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. It is staffed by the Sisters of Mercy and lay faculty. A Catholic Charities office is located at St. Michael's.
Dante Hall Available for Lease this Summer
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.
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.
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, 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.
Join our work
You can help us achieve our goals. Join the parish, become active, and remain active! Schedule a meeting with one of the priests or pastoral associate Laura Bello or Sister Celeste Mokrzycki, SSJ.