• 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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God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16


FAMILY COMMUNION SUNDAY is on Sunday, on May 21st. Mother Victoria will lead an engaging program on three consecutive Sundays immediately following the 10 o'clock service. (the second class will be held this Sunday morning) Children 2nd Grade and up who did not experience "Exploring our Faith" are welcome to participate and explore the mystery of the Eucharist. Together we will celebrate completion on Family Communion Sunday.

St. Mary's by the Sea
2017 Gift Auction



Will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at noon at The Beach Diner on Rt 35. and Arnold Avenue. Everyone will be ordering off the menu. Mark your calendars!


Sunday, June 11th, Allaire State Park, 10:30 AM Service. Picnic lunch and kids' games to follow. Parishioners are kindly asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall. The cost is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per
family. Please note the entrance fee to the park is $5.00 per car.


Yoga is for everyone and a consistent yoga practice offers countless benefits to spirit, mind and body. Ready to give yoga a try or re-start your yoga practice? Please join Michelle Benedict on Saturday mornings from 7:00 – 8:00 am for a fun and relaxing yoga practice to start off your weekend.


All are welcome! Our next IHN volunteer fellowship gathering will be Saturday, June 1st at 6pm at the home of Lynn and Daryl Schambach. Please join us, even if you are not a regular volunteer, as it is a relaxed, and inviting way to get to know how IHN works at St. Mary's. Good food and conversation is guaranteed! Any questions? Please feel free to email or phone Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828), Mike Mercuro (732-272-6828), or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708).


Our friends at St. Raphael's are holding an adoption day including multiple local pet rescues. If you'd like to help a pet find a forever home, stop by on Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Traveling Day Camp is a week-long partnership between Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church and Johnsonburg to bring a unique blend of outdoor and congregational ministry together.

MARY’S TABLE is in need of dessert donations. Home baked or store bought cakes, pies, cookies, etc. All donations are welcome and appreciated.

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel's or ship's toiletries to share with the seafarers at SCI.


Thank you for using online giving for your support of our parish. Online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It benefits our parish by helping to streamline our administrative process and providing more accurate budgeting. Our current online giving provider, ParishPay, has been acquired by Liturgical Publications. All ParishPay accounts will be transitioned to WeShare, LPi’s online giving platform, later in the summer.

This week's Sermon May 21, 2017
6th Sunday of Easter
Family Communion Sunday

The Reverend Victoria Pretti

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Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 21, 2017

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ More ...

Acts 17:22-31

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to suffer for doing evil. More...

1 Peter 3:13-22

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” More ...

John 14:15-21

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