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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News May 20 - 27, 2018
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, May 26, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

Attention:  Any parishioner who is homebound and wishes to receive Communion  please call the office at

Polish Mass, Sunday, May 27, 9:00 AM in the Church. 

Congratulations to Thomas and Jadwiga Fura  who will celebrate their 40th  Wedding Anniversary.  Many more years of happiness!

Parish Center: Closed on Memorial Day, May 28.  There is no Eucharistic Adoration on this day.

Daily Mass Times: During the summer, starting Monday, June 11, the daily Mass, Monday through Friday, is at 7:15 AM - there will be only one daily Mass.  The Saturday Mass remains at 8:00 AM.  The regular daily Mass schedule resumes on Monday, August 27.

Polish Language Class: 
Until further notice, the class will not meet on the second Saturday of the month.

Prayer List:  A new Prayer List starts June 3.  A log will be used to keep track of who is on the list.  Names will appear on the list for four weeks unless you contact the office to extend the person's listing.Call 610-779-4005 to place someone on the prayer list; provide your name and the name of the person you want listed.  If you already have someone on the Prayer List, please call the office before June 3.

St. Catharine's Parish Council has openings for new Parish Council members.  You can nominate yourself or someone you respect.  Nomination and Application forms are available in the center gathering areas of St. Catharine's  Church and Chapel, and on our website at  Click on Get Involved/Parish Council.  The deadline for submitting applications is June 1, 2018.

All of St. Mary's business
is handled out of St. Catharine's Parish Center located at 2427 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  Their phone number is 610-779-4005.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at (610) 779-4005. 

Please Inform the Parish Office
at 610-779-4005 if you change your name, address, telephone number, or any change that may affect your Church registration.  If you do not receive your church envelopes in the mail, contact Diane Sitler at or call the parish office.

2019 Mass Intentions: 
To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s, call the St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. 

All of St. Mary's business
will be handled out of St. Catharine's Parish Center located at 2427 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  Their phone number is 610-779-4005.  Please Inform the Parish Office if you change your name, address, telephone number, or any change that may affect your Church registration.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at (610) 779-4005. 

St. Mary's Necrology for May: 5/11 - Adalbert Malusecki (1937);  5/21 - Marcellus S. Arminski (1934); 
5/25 - Anthony K. Brzozowski..  Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 5/20            Religious priests
Monday 5/21           Father Keith Laskowski
Tuesday 5/22          Father Peter Leonard
Wednesday 5/23     Father William Linkchorst
Thursday 5/24         Father John Little
Friday 5/25              Father David Loeper
Saturday 5/26          Father James Lofton
Sunday 5/27            Father Kevin Lonergan

The Mother Veronica Resource Center, sponsored by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, at 449 South 6th Street, Reading, offers the following classes: English as Second Language; GED Preparation (english and Spanish); Citizenship Preparation; and Computer Skills.  They also provided tutoring in reading/writing and mathematics.  We are looking for retired teachers  and those with teaching experience for our September 2018 semester to serve as instructors and English and/or Spanish.  To volunteer, contact Sister Cara Garofalo at 484-516-2138.  For more information, email

Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
in Wernersville seeks a Coordinator for Hosted Groups.  The Coordinator:
- Represents the Mission of the Jesuit Center.
- Serves as the liaison between the Center and outside retreat groups.
- Coordinates, offers hospitality, and support to a wide variety of Catholic and ecumenical retreat groups.
- Assists the administrative staff with office tasks as needed.
- Reports to the Registrar.
- Works collaboratively the kitchen, maintenance, and administrative staff.

The ideal candidate has strong organizational and communication skills, along with the ability to multitask.  It is a full-time position (35 hours/week).  Your schedule is highly flexible and you must be available to work some evenings and weekends.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.  If you are interested, send, email, or fax your resume with a cover letter to: Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, c/o Pam Kubacki, Executive Assistant, PO Box 223, 501 N. Church Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565-0223;; or fax 610-670-3650.

AnB Education
, a non-profit travel exchange agency for international high school students, needs loving host families with an empty bedroom, who are looking to give back and experience another culture inside their very own home.  A generous monthly stipend is provided.  Email or call 1-267-263-2481.  The application is online at

The Diocese of Allentown
has a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced/worked with issues surrounding an adverse prenatal diagnosis.  For support, contact Sister Janice Marie Johnson,
610-289-8900 ext. 2280 or email

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:  A weekend for married couples of all ages who want to enrich their marriages.  For more information, go to or call 1-732-904-9636.

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the diocese or a parish.  You can contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209 to report the abuse.  This is a confidential telephone number. 
For more information about Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and the Code of Conduct, go to and click on Youth Protection in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

ICF Courses: 
The Diocese of Allentown provides adult formation courses for Catholics looking to learn more about the Faith.  There are no prerequisites for these courses.  To view information about course content, location, and fees, go to

Marriage Renewal:  Worn out from the holidays?  Give yourself a get-away weekend.  Meals prepared.  Take time away from it all.  It is a chance to talk to and listen to that special someone who loves you.  For information, call
1-732-904-9636 or visit

Berks Catholic High School is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  To schedule a personal tour, receive and application packet, or schedule a Saint for a Day visit, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

Berks Catholic High School is centered on the four pillars of God, Family, Academics, and Fun and is dedicated to providing a challenging academic environment for a diverse population of young men and women.  Contact Nicky Smith at or 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

Gethsemane Cemetery's Annual Memorial Day Mass: 
Monday, May 28, 10:00 AM - rain or shine.  Everyone is welcome.

Holy Name Class of 1968
Reunion on June 2.  Information to follow.  To pre-register, call 610-777-5917 or email

Called to Deeper Relationship with God? The Secular Odrder of Discalced Carmelites of West Reading invite you to come and see what it is all their Carmel Community on Sunday, June 10, 12:50 PM, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, West Reading.  For more information, Call Janice Ranallio at 610-914-8436 or Velma Goodreau at 1-570-939-4078 - or, just show up and join us. 

The Polish-American Heritage Association
is running a bus trip to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. on Saturday, June 23.   Known as Little Poland you can shop the Polish bakeries, meat shops, and grocery stores in the morning.  After lunch we head over to the 9/11 Museum.  Cost includes admission to museum:  $70 Members; $75 Non-members  For more information, contact Marilyn Wlazewski at 610-779-5523.  Deadline for reservations is June 8.

The Polish-American Heritage Association
is holding their annual Polish Open golf tournament on Saturday, June 9, at the Manor Golf Club, Sinking Spring.  1:30 PM Scramble.  $75/ golfer includes greens fees, cart, lunch, Polish Open Buffet (dinner), beer, soda and prizes.  Deadline for reservations is June 1.  Contact Toni Wade at 484-333-2838.

Berks Catholic High School
Basketball, Cheerleading, and Dance Camp.  Berks Catholic will host these camps for boys in Grades 1 - 8 on June 11 -15.  For more information, contact Tony Balistrere at 610-374-8361, ext. 224 or  For camp information and registration forms go to     

Save the Date:
  A Mission Trip is scheduled for July 9 - August 4.  Additional information to come.  

Defending the Faith Conference Bus Trip to Franciscan University, July 27-29.  This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the knowledge of your faith and spiritual growth with over 1,000 attendees.  The conference includes best-selling authors and renowned speakers who not only teach, but also motivate.  Included are daily Mass, confession, and a joyful bus ride.  For more information about the conference, go to  Previous attendees found this conference significantly lifted their spiritual lives.  You should sign up quickly as this conference normally sells out before May.  For more information about the bus trip, call Bill and Alice Swist at 610-468-9506 or email

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!