• 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 March 18 , 2018 Sermon

Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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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.

Saturday, May 12th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is a requirement for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with children or youth (including all those working with our Sunday School). Training is required every five years but those who have previously attended the workshop may do their re-training online.


Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING will be at the home of Sheila and Al Soyster (53 Serpentine Road in Brick) on Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Desserts are welcome. Please respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending. Thanks!


‘The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr, Sundays between the services (9-9:45 am) in the Jones Room. Fr. Richard's book will give us some of the theological underpinnings for the expanded understanding of God as Trinity that we discovered in reading "The Shack" by William Paul Young. Join us (whether you choose to read the book or not) as we continue to discuss and reflect on the true nature and essence of God.

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


The Spring Lake Theater Co. present “Into The Woods” on Friday, April 13th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $30.00 each and include a raffle along with a coffee and dessert reception beginning at 6:30PM. Please call the Theater Co. for your tickets.

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.
PLEDGE UPDATE Our sincere thanks to all who have pledged to St. Mary’s by-the-Sea this year to support our various ministries and community outreach.

Holy Week & Easter 2018
St. Mary’s-By-The-Sea

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Palms, Passion, & Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am

Holy Wednesday, March 28th
Candlelight Tenebre at 7 pm.

Maundy Thursday, March 29th
Beginning at 7 pm. Middle-eastern-ish potluck supper, tableside service of Holy Eucharist, ritual hand and foot washing, stripping of the altar, chapel night watch.

Good Friday, March 30th
Good Friday Service at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Holy Saturday, March 31st
Easter Vigil Service at 7 pm.

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Sunrise Service at Jenkinson’s Pavilion 6 am.
Easter Services at St. Mary’s at 8 am and 10 am.

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.

2018 Lenten Bible Study

I and II Corinthians readings
(To be accomplished before class, please)
Questions: contact Andrea 732 295-8233 or andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net


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.

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

St. Mary’s parishioners have helped the 2nd Saturday of every month for almost 30 years. If you are able to participate, please contact Joan Biondo.

A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!


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.

Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 18, 2018

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. More ...

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. More...

Hebrews 5:5-10

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. More ...

John 12:20-33

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