St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
August 14 - 21, 2022
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession Schedule at St.  Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by
appointment at the Parish Center.

Daily Mass Schedule Change:  The Daily Mass is at 7:15 AM in the Chapel.  If you have a Mass scheduled
after Labor Day for 6:30 or 8:00 AM, the intention will be combined at the 7:15 AM Mass.  The  Daily Mass on
Saturday remains at 8:00 AM.

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 7:15 AM Mass till 8:00 PM.

Pray the Rosary  in the Chapel on Thursday mornings at 6:45 AM and on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM.  .

The 2023 Mass Book
will open on Tuesday, August 23rd.  In person requests will not be taken during this
time. Please write out your requests (Include the intention, requested by, and date.  Also include your name
and contact information and a check for the amount due).  You can mail, drop them off at the Parish Center
or put them in the collection basket.  Requests will be dated upon arrival and will be honored to the best of
our ability.  The Mass form will be available on the tables in the Gathering area the weekend of August 23rd
and will be also available online.  If possible, indicate an alternate date in case your first choice is not
available.  The offering for each intention is $10.  You may request two Mass intentions per deceased; one
of which will may be a weekend Mass.  The Office will put the Mass Intentions in the Mass Book and send
you a copy.  If we have any questions concerning your requests, we will call you. If you have any questions
prior to sending in your request, please call the Parish Center between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday
through Friday, at 610-779-4005.  If you are handicapped or a shut-in, please call the Office and we will
help you.  With the changes with Mass schedule, we will do our best to accommodate everyone; however,
we will be working with a limited amount of Masses and we ask for your patience

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.

To Add Someone to Our Prayer List call the Parish Center at 601-779-4005 or email them to Diane Sitler at

If you are sick, hospitalized, in a rehabilitation facility, or confined to your home, call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

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!!

Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.  Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for:  Part-Time/ Full Time Contracted Special Education Teacher;  Full-Time Contracted Teachers; Classroom Substitutes; and Classroom Aides.  Please send resume, all clearances, references, and certifications to or mail to 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading PA 19606.

The Parish Religious Education Program is open to all students in grades 1 – 8. All levels will meet in person
on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00PM.  Registration forms are available in the back of church or online at  We are in need of volunteers to help teach or aide PREP classes. All materials and training will be provided.

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 me at 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811.

August Necrology:  8/7 - Leon E.  Jaworowski - (2007);  8/19 - Emil Kattein (1887);  8/23 - Joseph Bidus (1967);
8/30 - Anthony Niemotko (1981).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 8/15                Rev. Barnabas Shayo, A.J.
Tuesday 8/16               Rev. Joseph A. Sheehan
Wednesday 8/17          Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. T. Smith
Thursday 8/18              Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Sobiesiak
Friday 8/19                   Rev. Leo S. Stajkowski
Saturday 8/20              Rev. Jason F. Stokes

The Polish American Cultural Center, Room 509, at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St.,
Reading, has an exhibit of Polish folk costumes on display from now until mid-November. We are open weekends from Noon - 4:00 PM.

Are You or Someone You Know:
• Expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
• Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.  Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.  You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.  For information please contact St. Catharine’s Parish
Center at 610-779-4005

The Saint Catharine of Siena School
Advisory Board is looking for parishioners (21 and older) willing to serve
a 3-year term beginning in September 2022.  Applicants with a background in finance or facilities would be helpful, but not necessary.  If you are looking for a way to give back and are passionate about Catholic Education, we encourage you to apply.  Please email Mrs. Marcella Kraycik ( for an application. Questions about this ministry?  Email Mrs. Julianne Smith ( Thank you!

Saint Catharine School is in need of some items to enhance and replenish consumables for our STEAM curriculum: various sizes of flower pots (cleaned and with drainage holes, please), bags of indoor potting soil large solo cups, red, “pinchy” clothes pins, dollar store chess/checker boards, playing cards, dominoes, baking soda, vinegar, salt, pool ph strips, legos, tin foil, tongue depressors/popsicle sticks, straws, glue, hot glue guns/glue sticks, k’nex We thank you in advance! For more information, please call 610-779-5810.

The Parish Religious Education Program
is open to all students in grades 1 – 8.  All levels will meet in person on Wednesday evenings from 6:30  – 8:00 PM.  Registration forms are available in the back of Church or online at

Hope Rescue Mission has a clothing and shoe donation box located behind our Church on Route 562.

Volunteers are Needed
to help with PREP classes.  We are in need of a teacher for Level 7, and aides in levels 3,5,6,7.  All materials and training will be provided.  Please look inside your heart and see if you would be able to volunteer your time for the kids of our parish.  As it was once sung, “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”  For more information please contact Marci Zambito at

Call for Volunteers!
Please help us feed the hungry!  Catholic Charities Needs More Volunteers.  The demand
for food has risen and we need help to serve meals at our soup kitchens in Allentown and Pottsville.  We are
looking for cooks, servers, and food pantry organizers.  Please visit to learn more other volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers must complete background checks, trainings and forms.  Contact Bob Olney at 610-435-1541, ext 327, or for more information.

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.

Feed the Priests:  This ministry allows you to provide a complete evening meal on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays delivered to the Parish Center by 4:00 PM.  The meal should consist of a meal for three priests;
be a fully cooked ready-to-eat meal; delivered in a disposable container; and include heating instructions if
required.  The meal should include a salad, meat, starch, vegetable, and possibly a dessert. If you wish to
provide a meal, call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005.  Thank you for all you do for our parish and priests.

To Become an Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist requires that you are a good, practicing Catholic;
respect the sacredness of the Sacrament; and live life worthy of the ministry.  If you are interested, call the
Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and leave a contact number.  Screening is necessary and if you are a
accepted, an information and training session will be arranged.  Installation will follow soon after.

If You are Shut In and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this COVID-19 outbreak, please
call the the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and leave your name and phone number.  A number of people
have offered their service to help those in need.

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.

Mid-Life Living for Christ is a once a month gathering for those who are aged 40+ and are interested in growing
in their relationship with Jesus and His Church through community building, prayer, and Scripture reflection.
Who: ages 40 to not-quite-retired-full-time
When: 2nd Thursday of the Month, starting August 11th at 6:30 PM
Where: St. Christopher Catholic Newman Center: 15207 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA
Refreshments will be provided
No RSVP required.
Questions? Contact Maggie at

The Class of 1962 C.C.H.S.
60th Class Reunion Saturday, September 10, at Anthony’s - 900 Byram St., Pennside.
Time:12-3 PM.  Cost $32.50 per person.  Reservation Deadline is August 22, 2022.  For reervations call George Dietrich 717-466-5767.

You Are Invited
to attend a Because We Are Catholic Daily Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert:
August 24 (Wednesday)  St. Peter the Apostle, Reading - 8:00 AM
September 15 (Thursday)  St. Peter, Coplay - 8:00 AM
Please RSVP to

Volunteers needed for Prison Ministry!  Are you interested in assisting with prison ministry?  There is a recruitment and training session being held on Saturday, September 10th, with Yokefellow Ministry.  You can view details for the day of training and register  to attend by clicking here.

The Polish American Heritage Association
will be holding their annual picnic on Sunday, September 11, at the Lower Alsace Fire Company picnic grove, at 1:00 PM. Good food, fun and music. Members $10. Non-members $15. Reservations are a must.  Deadline: Monday, August 29th.  For more information or reservations call Nadine
at 610-736-3035.

Healing Mass:  Join Father George Winne for a Healing Mass at Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, 1825 West Turner Street, Allentown on September 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM.  Praise and worship music begin at 6:30 PM.

Prayer Pilgrimage
for the Unborn and their Parents Offered by the Juventutem Lehigh Valleyand the Helpers of
God's Precious Infants is a prayer pilgrimage, mass, adoration, and fellowship on Saturday, September 17, 2022
at Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena (1825 West Turner Street, Allentown).  The event begins with 8:00 AM
Mass and concludes with fellowship at 11:30 AM in the Parish Activity Center. Please call 610-433-6461 for more information.  The event is free and a RSVP is kindly requested as it is helpful with planning.

Wedding Anniversary Mass: 
The Diocese of Allentown celebrates the Vocation of Marriage by offering a Mass
for married couples celebrating a milestone anniversary (5,10, 15, 25, etc.).  All attending couples are invited to
renew their vows and thank God for the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage during the Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass held each September.  The 2022 Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00PM at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown.  Couples can register to attend here:

The PA Family Institute will be holding the second annual March for Life on September 19th. The rally will
begin at 11:00 AM with the march to follow at 12:00 PM.  Plans are also in the works to speak with our local
representatives.  Lifeline of Berks County and the Reading March for Life will be providing two buses for
the event.  The buses are open to anyone on a first come first served bases, but registration is required.  More
details will follow in your parish bulletin, or you can contact Stephanie Giles at 610-374-8545. or watch for
registration information on the Lifeline website at

Rediscover the Love in your Marriage - Tens of thousands of couples have healed their
marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy).  If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on.  Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises.  The upcoming weekend end program is on October 14 - 16 at the
Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  For more information, or to register, visit or call
215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Confirmation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, with Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

The 2022 Advent Parish Mission is scheduled for November 27, 28, and 29.  Fr. Bill Garrott, OP, a Dominican, will preach the mission.

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