Welcome to

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish

Avalon/Stone Harbor, NJ




Father Mark sends you this "video Easter card"  Click here or on this image to play

Easter card


Acts of the Apostles Session 1

Acts of the Apostles Session 2

Acts of the Apostles session 3

Acts of the Apostles Session 4

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During the Coronavirus quarantine, Masses are live streamed daily via facebook LIVE.

Monday through Saturday at 9:00 AM

Sundays at 10:00 AM

Click on the icon below to view our LIVE stream at those times

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All Masses and adoration cancelled until further notice.

The Parish office

is closed to the public.


Please check out our 

Daily Readings button on the menu

at the top of our home page

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. Pauls and Sacred Heart churches will be open for private prayer

(except during Live streaming broadcasts)

daily from 9:00AM to 3:00PM

Please observe appropriate Physical Distancing

Maris Stella church will be closed for private prayer 

from May 22, 2000 through the Summer season


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.

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

All Masses Cancelled until further notice!

Parish Office Closed to the Public.

See website:
www.stbrendanavalon.org for more information

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]

Fr. Mark:[email protected]