St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Parish News June 28 - July 5, 2020
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Bishop Schlert Mass Livestream: The Diocese of Allentown will live stream Bishop Alfred Schlert's daily Mass from his private Chapel, as well as some other events, while public Masses are canceled. Mass will be prayed at 8 AM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday. Check AD Today frequently for updates. During this difficult period, the Bishop encourages the faithful to pray often with their family members and to pray the Rosary as a family, both for those affected by this pandemic and for all those who care for the ill at home, as first responders, and in hospitals and other institutions
Confession: Scheduled confession times are suspended. You can call St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and arrange an appointment for confession. When you arrive at the Parish Center for your appointment, stay
in your car, roll down the passenger side window, and a priest will come out to hear your confession.
Public Masses resume starting on June 1. St. Catharine will continue live streaming 9:00 AM Mass on Facebook and YouTube.
Week Day Masses will follow the summer schedule: 7:15 AM, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 AM on Saturday.
Eucharistic Adoration resumes in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.
While in the Yellow Phase, the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended. Those who are not comfortable returning, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time. Livestreaming of Masses continue, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today. We will also
continue to livestream the 9:00 AM Mass on Facebook and YouTube.
Palms are available in a basket in the vestibule of the church. It will remain as long as needed. A basket will be added to receive your palms from last year.
Masses for Priests:
Sunday 6/28 Rev. Msgr. Thomas Baddick
Monday 6/29 Rev. Msgr. Andrew Baker
Tuesday 7/1 Rev. Msgr. William Baker
Wednesday 7/2 Rev. Francis Baransky
Thursday 7/3 Rev. John Barron, SJ
Friday 7/4 Rev. Msgr. Algimantas Bartkus
Saturday 7/5 Rev. Msgr, William Baver
Sunday 7/6 Rev. Henry Beck, OFM
Kennedy House. These past months have been a challenge, but the doors of Kennedy House have stayed
OPEN and the number of patrons has gone up dramatically. It is St. Catharine's turn to run the Kennedy House
in Reading July 18th and 19th. We need your help. Please see the sign up genius link www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0848ACA823A4FA7-kennedy if you can help. There are lots of supplies we need in order to serve those in need. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the link sent to you directly. Please call, text, or email if you can help in anyway - Sara Miller 484-459-0270.
Virtual Re-Enrollment happening now! Currently accepting applications for limited spots in all grades PREK through 8. Go to www.scsreading.org for more information, or contact Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri at email@example.com.
Would you like to arrange a Virtual Shadow Day for your student at St. Catharine of SIena School? Contact Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri at firstname.lastname@example.org and see the SCS difference for yourself!
The Church Online ICF106 -The Church. The Church is the place of encounter between God and His people on earth. This course provides a brief overview of the origins of the Church; Her identity as One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic; and what it means to be the Body of Christ on earth. This course is presented online by Cassie Boccardi and is scheduled from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 28, 2020. Cost: $35. To register. Go to
www.allentowndiocese.org/ICF. Courses are meant for any adult Catholic looking to grow deeper and learn more about the Faith. There are no prerequisites for these courses.
Church Envelopes: You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606. If you attend Mass, place your envelope in collection basket(s) at the foot of altar.
If You are Shut In and need assistance getting groceries / supplies during this coronavirus 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.
Commemorating St. Mary Parish: Carl will finish the book in about two weeks. A new print estimate is needed as the book is 136 pages. Estimated selling price for the book is $15; there will be sales tax so the total price will be $15.90. Currently, I am planning to use the book rate for shipping books. It's a little slow in delivery from the Post Office but at that rate I am planning to offer free shipping. If you want your copy faster, you will have to pay for shipping.
St. Mary's Necrology for July: 7/3 - Casimer F. Lawniczak (1964); 7/3 - Paul E. Masiar (2011);
7/6 - Joseph B. Rapczynski (1998). Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.
Turning Taxes into Scholarships: If you pay Pennsylvania income taxes, you can turn tax dollars into needs-based scholarships for schools. Pennsylvania provides a 90% tax credit to individuals who donate funds for Catholic School Education. For more information, inquire at your school or contact JohnFierro (diocese) 610-866-0581, ext. 2344.
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 Diocese/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 Victim Assistance Coordinator 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 www.allentowndiocese.org and click on Youth Protection in the upper righthand corner of the page.
Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service: If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at www.ReportBishopAbuse.org or call 1-800-276-1562.
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning in Pottsville is hosting it's 29th Annual Golf Classic tournament on August 14 at the Mountain Valley Golf Course. Sponsor and/or join us for an adventurous day of food, fellowship, and golf. For more information, visit www.stjosephctr.com.
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 email@example.com. Don't delay - trip is limited to 30 passengers.