St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
October 17 - 24, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession at St Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by appointment at the Parish Center.  Don't forget to fulfill your Easter Duty to go to Confession.

Daily Mass: 
One daily 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM. - Monday-Thursday.   Please note that Friday morning Mass will
be at 7:15 AM in the church and  the Friday at  Mass 8:30 AM will be held in the Gym at school.  Anyone attending Mass at the school are be required to wear a mask.

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 8:30 AM till 8:00 PM.   Starting Monday, October 4 through October 31, concluding with the solemn closing of the Forty Hour Devotion.  Father Zachary Weir will be the homilist.

The Parish Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  The reception area is limited to one person.

World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on October 23rd and 24th for the Missions and missionaries of the world and there will be a second collection for  the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

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!!

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. 

October Necrology: 
10/6 - Bronislaus J. Sienkiewicz (1984);  10/10 - Stanislaus T. Gorak (1984);  10/12 - Michael T. Gorak (1986):  10/13 - Joseph C. Klosinski (1990):  10/25 - Leon F. Pateracki (1918).   Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers. 

Banns of Marriage:   II   Margaret Ermentrout and Thomas Pawiak

Prayer Request for Priests:
Monday 10/18                   Rev. Msgr. William F. Glosser
Tuesday 10/19                  Rev. Msgr. Gerald E. Gobitas
Wednesday 10/20             Rev. Msgr. John J. Grabish
Thursday 10/21                 Rev. James J. Greenfield, O.S.F.S.
Friday 10/22                      Rev. Joseph Eric J. Gruber
Saturday 10/23                  Rev. Francis M. Grundowski

Knights News:   Any Catholic man 18 years and up who wishes to join Council #14880, can to go on our website at and click on join; or you can contact Dave Gibney at 484-332-1624 or Dave Auchter at 610-779-2076.

If you Want
to become and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.  It requires that you are a good practicing Catholic who respects the sacredness of the Sacrament and who lives
a life worthy of the ministry.  Screening  is necessary.  An information and training session  will be arranged.

Saint Catharine of Siena
is accepting applications for a Full Time or Part Time Middle School Language Arts
Teacher for Grades 6, 7, 8.  Please send resume, all clearances, references, and certifications to or mail to 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading PA 19606

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.

Rosary Cenacle Berks County: 
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, “I want the Rosary to be prayed every day.” - at Our Lady of Cuapa, 1228 Windsor St., Reading PA 19604.  Email or call/text - Matthew at or 610-864-261

St. Catharine of Sienna Rosary Canacle
on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Church on Boyertown Pike (Route 562).

The Commission for Men hosts monthly rosaries for men and their families every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  Join us to pray for peace in our nation and in our world, for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and for an increase in vocations to religious life and priesthood – in our Diocese and throughout the Church.  For more information, go to

If You are Shut In
and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this COVID-19 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.

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. Catharine of Siena School
will be holding its annual Walk-A-Thon on October 22. Monsignor Domin and Father Isaac will collecting donations of support after all Masses on October 9th - 10th and October 16th - 17th.

“Hearts Come Home at the Holidays”
a Life After Loss Seminar on Friday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at St.
Catharine’s Parish Center Meeting Room, 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, 19606. Registration required or 610 370-1174.  The $5 book is available at

The Catholic Woman's Club of Berks County
is celebrating their 100th anniversary on Sunday, October 24,
at the DoubleTree of Reading with a luncheon and program.  It begins at 1:00 PM and ends at 4:00 PM . For more information, please contact Marcia at 484-7940680 or email to

Confirmation on Wednesday, October 27th, Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

Join your friends for a few hours of Christmas  on Saturday, October 30, at the McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center, 460 St. Bernardine St, 19607 adjacent to Alvernia University.  Basket auction, packaged homemade baked goods, NSD gift items are available.  No hot food this year and masks required for safety reasons. Questions: call - 484-334-6807.

Our Loved Ones Remembered: 
St. Catharine’s Family of Faith extends an invitation to gather with your sisters and brothers who support, sustain and encourage each other in the tender love of the Lord.  Everyone experiences grief in a unique way.  Healing comes when our hearts are touched by the hand of the Lord.  On Tuesday,
November 2nd at 7:00 PM . in the Church. St. Catharine’s Family invites you to attend a Memorial Mass of love and remembrance of your dearly departed family members.  If you lost a loved one in 2021,  please fill out the form and
return it to the Rectory or place in the collection basket no later than Sunday, October 31st.

Name of deceased:_______________________________________________
Person requesting:_______________________________________________
I will attend______
I will not attend________

St. Catharine's of Siena
is hosting an Adopt A Day at our donor center from 11/1 until 11/6.  Due to staffing shortages, mobile blood drives are difficult to schedule at this time. To schedule, please call 1.800.B.A.DONOR or visit   Remember to enter #3164 in the appointment notes.  Miller Keystone Blood Center,
2745A Leiscz's Bridge Road, Reading, PA 19605

The Antietam Alligators Swim Team
is holding a purse bingo fundraiser on Sunday November 14 at the
Antietam Valley Recreation Center. Tickets are $25 in advance and bingo starts at 1:00 PM. For more
information,contact Heather at (610) 308-4313 or

Semi-annual Grave Cleanoff
at Gethsemane and St. Mary's Cemeteries starts the week of November 15.
If you have any items on gravesites you wish to keep, please visit the Cemetery to retrieve the items prior to November 15.

The 2021 Christmas Boutique is planned for Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20.  If any artisans and craftsmen are interested, a few sales spaces are still available.  The show is for handmade arts and crafts only, vendors for direct sales or buy/sell products are not permitted. 

* A Boutique Bonanza Raffle featuring four tickets to the see the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys
  on Sunday, January 9; $500 in cash; and a 43-inch smart TV.  Tickets will be included in the bulletin on the
  weekend  of October 30/31.

* A homemade roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Friday night!

* Amazing gift basket raffle, numerous door prizes and 100 swag bags for the early birds on Saturday.

* A vast and diverse offering of holiday gifts from talented artisans.

Remember to support the local economy by purchasing Christmas gifts from local businesses!

We are also looking for donations of brand new merchandise or gift cards  for use in our much-anticipated gift basket raffle.  We are currently looking for volunteers to work at the boutique on the Friday and Saturday of the event. Email for more information.  If you own a business or are willing to make a donation on behalf of a business or local restaurant, please contact us at

6th Annual Toy Drive: 
St. Catharine's has agreed to join our local churches in collecting toys for the Exeter Area Food Pantry.  All toys collected benefit local children in need.  Their parents will select toys for their children on December 10th.  A toy collection box will be placed in your church in October.  Please donate new toys, books, games, puzzles, hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and so on for ages infant through 12 and place them in the box before December 1st.  If you have any questions or wish to volun teer, please contact Doris Jaeger, 610-780-9825, or Diane Hafer, 610-779-3480.

Like to Decorate?
The Exeter Women’s Club would like you to be on our Holiday House Tour this December. 
For information, call Fran Vogt at 610-779-6506.

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