• 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!

Week of April 15 , 2018 Sermon

3rd Day of Easter
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Please join us in Farnsworth Hall this coming Sunday morning, after either of the worship services, for a brief video presentation about the Ghana mission trip being run this summer by Good News for the Nations Ministries. The mission includes a 2- week vacation Bible school for up to 2000 children as well as providing needed supplies for their school. Alison Shaw, Grace and Katelyn Tutelo, Barbara Foster’s granddaughters, will be making the presentation.


Our next IHN cycle begins Sunday, April 22nd. Please contact Jessie 732-272-6828 or Mike 732-267-5474 with any questions or RSVP to the church office.


SUNDAY BOOK STUDY between the services 9-9:45. On April 8th we will introduce our Spring book: "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. A bestseller for more than 20 years, this book will point us to the powerful spiritual practice of being more fully present to the present moment, which is exactly where God always is! Please join us anytime!

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.

Helping Homeless Families Gospel Concert

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:00pm.
The Union Church of Seaside Park 47 4th Avenue, Seaside Park

There is no charge to attend but a free-will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to IHN.


St. Mary’s will be installing a pane in the next stained glass window in honor of our sister, Joan Biondo. If you would like to contribute to this tribute, please send a check payable to St. Mary’s to the church office, with a note indicating “Joan’s window.”
A special collection has been set up on the WeShare site for those that wish to make a donation on line.

Sat. 4/21, 9 AM to 1 PM

Please help Saint Mary's look her best! Come and participate in our Church-wide Parish Clean Up Day. Please bring yard tools, leaf bags, gloves and cleaning supplies. Many hands make light work! After sprucing up in and around Saint Mary's, head over to the "All the Buzz About Point Pleasant Earth Day 2018 Celebration" at Riverfront Park (Maxson Ave. & River Rd.) until 4 PM.


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.

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist
are held on Wednesdays at 11 am
in the Church.


The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, May 8th from 7-9. Everyone is invited to join!

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

DONATIONS FOR TENT CITY 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 Society, our local branch of the ECW, encourages our young adults to apply for this opportunity. The monetary awards, offered through our Diocese, are open to all high school Seniors and to Freshmen through Juniors in college. The applications, in English and Spanish, are available from Cherisse in the church office. The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2018; at least two letters of recommendation are required.


High School Seniors, who will be entering their first year of college in the Fall, are also encouraged to electronically submit their applications for the Van Duzer Scholarship to www.dioceseofnj.org or to www.newjerseyyouth.org. Questions may be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at dclarke@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.

Sat. 4/21, 9 AM to 1 PM

Please help Saint Mary's look her best! Come and participate in our Church-wide Parish Clean Up Day. Please bring yard tools, leaf bags, gloves and cleaning supplies. Many hands make light work! After sprucing up in and around Saint Mary's, head over to the "All the Buzz About Point Pleasant Earth Day 2018 Celebration" at Riverfront Park (Maxson Ave. & River Rd.) until 4 PM.

Please RSVP to Lynn Schambach, lynnschambach@optonline.net, or (732) 403-9708.


Thursday, May 10th from 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. &
Friday, May 11th from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Set up is scheduled for Monday, May 7 & Tuesday, May 8.
If you have an hour or two to lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!
Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM-3:00PM on Sunday, May 6th

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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are still available to pick up in Farnsworth Hall.

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

Thank you all for making the Gift Auction such a success. There are so many tasks requiring so much time and labor - and every year we have your enthusiastic support. Your generosity, energy and commitment resulted in a net profit of $28,000. And our parish family had fun working as a team in the process. God is good! All the time!


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.

Third Sunday of Easter
April 15, 2018

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.” More ...

Acts 3:12-19

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. More...

1 John 3:1-7

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. More ...

Luke 24:36b-48

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