Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

Training for altar servers is held in the spring and fall each year with dates announced in the bulletin. Potential servers must have made their first communion. Deacon John Pitt is the spiritual advisor.

Contact Deacon Phil Fiore


Baptisms will ordinarily take place every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the parish church in Barnegat. Baptism is reserved for the children of registered parishioners. Participation in a Baptismal Preparation Session is required for both parents. Godparents are to be Catholics in good standing. If the Godparents are not registered members of St. Mary’s Parish, they will need a sponsorship letter from the parish at which they are registered.

Contact Betty Austin

Dusting Angels

The “Angels” keeps our Churches clean and neat. Doris coordinates St. Mary’s and Peggy coordinates St. Mary of the Pines. Help is always appreciated.

Contact Doris Peters

Peggy McNamara

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

St. Mary’s Eucharistic Ministers of the Eucharist serve at Masses, nursing homes, Southern Ocean County Hospital, and also bring Communion to our homebound parishioners. Anyone who is a Catholic in good standing is invited to learn more about becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

 St. Marys  Deacon Joe Fiorillo  698-0198
 St. Mary of the Pines  Deacon Phil Fiore  698-4365
 Nursing Homes  Linda Saladino  698-5531
 Homebound  Peg Marlow Bateman  698-4955
 S.O.C.H.  George Feldner  597-2684

Martha Mary Design Ministry

This Ministry is responsible for decorating the churches for the liturgical seasons. They plan and implement the design as well as purchase the necessary plants. Help is always needed.

Contact Anne Kelleher
Gary & Fran Thompson

Music Ministry

Praise Band (Ages 18 and Older) This group plays every Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Pines. Rehearsals are held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Pines. New members are always welcome.

Adult Choir (Ages 18 and Older) The Adult Choir sings every Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Pines from October through May. Rehearsals are held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Pines. New members are always welcome.

Special Activities: Each December, the Music Ministry hosts a Christmas Concert. See the bulletin for the specific date.

Contact Judy Penland
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After the 8:00 am & 9:00 am Daily Masses: Monday - Vocations and Peace; Tuesday – St. Ann; Wednesday – St. Jude; Thursday – St. Joseph; First Friday – Sacred Heart; Friday-St. Gerard; Saturday – Miraculous Medal.


Readers review the readings prior to Mass to prepare themselves to share the Word of God. They also greet parishioners after Mass.

St. Mary's Deacon John Pitt 698-5531
St. Mary of the Pines Deacon John Pitt 698-5531





The sacristans undertake the overall preparation for all liturgical celebrations. Through a good understanding of the principal liturgical books and the liturgical calendar, they insure all aspects of the sacristy are orderly and prepared for liturgical celebrations. Joe is responsible for St Mary’s and Steve is responsible for St Mary of the Pines.

Contact Joe Flynn

Steve Wagner


Ushers are ministers of hospitality and are an essential part of helping to make our experience at Mass as orderly and peaceful as possible.

Coordinator   Ed Massari 698-8619
St. Mary's Head Usher Joe Prosperi 698-4796
St. Mary of the Pines Head Usher Rich Porsch 597-6371