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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News March 18 - 25, 2018
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, March 24, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM .  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Polish Mass:  Sunday, March 25, 9:00 AM in the Church.

Polish Language Class: 
Until further notice, the class will not meet on the second Saturday of the month.

Second Collection:  Sunday, March 25, for the Rice Bowl.

Easter Plants: You can use the envelopes on the the altar rail to purchase an Easter Plant in memory of your beloved deceased by enclosing $10 per plant in an envelope provided on the altar rail.  Please print name clearly on the envelope.

Pierogi Sale:  Pierogi are on sale in the church basement every Friday morning during Lent through and including March 23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.  Use the side entrance from the parking lot.  Potato, sauerkraut, and cheese pierogi's are $8.00/dozen.  A limited amount of haluski is available at $4.00.  A limited amount of homemade Raisin bread is also available.  Volunteers are needed to help sell these items on Fridays.

Very Happy Birthday to Thomas Brossman  who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 16th. 

Lenten Services at St. Mary's:  Confession on Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
Blessing and distribution of Palm: Saturday, March 24, 3:30 PM Mass and Sunday, March 25, 10:30 PM Mass.
Blessing of Easter Food: Holy Saturday, March 31. 11:00 AM in St. Mary's Church.

St. Catharine's School
is hiring substitute teachers for grade levels Pre-K through Grade 9.  Please submit a resume, letter of interest, and clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, Principal.

St. Catharine of Siena Church
is looking for a qualified lay or religious individual to serve as the full-time director/coordinator of religious education.  This person is responsible for administering the religious education and the sacramental preparation of programs.  The position requires a college degree in theology or religious studies and a Master Catechist Certification or equivalent training is preferred.  Send a letter of interest and a resume with personal and professional references to the Search Committee, St. Catharine of Siena Parish, 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606. No phone calls please.  EOE M/F/D/V

St. Catharine of Sienna Church is looking for a Computer/Technology teacher for grades K - 8.  The candidate must:
1.  Be proficient with Google G-Suite and Google Apps for Education.
2.  Organize, maintain, and manage class systems in proper working condition.
3.  Teach students and learners to use computers.
4.  Design and develop appropriate computer instructional material using ISTE standards.
5.  Manage and monitor student behavior.
6.  Initiate and implement systems, procedures, and other student management issues.
7.  Develop and implement lesson plans and classroom activities in consistent with the student management issues.
8.  Determine and troubleshoot technology services for staff.
9.  Coordinate and collaborate with teachers and principal.
10.  Integrate special lesson plans for with core academic curriculum.

Scheduling of Mass Intentions: 
The donation for a Mass is $10.00.  To ensure that all parishioners have equal access to desired dates and times for Masses, the guidelines are:
1.  You can request Mass Intentions with no particular date.
2.  Your requests are on a first-come, first-served basis.
3.  You cannot make more than three requests for a particular date per deceased.  Only three weekend Masses
     can be requested if you are remembering more than one deceased.
4.  You cannot request a Mass for Christmas, Easter Triduum, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.

All of St. Mary's business
is handled out of St. Catharine's Parish Center located at 2427 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  Their phone number is 610-779-4005.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at (610) 779-4005. 

New St. Catharine's Office Hours beginning March 2, 2018, the office is open from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Fridays.

Please Inform the Parish Office
at 610-779-4005 if you change your name, address, telephone number, or any change that may affect your Church registration.  If you do not receive your church envelopes in the mail, contact Diane Sitler at or call the parish office.

2019 Mass Intentions: 
To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s, call the St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. 

All of St. Mary's business
will be handled out of St. Catharine's Parish Center located at 2427 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  Their phone number is 610-779-4005.  Please Inform the Parish Office if you change your name, address, telephone number, or any change that may affect your Church registration.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at (610) 779-4005. 

St. Mary's Necrology for March: 3/3 - Michael S. Pachucki (1934);  3/4 - Mark Januszkiewicz (1924);  3/6 - Stephen S. Krystniak (1973);  3/7 - Joseph C. Tylka (1960);  3/10 - John J. Judycki (1971);  3/19 - Ladislaus J. Sarama (1966).   Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 3/18                Msgr. Robert Forst
Monday 3/19               Father John Frink
Tuesday 3/20              Permanent deacons
Wednesday 3/21         Father Kevin Gallagher    
Thursday 3/22             Father Daniel Gambet
Friday 3/23                  Father Joseph Ganser     
Saturday 3/24             Father Angel Garcia-Almodovar
Sunday 3/25               Father Andrew Gehringer

Parish Business Manager position is available at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Reading.  We are looking for a candidate  that has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and who is detail oriented.  At the direction of the pastor, the Business Manager is responsible for a wide variety of confidential tasks including A/P and A/R, cash management and budgets, general ledger entries and reconciliations, payroll and monthly reports, and other administrative duties.  Bachelors degree preferred with at least five years accounting/payroll experience, acquaintance with labor laws, and advanced  knowledge of  Peachtree, Excel, and Paychex.  Email your cover letter and resume, including your salary requirements by March 18 to with Business Manager in the Subject box.  No phone calls please.  EOE/M/F/D/V

For Those Who Are Grieving: 
Memory writes on every page of the calendar.  A support group offering caring presence, strength, and wisdom meets two Mondays at month at St. Catharine's of Sienna Church, Mt. Penn 19606, at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:  A weekend for married couples of all ages who want to enrich their marriages.  For more information, go to or call 1-732-904-9636.

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the diocese or a parish.  You can contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209 to report the abuse.  This is a confidential telephone number. 
For more information about Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and the Code of Conduct, go to and click on Youth Protection in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

ICF Courses: 
The Diocese of Allentown provides adult formation courses for Catholics looking to learn more about the Faith.  There are no prerequisites for these courses.  To view information about course content, location, and fees, go to

Marriage Renewal:  Worn out from the holidays?  Give yourself a get-away weekend.  Meals prepared.  Take time away from it all.  It is a chance to talk to and listen to that special someone who loves you.  For information, call
1-732-904-9636 or visit

Berks Catholic High School is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  To schedule a personal tour, receive and application packet, or schedule a Saint for a Day visit, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

The PA Lyme Support Group - Berks County
presents The Hidden Story of Lyme Disease on Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM followed by a question and answer period at the the Atonement Lutheran Church, Room #3 in the Community Center, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA.

Nativity of BVM Ukranian Catholic Church
Ukranian Food and Easter Egg Extravaganza, Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Nativity of BVM Hall, 211 Grace Street, Reading, PA 19611.  Homemade Ukrainian Foods, dine-in or to-go: pierogi, halushki, stuffed cabbage, potatom pancakes, Ukrainian sample platter, nut roll, apricot roll, prune roll, poppyseed roll, paska, desserts and more.  Also for sale: Egg art, Pysanky eggs, woodwork, jewelry, and crafts.There will also be a Pysanky Egg demostration and raffles. 

Women's Club of Exeter Township
invites you to attend Spring Fashions at the Castle at Stokesay Castle on Sunday, April 15.  Doors open at 12:00 Noon.  Luncheon at 1:00 PM followed by the Fashion Show at 2:00 PM.  $35.00/person.  For more information and reservations, call Sharon at 610-779-4109.  Deadline for tickets is March 25.

Volunteers Needed
at the Kennedy House Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, between 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  If you wish to volunteer, call Sara Miller at 1-484-459-0270.  If you cannot volunteer but would like to donate food or other supplies, call Sara.

Diocesan Marriage Conference Together in Holiness: 
Register now for the conference on April 14 at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sinking Spring.  Mass celebrated by Bishop Alfred Schlert.  Presenters include EWTN host Joy Pinto.  Child care is available.  For more information, go to or call 610-289-8900 ext. 2028.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 
Organized by Fr. Rodgers the pastor of St. Benedict's Church.  Trip is scheduled for April 18-27, 2018.  You will visit Jesus' Birthplace in Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Calvary, the empty tomb Christ, and other interesting Christian sites.

Mass for Those Suffering from Addiction: 
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 AM, at Sacred Heart Church, 838 Walnut Street, Royersford, PA.  All are invited. 

4th Annual St. Catharine's Men's Retreat:  April 27 - 29, IHM Spirituality Center, Immaculata, PA.  For more information, call Craig Wolf at 610-507-5158 or Rob Katzenmoyer at 610-451-9267.

13th Annual Mass, Benediction, and Healing Service
preceded by Praise and Worship music.  On Sunday, April 29, Rev. Clifton E. Bishop Jr. Will celebrate Mass at St.Catharine of Siena Church, Boyertown Pike.  Join us for  Praise and Worship music beginning  at 6:30 PM and Mass at 7:00 PM.

17th Annual CYO Golf Tournament
Friday, May 4, at the Reading Country Club.  Shotgun Start at 1:00 PM.  More information to follow.

Have Health and Wellness Expertize?:
  Consider sharing your knowledge at our Parish Health Fair on May 6,
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon.  For more information, contact Shirley Dominick at cell phone 610-291-8131 or email her at  Donations for door prizes are also welcome.

Adult Confirmation on Pentacost Sunday, May 20, at 12:00 Noon at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena celebrated by Bishop Schlert to confirm adults of the Diocese.  Those eligible for confirmation are at least 18 years old,  were baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, received First Holy Communion, are catechized but never confirmed.  Contact your local pastor to discuss registration details.

Holy Name Class of 1968
Reunion on June 2.  Information to follow.  To pre-register, call 610-777-5917 or email

Save the Date:  A Mission Trip is scheduled for July 9 - August 4.  Additional information to come.  
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