St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News August 2 - 9, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Pierogi Sale  on Friday, August 7th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  in the meeting room under the Church.  To enter, please
use the side door from the Church parking lot. Potato, sauerkraut and cheese pierogi will be sold at a cost of $8.00
per dozen.  Guests are requested to please wear their face masks.

  St. Catharine's offers confession in their Meeting Room after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday.  Also, you can call St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and arrange an appointment for confession.  When you arrive at the Parish Center for your appointment, stay in your car, roll down the passenger side window, and a priest will come out to hear your confession. 

Commemorating St. Mary Parish: Proofreading continues; proofing your own writing is difficult and time consuming.  It's been decided to add the drawings of the pastors located in St. Mary's meeting room in the basement to the book.  Because glass covers the drawings, a professional photographer is required.  The photographs taken Thursday, 7/30. This action will add some additional time before the book can be sent to the printer.  Once the book is sent to the printer, the schedule is 24 - 48 hours to produce a proof copy for approval by the author and if the proof copy is acceptable, one to two weeks to print the book.  The initial printing will be 100 copies as that is a limit imposed by the funding available for the first printing,  Should a second printing be required, that printing will be funded by the monies received from the sale of the first printing.   The selling price for the book is $15; there will be sales tax so the total price will be $15.90.  Purchase is by cash or check only - no credit or debit cards accepted.  Priority for sales will be initially to those who indicated they would interested in purchasing the book.

Currently, I am planning to use the book rate for shipping books.  It's a little slow in delivery from the Post Office but at that rate free shipping is available.  If you want your copy faster, you will have to pay for shipping - the anticipated shipping cost is $2.50..  The plan to make the book available for face to face sales with the author at a place and time accessible to all - probably the meeting room in the basement of St. Mary's after Masses on the weekend and at least one day during the week.  The author will contact those who have ordered by phone or email to arrange payment and shipping it if they cannot purchase in person.  The anticipated date for the beginning of book sales is from the middle to the end of August. 

Employment Opportunity: 
Berks Catholic High School has an opening for a French teacher, grades 9 - 12.  If interested, email your resume and clearances to by 8/3/2020.

Public Masses
resumed on June 1.  The normal weekend Mass schedule has returned. However, the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.  Those who are not comfortable returning, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time. Livestreaming of Masses continue, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today. We will also continue to livestream the 9:00 AM Mass on Facebook and YouTube.

Week Day Masses will follow the summer schedule: 7:15 AM, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Eucharistic Adoration resumes in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

are available in a basket in  the vestibule of the church.  It will remain as long as needed.  A basket will be added to receive your palms from last year.

Collections:  There will be only one collection at Mass.  Place all your envelopes in the basket.  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Contribution Reminder:
  If you submit multiple envelopes with one check, please mark each envelope with the
amount of your donation.  This will ensure that your contributions are recorded accurately and will be helpful to our collection counters.

Masses for Priests:

Sunday 8/2                Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Monday 8/3               Rev. James Connolly
Tuesday 8/4              Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Coyle
Wednesday 8/5         Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen
Thursday 8/6             Rev. Harold F. Dagle
Friday 8/7                  Rev. Charles J. Dene
Saturday 8/8              Rev . Msgr. Thomas A. Derzack
Sunday 8/9                Rev. Msgr. Joseph A . DeSantis

Virtual Re-Enrollment happening now!  Currently accepting applications for limited spots in all grades PREK through 8.  Go to for more information, or contact Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri at

St. Catharine School is accepting applications for a full-time Contracted Elementary Teacher, a Technology Teacher, and PT classroom aides.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, all all clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at

Would you like to arrange a Virtual Shadow Day for your student at St. Catharine of SIena School?  Contact Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri at and see the SCS difference for yourself!

If You are Shut In and need assistance getting groceries / supplies during this coronavirus outbreak, please
call the rectory and leave your name and phone number. A number of people have offered their service to help
those in need.  The rectory phone number is 610-779-4005.

St. Mary's Necrology for August: 
8/7 - Le n E. Jaworowski (2007);  8/19 - Emil Kattein (1887);  8/23 - Joseph Bidus (1967);  8/30 - Anthony Niemotko (1981).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

If You Are Traveling, you can access nationwide Mass time and location at 1-858-207-6277 (not toll free) or go to

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator confidential telephone number is (800) 791-9209.  To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on Youth Protection in the upper righthand corner of the page.

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service:  If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or call 1-800-276-1562.

The Pandemic
is putting stains on marriage due to enforced closeness between couples in their home.  If you need help with marriage problems, the Retrouvaille Program offers help iin resolving difficulties.  The next program begins the weekend of August 14 -16 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.  For more information or to register, go to or call 1-215-766-3944

St. Joseph Center for Special Learning
in Pottsville is hosting it's 29th Annual Golf Classic tournament on August 14 at the Mountain Valley Golf Course.  Sponsor and/or join us for an adventurous day of food, fellowship, and golf.  For more information, visit  

A Day of Prayer, Renewal, and Healing with Father James Blount, Tuesday, August 18, at Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist, 640 East Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508.  All are welcome and all attendees must pre-register.To register, go to or call 610-582-3333.  Morning Session: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Evening Session: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  Conferences, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Father Blount's Special Blessing, and Eucharistic Adoration.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
will be administered by Bishop Schlert on Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 PM.