• 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:

From the COVID-19
Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining (RRR) Task Force

In response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations of July 27, 2021, due to the rising levels of infections of COVID-19, the RRR Task Force is recommending congregations return to requiring face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth for indoor activities for all worship attendees and outside group participants immediately, regardless of vaccination status, in counties where the infection rate is more than 5 per 100K (check https://covidactnow.org/) or where the community transmission is moderate or above
(check https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view)

Currently, this includes all the counties in the Diocese of New Jersey.
Congregational singing is allowed with the use of face masks.

Congregational leadership can decide about local practices for offering communion, pastoral support, formation classes/programs (including Vacation Bible School), and fellowship activities. Fellowship activities that involve removing one’s face mask are not encouraged.

Please continue to encourage all community members to get vaccinated.

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

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.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 20
September 19, 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 in the Jones Room.


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! Click here for the GAME Rules

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.

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

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.


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


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


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.

PET BLESSING will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 8 am and 10 am services.
All well-behaved pets are welcome to join their people at both services.


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.


There will be a call for delegates to begin the process of choosing and calling our next Bishop. Each parish is asked to have 6 lay volunteers attend a Special Convocation via Zoom on
Sunday October 24th. We will ask for names on Sunday September 26th.

If you are interested, please let
Mother Victoria know. Thank you!


Check out our Calendar of Events


Join us for our traditional Welcome Back
in the Fall Sunday.

The vestry has decided to err on the side
caution and we will be having our two regular worship services at 8 AM and 10 AM rather
than just one service at 9AM.

Join us between services for a special coffee
hour and the blessing of our newest stained
glass window.


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,

On July 8, Robean and Ellen served Mac & Cheese with ham, salad and green beans. We delivered 240 meals at a cost of $127.

On July 15, Angie's team served Ham steak with potato salad and applesauce. We delivered 236 meals at a cost of $526.

On July 22, Laurie's team served turkey sloppy "Mary" sandwiches with potato salad and pickles. We delivered 249 meals at a cost of $249.

On July 29, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation center in Point Pleasant catered our meal! We delivered 240 meals a no cost to us.

On August 5, Laurie's team served chicken teriyaki over rice with a salad. We delivered 245 meals.

In light of the fact that the Delta variant is spreading so rapidly, we do not see Mary's Table open for seating at least until next year.

Thank you for all you do to support this wonderful ministry! Stay safe!

Peace and love, Kathy

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 20
September 19, 2021

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jeremiah 11:18-20

It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew;
then you showed me their evil deeds.
But I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
that they devised schemes, saying,
"Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
so that his name will no longer be remembered!"
But you, O LORD of hosts, who judge righteously,
who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

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