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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News September 15 - 22, 2019
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, September 21, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

Mass in Polish, Sunday, September 22, at 9:00 AM in the Church.

Eucharistic Adoration:  Daily Eucharistic Adoration at the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday, will continue to Sunday, Novenber 3, with the solemn closing of Forty Hours Devotion.

Scam Alert:  A number of parishioners in the Diocese of Allentown have have received cell messages from someone purporting to be a priest or deacon requesting that they purchase gift cards for him.  No clergy at any level in the diocese will ever contact you by phone or email requesting donations or purchases of any kind. 

Third Banns of Marriage:  Alexa Di Cerchio and Peter Budock

National Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA (AMS) on September 28 and 29.

Polish Language Classes have begun again on Saturdays from 10:00 - 12:00 Noon at the St. Catharine's Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading - please use the Grant Street entrance.  New students are welcome. 
For more information, call Maryanne at 610-223-1987.

School News: 
Two spots have opened up in our PreK Class.  For more information, contact our Advancement Director Amy Impellizzeri at 610-779-5810 or email

St. Catharine of Sienna School is accepting applications for a full-time teacher, substitutes, and paraprofessionals.  Please send resume, clearances, and references to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, Principal at or call 610-779-5810 to set up an interview.

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to any minor who was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, of employee/volunteer of the diocese/parish.  Anyone who knows of an abuse of a minor, should contact the Diocese of Allentown's Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209.  All contacts are kept in strictest confidence.

Central Catholic High School Alumni are selling Alumni car magnets for $3.00 each.  You can purchase them at the Parish Center.

Lifeline of Berks County needs baby bottles, baby wash, and newborn outfits for boys and girls.  For more information on how to donate these items, call Lifeline at 610-374-8545.

Homebound parishioners
who wish to receive Communion, please call the office at 610-779-4005.

You or a Family Member at St. Joseph's Hospital?  Call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 if you would like a priest to visit.  St. Joseph's has a new computer system and can no longer run reports for us.

For Those Who are Grieving a support group meets two Mondays a month at St. Catharine's Church, Mt. Penn  19606 at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Want to Join Our Parish?  Please contact the Priest after Mass to register in our parish.  Registration takes 10 - 15 minutes.

St. Mary's Necrology for September: 9/1 - Leonard S. Merook (1984);  9/3 - Edmund M. Kempinski (1966); 
9/10 - Matthias Tarnowski (1910);  9/12 - Francis S. Palecki (1984);  9/18 - Julian G. Zagorski (1992);
9/23 - John G. Pasura (1996);  9/28 - Joseph A. Zmijewski (1968);  9/30 - Jerome G. Marecki (1955).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Bishop's Annual Appeal: So far, our parishioners have raised $90,021 from 13.45% of our registered families.  If you have not made your pledge, call the parish office or go to Appeal website at

Monday Night Faith and Bible Study:  Dr. Edward Sri starts a new study, Whom Am I to Judge?, on Monday, September 9, at 7:30 PM.  It covers how to respond to Relativism will logic and love in a society that no longer believes in Truth.  When we're bombarded with messages of Be tolerant, Don't judge, and Coexist, many good people are afraid to say that anything is right or wrong.  This 8-part study program provides information on how to respond effectively and present a Catholic moral world view.  For information about the location, contact Deanne Stratton at 610-406-0452. 
To order the Study Guide, go to or call 1-866-767-3155.

ICF 102 - The Old Testament: 
Beginning on Monday, September 16 and continuing to Sunday, October 13, Rev. Daniel Kravatz will present an online course on the Old Testament covering the origin of Sacred Scripture, its sources, how the Canon was formed, how to interpret Scripture, the creation of the earth, God' Covenant of Love with humans, the fall into sin, and the revelation over time of God's plan of salvation.  Cost:$35.  To register, go to

Sacred Heart Villa
2019 5K Nun Run and 1M Fun Walk on September 21 to benefit the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart.  Register as an individual or team at by August 25 to guarantee  your dry fit NUN RUN T-shirt. Registration is $25 before race day; $30 on race day.  For more information, to register, or to become a sponsor, call Carrie at

Bereavement Seminar on the Loss of a Spouse on Sunday, September 22, 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the St. Catharine Parish Center Meeting Room.  Registration required and the book is $5.00.  For more information, call 610-370-1174 or email

Parish Retreat Day
McGlinn Conference Center
(adjacent to Alvernia University)
460 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
October 5, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Theme: Love Others AS You Love Yourself

The retreat day will focus on the 2nd Commandment. 
Many of us are so busy with families and work that
we neglect ourselves to the detriment of our own
physical and spiritual health.

Presenter: Sister Patrice Klausing, OSF, LPC

Cost: $20.00
(includes continental breakfast & lunch)
Optional Vigil Mass at 4:00 PM
Celebrant: Fr. Ron Bowman

Name (please print)___________________________________


Deadline for registration and $20.00 fee is Sept. 25,
Please make checks payable to
St. Catharine of Siena Church.
Place in collection basket or return to Parish Center.

The Polish-American Heritage Association (PAHA)
will run a bus trip to the Polish-American Cultural Museum, the Kosciuszko House, in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 28.  The bus leaves Reading at 9:30 AM and leaves Philadelphia at 6:00  PM.  Members $35/person; non-members $45/person.  Bus seating is first come, first serve based on receipt of reservation.  For more information and reservations, contact Marilyn Wlaszewski at 610-779-5523.

The National Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) is scheduled for September 28 and 29.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
presented bt Dr. Edward Sri during an evening Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna celebrated by Bishop Schlert at 6:30 PM on Friday, October, 4.  To register, go to  Discover the Biblical roots for the Mass prayers, symbols, and rituals.

Win $10,000 Cash!! 
The Berks Catholic High School Extravaganza Cash Raffle tickets are now on sale. The Drawing is on October 4 during the Extravaganza 2019 Event.  Raffle tickets are $100.  To buy a raffle ticket, send your check and return address to Berks Catholic Extravaganza, 955 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.  To receive an invitation to attend the Extravaga, email or call the Extravaganza Office at

Calling All Women: The Diocese of Allentown is holding its 3rd Annual Women's Conference on Saturday, October 5, at DeSales University, 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM, beginning with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert.  The theme is  Women: Chosen for a Purpose.  The speakers are: Dr. Edward Sri, Sarah Christmyer, Sister Sophie Marie Peralta, S.C.C (Spanish Track)  and Martha Fernandez-Sardina (Spanish Track).  Included are continental breakfast, lunch, confession, adoration, and exhibitors.  Cost is: $40/adult, $10.high school student, $15/college student and vowed/consecrated religious.  To register and for more information, go to  If you have any questions, call 610-289-8900, ext. 2021 or email

Blessing of the Animals/Pets
on Saturday, October 5, after the 4:30 PM Mass at the Pavilion adjacent to St. Catharine's Church on Rte. 562.  All animals or pets should be in cages or on a leash for their safety and that of attendees.

A Divorce Survival Group
begins Monday, October 7, sy St. Benedict's d Parish from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Kelly at 610-763-6528 or email, or Joe Boylan at
610-781-6415 or email

is on Thursday, October 17, with Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

Hoping Against Hope - Living the Gospel Where It is Unwelcome:  The Diocesan Commission for Men is offering a man's morning of reflection on Saturday, October 19, at Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton, PA.  Presentations by Rev. Eric Gruber, Rev. Patrick Lamb, and Rev. David Anthony begin at 9:15 AM  An optional Mass, followed by refreshments, is offered at 8:00 AM.

The Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany
is given every ten years.  Les White has put together a 14-day trip to Germany, Austria,  Switzerland, and a bit of France from July 3-16, 2020.  For details and a complete itinerary contact Les at 610-929-1833 or  Don't delay - trip is limited to 30 passengers.