• 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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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!

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

Check out our Calendar of Events

OCEAN GROVE ANNUAL SACRED MUSIC CONCERT will be held on Sunday, August 26th beginning at 7:00PM.

WELCOME BACK SUNDAY This year we will celebrate our Welcome Back Sunday on Sunday, September 9th, with a pot luck breakfast buffet. Please bring your favorite breakfast or brunch item. The buffet will be held between services in Farnsworth Hall. Please call Cherisse in the parish office if you have any questions.


Each Sunday, we kneel in our pews and pray “for the good earth which God has given us and for the wisdom and will to conserve it.” In answering this call to be intentional stewards of God’s creation, a new ministry at Saint Mary’s, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry (ESM), has come into being.

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Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room

Last year, our Parish Book Studies focused on the true nature and essence of God, especially as God is revealed in the Holy Trinity. This year, we'll turn the focus back onto ourselves by exploring who and what we really are and how we can enter into a spiritually-mature relationship with God, Who is the source and goal of our Being, and of all Being.

View Schedules here

September 16 - October 14th:
"Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr

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.

IHN at St. Mary’s

IHN at St. Mary’s Our host week begins today, Sunday, August 19th. We welcome new volunteers and are currently seeking help in the following areas: Dinner and/or hosts for Saturday evening the 25th. If you have any questions, you can contact Mike Mercuro at m.mercuro@gmail.com or Jessie Mercuro at jslytle@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate all of the encouragement and enthusiasm as we transform St. Mary's into a one-week home for families in need.

The IHN ministry at St. Mary’s seeks the donation of a new or gently used Pack ‘n Play.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES It's that time of year again and we're very excited to see our students for another fun-filled year! Registration forms will be in the back of the church each Sunday through the first day of classes, Sunday, September 16th. Please return completed forms (which can be found at the back of the church) to Cherisse in the Parish Office. If you have questions or would like to volunteer your time for Sunday School or Nursery, please call Laurie Clayton at 732-600-5454. Thank you!!

Download Registration Form here

CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning and need your input to create an effective program. Specifically we need to know if your teen will regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an alternative meeting time might be preferable. Please contact Laurie Clayton either by phone or email to discuss alternatives for the coming year. 732-600-5454 or claytombs1961@hotmail.com


We welcome all family pets to come to the 10 AM service on Sunday, September 30th as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier, and then bring them with you to the Communion rail where they will receive a blessing when your receive Holy Communion. For those animals a bit too skittish to come into church, Mother Victoria will be blessing any who come by in the church’s parking lot between 11:30 and noon. Friends’ and neighbors’ pets are welcome to come for a blessing as well!


ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE will be held Thurs., Oct. 11 (9-2) and Fri., Oct. 12 (9-1) Set up is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 8 & Tue., Oct. 9. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer. The following items will be accepted: Clean Clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances, jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets, shoes. We WILL NOT accept: Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books. Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM until 3:00PM on Sunday, Oct. 7th.

ST. MARY’S T-SHIRTS A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!


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.


The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, September 11, from 7-9 (there will not be a meeting in July and August). Everyone is invited to join!


The Vestry is planning a day bus trip, on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, to the Amish Country for some light shopping, a visit to the Sight and Sound production of The Life of Jesus and dinner at the Shady Maple smorgasbord (they bill themselves as the worlds largest). If you have not been to Sight and Sound, think of a stage the size of Radio City and a religious based show comparable to a Broadway way show with live animals. We need 35 people to sign up as soon as possible so we can reserve the best seats possible. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under 13). Please contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP if you plan on attending.


This coming Sunday morning we will be
celebrate St. Mary’s Day with ice cream
sundaes following both the worship services.


A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall
for clean winter/spring clothing for the
residents of tent city located in Howell.

ST. MARY’S MARKETPLACE Again this year we are offering vendor spaces in our parking lot to parishioners, family, and friends creating our own St. Mary's Marketplace on Seafood Festival Day, Saturday, September 15th. Spaces are being assigned on a first come, first served basis and are limited. A donation of $50 to St. Mary's is requested for each vendor space. If for any reason, the festival is postponed until Sunday, vendors unfortunately will not be able to utilize the space and our Marketplace will be cancelled. If you are interested in reserving a space to sell your wares, crafts, artwork, etc. please contact Cherisse ASAP.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

Following this week’s transition, here are several things to keep in mind as you familiarize yourself with WeShare. We take the security of your website seriously. We take the security of your website seriously. Your recurring donations will continue as scheduled. But you must authenticate your account and email to receive WeShare emails to make any changes to your account or receive WeShare emails. The first time you enter the system-you will have to go through a onetime validation requiring:

• Your ParishPay user name, The last 4 digits of the bank account or credit card used with
ParishPay And ONE of the following two options:
• Your email address
• A collection name and the specific amount donated within the last 6 months

Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.


If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2018, please return your pledge card to the office as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead for ministries and expenses in the new year.

For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact our office.

MARY’S TABLE is in need of someone to deliver meals every third Thursday anytime between 4 and 5 PM. It takes approximately 1/2 hour of your time to deliver meals to three different addresses in Point Pleasant Beach. Read more...

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


In October, a box will be taken to the Seamen’s Institute. Many seamen are away from their families and not allowed to leave their ships. To help brighten their holidays, please donate comfort items to help them through the season.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 15
August 19, 2018

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:1-6

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

John 6:51-58

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