“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27
“The life of the Church should always reveal clearly that God takes the initiative, that ‘he has loved us first’ (1 Jn 4:19) and that he alone ‘gives the growth’ (1 Cor 3:7). This conviction enables us to maintain a spirit of joy in the midst of a task so demanding and challenging that it engages our entire life. God asks everything of us, yet at the same time he offers everything to us.
Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, n. 12
“The joy of the Gospel is for all people; no one can be excluded.”
Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, n. 23
Who we are as Saint Peter Catholic Church
We, Saint Peter Catholic Church in Point Pleasant Beach, welcome you and invite you to share the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with us. We are a diverse community that gathers to celebrate, in word and sacrament, the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
With Saint Peter our patron, we, as a community and as individuals, want to live lives that proclaim with fervor, “Lord you know everything. You know I love you” (Jn. 21, 17). We express our love for God by our love for one another, our love for all of God’s children and our love for all creation.
As Christians in the Roman Catholic Communion, we are inspired by the example of our brother in the Lord, Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). As Saint Francis of Assisi exemplified love of the poor, reverence for God’s creation, respect for the dignity of all human life and the importance of dialogue that seeks reconciliation and peace for all people, so we strive to love and serve the poor, to reverence God’s creation, to protect the dignity of all human life, and to seek reconciliation and peace through dialogue here in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
We are Assisi at the shore – a place of peace, reconciliation and awesome wonder before the mystery of God.! We accept and proclaim, in word and deed, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the communion of the Roman Catholic Church. Join us. Come, pray and serve with us!
Our History in Brief
The human history is replete with chance occurrences, which changed the course of’ many things – parishes, for instance: In March year 1881 Father Peter Jachetti, a Conventual Franciscan Friar, set out to select a location in Manchester to establish a mission to serve the Catholics at the shore area. He fell asleep on the train and missed his transfer stop and found himself in Manasquan for several hours. A native of Point Pleasant convinced him to come to Point. By the summer of 1882 a Church and rectory were ready for use.
As the years went on the little weekend mission grew. The church was renovated and refurbished. However the joy of the people was short-lived. On January 14, 1901 the church and Friary was completely destroyed by fire. Dismayed, but undaunted, under the leadership of the pastor the faithful started anew. A new church was built at its present location on Forman and St. Louis Avenues. The cornerstone was laid on June 16, 1901. In the following years more land was acquired for further development of the parish. Between 1917 and 1919 the interior of the church was completed. It was at this time the marble altars, so remarkable and well known, were installed.
By 1923 the parish had grow sufficiently to warrant a parish school. This materialized a year later when 100 children became the first students. In September of 1957 students attended a new modem two story building adjacent to the old School. In May of 1962 a new auditorium gym was dedicated. For a while this was also used to celebrate Mass on Sundays to alleviate the crowded conditions during the summer months. With the great influx of residence to the Jersey Shore other parishes have been formed from the original territory of St. Peter’s, the “mother church” of the Ocean Country Shore area. The parishioners and Franciscan Friars have had many challenges since the first days as a mission church. They have made a great contribution to the growth of the Church. Our present parish is well equipped to serve the needs of the parishioners. It has a beautiful church, friary, convent, grammar school with a gym -auditorium. To serve the needs of over 600 public school children there is an active school of Religious Education. The activities, ministries and organizations are many and varied.