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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News November December 10 - 17, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, December 16, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM and Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 - 7:00 PM .  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Christmas Mass Schedule: 
Sunday, December 24, 9:00 PM; Monday, December 25, 10:30 AM.  The Sunday December 24th Midnight Mass at 9:00 PM does not fulfill your Sunday obligation to attend Mass.

New Year's Day Masses - Solemnity of Mary:  Monday, January 1, 8:00 AM in St. Catharine's Chapel.  10:30 AM in the Church on Route 562.  This is not a Holyday of Obligation.

The Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County
is holding their 13th annual Polish Christmas Eve Wigilia Dinner on December 17 at the Stirling Guest Hotel, 1120 Centre Avenue.  Doors open at 4:15 PM.  Full open bar from 4:30 to 5:30 PM followed by the sharing of the Christmas wafer, dinner, singing of koledy, dessert, coffee and tea.  Members: $50/person.  Non-members: $60/person. For more information and reservations, call Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7:00 PM. The deadline for reservations is December 11.

Support Our Retired and Infirm Priests:  The Diocese of Allentown is conducting an annual fund, Chosen, Blessed, Shared to support the Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests.  Please do not confuse this with the diocese's annual collection for The National Appeal for Retired Religious on December 9 and 10.  All gifts received will support the rising costs of our priests in good standing who have retired and the many who, though retired, continue to serve in our diocese.   

Three Positions Available - St. Catharine of Sienna School Board: 
If you are interested, nominate yourself.  You must be at least 21 years old.  Parents of children in the school are eligible as well as non-parents.  Only one-third of the School Board consists of parents of school children.  If you are selected, you will serve a 3-year term beginning September 2018.   If selected, there is an Orientation in March, 2018, and you will be inducted in May of 2018.  To obtain an application, email Kelly Wasielevski at  The deadline for submitting applications is December 10, 20`17.

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.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at
(610) 779-4005. 

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 received your church envelopes in the mail, please contact Diane Sitler at or call the parish office.

2018 Mass Intentions:  To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2018, call the the St. Catharine's Parish Center at
610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Mass Book opens the third week in January.

St. Mary's Necrology for December: 12/3 - Joseph F. Niemiec (1963);  12/13 - Francis J. Opps (2004); 
12/15 - Bebedict Tomiak (1928);  12/20 - Joseph Gazdzik (1943);  John Mickun (1968);  12/20 - John J. Duminiak (2010).   Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 12/10            Father Joseph Tobias
Monday 12/11            Father Eric Tolentino
Tuesday 12/12           Father James Torpey
Wednesday 12/13      Msgr. James Treston
Thursday 12/14          Father James Ward
Friday 12/15               Deceased priests
Saturday 12/16           Msgr. Robert Wargo
Sunday 12/17             Msgr. Anthony Wassel

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.

Bishop's Annual Appeal:  Our parishioners have raised $134,074 representing 21.67%.  If you have not pledged/given so far, please do so.

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

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.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadulupe will be celebrated in Santander Arena, Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 PM followed by the fiesta (Las Mananitas begins at 4:30 PM).  The official novena, in Spanish, will be held at St. Joseph Church, December 4 -7, and continues at St. Margaret Church the evenings of December 8 - 11.  Unless advised otherwise, evening services begin at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to honor the patroness of the Americas.

Simbang Gabi (9-Day Novena Masses)
will be celebrated December 8 - 16 at Holy Rosary Church, 3rd and Franklin, Reading, at 7:00 PM.  Potluck nights on December, 6,15, and 15.  Christmas Season Mass, Party, and Potluck on Saturday, December 30, at 7:00 PM.Mass intentions accepted at Holy Rosary Religious Residence, 237 Franklin Street, Reading or call Sr. Marietta Castellano at 610-779-1571.

Saints Shoot Out and Cheerleading Clinic: 
For boys and girls, Grades K - 8.  Several shooting contests as well as a cheerleading cllinic.  To obtain a registration form, go to

Women's Heart Attack and Disease Survivors Support Group: 
Monthly meetings for women who have survived a heart attack or who suffer from heart disease and live in Berks County are welcome to join.  Meetings are held in Room C at St. Ignatius School, 2710 Saint Albans Drive, West Lawn, PA starting January 11, 2018, at 7:00 PM and every second Thursday thereafter.  For more information, email or call Chrissy at 1-484-955-4372 or Bev at 610-781-5557.

Berks Catholic High School Open House: 
January 28, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  A terrific opportunity to meet the faculty, members of the administration, and students.

Parish Mission: 
St. Catharine of Sienna Parish invites all parishioners to participate in a Parish Mission conducted by Fr. Vincent Fortunato, O.F.M. Cap on Sunday through Wednesday, February 25 - 28, 2018, from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM on each night in St. Catharine of Sienna Church.  The purpose of the mission is to help you increase your love of God and provide hope and direction in your daily life.  Cost: free!

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.  If you are interested, Collette Tours will host an informational meeting at St. Benedict's parish hall on November 20 at 7:00 PM.