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 9 - 16, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Thursday, May 13 is Ascension Thursday and a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass at St. Mary's is at 8:00 AM.

The Movie Fatima
will be released this Friday, May 7, in AMC theaters. It is based on the true story of the Blessed Virgin's appearances before three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  This depiction of the miraculous events that took place 104 years ago is a moving and inspiring account of Our Lady of Fatima.  Don't miss it; we need high levels of attendance to ensure Hollywood continues to release Catholic-friendly movies..

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.

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

Eucharistic Adoration is held in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue on Mondays from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.  

Banns of Marriage: 
III - Kaitlyn Larcinese and William Jakavick
                                       II - Maria aKreider and Jordan Fischer

to Annamarie and Greg Hoffa celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniverdary on May 9th.  Many more years of happiness.

When Attending Mass
or any church service please remember to wear a mask at all times within the church.  Those who have trouble breathing wearing a mask due to a medical condition are excused from this requirement.  The pews are marked for social distancing and hand sanitizer is available at the central entrance.

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!!

Gift Card Scam Alert:  There are reports that some parishioners around the Diocese have received text messages from someone unknown to them asking them to buy gift cards.  Occasionally, the request will seem to come from your pastor or a priest of your parish.  This is a scam and should be ignored.

St. Vincent De Paul Baby Shower:  Celebrate Mothers’ Day next week by bringing a baby gift to church to help a new mother give her baby a good start to life.  During the month of May, the Saint Vincent DePaul Society will be holding its baby shower to help local mothers and their newborns.  Formula, diapers, wipes, baby lotion, and new clothing are just a few gift suggestions.  There will be tables at the back of the church where you can drop off your
gifts. Monetary donations can also be made by dropping an envelope marked Baby Shower in the poor box or by taking home a baby bottle (located on the shower tables) to collect your extra change.  Donations from this baby shower help support the work of Mary's Shelter and Catholic Charities.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!

The 2021 Mass Book is Open. 
Due to the pandemic, you cannot come to  Parish Center to request a Mass. 
Please use the Mass Request Form available online at and at the Parish Center.  You can
also call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 to request the form and we mail or email the form to you.  You
should specify an alternate date in case your first choice is not available.  The donation is $10/Mass.  The office
will enter your request in the Mass Book and send you a copy.  If we have any questions pertaining to your
request,  we will call you.  Please prints legibly on all forms.  If you have any questions, call the Parish Center at
610-779-4005 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  If you are handicapped or a shut-in,
please call the Parish Center and we will help you. 

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. 

May Necrology:
5/8 - Joseph J. Swies (1985);  Joseph F. Woda (1974); Victor M. Leviecki (1898).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers. 

Memorial Day, 2021 -
Gethsemane Cemetery has decided to stream the Memorial Day Mass, in lieu of an in-person event.  The Mass will be available to view on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM.  Please continue to check our Facebook page for further details and a link to the event.

St. Catharine's Church Store
is now open. Available items include holy cards, crucifixes, holy water bottles, missals, bibles, children's books, rosaries, and other items.  There are items on the tables by the social hall and a number of books on the rack across from the table.  If no one is staffing the store, put your money or check in an envelope and slide it under the door.  You can find envelopes on the table by the door.

Public Masses
The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.  Those who are not comfortable returning, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time. Livestreaming of Masses continues, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today.   Seniors should not attempt to come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold.  One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.

Recorded Masses are posted to our St. Catharine of Siena YouTube Channel by noon every Sunday.   We hope this change will improve your viewing and relieve technical challenges.  Pease subscribe to St. Catharine of Siena Parish - Reading, PA YouTube Channel for the latest updates. May God bless you! Text #weareonebody or go toto

Prayer Request for Priests:
Monday 5/10              Rev. William J. Linkchorst
Tuesday 5/11             Rev. John J. L. Little
Wednesday 5/12       Rev. David J. Loeper
Thursday 5/13           Rev. James J. Lofton
Friday 5/14                Rev. Lucien F. Longtin, S.J.
Saturday 5/15            Rev. Stephen L. Maco

Consider Giving by Direct Withdraw:   Simplify your tithing!  St. Catharine’s offers a Pre-Authorized Direct Contributions program; where you can make your contributions directly on a weekly or monthly basis?   Your regular
contribution is withdrawn at the interval you choose and deposited into our parish account.  This option eliminates paperwork and ensures regular giving.  You can also drop an envelope in the basket, and simply check direct deposit.  To enroll or get more information, contact Diane Sitler at the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

Please note:
To obtain a copy of your giving record for tax purposes, please fill out the form below and place it
in the collection basket.  If you would like your statement sent through email please print an email address clearly on
this form.  You can also email your request anytime at  If you do not have a computer, we can mail you a copy of your statement. 




Email _________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005 .

St. Margaret's
is looking for a school secretary who is a reliable professional, collaborative, organized, and committed to supporting our students, staff, and families.  As the school secretary, you will support the day-to-day operations of the school, providing excellent customer service, proactively resolve issues, and efficiently complete challenging administrative tasks with minimum supervision.  The minimum requirements for the position are:
- H.S. Diploma with a minimum of two years full-time secretarial experience preferred.
- Must demonstrate a high degree of secretarial/technical/verbal/written/organizational skills.
- Must be proficient in MS Office Applications as well as have the capacity to learn other software as required
  by the position's functions.
- Must be fluent in English and Spanish and have the mandated clearances and training per PDE guidelines.

If interested, call 484-650-3394 and/or send resumes to

The Berks’s County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Board
has openings.  It the governing group for all
Parish Academic and Athletic activities . It works in conjunction with the Diocese of Allentown CYO Organization. 
The following positions are open at the county level:  President, Treasurer, and Culture Director – Co-ordinates the non-athletic activities which include Spelling Bee, Kitchen Kapers, Declamation, and the annual Art Show.  For further information, please email Mark Brezina at

Knights of Columbus Community Service  Award:
St. Catharine of Siena Council #14880 will be providing a $1000 cash award via its Community Service Award Program, intended to award student’s dedication to and performance of charitable service.  The program is open to St. Catharine of Siena School, public school, and home schooled students currently in the eighth grade and planning to attend Berks Catholic High School this fall.  Applications are being sent to parents/guardians of eighth grade students at St Catharine’s School.  In addition, applications can be found on the Knight’s table by the Scrip area or by contacting Bill Wertz at Please see the application form for additional details.

Dayspring Homes
is looking for Direct Care Workers, Practical Nurses (part-time), and a Maintenance Worker (part-time).  Contact us at or call 610-376-5648.

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

Senior Members
of our parish family should not come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold.  One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.

Saint Catharine of Siena School is accepting applications for a Long Term Sub.  Please send a cover letter,  resume, references, and all clearances and certifications to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at or via snail mail at 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.  St. Catharine's is also accepting applications for PT
classroom aides.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and all clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at
same email or nail mail address.

Registration for Berks Catholic High School
has opened.  For more information, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheerleading 2021 Season Registration is now open- This year you can register online by going to //GO.TEAMSNAP.COM/FORMS/258246.  This program is open to girls and boys enrolled in Berks County Parochial Schools.  Some age and grade restrictions apply.  For more information on eligibility and cost, go to  You can follow us on Facebook by going to: Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheer-2020 and Beyond.  For any other questions contact: Danielle Fowler 610-374-1695 or email

The Canticle Gift Shop in the McGlinn Conference Center at 460 Saint Bernadine St., Reading, PA, 19607 is open by appointment.  Religious gifts for Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation, as well as religious articles and inspirational gifts are available. To make an appointment, call Sister Shaun Patrice Malone at 610-301-3834.  Masks are required.

The Commission for Men will host 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 and to pray the next rosary on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 PM.  Men and their families are welcome!
Check out the website:

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.

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/Parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator confidential telephone number is (800) 791-9209.  To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on Youth Protection in the upper righthand corner of the page.

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service:  If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or call 1-800-276-1562.

Polish American Connection on TV: 
On the first Tuesday of each month, Tom Gajewski interviews guests who discuss topics , events, and activities of interest to the Polish American Community. He also announces upcoming events and activities.  You can watch the program on Comcast Channel 15 or Service Electric Channel 19 at 7:30
PM on the first Tuesday of the month.  The program is rebroadcast on the first Friday following the Tuesday
broadcast at 1:30 PM;  the following Monday at 10:30 AM; and the following Tuesday at 3:30 PM.

Try the New and Improved AD Times  Please consider signing up for the new and improved online version of the AD Times.  Doing so will mean you’ll get the news faster, and you will save the Diocese money on printing and
postage.  Email your name and address to and we’ll sign you up for a free email subscription and remove your name from the mailing list of the printed newspaper.

The Tribunal Diocese of Allentown, 610-434-3200: 
Do you know your Tribunal? The Tribunal is a group of specially qualified priests, deacons and lay persons.  Their responsibility is to come to the help of persons who are the victims of unfortunate marriage situations.  When a divorce occurs, the Catholic Church is always caught
between two tensions.  One is the unbreakable bond of marriage. Jesus Himself said: “What God has joined, man must not divide.”   This is God’s law. It cannot be broken by human intervention.

On the other hand, the Church must be concerned about the spiritual welfare of the people involved.  Can they be helped?  Was this a true marriage? Even though the parties went through a Catholic marriage ceremony, was there some weakness in the consent of one or both of the persons involved?

The annulment procedure is designed to study the history of the marriage and why it failed. It does not affix the blame.  If the marriage is found to be invalid both parties are free. If you could be helped, or have a friend or acquaintance who might be helped, please suggest that they call your parish priest or the Tribunal Office. The Tribunal will be happy to forward an application.  Have no fear.  All interviews are private.  There are no confrontations.

Divorce Survival
brings hope and healing to those who experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.  For more information, contact Deb Kelly at 610-763-6528 or email her at  

Homeschool Families of the Diocese o Allentown are invited to a virtual gathering on Sunday, May 16, 7:00 PM.  We will join together to pray the roasry for the needs of the Church, the world, and our families. To participate, email Fr. Kevin Bobbin, Chaplain to the Homeschool Community at before May to receive the Zoom invitation.

Restore: A Women’s Healing Retreat:
  May 21-22, 2021 at Shrine of St. Therese in Nesquehonig, PA (or attend virtually) Restore: return to its original condition; return what was lost, stolen, or taken away. God longs for us to believe that we indeed are who He says we are: His beloved daughters, carefully created, infinitely loved and valued beyond measure.  Yet, here amidst the din of distortion, lie-based beliefs and the darkening caused by sin and trauma, we struggle to experience the Truth of who we are.  Our pain and woundedness distort the lens through which we look at ourselves, others and the circumstances of our lives.  Come…and let Him Restore you! Retreat talks and experiences
will reconnect us with the Truth of our inherent dignity, beauty, and wholeness.  Retreat also includes: small groups, individual healing prayer, Mass and Adoration. Retreat leaders are Father Allen Hoffa, De Yarrison of You Are Made New Ministry and Laura Ercolino of Hope’s Garden.  Join us in-person or virtually! Find the full schedule and register at or email De at

Rachel' Vineyard Retreat provides the means for healing after an abortion through scripture readings, guided meditations, and activities flowing from the meditations.  The retreat is held on July 23-25 at the St. Francis Retreat House, in Easten, PA.  Registration deadline is July 16, 2021.   1-866-3RACHEL (toll free), at0-435-1541, ext. 373, or email Carol at

The Catholic Woman's Club of Berks County
is announcing their 100th anniversary with a celebration luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel Reading on September 18, 2021 from 1:00 until 4:00.  Anyone interested in attending and for more information, please contact Marcia at or 484-794-0680.

Parish Organizations, Contact Persons, and Resources:
Altar Servers – ( Father Zachary Wehr – 610-779-4005)
American Heritage Girls - (Julia Wright - 610-370–9290)
Boy Scout- (Terry Wade - 610-478-1200)
Bereavement Support - (Judy Cameron– 610-370-1174)
Catholic Charities - (610-376-7144)
Catholic Soup Kitchen (Sara Miller 610-404-1590)
Choir- (Dave Kostival – 484-332-8695)
Church Library - (Genevieve Samolewicz 610-779-1660)
Cub Scouts – (610-888-5595 Kristen Reinert)
Cursillo – (Bill McMahon 610-779-8654)
CYO President & CYO Athletic Director - (Cristina Schmehl- 610-779-1513)
Disability Advocates -(Carol McCullough 610-370-1660)
Eucharistic Ministers-(Deacon Greg Schneider - 610-929-0386)
Exeter Food Bank - (Phil & Bonnie Blankenstein - 610-779-6045)
Girl Scouts - (Adrienne Evans - 908-872-6105)
Guitar Choir – (Ann DelCollo - 610-777-5234)
Home School Organization– Liz Keiffer (610- 310-7842 )
Knights of Columbus - ( Fred Nowotarski - 516-509-0190)
Lectors – (John Vogel 610-779-6287)
Maintenance - (Elisha Robinson - (610-779-5810)
Marriage Preparation - (610-779-4005)
Ministers of Hospitality- ( Deacon John Stapleton 610-779-4005)
Parish Nurses -
Parish School – (Mrs. Marcella Kraycik - 610-779-5810)
Saint Catharine’s Pre-School – (610-779-5810)
PREP (CCD) – (Coordinator - Marci Zambito,610-779-8535)
Protecting God’s Children Coordinator - (Marci Zambito - 610-779-8535)
RCIA – (Father Zachary Wehr - 610-779-4005) Religious Store - (Bill Wertz - 610-779-5283)
Saint Vincent de Paul Society- (Carol Cinelli 610-779-3113)
School Board - Michele Weber ( 610-779-8406)
Scrip – (Cristina Schmehl - 610-779-1513)
Senior Citizen Group (50+Club)- (Carol Buddell - 610-401-0600)
Siena Stitchers - (Judy McMahon - 610-779-8654)
Youth Group - (Marci Zambito 610-779-8535)
Parish Office- ( 610-779-4005) ; Fax: 610-779-0859
Church Website -
Saint Catharine’s Parish Center - 610-779-4005
Saint Catharine’s School - 610-779-5810