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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
December 4 - 11, 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 will also be heard from
7:00 - 8:00PM in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue.  Otherwise by appointment at the Parish Center.

Daily Mass:  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 intentions will be combined at the 7:15 AM Mass.  Saturday Daily Mass is at 8:00 AM.

Eucharistic Adoration
following 7:15 Mass - 8:00 PM.

Advent Confessions:
Mondays 7:00 PM - Chapel:

December 5th
December 12th
December 19th

December 4th - 6:50-7:20 AM
December 11th - 8:50-9:20 AM.
December 18th - 10:50 - 11:20 .AM.
December 18th - 9:50-10:20 - Saint Mary’s

December 10th 2:45 - 3:15 PM - St. Mary’s
December 11th 2:45 - 3:15 PM - St. Mary’s
December 10th 3:30 - 4:15 PM - Saint Catharine's
December 11th 3:30 - 4:15 PM - Saint Catharine's

Christmas Mass Schedule - St. Mary's:
December 24th:  9:00 PM
December 25th:  10:00 AM

Solemnity of Mary - St. Catharine's:
December 31st : 4:40 PM
January 1st 2023: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 AM

Solemnity of Mary - St. Catharine's:
January 1st 2023: 10:30 AM

Christmas Decorating - We will decorate St. Mary’s church immediately after the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.  You help would be appreciated.

Father Miller’s Advent Reflection:
  Tuesday’s December 6th, 13th, and 20th.  Book is Rejoice by Father Mark
Toups.  The cost is $10.  Please call the Parish office if you want a copy

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

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

Father Miller’s Bible Study
will be on Monday, November 22nd, at 6:30 PM, in the Church on Rt.562.

Sunday Missals for 2023 are available at the Church on Rt.562 or at the Parish Center for $4.00\each.

Pan Z Wami
- 2023 Polish Missals are available at St. Catharine’s Rectory.  The cost is $15.00/book.

Christmas is coming!
Everyone loves getting gift cards.  Why not purchase your gift cards through our Scrip
program?   It’s easy, convenient, and makes your gift go farther by also benefiting our school!   Three reasons
for buying Scrip Gift Cards for Christmas:
1) It makes shopping easy for “YOU”
2) The recipient will love it
3) It benefits St. Catharine’s School and Church!

Envelopes  for Pionsettias for decorating the Sanctuary can be found are on the altar rail.  Each plant is $12.00.
Please print names legibly.

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 the
weekend of December 10th and 11th.

Shorti (6”) Hoagie Coupons
for any Wawa store are available in the School Office at $4.50 each.  Paying via
cash or check -  return payment with stub to school office.  Paying via Venmo- @SCS-HSO with name, phone
number or email, and number of hoagies in summary of payment.

The Wawa Shorti Coupons
are back.  $5.00.  Email Dave Korch at

St. Margaret School
is looking for a Full-Time Maintenance Person. For more information, call St. Margaret rectory
at 610-376-2919.

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.

Emergency Vehicle Access:  We've been reminded to keep the driveway area immediately in front of the main Church free from parked vehicles.  This includes the area under the portico as well as the driveway approaches to
and from the portico.  Of course, this area will remain available for pick up and drop off, but vehicles should proceed
to designated spaces in the parking lot immediately thereafter.  Thank you for your cooperation.

To Receive text messages concerning weather cancellations for parish liturgical services, Masses, and other
events text @9h4ac9 to 81010.

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!!

Families Matter  -
Single Parent Moms and Dads.   We pray for all single parents - moms/dads and their children.
In “choosing life”, they commit to parenting their children well.  They need our prayers and support.  During this
week we ask you to invoke our Blessed Mother to sustain them in their being good moms and dads. You pray for
my family and I’ll pray for yours.

SCS Endowment -  Please consider contributing to our SCS Endowment Fund – an investment in our future and
an affirmation of our many success stories.  For more information regarding our endowment fund, please consider contributing at  To learn more visit

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.

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

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 12/5                Rev. Allen J. Hoffa
Tuesday 12/6               Rev. John A Hutta
Wednesday 12/7          Rev. Augustine L. Idra, A.J.
Thursday 12/8              Rev. Francis Iroot, A.J.
Friday 12/9                   Rev. Guency Isaac, M.S.C.M.
Saturday 12/10             Rev. Stephan A. Isaac

His Excellency, Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert
encourages the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Allentown
to celebrate the Ember Days for the Season.  Ember Days are quarterly observances with three days set aside
to pray in gratitude for the blessings of the season and human labor, to thank God publicly.  There are twelve
Ember Days in all. In particular, the Advent Ember Days are a heightened time of expectation and waiting in preparation for Christmas.  Fasting and abstinence would follow the current laws of the Church, with abstaining
being from all meat, and fasting would be one full meal a day, with the allowance of two smaller meals that do
not equal the main meal, and no eating between meals. The Advent Ember Days for 2022 are as follows:
Wednesday, December 14, Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, 2022.

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.

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.

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.

Berks Catholic High School
needs Social Studies Teacher, grades 9 -12, and Math Teachers, Grades 9 - 12. 
If interested, email

Berks Catholic High School has openings in grades 9-11 for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact
Nicky Smith for information at 610.374.8361 ext 244 or  All inquiries are confidential.

Berks Catholic High School
is accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School year. Please contact with questions and to schedule a shadow day. All inquiries are confidential

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 the
weekend of December 10th and 11th. 

Retired and Infirmed Priests Annual FundChosen, Blessed, Shared  - Make sure to remember the retired
priests of our Diocese by making a gift to the Endowment Fund for the Care of Retired Priests.  This special fund
is used to directly support retired priests in good standing including the future costs of their health care, insurance,
and housing and sustenance.  Please return your gift using the envelope you received in the mail.  These envelopes may be returned in the mail or in the collection basket at Mass. Your generosity supports retired priests from all 5 counties of our Diocese!

Weekly Bingo Starts Sunday, November 13th, at Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) Parish every Sunday afternoon in
the Social Hall.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and the first game starts at 2:00 PM.  Food and drinks are available.
Come have fun with jackpot games, speedball, and other specials.  All paper games and no chips are needed. 
If you have a lucky dabber, bring it.  For more information, call the HGA Rectory at 610-921-2729, ext. 2202.

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

Hearts Come Home at Christmas on Monday,December 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, a Life After Loss seminar.
Email to register.

St. Catharins's is sponsoring a blood Drive from December 5  - 10 at the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, 2745A Leiscz's Bridge Road, Reading (for GPS, use 1047 Old Bernville Road).  To schedule, call 1-800-224-6667 and
mention Group ID 3164 or go to

The Annual Operation Milk and Cookies Drive - If you are interested in participating in the drive we ask that
you either bake or buy a batch of cookies to donate to our drive so we can deliver them to places such as Mary’s Shelter, Opportunity House, Hope and Rescue Mission, and many more!  The cookie drop off dates are:  December 10th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and December 11th from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM at St. Catharine of Siena Social Hall.  If you
are participating, please email or and let us know how many cookies
you plan to donate.  Thank you!

The Polish American Heritage Association will hold their annual traditional Wigilia dinner on Sunday, December 18th, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading.  Doors open at 4:15 PM. Adult Members: $65.  Adult Non-Members: $75. For questions or reservations, please call Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7:00 PM.  Deadline for reservations is December 9th.

Special Morning for Women
Sponsored by the Women’s Society of Giving. Saturday, December 10, St. Mary’s Church, Hamburg, 9:00 – 10:45 AM.  Peace, Joy…Advent presented by Father Mathew Kuna at 11:00 AM Mass,
For more information,  contact Stewardship and Development at 610-871-5200 or

Life After Loss Classes
are having a Sunday Afternoon of Reflection on January 1, 2023.  Email for details and to register.

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