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WEDDING OF THE SEA On August 15, Saint Joseph
Church will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. This holy day marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary's bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her life.
The Wedding of the Sea tradition began in Venice, Italy around the
year 1000 AD. This tradition, which now occurs on August 15, celebrates the relationship of the city and the sea, and asks God to grant success to the work of so many who have made the city a
wonderful place to live.
Immediately following the 11:30 am Mass on August 15, the Saint
Joseph parish community is invited to join a procession from the church to the beach. The procession will cross Landis Avenue and continue down 44th Street to the promenade, where our pastor, Father
Perry, will lead a brief ceremony in front of the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol station. Then, the procession will continue onto the beach and down to the ocean, where Father will be joined by two
lifeguards, who will row a boat beyond the waves and allow Father to toss a ceremonial wreath into the sea.
After the traditional wreath throwing, everyone is invited to the
parish’s first annual Wedding of the Sea Festival, which will be held in the auditorium parking lot at 44th and Central Avenue. The festival will provide opportunities for fun and fellowship – and
everyone can purchase lunch from several food trucks, as well as bottled water, soda, soft pretzels, and ice cream. Additionally, commemorative t-shirts and tank tops will be on sale, children will
receive free balloons and bubble wands, and there will be music and ample seating for all under tents or in the auditorium.
The Wedding of the Sea Festival will be a BYOB event. For everyone’s
convenience, refreshments may be dropped-off at the auditorium before Mass and the procession to the beach.
PARKING NOTE: To prepare the auditorium parking lot for the
festival, parking will be limited to the church parking lot (behind the church) for the 11:30 am Mass. Additional parking can be found at the municipal lot on 46th and Central Avenue and also at the
Library at 48th and Central Avenue. For those riding bikes, they can be “parked” at the auditorium lot where we will
make sure they are safe. Please mark your calendar and join us for this special rain-or-shine annual event on August 15!