• 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:

Message from the Rector:

Dear People of God,

We are pleased to announce that for the first time in more than four months, St. Mary’s By The Sea will be reopening for public worship on Sunday August 2, 2020. Following the guidance of state and local governments and public health authorities, the Diocese of New Jersey has issued strict temporary measures to help us keep one another safe as we attempt to regather in public worship amid the current worldwide pandemic crisis caused by the coronavirus known as COVID-19. The Vestry has submitted a detailed plan for reopening, which has been accepted by the diocesan task force and approved by Bishop Stokes. We are deeply grateful to everyone involved in this very important work of keeping us all safe during these very challenging times. Read more...

Please click "Read more..." to get more information on "What We Will Do" and "What We Ask You To Do"

With love, prayers and blessings,

Please call, text or email Cherisse (609-713-8813) by midday Friday to register
for in-person church at St. Mary’s By The Sea this Sunday at 9 am.

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.

August 2, 2020
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 13

You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.

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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


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.


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

Thanks to your support, St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project has accomplished its mission of providing food for the community during the absence of St. Gregory’s Pantry. St. Gregory’s Pantry will be reopening on Monday July 6, so the Emergency Food Project will make its last scheduled food deliveries on Wednesday July 1, with emergency deliveries as needed until St. Gregory’s reopens (732 892-8105). The Emergency Food Project will continue to accept food donations until Sunday June 28. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel at the outpouring of support this community has shown. Without your generous donations, both monetary and in nonperishable items, we would not have been able to feed families and individuals who desperately needed help during this terrible pandemic. Together we will have provided three months of continuous service to those struggling with food insecurity in our neighborhoods. St. Mary’s will continue to deliver over 200 hot meals weekly through its Mary’s Table feeding ministry. The number of meals served has doubled during the pandemic, and donations to Mary’s Table are always much appreciated.

With much gratitude,
St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 13
August 2, 2020

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Genesis 32:22-31

The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Romans 9:1-5

I am speaking the truth in Christ-- I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit-- I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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