• 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's 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


Friends, per order of our diocesan and government officials, St. Mary's will observe the following COVID-19 guidelines:

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.

The parish is required to keep vaccination records on file for all worship leaders, choir members and lectors.
Please be sure to provide a copy of your vaccination record to the office asap. Until these are received, please continue to mask and
observe social distance while in church. The parish is NOT required to keep vaccination records for any other members of the congregation.

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


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.

Check out our Calendar of Events

 

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!

Mary’s Table is looking for a volunteer on Thursday mornings to pick up boxes of goodies and a case of bananas at the Stop and Shop in Point Pleasant Boro (Bridge Avenue). It would take about 30 minutes to pick up and deliver to the church. Please contact Kathy at 732.600.3916 if you are interested!

Peace, Kathy


First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Romans 8:12-17

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


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