• Fr. William Kelly



St. Brendan the Navigator

Welcomes Our New Pastor

Father William J. Kelly

(See Fr. Kelly's Bio in Tab above)

House of Charity

Father Kelly speaks to parishioners about The Bishop's Annual Appeal, The House of Charity and the many, many people it helps.


50/50 Raffle SOLD OUT !!!

We're happy to announce that the 50/50 raffle is SOLD OUT! Our Venmo address will no longer be available for ticket purchases.

Thank you to all who participated. Good luck in the drawing next week.

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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 weekdays 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

Updated Mass Schedule

Maris Stella - Saturday 5PM, Sunday, 7, 9, 11AM

St Paul Church - Saturday 4PM, Sunday, 8, 10,


Daily Mass

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

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]