Welcome!

This family-friendly event is FREE and OPEN to the Public! All are Welcome.

We’re looking forward to this Saturday for the Wedding of the Sea mass and ceremony! 

For those who can’t make the trip to AC, the ceremony on the beach will be streamed live on the Diocese of Camden FACEBOOK PAGE and on their YOUTUBE channel!
You can watch the ceremony on the beach in front of Saint James Place. There is street parking on Tennessee and Saint James Place but be sure to observe all city parking signs and restrictions.
Reminder that reservations are required for mass and are now fully committed.

UPDATE FOR 2020:

This year, on Saturday, August 15, the Wedding of the Sea Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon at StNicholas of Tolentine Church, 1409 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.  Although it is the largest Catholic church in the city, the attendance will obviously be limited according to the gathering restrictions in place in New Jersey at the time.
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Following the Mass, we anticipate a procession down St. James Place to the Boardwalk and beach for the Wedding of the Sea ceremony. 
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The festival, however, is canceled. 
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We hope you will instead patronize the great establishments, old and new, on the beach blocks of St. James Place and Tennessee Avenue, collectively known as The Orange Loop.
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As the event approaches, we will post more information about seating availability for the Mass.  Even those who cannot attend the Mass will be able to view the ceremony (the tossing of the wreath) on the beach at St. James Place around 1:15 PM.

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About

This Festival is FREE and OPEN to the public.

The Tradition:

The Wedding of the Sea Festival is the parish’s signature annual event.  The Wedding of the Sea tradition began in Venice around the year 1000 AD.  The civil and religious leaders of Venice performed an annual “wedding” between  the city and the Adriatic Sea on the Feast of the Ascension of Christ.  The ritual symbolized the maritime power’s vital relationship to the sea.  The tradition came to Atlantic City through St. Michael’s Church, an historically Italian parish, but was celebrated on a different feast, the Assumption of Mary.  Whether the destination is the beach, the Boardwalk, or the casinos, the great appeal of Atlantic City is the Atlantic Ocean.  The Wedding of the Sea Festival celebrates the relationship of the city and the sea and asks God to grant success to the work of so many to build up our great city.

The Festival:    *Note for 2020: Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

The Wedding of the Sea Festival will features over a dozen of our favorite neighborhood restaurant and bakery vendors, a beer garden, adults’ and kids’ games, raffles, face painting, and live music.

Our 2019 participating food vendors are Dock’s Oyster House, beer garden provided by Ducktown Tavern, as well as desserts from Peace Pie, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church! As always, you can look forward to the great food offered by the Vietnamese, Hispanic and Italian communities of the Parish!

Get Involved! As a business, a volunteer or as a festival-goer! Details coming soon! Please contact us with any questions!

Schedule of Events

2020 Schedule

Saturday, August 15

Time Event Location
11:00 AM

 

12:00 Noon

Doors open for mass

 

Introductory Program Speaker and VIP special guest

St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1409 Pacific Ave.
12:05 PM Mass of the Assumption with Bishop Dennis Sullivan St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1409 Pacific Ave.
1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Mother

Procession to the surf for the Wedding of the Sea with Bishop Sullivan and Atlantic City Mayor Small

Procession down St. James Place onto the Beach

PARKING: Limited parking available in the church parking lot. Street parking available on Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place. Be sure to observe all street signs with any restrictions. 

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