Who We Are

The Parish of Saint Monica serves all of Atlantic City.  It includes the churches of Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, and St. Michael.  Sunday and daily Mass are celebrated in the churches of Star of the Sea and St. Nicholas.  Mass is celebrated occasionally in St. Michael's Church.  All three churches are available for weddings and funerals.  The parish has special ministries to Hispanic, Vietnamese, and black Catholics.

The parish supports Our Lady Star of the Sea School, the only Catholic school on Absecon Island.  A Catholic Charities office is located at St. Michael's.

St. Nicholas Virtual Concert with Nick Myers

If you missed it, watch Sunday's concert on YouTube.

Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word

You can use this guide for the Palm Sunday celebration of the Liturgy of the Word.  In this way, you can still pray liturgically as a household tomorrow even though Mass is not possible.

Good Friday: Noon - Litany of the Sacred Heart

Join in prayer in the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 12 PM this Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Visit Good Friday Solemn Intercession.

Acompañenos en oracion el Viernes Santo en la Pasion del Señor a las 12 PM el 10 de Abril del 2020. Visite Viernes Santo Intercesion.

Prayer during the Pandemic

Lord Jesus, you heal the sick.  We pray that the coronavirus that has affected so many in our world can be contained, controlled, and cured.  We lift up to your mercy all those affected, all those working hard to study and cure this illness, and all health care professionals and emergency management teams that are working day and night to keep us safe.  Help us, Lord, to trust in your merciful care.  Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.  Amen.

COVID-19 Spiritual, Health, and Financial Resources

Our pastoral associates, Sister Celeste and Laura, have compiled a great list of Web sites with reliable information for coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Update 3/21/2020

Effective Saturday 3/21 at 4 PM, all parish churches and buildings are closed to the public.  To be clear, the churches will not be open for Eucharistic adoration, private prayer, or confession.


1) There are no public Masses.
2) The parish priests will pray Mass daily for the listed intentions and for all of the people of our citywide parish.
3) Holy Communion will be given only to the dying.

Other Sacraments & Funerals

4) Baptism and anointing of the sick, except in case of emergency, are prohibited.
5) Weddings are prohibited.
6) Funeral Masses are prohibited, but a priest can offer committal prayers at the cemetery.  However, there cannot be more than 10 people present, including the priest and funeral director(s).

Parish Office
7) The parish office is closed, but voicemail and email messages will be answered as soon as possible.

Parish Events
8) All gatherings of any kind are canceled until further notice.

A Beautiful Idea for Palm Sunday

Una hermosa idea para Domingo de Ramos



Donations for the week ending Friday, April 3

  • Sunday Offertory: $0
  • Electronic Giving Donations: $767.39 (fees already deducted)
  • Budget: $15,609.00
  • Mailed Donations: $3,289.00
  • St. Nicholas Restoration Donations: $0
  • Poor Box: $300.00

 Donations for the week ending Friday, March 27

  • Sunday Offertory: $0
  • Electronic Giving Donations: $176.38 (fees already deducted)
  • Budget: $15,609.00
  • Mailed Donations: $1,739.00
  • St. Nicholas Restoration Donations: $0

Donations for the week ending Friday, March 20

  • Sunday Offertory: $0
  • Electronic Giving Donations: $604.79 (fees already deducted)
  • Budget: $15,609.00
  • Mailed Donations: $9,815.00*
  • St. Nicholas Restoration Donations: $510.00

* One check was for $7,000.  Many thanks to this North Jersey visitor!

For the sake of simplicity, we are not splitting the "mailed donations" total by envelope.  The total includes donations for Sundays, holy days, and special causes beyond the parish.

New Addresses for Catholic Strong, House of Charity

The diocesan offices are also closed during this time, so you may be wondering about the best address for mailing your Catholic Strong and House of Charity payments.  The diocese asks that you mail them to their lockboxes:

House of Charity-Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Diocese of Camden, NJ
PO Box 824763
Phila., PA. 19182-4763

Catholic Strong
Diocese of Camden, NJ
PO Box 829804
Phila., PA. 19187-9804

Our parish has raised $38,155, which is 25% of our goal.  If you haven't pledged to the House of Charity for 2020 yet, please consider doing so on their secure Web site.

Thanks for continuing to support Catholic services in South Jersey (House of Charity) and our parish's goals, stated below, via Catholic Strong!  May God bless you and your household.

Our Goals

The Parish of Saint Monica has two great goals: (1) the survival and growth of Our Lady Star of the Sea School and (2) the interior restoration of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church.  These goals are ambitious.

First Goal

Star of the Sea School's enrollment has steadily declined in the last several years.  Few families can afford the tuition, which is already subsidized by the parish and many wonderful donors.  To persevere, the school will have to be creative.  Visit the school Web site to learn about our creative approach to Catholic education in the city.

Second Goal

The first phase of the St. Nicholas interior restoration was completed in Fall 2019.  Both transepts - about 30% of the interior - were restored.  Walls were replastered and repainted, marble was polished, the artwork was professionally cleaned, and other architectural features were regilded.  This phase is already paid.  But to complete the church - the nave, side aisles, and the sanctuary - will cost $1 million.  You can read more about the financial details.