St. Rose High School

607 7th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719 | p: 732-681-2858



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The Church of St. Rose

Belmar was known as Ocean Beach until 1890. In 1888, a small wood frame chapel was built on Second Avenue to accommodate the increasing number of Catholics in the area who wanted to attend Mass.

Our first chapel was a mission church of Holy Spirit Parish in Asbury Park. The whole coastal area from West End to Point Pleasant was under the care of Father Michael L. Glennon, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Asbury Park. This chapel was only open during the summer. Full time residents of Ocean Beach had to attend Mass in Asbury Park.

Shortly after the construction of the chapel was completed, property was purchased on the corner of Seventh Avenue and E Street. The cornerstone for the new church was laid by the Most Reverend Michael I. O'Farrell, then Bishop of Trenton, in 1890.

The Parish was officially incorporated on December 28, 1897. Father Norris was then the pastor of the newly formed Saint Catharine's Parish in Spring Lake and we had become a mission of Spring Lake.

Early on, two priests from Seton Hall College, South Orange, served the parish celebrating the Mass on weekends.

Fr. Connell, the second Pastor of Saint Rose Church, obtained the services of the Sisters of Saint Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. They first lived at 306 River Road near Third Avenue until the present convent could be built in 1923.

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