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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News October 18 - 25, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  St. Catharine's offers confession in their Meeting Room next to the Priest's Room  after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday.  Also, you can call St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and arrange an appointment for confession.  When you arrive at the Parish Center for your appointment, stay in your car, roll down the passenger side window, call the Parish Center to let them know you are there, and a priest will come out to hear your confession. 

The 2019 Mass Book is Open.  Due to the pandemic, you cannot come to  Parish Center to request a Mass.  Please use the Mass Request Form available online at and at the Parish Center.  You can also call the  the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 to request the form and we mail or email the form to you.  You should specify an alternate date in case your first choice is not available.  The donation is $10/Mass.  The office will enter your request in the Mass Book and send you a copy.  If we have any questions pertaining to your request, we will call you.  Please prints legibly on all forms.  If you have any questions, call the parish Center at 610-779-4005 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  If you are handicapped or a shut-in, please call the Parish Center and we wuill help you. 

Parish Center Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

Commemorating St. Mary Parish:
The book was sent to the printer.  It could take up to four weeks before I receive the printed copies dependent upon the printer's workload.  The selling price for the book is $15; there will be sales tax so the total price will be $15.90.  After evaluating postage and packaging costs, shipping is now $3.50.  That is for media mail - 2 to 8 business days after I mail the book  Purchase is by cash or check only - no credit or debit cards accepted.  Initially, priority for sales will be to those who prepaid for the book and those who indicated an interest in purchasing the book.

When the printed copies of the book become available, they will be on sale in the meeting room in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and after the 4:30 PM and 10:30 AM Masses on the weekend.  The author will contact those who have ordered by phone or email to arrange payment and shipping if they cannot purchase in person. 

A digital copy of the book in the form of a .pdf is also available.  You can purchase that in lieu of the printed book for the same price.  Contact me at if you wish a digital copy of the book.  If you have a Windows 10 PC you can open the digital copy from Windows.  If you are running an earlier version of Windows, you will need a .pdf reader.  I recommend the SumatraPDF reader; you can download it from the Internet.  As I am completely unfamiliar with Apple PCs, it is up to the Apple user to determine what they need.

Currently, I'm scheduled to be on Tom Gajewski's show on Tuesday, 11/3.  Tune in for up-to-date information on the book.

Public Masses
resumed on June 1.  There is an obligation to attend Mass.  The normal weekend Mass schedule has returned. However, the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.  Those who are not comfortable returning, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time. Livestreaming of Masses continue, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today. St. Catharine's will continue to livestream the 9:00 AM Mass on Facebook and YouTube.

Livestream Masses will change to a recorded Mass posted to our St. Catharine of Siena YouTube Channel by noon every Sunday.   We hope this change will improve your viewing and relieve technical challenges.  Pease subscribe to St. Catharine of Siena Parish - Reading, PA YouTube Channel for the latest updates. May God bless you!

Latin Tridentine Masses
have returned to St. Mary's.  They are celebrated the second Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM.

Week Day Masses at St. Catharine's Chapel on Perkiomen Avenueare at 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM; Saturdays at 8:00 AM.

Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

There will be only one collection at Mass.  Place all your envelopes in the basket.  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Contribution Reminder:
  If you submit multiple envelopes with one check, please mark each envelope with the
amount of your donation.  This will ensure that your contributions are recorded accurately and will be helpful to our collection counters.

Masses for Priests:
Sunday 10/18                Rev. David J. Loeper
Monday 10/19               Rev. James J. Lofton
Tuesday 10/20              Rev. Lucien F. Longtin, S.J.
Wednesday 10/21         Rev. Rev. Stephen L. Maco
Thursday 10/22             Rev. Leo J. Maletz
Friday 10/23                  Rev. John C. Maria
Saturday 10/24             Rev. Msgr. John J. Martin
Sunday 10/25               Rev. Keith A. Mathur
Help Wanted:  Full-time secretarial/receptionist position available for local Catholic Church providing support
to the Pastor and parish office operations. Must be proficient in English and Spanish, working knowledge of
Microsoft Office suite, be courteous and maintain confidentiality. Send resume to St. Peter Church, 322 S. 
5th Street, Reading, PA 19602 ATTN: Sec Position FT or email to No phone          
calls, please.  EOE M/F/D/V

Help Wanted::  Partl-time secretarial/receptionist position available for local Catholic Church providing support
to the Pastor and parish office operations. Must be proficient in English and Spanish, working knowledge of
Microsoft Office suite, be courteous and maintain confidentiality. Send resume to St. Peter Church, 322 S. 
5th Street, Reading, PA 19602 ATTN: Sec Position FT or email to No phone          
calls, please.  EOE M/F/D/V

If You are Shut In
and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this coronavirus outbreak, please
call the rectory and leave your name and phone number. A number of people have offered their service to help
those in need.  The rectory phone number is 610-779-4005.

Berks Catholic High School has an opening for a Part Time Maintenance person.  To apply for the position, email

St. Mary's Necrology for October: 
10/6 - Bronislaus J. Siekiewicz (1984); 10/10 - Stanislaus T. Gorak (1984); 
10/12 - Michael V. Marek (1986);  10/13 - Joseph C. Klosinski (1990); 10/25 - Leon F. Pateracki (1918); 
10/27 - John Pablasby (2010).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

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 Diocese/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 Victim Assistance Coordinator 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 righthand corner of the page.

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service:  If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or call 1-800-276-1562.

Polish American Connection on TV:  On the first Tuesday of each month, Tom Gajewski interviews guests who discuss topics , events, and activities of interest to the Polish American Community. He also announces upcoming events and activities.  You can watch the program on Comcast Channel 15 or Service Electric Channel 19 at 7:30
PM on the first Tuesday of the month.  The program is rebroadcast on the first Friday following the Tuesday
broadcast at 1:30 PM;  the following Monday at 10:30 AM; and the following Tuesday at 3:30 PM.

Divorce Survival brings hope and healing to those who experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.  For more information, contact Deb Kelly at 610-763-6528 or email her at

Berks Catholic High School Extravaganza cash raffle tickets are available now for the drawing on Saturday, November 14.  Donation is $100.  To buy raffle tickets, send your check with your return address and phone
number to Berks Catholic Extravaganza, 955 E. Wyomissing Boulevard, Reading, PA 19611.  For more information,
cakll 610-374-1695 or email

Remembering Our Loved Ones: 
St. Catharine’s and Saint Mary’s Families of Faith lovingly extends to you an invitation to gather with your sisters and brothers who support, sustain and encourage each other in the tender love of the Lord. Everyone experiences grief in a unique way. Healing comes, however, our hearts are touched by the hand of the Lord.  On Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 PM in the Church, we invite you to share with us in a Memorial Mass of love and remembrance of your dearly departed family members. If you have lost a family member during the 2020
year, please fill out the form below and return it to the Rectory or place in the collection basket no later than Sunday, October 25th.
Name of deceased:_______________________________________________________________________
Person requesting:_______________________________________________________________________
I will attend______
I will not attend________

Virtual Evening with Bishop Schlert:  You're invited  to join an online evening of prayer,  reflection, and
conversation with Bishop Alfred Schlert, Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 PM, on and the
Diocese of Allentown Facebook page.  The program begins with Bishop Schlert leading the Angelus for the faithful. Diocesan Director for Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Mrs. Maggie Riggins, follows with a reflection on the virtue
of hope as an essential element for life during the pandemic as a well as a central component for the Because We
Are Catholic Appeal.  Finally, Mr. Paul Acampora, Diocesan Director of Stewardship and Development, will join
Bishop Schlert and Mrs. Riggins as part of a panel to discuss questions and comments inspired by the evening’s
presentation.  All are welcome to join this free, online event which includes a special thank you for all who have
supported Diocesan campaigns and appeals during this past year.  Registration is requested but not required.
Email your name to ahead of time or simply visit or at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 21.

Two Weekend Workshops: 
The November 1 workshop Hearts Come Home for Christmas will help you
navigate the holiday season especially if you have lost loved ones during the holiday period.  The November 7 workshop Forgiveness and the Remarkable and Restorative Impact on Our Social, Emitional, and Relational Health includes a 30-minute DVD from CBS Sports about a veteran, a hero, and an Olympion who gave his
life for Christ.  He Credits his beautiful wife with his transformation.  Both workshops are held at 2:00 PM  in St. Catharine's Parish Center Meeting Room, 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.  Please register early
for the workshops at judyacameron@comcast net because seating is limited.

Gethsemane and St. Mary's Cemeteries
will conduct their semi-annual grave clear off starting the week of November 15th.  If you have any items on your gravesite that you wish to keep, please remove them before
that date.