• 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:

A Message From the Rector

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! … The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am so very happy to be able to share with you the Good News that the Vestry has voted to re-open St. Mary’s By The Sea for in-person worship effective Sunday May 2, 2021!

After monitoring the COVID-19 statistics issued by the State of New Jersey for months now, we are gratefully relieved to see that those numbers are finally falling consistently. In addition, many of us have been vaccinated and the springtime weather has arrived. All of this has encouraged us to once again safely re-open our beautiful little church, while still continuing to observe all the recommended safety precautions and guidelines offered by our church and public health officials. Read more...

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's at Saint Mary's by the Sea

8:00 am Rite II Service of Holy Eucharist, Indoors in the Church. This service will stream on Facebook Live and will also be saved
for later viewing.

9:00 am Book Study in the Jones Room.

10:00 am Rite II Service of Holy Eucharist, Outdoors in the parking lot/church yard. Bring your own lawn chairs. This service will be moved indoors for inclement weather.

COVID-19 safety precautions ... including required face masks, 6 foot social distancing from non-household members, hand and surface sanitizing, etc ... will continue to be observed at all parish activities, regardless of vaccination status. Please join us as soon as you feel safe in doing so!


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.

 

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!

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.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE DRAWING OF CASH CALENDAR RAFFLE. Please Click below.
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
https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

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.

FROM THE TREASURER

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
Treasurer

OFFERING ENVELOPES

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

THE ST. MARY'S CHALLENGE IS BACK!!

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.

CHURCH SCHOOL ONLINE LEARNING

Church School will be utilizing remote online learning only for the foreseeable future.
Families who are interested in online Church School should please contact the office to let us know of their interest.

SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE

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.

Check out our Calendar of Events

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ST. MARY'S SCHOLARSHIPS
APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 1

VAN DUZER & ECW SCHOLARSHIPS

ECW STUDENT SERVICE AWARD

If you would like a St. Mary's Scholarship
application, simply reply to this email below:

Cherisse Petruzzi
stmssecretary@verizon.net

Click here for more info

MARY'S TABLE

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!

Mary’s Table is looking for a volunteer on Thursday mornings to pick up boxes of goodies and a case of bananas at the Stop and Shop in Point Pleasant Boro (Bridge Avenue). It would take about 30 minutes to pick up and deliver to the church. Please contact Kathy at 732.600.3916 if you are interested!

Peace, Kathy


Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25, 2021

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Acts 4:5-12

The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is `the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

1 John 3:16-24

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

John 10:11-18

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”


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