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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
June 26 - July 3, 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 also available by
appointment at the Parish Center.

Kennedy House. 
It is St. Catharine's turn to run the Kennedy House in Reading. We would love to have you
come and help out either Saturday, July 9th and or Sunday, July 10th or both days!  Times are from 9-2 each day. Please call, text, or email if you can help - Sara Miller 484-459-0270 or Hope to see you
there. Also if you are unable to help but would be willing to donate food or other supplies we would need,
please contact me as well.

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 8:00 AM Mass till 8:00 PM. 

2022 Sunday Missals are available at the church or the rectory. $4.00/missal.

Pan Z Wami:
2022 Polish Missals are available at St. Catharine's Rectory and St. Mary's Sacristy.  $15.00/book.

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.

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!!

Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.  Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for:  Part-Time/ Full Time Contracted Special Education Teacher;  Full-Time Contracted Teachers; Classroom Substitutes; and Classroom Aides.  Please send resume, all clearances, references, and certifications to or mail to 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading PA 19606.

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 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811.

July Necrology
:  7/3 - Casimir F. Lawniczak (1964);  7/3 - Paul E. Masiar (2011);  7/6 - Joseph B. Rapczynski (1998).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 6/27              Rev. David J. Loeper
Tuesday 6/28             Rev. James J. Lofton
Wednesday 6/29        Rev. Philip J. Maas
Thursday 6/30            Rev. Stephen L. Maco
Friday 7/1                   Rev. Leo J. Maletz
Saturday 7/2               Rev. John C. Maria

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 - 4:00PM.

The Saint Catharine of Siena School Advisory Board
is looking for parishioners (21 and older) willing to serve
a 3-year term beginning in September 2022.  Applicants with a background in finance or facilities would be helpful, but not necessary.  If you are looking for a way to give back and are passionate about Catholic Education, we encourage you to apply.  Please email Mrs. Marcella Kraycik ( for an application. Questions about this ministry?  Email Mrs. Julianne Smith ( Thank you!

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.

To Become an Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist requires that you are a good, practicing Catholic;
respect the sacredness of the Sacrament; and live life worthy of the ministry.  If you are interested, call the
Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and leave a contact number.  Screening is necessary and if you are a
accepted, an information and training session will be arranged.  Installation will follow soon after.

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.

St. Benedict's Family Day on July 9.  Family day will bring your family closer to God and provide fun activities for the whole family. Activities for the family include: mass, gaga ball, confession, volleyball, adoration, bounce house, and much more. Family day will be held all day Saturday at the St. Benedict’s church and picnic grounds. Additional information to follow in the coming weeks. Expected cost to register for family day of around $40/family.

Quo Vadis and Fiat Days: 
The Office of Vocations in the Diocese of Allentown is pleased to present Quo Vadis and Fiat retreats on July 17-22, at DeSales University! All high-school age young men and women (14-18 years of age, including newly-graduated seniors) are invited to attend a retreat centered on Padre Pio’s reflection to "pray, hope, and don’t worry!"  Retreat activities will reflect on the life and legacy of Padre Pio, the first Priest in history to bear the stigmata, with activities each day rooted in prayer for the discernment of their vocations. The retreat will include Eucharistic Adoration, Outdoor Rosary Procession, daily sports and games, field trips, and meeting new friends and fellowship!  For more information, call 610-871-5200.

Flea Market
at St. Mary’s Church, 94 Walnut Road, Hamburg, Friday, June 17th, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM and
Saturday, June 18th from 8:00 AM till 12:00 noon.  Kitchen will be open serving breakfast and lunch fare.
For more information, call 610-562-7657.

La Dolce Casa (DiMaggios): 
All Couples are invited to attend a Night Out event at La Casa Dolce/DiMaggio's in Tamaqua (16 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252) on August 10, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for FREE dinner buffet, cash bar and table conversations.  Come out to meet other Catholic Couples!  This is an all-ages
event!  RSVP Required by August 3, 2022. Email

You Are Invited to attend a Because We Are Catholic Daily Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert:
August 24 (Wednesday)  St. Peter the Apostle, Reading - 8:00 AM
September 15 (Thursday)  St. Peter, Coplay - 8:00 AM
Please RSVP to

Retrouvaille: Rediscover the Love in your Marriage
- Tens of thousands of couples have healed their
marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy).  If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on.  Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises.  The upcoming weekend end program is on October 14 - 16 at the
Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  For more information, or to register, visit or call
215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Confirmation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, with Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

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

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