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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News May 24 - 31, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Bishop Schlert Mass Livestream:  The Diocese of Allentown will livestream Bishop Alfred Schlert's daily Mass from his private Chapel, as well as some other events, while public Masses are canceled.  Mass will be prayed at 8 AM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday.  Check AD Today frequently for updates.  During this difficult period, the Bishop encourages the faithful to pray often with their family members and to pray the Rosary as a family, both for those affected by this pandemic and for all those who care for the ill at home, as first responders, and in hospitals and other institutions

  Scheduled confession times are suspended.  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.

Public Mass: All public Masses are cancelled as per directive from the Diocese of Allentown.  St. Catharine priests will celebrate private Masses for the announced Masses. 

Live Streamed Mass: 
St. Catharine’s and St. Mary’s will live stream Sunday Mass every Sunday at 9:00 AM until
churches reopen.  This Mass is live on our Facebook page. If you miss the livestream you can watch the Mass
later.  View this Mass at

St. Catharine Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for private reflection.  No more than 10 persons are permitted at any one time.

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

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!

The Church Online ICF106 -The  Church. The Church is the place of encounter between God and His people  on  earth.  This course provides a brief overview of the origins of the Church; Her identity as One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic; and  what it means to be the Body of Christ on earth. This course is presented online by Cassie Boccardi and  is  scheduled  from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 28, 2020.  Cost: $35.   To register. Go to  Courses are meant for any adult Catholic looking to grow deeper and learn more about the Faith.  There are no prerequisites for these courses. 

Church Envelopes:  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Spiritual Communion:  The best way to receive Christ is in Holy Communion at Mass. Yet, in these times when we can't celebrate a public Mass, you can still reach out to Him by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer!  St. Thomas Aquinas once defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”  You may make a Spiritual Communion as often as you wish.  The Spiritual Communion Prayer is a s follows:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. I embrace you now as if you were already there.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

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.

Commemorating St. Mary Parish: 
Carl had finished the body of book.  However, several new sources of parish life photos have turned up and he is going to look into them.  It appears the book will be significantly larger than the 100 pages he had originally estimated and a new source of funds to print the book will be needed.   Estimated selling price for the book is $15; there will be sales tax so the total price will be $15.90.  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 I am planning to offer free shipping.  If you want your copy faster, you will have to pay for shipping. 

St. Mary's Necrology for May:  5/11 - Adalbert Malusecki (1937);  5/21 - Marcellus S. Arminski (1934);  5/25 - Anthony K. Brzozowski (1974)  .Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Turning Taxes into Scholarships:  If you pay Pennsylvania income taxes, you can turn tax dollars into needs-based scholarships for schools.  Pennsylvania provides a 90% tax credit to individuals who donate funds for Catholic School Education.  For more information, inquire at your school or contact JohnFierro (diocese) 610-866-0581, ext. 2344.

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.

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   

The Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany
is given every ten years.  Les White has put together a 14-day trip to Germany, Austria,  Switzerland, and a bit of France from July 3-16, 2020.  For details and a complete itinerary contact Les at 610-929-1833 or  Don't delay - trip is limited to 30 passengers.