All in all we are very busy, but loving every minute of it!

Know that we are thinking of all of you and want you to stay well!

Peace and love, Kathy

Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 24, 2020

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Acts 1:6-14

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

John 17:1-11

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