Welcome to St. Brendan the Navigator Parish

Stone Harbor/Avalon, NJ





A message from Fr. Bill Kelly, Pastor:

Please be advised that presently there are rising cases of Covid 19 in Cape May County even in vaccinated persons. With large summer crowds in our churches, we encourage the wearing of masks. Of course, it is your choice. You will see the Ministers of the Eucharist wearing masks for your protection as well as theirs. Thank you for your understanding.

Alert to Parishioners:

Attention St. Brendan the Navigator Parishioners:

If you receive an email that appears to be from Father Kelly asking for gift cards or the like, please be aware that Father Kelly WOULD NEVER do that. This is a bogus email and a scam. Please delete it and ignore it. Thank you!


Mark Forrest

Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School



You can win this fabulous

Golf Cart !

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Proceeds benefit our Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School

Tickets sold outside of Sunday Masses or contact [email protected]

50/50 Raffle



Thank you, Thank you

To all who supported our 

1100 Club 50/50 Raffle

Thanks to your generosity, Tickets are sold out

The Wedding of the Sea August 15, 2021

Fr. Kelly's July 2021 "Porch Talk"

Father John O'Leary "Journeying with the Holy Family in an unholy world Part 1

Father John O'Leary Journeying with the Holy Family in an unholy world Part Two

News about Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School




The Sunday 9:30 AM Mass ftrom Maris Stella Church

is LIVE STREAMED on our Facebook page every week.

Click on the link above to view.



Facebook Page

Please visit our Parish Facebook page by clicking on the image below.

Be sure to "like" us and "follow" us so that you will receive important parish notifications and news including notification of our Facebook LIVE broadcasts

Maris stella streaming photo

St. Brendan the Navigator parish is looking for volunteers to assist in the live-streaming of Sunday Mass and other liturgies. At Maris Stella church we now have a state of the art streaming system installed. Full hands-on training will be provided. This is a fun activity for anyone interested in TV or video production. It also provides a valuable service by offering liturgy to those who are unable to attend in person. This is a great opportunity for a retired hobbyist or a student looking for experience and resume building. If you are interested, please contact Ted Burke (908-910-7280) or [email protected]

The sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays:

at St. Pauls from 3:00-3:30PM,

at Maris Stella from 4:00-4:30PM


St. Paul Church and Sacred Heart churches will be open for private prayer Daily

 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM

Maris Stella open for private prayer Saturday only.

Please observe appropriate Physical Distancing



The History of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish

The communities of Stone Harbor and Avalon have had a very strong Roman Catholic presence on 7 Mile Island for many generations.

Saint Paul’s Parish in Stone Harbor was formed in 1911; Sacred Heart Mission was formed from Saint Paul's on July 1, 1928, the date the church on 25th Street and First Avenue was dedicated. The present Saint Paul's Church was built in 1953 by Monsignor Michael Dalton, Pastor and Reverend John Flanagan, Administrator.

In 1959 Sacred Heart Hall (now Tierney) was first used for Masses in Avalon because Sacred Heart Church could not handle the increasing crowds. In 1961 Archbishop Damiano established the Maris Stella Parish in Avalon formerly Sacred Heart Mission. A church was built in Avalon in 1983 by Bishop James Schad. Quinn Hall was built in Stone Harbor in 2006 and the Hall in Avalon was renamed Tierney Hall in 2010.

As a result of decreasing numbers of active priests, Saint Paul and Maris Stella parishes were merged into Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish in 2010. Monsignor John Frey was the founding Pastor. Father Mark Cavagnaro was appointed Pastor in July 2016. Father William Kelly arrived July 15, 2020 as Pastor, replacing Father Mark who retired.

We are one parish with three worship sites! 

There are around 700 families in the parish year round with an increase to 1,000 families in the summer. With the assistance of many retired priests in the area, the parish offers 7 Masses in the off-season with an average attendance of 1150 people at the weekend Masses. There is an increase to 11 Masses in the summer season with attendance of 10,000 people.


Mass Times

Summer Mass Schedule

Maris Stella - Saturday 5PM, Sunday, 7AM, 8:15AM, 9:30AM, 11AM, 12:15PM, 5PM

St Paul Church - Saturday 4PM, Sunday 7:30AM, 9AM, 10:30AM

Daily Mass

Mon, Wed, Fri - 8AM St Paul Church
Tues., Thurs., Saturday - 8AM Maris Stella Church

Office Hours

Parish office:

5012 Dune Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202

Monday - Friday 9 am -12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Phone: 609-967-3746
Fax: 609-967-8172

Email:[email protected]