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Worship with us:

Sunday at 9:00 am

in person and Live on Facebook

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer via Zoom

Rector's Corner

Beloved in Christ,

We are delighted to share with you the exciting news of the upcoming Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Dr. Sally J. French as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. This momentous occasion will take place on June 24, 2023, marking a significant milestone in the life of our diocese and the Episcopal Church.

Bishops hold a special place within our Church's three orders of ordained ministers. They are entrusted with the apostolic work of leading, supervising, and uniting the Church. Representing Christ and His church, bishops are called to provide Christian vision and leadership for their dioceses. Their responsibilities extend to acting in Christ's name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church, as well as ordaining others to continue Christ's ministry.

As part of the apostolic succession, bishops maintain a vital link between the present and the ministry of the Apostles. They serve as chief pastors of the Church, exercising oversight and supervision. In their dioceses, diocesan bishops hold jurisdiction with particular responsibility for the Church's doctrine, discipline, and worship. They are the focal point for diocesan unity and the unity of their dioceses with the wider Church.

The term "episcopal" derives from the Greek word "episcopos," meaning "overseer." This reflects the bishop's ministry of oversight and leadership. An "episcopal" church, therefore, is a church governed by bishops, and "episcopal" services are led by bishops.

Within the Episcopal Church, the Book of Common Prayer provides services for various important occasions, including the Ordination and Consecration of Bishops, the Ordination of Priests, the Ordination of Deacons, the Celebration of a New Ministry, and the Consecration of a Church or Chapel. Bishops also preside at services of Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation. Traditional blessings of altars, fonts, chalices, patens, and church bells are bestowed by bishops.

Bishops-elect are ordained and consecrated after receiving consents from a majority of the diocesan standing committees and bishops exercising jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church. If the episcopal election takes place within three months before General Convention, the consent of the House of Deputies is required. The ordination and consecration of a bishop involve the participation of at least three bishops.

We are blessed to witness this sacred moment as we gather to celebrate the Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Dr. Sally J. French as our 13th Bishop and the first woman Bishop in the Diocese of NJ. This is a historical celebration. Please join us in prayer on June 24, 2023, to commemorate this milestone in our diocese's history and to support our new bishop as she embarks on her ministry of leadership, guidance, and service.

May God's abundant grace be upon Bishop- Elect Sally J. French and the entire Diocese of New Jersey as we continue our journey of faith together.

You and all are invited to join us on Sunday, August 6th at 9:00 am to meet our new Bishop as she celebrates and joins us in fellowship here at St. Mary's.

Yours in Christ,

Mo. Allison+

Membership at St. Mary's

We often get asked what must happen to “join” our Church.

The short answer is you just need to show up! We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for worship on Sunday mornings or at any of our church activities. For we understand that first and foremost, membership in the Church means being part of a community that is drawn ever more deeply into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

However, there can be more to it than that.

For those who are interested in formally committing membership to the Episcopal Church, and St. Mary’s in particular, we have put together a brief summary of how the Episcopal Church defines the terms of membership. If you still have questions after reading this page, please feel free to reach out to Mo. Allison, Lillian Armstrong, Warden, a vestry member, or Julie, our Administrator and we’d be happy to talk to you more about it.


A Christian is any person who has been baptized in the Episcopal Church or any other Christian church.


The sacrament of Baptism is the initiation rite into the Christian Church. To be Baptized, as an infant, child or adult is to become a full member of the Church with access to the sacraments.


At St. Mary’s, and throughout the Episcopal Church, all are welcome to the table of our Lord.


A person is a member of the Episcopal Church if they have been baptized, whether in an Episcopal church or another Christian church, and the baptism has been recorded in the records of a particular Episcopal parish. A person may also become a member of the Episcopal Church if they are Confirmed or Received by a bishop.


Confirmation is a sacrament of the Church. It is an informed profession of the faith that may be made by teenagers or adults. To be Confirmed is to outwardly proclaim your choice of the Episcopal faith and tradition. It involves the laying on of hands upon the head of the individual, Confirmand by the bishop.


If you have been Confirmed in another liturgical tradition, you are Received into the Church rather than Confirmed. A person is Received into the Episcopal Church by a bishop.


We believe that God speaks to people in a variety of ways and that no one particular expression of this faith is “right.” This way of relating to the divine balances scripture, tradition, and reason for Episcopalians. The Episcopal Church is a sacramental and liturgical form of Christianity that respects the ancient nature of the church yet allows room for a prayerful discussion of theology.


If you are a member of another Episcopal parish and would like to transfer your membership to St. Mary’s, please contact the parish office to let us know. We have a special form we send to your former parish that “transfers” your membership to St. Mary’s.


An “official” member of St. Mary’s is a baptized person who requests to be placed on the membership rolls of this parish. If you are Baptized, Confirmed, or Received at St. Mary’s, you automatically become a member. A person who is a member of another Episcopal church can transfer their membership to St. Mary’s through a Letter of Transfer.


That’s fine. We consider our parish family to be a wide net of individual beliefs and situations, and while we encourage people to seriously consider official membership, it is not a requirement to partake in the life of the community. According to the canons (governing laws) of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of New Jersey, the only thing non-members may not do at the parish level is serve on the Vestry, vote at the annual parish meeting, and serve as a chalice bearer.


No. The Parish Directory is an unofficial list of people who attend St. Mary’s on a regular basis who choose to be on the list. It is never fully complete or up-to-date since people join the community, move, or leave the parish at various times for a variety of reasons. The directory is published annually and updated regularly. If you would like to be included or amend your entry, please contact the parish office.


We firmly believe that stewardship of our financial resources is an integral part of being a Christian, and we rely on the generosity of our community to support our common ministry and pay our bills. Episcopal Churches do not receive financial assistance from the Diocese or the National Church. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: we pay a yearly apportionment to the Diocese of New Jersey to support the mission and ministry of the larger church.


We expect members of this parish community to strive to lead a life of faith. This means sharing the joy of corporate worship as regularly as possible; recognizing that God is the source of all that we are and all that we do; being hospitable of one another and respecting the dignity of every human being; understanding that we don’t have all the answers about faith but we’re always seeking to learn from God and one another; offering of ourselves to the church through our talents, time, and financial resources; helping to spread the message of Christ’s love in whatever way is possible for you. Upholding our baptismal covenant and loving our neighbors.

Stewardship Minute

Remember to pledge your support!

Pledge Now!

Some ways to support St. Mary's

  • Become a member
  • Volunteer
  • The Sunday collection plate
  • Send a check payable to St. Mary's to:

St. Mary's Church,

9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

(Your envelope and number is not necessary, only your name.)

  • Setting up a personal online banking "bill pay" option. The bank will mail the check for you to the church office.
  • Online giving through our website at
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Summer at St. Mary's begins

July 6th with Thursdays on the Lawn

Three and One opens our summer concert season on

Thursday, July 6th!

If you remember last year, the lawn and sidewalk were packed. This group of young men knows how to draw people in with really good music.

The band covers classic rock songs, jazz standards, and jazz/rock fusion. A few of their videos are linked here.

Invite some friends and join us on the front lawn Thursdays, July 6th through August 10th, 7:30 to 9 pm.

Worship at the Beach begins Saturday, July 8th

Worship at the Beach

"Come as you are" and join Mo. Allison and guitarist Tom Werkheiser on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion at 5:30 pm for a relaxed worship service in a glorious setting!

Bring a beach chair, bring a friend - all are welcome!

In the event of rain, the service moves to St. Mary's.

Worship at the Beach is held every Saturday from July 8th through August 26th.

Science Explorers

Science Explorers returns this summer

for two weeks of Summer Camps at

St. Mary's.

July 17-21 - Ready, Set, Science! runs from 9 am to 12 noon for ages 7-11.

July 24-28 - Jr. Investigative Team runs

9 am to 12 noon for ages 4 - 6. for registration and complete details about the camps or call 877-870-9517

Membership at St. Mary's

Membership at St. Mary's consists of several different groups of "members." Some are Confirmed Communicant Members or who have transferred their membership by Letter of Transfer to St. Mary's. Some are Baptized into St. Mary’s or have requested that their names be entered in the Parish Register. Others are “members” by virtue of the fact that St. Mary’s is their church—the Christian community of which they are a part and where they worship regularly. Still, others are “summer members" or friends of St. Mary's. Many are part of St. Mary’s life, worship at St. Mary’s when in town, and support St. Mary’s financially. Canonically, they are not members in the legal sense, but they are every bit as much members of our parish family as those who are official members.

Please contact the church office if you would like to receive membership forms to be added to our data base.

email: [email protected]


You may sign up on our website here.

We welcome you to join us!

Happy Birthday to

Joan Langston on June 17th, Elizabeth Mihalek on June 18th, and Cindy O'Connor on June 20th!

Happy Anniversary to

Stephen & Louise Mihalek on June 21st!

If you would like to be remembered on your birthday or anniversary, please give us your information so we may add you to our data base. Email the church office: [email protected] or call 609-368-5922

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th!

Father’s Day Prayer

Lord, thank you for all fathers. For the new ones, who endure sleepless nights with infants in arms. For the busy ones, who juggle the pressures of home and family life. For the steadfast ones, who nurture and care for our special vulnerable children. For the patient ones, who always seek to forgive and engage with their

pre-teens. For the persistent ones, who cleverly find new ways to connect with their mini-adults. For the father uncles, who step in to cradle and care for nieces and nephews. For all granddads, who love and support their precious grandchildren. For the foster dads that are called to gather and cover the fragile ones. For the dads who give far beyond their own resources, who overcome disability to cherish and love. Thank you Lord for all our beautiful fathers. Help us to support them and keep them in our prayers. May you bless them now on this their special day. Amen.

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is held after service every Sunday in the parish hall. It is an opportunity to get together for relaxed conversation and fellowship over a cup of coffee. If you would like to provide a snack for coffee hour, please pick a Sunday and sign up on the sheet on the door to the kitchen. Nothing elaborate is required, just a small snack to enjoy with coffee. Thank you!

Altar Flowers

Dedicating altar flowers in honor or memory of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one is a wonderful way to remember someone. If you would like to do so, please sign up on the chart on the bulletin board in the parish hall. After the service, you may take the flowers to enjoy or give.

The Branches Food Pantry

The Branches Food Pantry is open 3 days a week in an effort to address food insecurity. If you would like to make a donation, we are in need of the following: hot dogs, ground beef, sliced bread, canned chicken, coffee, sugar and pasta sauce. We have recently lost our contact for fresh milk. That is always in demand, as we serve many children. Eggs are also something that we like to have on hand. We are completely out of milk and eggs. Donations can be dropped off M-W-F from 9-12.

Many thanks!

Branches offer food, help and more in Rio Grande

Here is a link to a great article printed about The Branches in the Atlantic City press on April 25th!

St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop

Looking to refresh your summer rental or have a room that could use an updated piece of furniture? Then you might want to check out the new FURNITURE SHOP at St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop!

Gold Winner of the 2022 and 2023 Best of the Jersey Shore thrift shops, the Furniture Shop is a great addition to the home goods, housewares and clothing shops at This 'n That.

And remember the thrift shop when you're spring cleaning and re-organizing. Household items, furniture and clean usable clothing are welcome!

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Donation days: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm and on the

1st Saturday of the month 10 - 3 pm.

Location: St. Mary's This 'n That

1304 Rt. 47 So., Rio Grande, NJ 08242    609-886-7272

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 17th - Cormac John Marquess (Baptism)

Saturday, June 24th - Consecration of Bishop French

Thursday, June 29th - The wedding of Ariel Baker and Alize

Thursday, July 6th - 7:30 pm - Thursdays on the Lawn begins

Saturday, July 8th - 5:30 pm - Worship at the Beach begins

Our Summer at St. Mary's pamphlet of events may be downloaded here.

12 Step Meetings in the Church Hall

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday at 7:30 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Tuesday at 8:00 pm

Alanon Tuesday at 7:15 pm (beginners meeting in the chapel)

Alanon Tuesday at 8:00 pm (in the chapel)

Alanon Friday morning at 10:00 am

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.

Third Sunday after Pentecost:

Proper 6

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100

Romans 5:1-8

Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23)

Worship Services

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer via Zoom

Third Thursday's 6:00 pm Healing Service

alternates between St. Mary's and St. Barnabas

Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church)

Services, studies, and service bulletins may be accessed on our website: