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 9 - 16, 2018
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, September 15, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

St. Mary Choir Rehearsals
on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM begin Thursday, September 13.  New members are strongly requested.  Open enrollment begins immediately!  Call Evelyn Kuter at 484-942-7364.   

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.

Please Call the Office at 610-779-4005 if you no longer have a landline phone so that we can change our records.

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

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 9/9                  Father Eric Arnout
Monday 9/10               Father Achilles Ayaton    
Tuesday 9/11               Monsignor Thomas Baddick
Wednesday 9/12         Monsignor Andrew Baker           
Thursday 9/13             Monsignor William Baker
Friday 9/14                  Father Francis Baransky
Saturday 9/15              Deceased priests
Sunday 9/16                Father John Barron

Volunteer Needed:  We need someone to take over managing the Church Library.  If interested, call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

Local Convent needs someone to cook three times a month.  If interested, call 610-207-8612.

The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth is looking for a reliable and well organized person to 25-30 hours/week in their Housekeeping/Laundry Deopartment.  This person is responsible for maintaining a clean environment throughout the Center for visitors, residents, and staff.  Housekeeping duties include dusting, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, washing bed linens, emptying trash receptacles, and miscellaneous duties as may be assigned by the person's supervisor. If you are interested, mail, fax, or email your resume to:  The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 North Church Road, Wernersville, PA 19565, Attn: Pam Kubacki; fax 610-670-3650;, or email

Interested in Joining the Knights of Columbus?  Join us for pizza after the 12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday, September 16, in the Social Hall.  Current members also invited.  RSVP with Fred Nowotarski at or call 1-516-509-0190.

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 a month at St. Catharine of  Sienna Church, Mt. Penn, 19606, at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

The Knights of  Columbus will pray for life in front of Reading's Planned Parenthood each Friday during September from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Please stop by to pray for an end to legal abortion.

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 or parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are encouraged to contact the diocese for more information about this program at this confidential number: 800-791-9209.  To learn more about the diocese Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, go to and click on Youth Protection in the upper right corner of the page.

Looking for an Opportunity to Share Your Faith?  Our parish PREP program is looking for a 2nd grade catechist and classroom aides for various levels.  You do not need to be a professional teacher to volunteer.  All materials are provided.  For more information, contact Marci Zambito at  610-779-8535 or  Check out our new Youth website at  Here you will find information pertaining to PREP classes, Junior and Snior High Youth Groups, and Safe Environment clearances.

Marriage Encounter:  Let Jesus heal any disappointments in your marriage.  Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and experience peace and joy in your marriage.  For more information, call 1-732-904-9636 or go to

Are You or Someone You Know expressed an interest in becoming Catholic or were baptized Catholic but never Confirmed, RCIA classes start on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center.  For more information, call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

Red, White and Blue Mass
, September 11 at 6:30 PM in the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Sienna, 18th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA.  The Most Reverand Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown invites all Police, Firefighters, First Responders, Legal Professionals, Health Care Workers and their families to take part in a celebrating a Mass of  Thanksgiving.  Please wear your uniform.  Reception to follow in the  Parish Activities Center. 

Sacred Heart Villa: Nun Run 5K and 1M, Fun Walk 2017 - September 15 to benefit the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart.  Register as an individual or as a team by August 25 at to ensure receiving your dry fit NUN RUN t-shirt.  Registration: $25 before before race day; $30 on race day.  To register, ask questions, or become a sponsor, email Carrie at

The Allentown Diocese Commission for Women
is hosting a Come and See event on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the St. Thomas More Parish Center, Allentown.  The purpose is to help parishes form women's faith sharin g groups.  Representatives from Walking with Purpose, Women of Grace, and WINE (women in the New Evangelization) to providesresources for women's faith sharing.  There will be a display of their materials and an opportunity to ask them questions about forming women's groups.  Continental breakfast is provided.  To register, go to  For more information, call 510-289-8900, ext. 2021.

East Reading Reunion: 
Do you or did you ever live or work in East Reading?  To get together with your East Reading friends and neighbors, join us at the Liederkranze, Spook Lane in East Reading on Sunday, September 16 from 12 Noon till 6:00 PM.  Follow us on Facebook at East Reading Reunion 2018.  For more information or to make a reservation, call Tom Gajewski at 610-698-8731 or Sandy Lubas Hummel at 610-207-7065.  Limited Tickets.

Stewardship: A Mission of Faith Fall Conference: 
September 19 - 20.  Join Bishop Schlert and some great speakers like Jason Evert and Fr. Michael Gaitley for a wonderful spiritual experience.  Enjoy the beautiful Star Barn Village, Mass, confession, and adoration are celebrated each day.  Men and women welcome.  To register,
go to

Parish Retreat Day:
  McGlinn Conference Center (adjacent to Alvernia University).
Presenter: Sister Patrice Klausing, OSF
Theme: When Faith and Life Seem to Collide
Cost: $20.00 (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Date: September 22, 2018
Registration begins in August!

Mass in Support for those suffering from addiction on Saturday, September 22, at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473.  Confession at 9:30 AM; Mass at 11:00 AM followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament celebrated by Rev. Louis P. Bellopede, Pastor.  Healing blessing offered after Mass.  Join us that we may draw strength from one another in the power of our faith.

Our Diocesan Family Festival
is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA.  This is a great day of faith and fun starting with outdoor Mass at 11:00 AM (bring a chair or blanket) celebrated by Bishop Schlert and with sacred music provided by the Diocesan Choir followed by fun games, live music, and tons of homemade food..  Students from all of our Diocesan schools will be present also.  There's something for all ages and for all people across the five counties of our Diocese.  We would love to see you there.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.

Kennedy House:  It is St. Catharine's turn at the Kennedy House in Reading.  We would love to have you help out either Saturday, October 20, or Sunday, October 21, or both days.  Times are from 9-2 each day.  Please call, text, or email if you can help - Sara Miller at 1-484-459-0270.  If you are unable to help but are willing to donate food or other supplies, please contact Sara Miller.

Fourth Annual Sean Wertman Memorial 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, November 10.  Please help to end addiction One Basket at a time while having fun and displaying good sportsmanship.  Where:  Exeter Senior High School gyms for boys and girls in the 5th - 6th grades and 7th-8th grades.  The purpose is to increase awareness of over-the-counter medicine abuse and a fundraiser for Adult/Teen Challenge Rehab.  $60/team entrance fee.  To sign up or for more information, call or text Roger or Valerie Wertman at 610-779-8943.  You can also leave a voicemail or email  You can find forms and details on Facebook: at seanwetmanbb.  Team sponsors and donations are appreciated.