St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Parish News November April 23 - 30, 2017
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, April 29, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM. The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.
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
Lenten Pierogi Sale Results: Sales: $13,914,00; Expenses: $2400.38; Profit: $11,513.62. A total of 1530 dozen pierogis (18,360 individual pierogis) were made. A sincere thanks to all the hardworking volunteers who made this year’s sale such a success.
Those Needing Confirmation: Any person, 18 or older, who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation and wishes to do so should call the St. Catharine Parish Center, 610-779-4005, to register for a one-time class on Saturday, April 29, at 10:00 AM. You will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, at the Cathedral in Allentown.
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 April: 3/8 - Joseph J. Swies (1985); 3/21 - Joseph F. Woda (1974); Victor M. Lebiecki (1898). Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.
Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 4/23 Fr. David Anthony
Monday 4/24 Father Eric Arnout
Tuesday 4/25 Father George Aschenbrenner
Wednesday 4/26 Father Achilles Ayaton
Thursday 4/27 Msgr. Thomas Baddick
Friday 4/28 Msgr. Andrew Baker
Saturday 4/29 Msgr. William Baker
Sunday 4/30 Father Francis Baransky
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: These ministers have the privilege each month of taking the Eucharist to the homebound and those in nursing homes. Ministers will also have a monthly duty of distributing Communion at a Saturday or Sunday Mass. Training begins soon. If interested, call the Parish Office at
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.
The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters have an immediate part-time position available for a Communications Administrative Assistant at their Congregational Offices 450 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607. This person is responsible for providing clerical support and so on. Major requirements for this position are the ability to translate English documents into Spanish and having a basic proficiency in using computers. For more information, please contact Sister Rose Jameson, OSF, the Assistant Congregational Minister at 1-484-509-4065, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Kennedy House Soup Kitchen: All junior and senior high youth are invited help on either 4/29 or 4/30, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Service hours are considered Corporal Works of Mercy. We need workers as well as donations of food and a few adult chaperones with full clearances.
March for Life - Seventh Annual March For Life is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Berks Catholic High School. The rally begins at 2:00 PM. The march begins at 3:00 PM. For more information, please call Helen McMinn at 610-582-1075.
Mother-Daughter Tea: We invite you to join us with your 9-13 year old daughter to a tea to talk about Fertility Appreciation, Modesty, and Virtue on Sunday, April 30, 1:00 - 4:00 PM at St. Joseph Medical Center. Register today as www.allentowndiocese.org/catholic-life/family-life/natural-family-planning/ or contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 610-289-8900.
12th Annual Mass, Benediction and Healing Service, preceded by praise and worship music will be celebrated by Rev. Clifton E. Bishop, Jr. on April 30 at St. Catharine of Sienna Church, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading, PA 19606. Please join us for this special evening as we give thans to the Lord with praise and worship music at 6:30 PM and Mass at 7:00 PM. Please spread the word. We hope you can join us for this uplifting and solemn service. The Mass does not count toward your Sunday obligation.
Celebrate 100 Years of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima! Spend the Sunday afternoon of April 30 from 1 - 4 pm with a presentation on Fatima by S. Jean Jacobchik OSF followed by the Rosary and silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. For more information contact S. Shaun at the McGlinn Conference & Spirituality Center - 484-334-6807 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16th Annual St Catharine's CYO Golf Tournament - Friday May 5th at Reading Country Club , 1:00 PM. Shotgun Start, $90.00/player includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. Sponsorships are available. For more information, please call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.
The Serra Clubs of the Allentown diocese will host an annual Day of Prayer for Vocations on Saturday, May 6th at Saint Mary’s in Kutztown. The day begins with registration and continental breakfast from 8:15 to 9 AM followed by a Holy Hour with the Rosary for Vocations and chanted Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction with Monsignor Scheaffer. There are two awesome conferences this year- Father Lucien Longtin, SJ, who celebrated his 50th jubilee as a priest in 2015 will share his vocation story with us, and Father Jose Kumblolickal, MSFS, who has served as a Provincial Superior and is currently visiting professor of theology at DeSales University will reflect on his experiences. A catered lunch is provided and after a period for personal prayer and reflection, Monsignor Schlert will celebrate Mass at 1:15. Please come and join us in asking the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into His harvest- our Church and our world are in great need of them! Offering for the day is just $20; to reserve your spot please send your check payable to "Serra District 80-1" to Joe Zawaly at 803 Forest Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522-1021 by May 1st. If you have any questions on the day, contact Steve Hahn by email email@example.com or phone 610-779-8477.
2017 Polish Open: Ninth Annual Polish Open will be held at The Manor Golf Club, 153 Bran Road, Sinking Spring on Saturday, May 13th beginning at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75.00. Registration deadline is May 5th. For more information, see flyer in the back of the Church or call Marilyn at 610-779-5523.
Prayer and Care Day for Caregivers on June 24, 2017, a Prayer and Care Day for Caregivers will be held at St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Pottsville. The morning will be devoted to talks given by Sr. Christen Shukwit, OSF on the Spirituality of Caregiving. After lunch a variety of activities for pampering the caregiver will be available. There is no charge to the caregiver for this day. If you are or know someone who is a Caregiver for a loved one who is ill or has a disability and is English speaking this day is for you. To receive an invitation, please contact Sr. Janice Marie Johnson, RSM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-657-9624.
Post Abortion Healing Retreat: Are you hurting from a past abortion? If so, plan to attend the Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend, June 24 - 27, through Catholic Charities. Within a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, experience god's healing love and forgiveness. For more information or to register, call Sister Meg at 610-332-0442, ext. 19, toll free at 1-866-rachel, or email email@example.com. For a complete listing of Retreat dates and locations, go to the Rachel's Vineyard website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.
Steubenville NYC 2017: This year's theme is Elevate. The conference is held at St. John's University in Queens, NY from July 21 to July 23. The Ministry Team for this conference includes: bob Rice, Mark Hart, Hegan Mastroianni, Ike Ndolo, Oscar Rivera Jr., and Father Rick Martignetti, OFM. This is an activity we hope all teens of our parish participate in at least once during their high school experience. Space is limited so sign up today. Because our parish feels so strongly about this conference and the impact it can have on young lives, the fee for this conference for a parishioner of St. Catharine's or St. Mary's is reduced to $90.00 instead of $300.00 - thank you Msgr. Domin. The fee includes transportation, registration, lodging, meals, and two t-shirts - one for your diocese and one for your church.
All participants stay in air-conditioned rooms with beds. If you have questions or if registration is a burden, please contact Mrs. Stratton at 610-406-0452 or Fr. Miller at 610-779-4005.
Defending the Faith Conference Bus Trip to Franciscan University, July 29 - 31: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope- 1 Peter 3: 15”. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to enhance the knowledge of your faith and spiritual growth with over 1,500 other attendees. The conference includes bestselling authors and renowned speakers who not only teach, but also motivate, including many EWTN personalities, such as, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Patrick Madrid, and other familiar Catholic theologians and apologists. Also includes: daily Mass, confession, and a joyful bus ride. More information on the conference, go to steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/dfc/. Previous attendees found this conference to be a significant lift in their spiritual lives. This very popular conference is normally sold out before May. Early bird registration discount is available before April 8. Call Bruce and Alice Swist for information at (610) 468-9506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!