St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Parish News February 18 - 25, 2018
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, February 17, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM . The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.
Polish Mass: Sunday, 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, February 25, for St. Peters Church.
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. Volunteers are needed to help sell these items on Fridays.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly Volunteers Needed at Penn State Health St. Joseph particularly in the following roles: Information Desks, Clerical, Book Cart, and Patient Services. For more information, see the posted flyers and/or email Barb Moyer, Director of Volunteer Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com or call the parish office.
2019 Mass Intentions: The 2019 Mass Book opens on Monday, March 5. To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s in 2019, call 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. Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at
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. Contact Diane Sitler with bulletin requests at 610-779-4005.
2019 Mass Intentions: To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2019, 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 for 2019 opens on Monday,
St. Mary's Necrology for February: 2/10 - Louis A. Stachowicaz (1960); 2/15 - Henry J. Krzesinski (1970); 2/20 - John S. Pytko (1948); 2/24 - John Z. Basinski (1984). Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.
Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 2/18 Msgr. John Chizmar
Monday 2/19 Father Donald Cieniewicz
Tuesday 2/20 Seminarians
Wednesday 2/21 Father Richard Clement
Thursday 2/22 Msgr. Robert Coll
Friday 2/23 Father Edward Connolly
Saturday 2/24 Father James Connolly
Sunday 2/25 Msgr. Edward Coyle
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 www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org 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 www.allentowndiocese.org 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 www.allentowndiocese.org/icf.
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 www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.
A Night of Healing with Fr. Clifton Bishop and Kathleen McCarthy at Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist, at 640 E. Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508. on Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. The evening includes Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, anointing and prayer over individuals, and Benediction. For more information or to register, call 610-582-3333, go to www.olme.org, or email email@example.com.
Berks Catholic High School presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, on February 24-25 and March 3-4. $11/adults; $9/Seniors; $5/students. Reserved seats are available online at www.tinyurl.com/bctheater $125/adults; $13/senior; $9/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 Monday through Wednesday, February 26 - 28, 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!
One Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of Renewal on Wednesday, February 28, 9:00 - 2:00 PM, at Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist, at 640 E. Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508. The retreat includes two conferences, Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass. For more information or to register, call 610-582-3333, go to www.olme.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrying Emotional Pain from an Abortion?: God in his mercy wants you to experience forgiveness and peace. Come to a Rachel's Vineyard retreat sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Allentown Diocese. The retreat is on the weekend of March 9 -11. For information or to register, call 610-332-0442 or 1-866-3Rachel; or email
email@example.com. Registration deadline isFebruary 26.
Scholarships for High School Seniors: Victor Emmanuel II Beneficial Society offers a $12,000 scholarship available to Berks County High School seniors living in Berks County and who are of Italian descent. Pick up your application from your local high school guidance counselor's office and return your completed application to Victor Emmanuel II by March 15 . For more information, call Fred Ranalli Jr. At 610-678-2512.
PABEBC Scholarships: The Polish-American Board of Education of Berks County (PABEBC) awards college scholarships to students of Polish descent. Scholarship forms and guidelines for 2018 scholarship awards are available beginning Monday, January 8, in the Guidance Counselor offices of all high schools in Berks County and in the Polish-American Cultural Center, Suite 509 in the GoggleWorks at 201 Washington Street, Reading. You can also download the forms and guidelines from www.pabeberks.org. You must submit your completed scholarship application form no later than Saturday, March 17, to Ronald Savitski, 159 Texter Mountain Road, Wernersville, PA 19565-9442. For more information or questions, contact Mr. Savitski at 610-693-9792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to Find God: Come see how Secular Franciscans find God in all of creation on March 18, 1:30 PM, at the McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA. For more information, call 610-777-4739.
St. Catharine's Men's Retreat: April 27 - 29. Spiritual Director: Fr. John Rother.
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.
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
email@example.com. Donations for door prizes are also welcome.
Holy Name Class of 1968 Reunion on June 2. Information to follow. To pre-register, call 610-777-5917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: A Mission Trip is scheduled for July 9 - August 4. Additional information to come.
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