Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of March 17, 2019
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Palm Sunday, April 14th
Palms, Passion, & Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am

Holy Wednesday, April 17th
Candlelight Tenebre at 7 pm.

Maundy Thursday, April 18th, 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, April 19th
Good Friday Service at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Holy Saturday, April 20th
Easter Vigil Service at 7 pm.

Easter Sunday, April 21st
Sunrise Service at Jenkinson’s Pavilion 6 am.
Easter Services at St. Mary’s at 8 am and 10 am.

WILL YOU WATCH WITH ME? The signup is posted in the back of the church for anyone wishing to participate in the night watch from Maundy Thursday evening into the early morning hours of Good Friday. Please signup if you wish to be part of this quiet time of prayer and reflection.


Anyone who has not already received the English version of the Qur’an and wants to join our Lenten Bible study, please see Andrea/call her at 732 295-8233/write via so a copy can be ordered for you. Thanks.

Lesson #1, Tuesday, March 19th, 10:00 AM, Jones Room - The Bible and the Qur’an
In the Qur’an, please read Chapter 1 (The Opening) and 2 (The Heifer).

In the Bible, please read the following:
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Deuteronomy Micah Job
1:1-31 2:11-12 15:19-32 7:6 6:8 1:6-7
2:19-20 6:1-13 17:10-16 24:1-4
21:9-13 14:21-30
35:9-10 16:2-3 Matthew Luke John Jude Revelation
48:15-16 17:1-7 6:1-4 1:19 3:16 9 1:4, 20
49:29-33 19:5-6 19:1-9 8:1-2
Lesson #2, Tuesday March 26th, 10:00 AM, Jones Room
The Bible and the Qur’an
In the Qur’an, please read Chapter 12 (Joseph). In the Bible, please read Genesis 37, 39-46.

LENTEN WOMEN’S QUIET DAY: A one day retreat for all women of the diocese. April 6 from 10-3PM. Led by the Rev. Maria Sanzo. Register by Tuesday, April 3 at or contact Mary Anne Clisham at 609-394-5281 ext. 10.



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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Eucharistic Ministers

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 to 9:45 in the Jones Room. March 3 - April 14 (Lent): "The Soul's Journey Into God by St. Bonaventure

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 or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.


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 ( or 732-948-3186) for more information.

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

NURSERY/PRESCHOOL HELP NEEDED We need a few adults and teens who are willing to rotate to oversee the Nursery/Preschool during our 10 o’clock service each Sunday. This will allow our young families to attend church while their children are in a safe and fun space. Please call Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454, if you are able to help out.

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


PAMPERED CHEF FUNDRAISER FOR MARY’S TABLE In the near future, Pampered Chef will be having a fundraiser for Mary’s Table! We will be posting it on the Facebook site and will ask all of you Facebook users to kindly pass it to your friends and family.

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 13th Annual Gift Auction

FROM YOUR GIFT AUCTION COMMITTEE: Dear Saint Mary's Family, Our 13th Annual Gift Auction, "Mardi Gras" proved to be the exciting, successful event we have become accustomed to hosting. As you know, the undertaking is no simple feat. By the Grace of God and with the support of many who contributed time, talent, energy, donations of gifts, gift cards, money, home baked and store bought treats, Saint Mary's Gift Auction netted $21,465.00!! We extend a heartfelt and gracious thank you to all whose help made it possible to raise vitally needed funds so we, through our outreach ministries, may continue to touch the lives of those in need in our community.


Beginning after Easter the Altar Guild will be purchasing flowers and other altar items, on request, “In Honor” or “In Memory of”. Forms and instructions can be found in the back of the church. Such donations, in support of the Altar Guild, are always welcome.


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. Some suggestions are toiletry items in small sizes, individually wrapped candy, cards, scarves, gloves and hats. Please put them in a bag for Elaine Long and leave them in the kitchen. Thank you so much.

NOTE: books, calendars, and magazines are not accepted by SCI. A tote marked for SCI donations is in the closet in Farnsworth Hall. Please contact Elaine Long (732-262-3123) if you are interested in joining the knitters and/or have yarn to donate to this effort. More information on knitting is at: or


If you are interested in joining the group of Sunday greeters for the 10:00AM service, please contact Eileen Denicole at 732-534-5981. Volunteering would be about once every 7 weeks.

TRINITY CHURCH SOUP KITCHEN SPRING FUNDRAISER will be "The Producers", Friday, March 29 at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30. Checks should be made out to "Trinity Church" & in the memo write "Food Justice". For tickets please contact Cherisse in the parish office.


We need volunteers to host coffee hour this summer! Please sign up on the list posted to the right of the kitchen door.
What would St. Mary’s be without food and drink?


If you notice something that requires maintenance, please tell the Memorial Garden Committee rather than attending to it yourself. If you plan to place flowers in the garden for a loved one, please use planters acquired for this purpose that are available in the church office. Thank you for helping us keep the gardens beautiful in memory of our friends and family.


Day Time & Group

Monday 1:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 7:00PM AA Farnsworth Hall, 8:30PM AA Farnsworth Hall
Tuesday 1:00PM Alanon in Farnsworth Hall, 7:00PM AA in the Jones Room
Wednesday 1:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 8:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall
Friday 9:00AM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 11:00AM Alanon in the Jones Room, 8:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall


Please remember that the church parking lot is used for handicapped parking ONLY during Sunday services.

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