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 28 - December 5, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession at St.  Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by appointment at the Parish Center. 

Daily Mass: 
One daily 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM. - Monday-Thursday.   Please note that Friday morning Mass will
be at 7:15 AM in the church and  the Friday 8:30 AM Mass will be held in the Gym at school.  Anyone attending Mass at the school are be required to wear a mask.

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 8:00 AM Mass till 8:00 PM.  There will be no adoration
on Monday, November 29th.

Your Altar Server Schedule should arrive in the mail this week. The schedule will cover November 27, 2021 to February 22, 2022.  Thank you for your continued service to this important ministry.

Banns of Marriage: 
III   Jordan Neiheiser and Peter Lundgaard

2022 Sunday Missals
are available at the church or the rectory. $4.00/missal.

Pan Z Wami:
2022 Polish Missals are available at St. Catharine's Rectory and St. Mary's Sacristy.  $15.00/book.

Blest Holy Water
for the coronavirus is available after the December 4th and 5th Masses.

The Parish Office
is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  The reception area is limited to one person.

Envelopes for pionsettias for decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas are available on altar rail.  $12.00/plant.  Please print your name legibly.

The Polish-American Heritage Association
annual Wigilia dinner will be held on Sunday, December 9th, at the Double Tree Hotel.  Doors open at 4:15 PM. Members; $65/non-members $75. For more information or reservations, call Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7:00 PM.  Deadline for reservation is December 9th.

Father Stajkowski
is now at The Villa for Priests, 1325 Prospect Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  It would be nice to send him a card and say hello!!

The Commemorating St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish, Reading, PA, 1888 – 2016 books are on sale for $15.90 which includes the sales tax.  If you require shipping, the shipping and handling is $3.60 for one or more copies.  If you contact me for copies and attend Mass at St. Mary's, you can pick them up after the 10:30 Mass in the vestibule.  If you usually go to the 3:30 PM Mass, let me know and I will deliver it after that Mass.   Cash and checks only; no credit or debit cards.  If you want a copy of the book, contact Carl Gethmann at, call 610-374-9215 or write to 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811. 

December Necrology: 
12/3 - Joseph F. Niemiec (1963);  12/13 - Francis J. Opp (2004);  12/15 - Benedict Tomiak (1928);  12/20 - Joseph Gazdzik (1943);  12/20 - John Mickum (1968);  12/20 - John J. Duminiak (2010).   Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers. 

Prayer Request for Priests:
Monday 11/29               Rev. Daniel E. Kravatz
Tuesday 11/30              Rev. Dr. John A. Krivak
Wednesday 12/1           Rev. Thomas J. Kuller,S.J.
Thursday 12/2               Rev. Joseph J. Kweder
Friday 12/3                    Rev. Patrick H. Lamb
Saturday 12/4               Rev. Daniel T. Lannen, O.S.F.S.

Real Presence Book Study Series:  You are invited to join Dr. Timothy O’Malley and Fr. Stephan Isaac for
a five-week, guided book study, as they unpack the content of O’Malley’s book and explore the meaning of
the Real Presence.  The five-part book series is available on the Year of Real Presence website featuring
a video interview with Dr. O’Malley and questions for reflection.  For more information, please contact Alexa
Smith at

St. Francis Home Volunteers Needed:
St. Francis  Home at 144 Hillside Dr.,Shillington, needs additional
volunteers to help provide compassionate, loving care to its residents. Please come and shadow one of our volunteers and see if you are being called to provide this blessed ministry.  No medical background is required
just a willing heart.  Any amount of time can help.  For more information, please call Cathy Goss,  at
484-645-3981. Thank you and God bless you.

The Exeter Area Food Pantry (EAFP),
distributes food monthly to local residents in need.  October was the
first Food Give inside the new facility (Exeter Twp School District Administration Bldg, 200 Elm Street (former LauschElementary School).  We need more volunteers.   Available shift(s) each month: 3rd Thursday  8 AM -
12 Noon (set up tables, unload and organize food);  3rd FRIDAY 1:30 - 4:00 PM (Give: shoppers, food stations, restock, and car loading);  3rd FRIDAY 3:30 - 6:00 PM (give and Clean up).   Please consider volunteering!  Highschool students can earn community service hours.  Please note: everyone is required to wear a mask.
To sign up or get more information, email

Blanket and Sock Drive: 
Please donate slightly used or new blankets and new socks.  There are boxes at
the Rt. 562 Church and the school cafeteria.  The collected items will be donated to St. Mary's Shelter.

Berks Catholic High School
is accepting applications for the second semester of this school year as well as next Fall.  For more information, contact Nicky Smith at  All enquiries are confidential.

Knights News:
  Any Catholic man 18 years and up who wishes to join Council #14880, can to go on our website at and click on join; or you can contact Dave Gibney at 484-332-1624 or Dave Auchter at 610-779-2076.

If you Want
to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.  It requires that you are a good practicing Catholic who respects the sacredness of the Sacrament and who lives
a life worthy of the ministry.  Screening  is necessary.  An information and training session  will be arranged.

Stellar Manual Tilt Wheelchair:
Free wheelchair in excellent condition; ideal for a small adult or a child.  If interested, call Greg at 610-779-6304.  Owner's operation manual included.

When You Schedule Meetings and Events
for your parish group or organization, please email your schedule to for placement on our calendar and inclusion in the weekly bulletin.  Along with the dates of your meeting or event, please include the time and location so that we can make sure there are no scheduling conflicts.

If You are Shut In
and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this COVID-19 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.

For Those Who Are Grieving, St. Cartharine's has a support group that meets two Mondays a month at 7:00 PM in St. Catharine's Church in Mt. Penn.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Like to Decorate?
The Exeter Women’s Club would like you to be on our Holiday House Tour this December. 
For information, call Fran Vogt at 610-779-6506.

The Knights of Columbus are selling delicious Wawa Shorti Hoagies for $5.00.  You can use the coupons at any Wawa store in the USA.Contact a Knight or email

Holiday Cookie Sale
sponsored by Exeter Women's Club.  The cost is $10.00 per pound.  To order, please call
610-779-6506.  The order deadline is November 30th.  All proceeds benefit the community.

23rd Annual Holiday House Tour
sponsored by Woman's Club of Exeter Township, Sunday, 12/5, 1:00 - 5:00 PM.  Tickets $15.00 available at Boscov's East, Exeter Community Library, and Effie's Restaurant.  For more information, call FRAN at 610-779-6506.

Tour of Poland by Fr. Isaac:
Join the Knights of Columbus and Fr. Isaac for dinner and a photo tour of Poland and it's historic and religious sites at 6:00 PM at St. Catharine's Hall, 4975 Boyertown Pike.  Cost is $10.00/person. Dinner menu is spaghetti and meat balls, salad, and garlic bread.  Reservations required by 12/6; call 610-775-8954 and leave your name and number attending. 

Advent Presentation
at St. Mary's Church, 14833 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530 9:00 - 11:00 AM followed immediate by a Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert.  Kindly respond by calling the Office of Stewardship and Development at 1-800-831-4443 or by emailing by December 8th.

6th Annual Toy Drive:  St. Catharine's has agreed to join our local churches in collecting toys for the Exeter Area Food Pantry.  All toys collected benefit local children in need.  Their parents will select toys for their children on December 10th.  A toy collection box will be placed in your church in October.  Please donate new toys, books, games, puzzles, hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and so on for ages infant through 12 and place them in the box before December 1st.  If you have any questions or wish to volun teer, please contact Doris Jaeger, 610-780-9825, or Diane Hafer, 610-779-3480.

Retirement Fund for Religious: 
Say thank you to the senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who
devoted their lives to serving others.  The Diocesan Collection date for the Retirement Fund will be on December 12, 2021.

Knights of Columbus First Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Family Dinner Celebration, Sunday, December 12th, at 4:30PM. At the Immaculate Conception Church social hall, Birdsboro/Douglassville PA.  Full course dinner buffet, Christmas gift raffle, Christmas music and more.  Limited seating. $30.00/person. RSVP Gary K. 610-698-2531 or Mike K. 484-638-3278

Christmas Vesper:  Berks Catholic High School invites you to celebrate our Christmas Verper Prayer Service on Sunday, 12/19, at 4:00 PM in the Sacred Heart Church, West Reading.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Berks Catholic High School Open House and Registration at 5:00 - 7:00 PM on 1/27/2022.  For more information, email

Parish Resources: 
To view a listing of the parish resources, their contacts, and their emails addresses (as applicable), go to