In 2002, the chapel was redesigned and updated to accomodate the installation of a colulmbarium.
St. Mary's Chapel
Located on the Third Avenue side of St. Mary's, our chapel is a place of quiet peace even on the noisest nights of summer at the shore. VIsitors often stop in to say a prayer or light a candle, place flowers at the Columbarium, spend a minute in reflection, or view the windows.
It is used for intimate services, to renew wedding vows, or for family memorial services. It is a place of reverance and it contains St. Mary's Columbarium.
After discussion and study, the Vestry of St. Mary's decided to install a columbarium for parishioners who choose to have their cremated remains interred in this way. The practice of cremation has increased dramatically over the past several years. It is less costly than traditional burial and preferred by many. A columbarium located within a church provides an attractive alternative to burial in a cemetery, offering family members immediate access at all times to the interment site of their loved one. Also, parishioners who choose to use the columbarium find much comfort in knowing that their remains will be brought home to their church. The cremated remains will have perpetual care, with the columbarium being maintained, cleaned and protected just as the church building itself is. But moreover, this columbarium ministry is a Christain ministry of loving service to our members and their immediate families that seeks to serve our people at this important time of need.
St. Mary's Columbarium is located in the Chapel of St. Mary's Church along the West wall.The outside appearance looks very much like a wall of remembrance containing plaques memorializing those whose remains are interred within. Construction was completed at Easter 2002.
If you would like to receive an information packet about St. Mary's Columbarium, please contact the parish office.