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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News June 18 - 25, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, June 24, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Polish Mass:  There will a Polish Mass celebrated in the church at 9:00 AM on Sunday, June 25.

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. 

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.

Translators Needed by Lifeline of Berks County ( to bring Christ's love to women facing difficult pregnancies is currently looking for bilingual volunteers who can give two hours per week to translate for our Spanish-speaking clients.  To volunteer or for more information, call  Debbie Baker at 610-374-854 or email her

St. Catharine's Parish Council has openings for new members.  Consider nominating yourself or someone your respect to serve in this important ministry.  Nomination and Applications are located in the center gathering areas of the church and chapel as well as on our website at  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, June 30.

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 intent, resume, copies of certification and transcripts, along with your clearances and references to Sister Teresa Ballisty, 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

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.

Attention CCHS Class of 1976: The annual Mass for the deceased members of the CCHS Class of 1976 will be held at 8:00 AM, Saturday, July 1, at St. Ignatius Church.  All classmates and friend are invited.

Attention CCHS C lass 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.

St. Mary's Necrology for June: 6/9 - Joseph Mikolajewski (1996);  6/12 - John S. Klapp (2001);  
6/15 - Frederick F. Walewski (1942);  6/25 - Frederick Przydzial (2003);  6/30 - August Kuczynski (1937). 
Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 6/18                Father Thomas Dailey
Monday 6/19               Father Charles Dene           
Tuesday 6/20              Sick and infirm priests
Wednesday 6/21         Msgr. Thomas Derzack
Thursday 6/22             Msgr. Joseph DeSantis
Friday 6/23                  Msgr. Edward Domin
Saturday 6/24             Father Bruno Dongo
Sunday 6/25               Msgr. Joseph Dooley

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:
Lady Saints Basketball Camp - June 19-22, 2017
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.

Post Abortion Healing Retreat
at Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend, June 23 - 25, through Catholic Charities.  Within a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, experience God's healing, love, and forgiveness.  For more information or to register, call Sr. Meg at 610-332-0442, ext. 19, call toll free at 1-866-372-2435, or e-mail  For a complete listing of retreat dates and locations, go to

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 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  For a complete listing of Retreat dates and locations, go to the Rachel's Vineyard website at

Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharistic invites you to Fatima Day, July 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Fr. Harry McCreedy will lead the celebration of in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of  Fatima and in reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.  For 21 years Fr. McCreedy has led Candlelight Rosary Devotions to Our Lade of Fatima at his parish on the anniversary of Our Lady's sixth and final apparition to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Blessed Lucia.    This event includes Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, praying the Rosary, an Act of Consecration of Our Nastion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Eucharistic Benediction, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  To register, contact Our  Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist, 640 East Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19506 at,, or 610-582-3333.  Bring a friend.  Your generous donation will be deeply appreciated.

The Office for Vocations, in conjunction with the Saint Andrew Committee,  will conduct its Fifth Annual Quo Vadis Vocation Camp and Third Annual Fiat Days Vocation Camp, from Sunday, July 16, to Thursday, July 20, on the campus of DeSales University.  Both camps are open to men and women between the ages of 14 to 18, including new graduates.  Registration is now open.  There are a limited number of available spaces.  For more information and registration material, go to www.allentowndiocese.ord.  Registrations must be received by Friday, June 30.

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  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.

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!