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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News February 17 - 24, 2019
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, February 23, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

Polish Mass Sunday, February 24, at 9:00 AM in the Church.

The Lenten Pierogi Society
will continue its labors from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday through Lent.  Pierogies will be made in the kitchen under the Church.  Please use parking lot Chapel entrance.  New members are always welcome.

Senior Parishioners
should not try to attend Mass on stormy, icy, or bitter cold days lest a day of heroics leads to many months in bed recuperating.

The Mass Book for 2020
will open in mid March.  We will have a new procedure this year. Please see upcoming bulletins for details. 

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.

St. Mary's Necrology for February: 2/10 -  Louis A. Stachowicz (1960);  2/15 - Henry J. Krzesinski (1970);
2/20 - John  S. Pytko (1948);  2/24 - John Z. Basinski (1984).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 2/17                 Father Michael Mullins
Monday 2/18                Father Elias Munyaneza, A.J.
Tuesday 2/19               Monsignor John Murphy
Wednesday 2/20         Sick and infirm priests
Thursday 2/21              Father Kevin Nadolski, O.S.F.S.
Friday 2/22                   Father Frank Natala, M.S.C.
Saturday 2/23               Monsignor Edward O’Connor
Sunday 2/24                 Father Richard O’Nyamwaro, A.J.

Valentine's Day:  Do you have a 'heart'  for marriage?  A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend provides a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with your spouse.  For more information, go to
or call 1-732-904-9636.

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.

Gluten-Free Hosts:  To receive a gluten-free Host, go to the Celebrant's Holy Communion line and request a gluten-free Host.

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

Rosary Volunteers Needed:  Volunteers spend an half hour praying  the Rosary once a month with shut-ins.  The schedule is: second Monday of the month at the Elmscroft Assisted Living or the second Tuesday of the month at the Berkshire Center.  Both sites are in Exeter Township anthe Rosary is at 1:00 PM.  No supplies are needed and there is a backup if you are not available.  If interested, call Dottie Bixler at 610-779-5301. Please consider this special appeal.

Healing Our Church: 
You are invited to attend small-group discussions, moderated by fellow parishioners, and designed to encourage reflection and conversation about the clergy abuse crisis.  The Healing Our Church program is from RENEW International, a Catholic nonprofit organization.  Bishop Schlert called the parish-based small-group discussions "an opportunity for all of us to prayerfully reflect on scripture, on the abuse crisis, and on our path forward as a Roman Catholic Family of Faith."  Discussions will take place during the six weeks of Lent.  Sign up this weekend or next weekend, or online at of call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.  Group sessions begin the week of March 4.  When: Tuesdays at  7:00 PM.  Where: St. Catharine's Main Church..

The Mother Veronica Resource Center,
at 449 South 6th Street in Reading, is searching for volunteers to teach reading, writing, and mathematics at the adult basic education and pre-GED levels in English and Spanish.  If interested, contact Sister Cara Garofalo at 484-516-2138 or

Youth Ministry
needs leaders for youth programming for Little Angles (0 - 6 years) and Kids for Christ (7 -12 years).  Clearances required.  For more information, contact Shaun and Heather Keperling at 610-370-2378 or email them at

St. Catharine School News: 
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year.  A limited number of spots are available for Pre-K and Kinderd\garten.  To schedule a tour or request a registration packet, contact Amy Impellizzeri at 610-779-5810 or

St. Paul's RC Church's 3rd Annual One Family Gala
Sunday, February 24 at the Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing at 5:00 PM.  Dinner at 6:00 PM.  Cash bar.  Bishop Schlert is the featured speaker.  Their One Family Award will be presented to local EMS personnel.  Tickets are $50/person.  They are available at St. Paul's Rectory
610-372-1531 or  Tickets must be prepaid.  Reservation deadline is Monday, February 11.

Spiritual Training -  Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: 
The Diocesan Commission for Men offers a Lenten Morning of Reflection on Saturday, March 9, at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna in Allentown.  There are refreshments at 8:30 AM in the Parish Activity Center.Presentations by Bishop Alfred Schlert and Rev. Bernard Ezaki begin in the Cathedral at 9:15 AM and end at 11:30 AM.  Confession is available.  To register, go to:

All Senior Citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal of the musical Sister Act at Exeter Township Senior High School on Thursday, March 14, at 9:00 AM.  A free breakfast for Exeter School District is available to Exeter School District residents at the school cafeteria at 8:15 AM.  To reserve a seat for breakfast and/or obtain a Senior Citizen Pass, call 610-779-0700, ext. 1001 no later than March 8.  Reservations are needed for district residents who want to have breakfast.  Non-resident senior citizens are welcome to attend the free dress rehearsal. 

Mass for Those Suffering from Addiction
at St. Joseph RC Church, 3640 Schuylkill Road (Rte. 724), Spring City, PA 19475, Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Gharles R. O'Hara, Pasotr, celebrates the Mass.  A Healing Blessing is offered after the Mass.

Mary's Shelter Annual Bowl-A-Thon Sunday, March 17, at Berks Lanes in  Sinking Spring.  For registration forms and additional information, go to

Kennedy House:  It is St. Catharine's turn to run the Kennedy House on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.  Volunteers are needed on either or both days from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  If interested, contact Sara Miller at 484-459-0270 or  If you are unable to help but would like to donate food or other supplies, please contact Sara Miller.

The Second Annual Pay It Forward Reception
and Student Art Show/Sale takes place on April 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Goggleworks.  A limited number of tickets are available after all Masses during the weekend of February 23 and 24.

CYO Annual Golf Tournament
Berkley Golf Course, Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 PM.  Shotgun Start.  More information coming.