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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News July 23 - 30, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, July 29, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Help Needed - Volunteers are needed to clean St. Mary’s Church the first Sunday of the month after the 10:30 AM Mass.

Polish Mass:  There will be a Polish Mass next Sunday, July 30th at 9:00 AM in the Church.

Parish Retreat Day:  At the McGlinn Conference Center adjacent to Alvernia University on September 30.  The theme is Taking God Out of the Box.  $20.00/person includes continental breakfast and lunch.  More information to follow! 

Please Visit the Polish-American Cultural Center
at the GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St., Room 509.  Currently on display is a collection of beautiful folk costumes from different regions of Poland.  Open weekends Noon-4:00 PM.  Free admission and parking.

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. 

The Diocese of Allentown frequently offers courses explaining our Faith.  While they are fundamentally for catechists, everyone interested in increasing their knowledge of the Catholic Faith is invited to attend.  for the latest information on course schedules, locations, and costs, go to for for the latest information on course schedules, locations, and costs.  You also register for a course at this site.

A Polish Language Class is being organized for 2-3 Saturdays/month, to be held in the Meeting Room under the Church.  The entrance is on the right side of the Church through the gray door.  The classes are for all ages men, women  and children.  If interested, please call Marianne (“Marysia”) Gawel at 610-223-1987.

Ministry to Traveling Catholics:  For Mass time and locations, go to or call 1-858-207-6277.

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.

St. Catharine of Sienna School Office is closed from Thursday, July 6th, through Monday, July 17th, for remodeling.  The office reopens Tuesday, July 18th, at 9:00 AM.

SCS School Positions Available - St. Catharine of Sienna school is accepting applications for a full-time Media Specialist, a full-time Advancement Director, and substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please send a letter of intent, resume, copies of certification and transcripts, along with your clearances and references to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.  School office is open 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thuirsday through Friday, from June 12 to August 1.  For registration information and other inquiries, call 610-779-5810.

HGA School Positions Available:  Holy Guardian Angels Regional Catholic School is accepting applications for part-time nurse and teacher openings for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  Teacher candidates must hold or be eligible for PA certification.  Please send letter of attempt, resume, copies of certification and transcripts, along with your clearances and references to Mrs. MaureenWallin, 3125 Kutztwon Road, Reading, PA 19605.

John  Paul II Center for Special Learning needs a Special Education teacher and teacher assistants for the new school year.  We need individuals who are passionate about helping all students reach their potential.  Work in a bright, active, positive environment.  Special Education certification is required for the teacher and all applicants require background clearances.  You can obtain an application form at or send your
resume to

Grant Writing Volunteer - The St. Catharine School Marketing Committee seeks a volunteer with Grant Writing experience.  The committee meets bi-monthly and supports the efforts of the Development Director.  This volunteer would guide the committee's efforts in seeking grants.  If interested, email Mrs. Martha D'Achille at

The Mother Veronica Center is looking for a GED teacher who is able to teach the reading and writing sections of the GED in Spanish who wish to take the GED in Spanish.  The Center also needs volunteers to teach English as a second language.  For more information, call 610-376-6093. 

St. Catharine of Sienna School has space available in some grades for new students in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Call the school office at 610-779-5810 to arrange a tour of the school.

Attention CCHS Class of 1962:  The 55th Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 9.  Reservations accepted until August 18.  For more information, call George Dietrich at 610-743-4668.

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.

Bishop's Annual Appeal:  $117,470 raised from 17.95% of registered families.  We need support from all registered families to reach our financial goal and 100% participation.  You can return your pledge form to the parish office or pledge online at

St. Mary's Necrology for July: 7/3 - Casimir F. Laniczak (1964);  7/3 - Paul E. Masiar (2011);  7/6 - Joseph B. Rapczynski (1998).  Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 7/23              Father Francis Grundowski
Monday 7/24            
Father Kevin Gualano
Tuesday 7/25            F
ather Abraham Ha
Wednesday 7/26     
Father Stephen Halabura
Thursday 7/27          
Msgr. William Handges
Friday 7/28               
Father James Harper
Saturday 7/29          
Msgr. Dennis Hartgen
Sunday 7/30            
Father John Hilferty

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.

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 Dioese/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 fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator’s 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 right-hand corner of the page. 

Basketball, Cheerleading, and Dance Camps: 
Berks Catholic will host these Saint's camps for:
Girls Grade School Volleyball Camp - July 24-27 (8:30 AM to noon)
Girls High School Volleyball Camp-July 24-27 (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Football Camp - August 1-3, 2017
To obtain registration forms for these additional campls, go to and click on the link for the particular camp.

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  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

Rediscover the Love in Your Marriage:  Do you feel lost, alone, or bored in your marriage?  Are you frustrated, hurt, or angry with your spouse?  Have you thought of separation or divorce?  Retrouvaille may be the lifeline that your need!  It is not just a social gathering or series of seminars, but rather a way to discover and rekindle the loving relationship in your marriage.  Tens of thousands of couples have successfully saved their marriages by attending and Retrouvaille weekend and six post sessions that follow it.  The next program begins, the weekend of August 11-13 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  For more information or to register, please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit our web site at  All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

Bishop-Elect Schlert's Ordination and Installation: 
The Bishop-elect will make his Profession of Faith and Oath of Office at Solemn Vespers on Wednesday, August 30, at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna located at 1825 Turner Street in Allentown.  All are invited.  Because of the Allentown Fair, parking is available at St. Thomas More Church, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown.  Continuous shuttles to the cathedral start at 5:00 PM.  After the ceremony in the cathedral, light refreshments will be served at the Parish Activity Center and you will have a chance to meet the new bishop.  The Bishop-Elect's Mass of Ordination will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on August 31 at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Sienna.  Because of space limitations, attendance is by invitation only.  Service Electric and Blue Ridge Cable TV will provide a live broadcast of the Ordination/Installation.  It will be livestreamed on the Diocesan Facebook Page -  Efforts are underway to have it broadcast nationally.

Sacred Heart Villa
- Nun 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on September 16.  Bring your family and friends to benefit the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart.  Register as an individual or a team at by August 25 to ensure you receive your dry fit NUN Run t-short.  Email Carrie at with questions, to register, or to become a sponsor.

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!