• 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:

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE

Please join us at 10:00AM on Zoom by using the following link. We will also broadcast on FaceBook Live.

Click here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81323809144?pwd=L3NXT0lHQXBnMlB6MnVOWm5RSXFZdz09
Meeting ID: 813 2380 9144
Passcode: 568077


A Message From the Rector

Dear Ones,

Once again this year our beautiful little church is closed to in-person worship due to the ongoing high rate of community spread of COVID-19 in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. The Vestry and I are watching these numbers very carefully and we are hoping to be able to reopen for in-person worship sometime in late spring/early summer, with an indoor service at 8 am and an outdoor service at 10 am (which will move indoors for inclement weather). Even just the thought of this has me feeling VERY hopeful, and joyful and excited! 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!

EASTER OFFERING

Recently a mailing including a Holy
Week Home Church worship service
and Mother Victoria's Easter letter was
sent to all parishioners. The Easter
offering envelope was inadvertently left
out. If you would like to make an
Easter donation, please mail it directly
to the church and indicate "Easter Offering" in the memo. So sorry for
the inconvenience. Cherisse

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ST. MARY'S SCHOLARSHIPS
APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 1
Click
here

If you would like a St. Mary's Scholarship
application, simply reply to this email below:

Cherisse Petruzzi
stmssecretary@verizon.net

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.

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 10:45 am.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87491463867

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 10:45 am.
Use the Zoom link above. See you there!

 

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 March.
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

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY VIA ZOOM
Six Tuesdays from February 23rd
through March 30th @10:00 AM

Repeats on Face Book and Google Drive Recording here

We're studying 6 Mary's, Jesus' female relatives + many more Biblical women. Please let Andrea know if you're joining us, if you haven't already.

Thanks,
andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net or
732 295-8233 (you can leave a message)

Click here for Zoom Meeting Recordings
Password: abc804!@#
Lenten Bible Study 3-30-2021

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


Easter Sunday
April 4, 2021

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Romans 6:3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


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