• 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 November 18 , 2018

Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING will be at the home of Diane and Jack Buckley (3208 Ridgewood Road in Allenwood) on Monday, Dec., 10th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending.


If you have any experience in fundraising or special event planning we would love to pick your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria, Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the parish office and speak to Cherisse.

2018 Stewardship: Many Hands One Heart!

St. Mary's Vestry and Stewardship Committee announce our annual stewardship season and pledge drive. The theme this year is Many Hands One Heart. For five consecutive Sundays a brief "Stewardship Minute" will focus on some of our most vibrant Outreach Ministries. Pledge Cards will be mailed out early in November and Ingathering/Stewardship/Pledge Sunday will be November 18th.

November 4: Faith Formation of Children & Adults, Sophia Dilatush and Andrea Rittenhouse
November 11: St. Gregory's Food Pantry, Sue Deitz
November 18: Community Programs: 12 Step Groups, Tent City, Saturday Soups, Seamen's Institute,
Environmental Stewardship, Valentine House, Elaine Long and Kathy Lyon

Please join me in praying about our financial commitment to St. Mary's, a gospel-living faith community with Many Hands and One Heart ... the Heart of Christ!

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.

Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room

Sundays 9-9:45 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

October 28 - December 16: "Immortal Diamond" by Richard Rohr

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


BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY, 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. We still need 17 people to sign up. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under 13).

Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.


Mary’s Table, Seamen’s Institute and St. Gregory’s Pantry have all received donations from Soap S.A.C.K. (Supporting a community with kindness). Soap sacks are crocheted soap holders for homeless, seniors, and anyone in need. People all over the country are crocheting these beautiful sacks! When donated, each sack contains a wrapped bar of soap. It can be used as a wash cloth and hung to dry. Please consider donating bars of wrapped soap to supply this wonderful Mission! Look for the basket in Farnsworth Hall to place your wrapped bars of soap in! Thank you!!!!

IHN at St. Mary's

Our next IHN host week begins Sunday, December 9th and we look forward to making St. Mary's a home for the families in program. The sign up sheet is posted in Farnsworth Hall. Please join us for food and conversation at our next IHN fellowship gathering on Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point Pleasant). RSVP to the church office or by contacting Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828 or jslytle@gmail.com) or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or lynnschambach@optonline.net).

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
at the Brick VFW
373 Adamston Road Brick. NJ

Doors open at 5:00PM and calling begins at 7:00PM
Our Theme this year is

The Grand Prize will be a $2000 Travel Voucher with a Mystery Suitcase filled with Travel Extras Valued at $1000.00
Please contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP with the number of tickets you would like to reserve

Cash Only - ATM next door
Cash Bar - No Outside Beer, Wine or Alcohol
Must be 18 to attend and play


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.


A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean summer clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell


Saint Mary’s can be both humbled and proud to learn that since the summer of 2017, the operations of our newly installed high efficiency lighting, HVAC equipment and smart thermostats have yielded a 22% decrease in our electric costs and a 15% decrease in our gas costs!! As we faithfully minister to those in need of food and fellowship, a warm bed or a safe place to meet, we are also reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint! The ESM aims to realize greater energy efficiency and cost savings by setting the temperature throughout Saint Mary’s to 70 degrees during service times and setting it back to 63 degrees when the church and facilities are unoccupied. Over the next few weeks, we will be testing and determining how much lead time is needed for the system to “warm up” from the set- back temperature. We understand that physical comfort varies for everyone, and we graciously ask all to understand we are exercising an intentional act of stewardship of our environmental and monetary resources. If anyone finds this temperature to be too uncomfortable, please place a note for Al Wagner, Mike Mercuro or Daryl Schambach in the basket marked ESM on the table in the far left corner of church. Thank you all!
Let’s face the issue of plastic pollution together, help raise awareness and make personal and collective choices to protect humanity and wildlife.

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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.


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.

Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28
November 18, 2018

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord spoke to Daniel in a vision and said, “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Daniel 12:1-3

Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. [And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.] Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”

Mark 13:1-8

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