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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News August 13 - 20, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, August 19, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

August 15th:  Is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass is at 8:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church.  See St. Catharine's for other Mass times.  

Parish Retreat Day:  At the McGlinn Conference Center adjacent to Alvernia University on September 30.  The theme is Taking God Out of the Box.  $20.00/person includes continental breakfast and lunch.  More information to follow! 

Please Visit the Polish-American Cultural Center
at the GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St., Room 509.  Currently on display is a collection of beautiful folk costumes from different regions of Poland.  Open weekends Noon-4:00 PM.  Free admission and parking.

Registration for Parish Religious Education Program (CCD):  You should registration children entering First Grade in public schools in the Parish Religious Education Program.  Pick up  the forms in the Parish Center or in the vestibule of the church (St. Catharine's).  Please return the form, fee, and the child's Baptismal certificate to the Religious Education office.  Information about dates is forthcoming.  For more information, contact Connie Fry at 610-944-0732.

MSC Sisters Looking for a Mission Advancement Assistant: Candidates for this position should believe in the MSC Sisters mission, and be skilled in communications, computer, secretarial, and accounting.  Experience in bulk mailings, Raiser's Edge, and events are a plus as well as being discrete.  Depending on skills and preference, this position may be either full or part time.  Competitive salary.  Full time includes benefits.  If interested, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to  Please, no phone calls.  The MSC Sisters are located in Muhlenburg Township, just outside of Reading, PA.

Catechist and Aided Needed:  A 5th Grade Catechist and Aide are needed at  St. Catharine's for PREP.  All materials are provided.  Must have all clearances.  For more information, contact Connie Fry at 610-944-0732.

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.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at
(610) 779-4005. 

The Diocese of Allentown frequently offers courses explaining our Faith.  While they are fundamentally for catechists, everyone interested in increasing their knowledge of the Catholic Faith is invited to attend.  for the latest information on course schedules, locations, and costs, go to for for the latest information on course schedules, locations, and costs.  You also register for a course at this site.

Marriage Encounter:  You can strengthen your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  For more information, go to or call 1-732-904-9636.

Host Families are needed for international students attending Berks Catholic High School.  A generous stipend is provided and the students have their own spending money.  For more information, call AnB Education at 1-267-263-2481 or email  You can find an online application at

Ministry to Traveling Catholics:  For Mass time and locations, go to or call 1-858-207-6277.

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 received your church envelopes in the mail, please contact Diane Sitler at or call the parish office.

2018 Mass Intentions:  To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2018, call the the St. Catharine's Parish Center at
610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Mass Book opens the third week in January.

Bishop's Annual Appeal:  $120,670 raised from 18.38% of registered families.  We need support from all registered families to reach our financial goal and 100% participation.  You can return your pledge form to the parish office or pledge online at

St. Mary's Necrology for August: 8/7 - Leon E. Jaworowski (2007);  8/19 - Emil Kattein (1887);  8/23 - Joseph Bidus (1967);  8/30 - Anthony Niemotko (1981).  Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 8/13            Father Dominik Kalata
Monday 8/14            Father Kiaieta Kanimea
Tuesday 8/15           Deceased priests
Wednesday 8/16      Father David Karns
Thursday 8/17          Father Venantius Karobo
Friday 8/18               Father Richard Kennedy
Saturday 8/1            Father Martin Kern
Sunday 8/20            Newly ordained priests

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.

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 Dioese/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 fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator’s 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 right-hand corner of the page. 

Bishop-Elect Schlert's Ordination and Installation: 
The Bishop-elect will make his Profession of Faith and Oath of Office at Solemn Vespers on Wednesday, August 30, at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna located at 1825 Turner Street in Allentown.  All are invited.  Because of the Allentown Fair, parking is available at St. Thomas More Church, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown.  Continuous shuttles to the cathedral start at 5:00 PM.  After the ceremony in the cathedral, light refreshments will be served at the Parish Activity Center and you will have a chance to meet the new bishop.  The Bishop-Elect's Mass of Ordination will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on August 31 at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Sienna.  Because of space limitations, attendance is by invitation only.  Service Electric and Blue Ridge Cable TV will provide a live broadcast of the Ordination/Installation.  It will be livestreamed on the Diocesan Facebook Page -  Efforts are underway to have it broadcast nationally.

Annual Autumn Women's Retreat
, Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus, is offered by the St. Francis Center for Renewal on September 8 -10.  The Facilitator is Fr. John Krivak.  Offering is $175/person, single occupancy; $165/person double occupancy with an $80 deposit.  Check-in at 6:00 PPM; session begins at 7:30 PM.  To register, go to or call 610-867-8890.

Sacred Heart Villa
- Nun 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on September 16.  Bring your family and friends to benefit the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart.  Register as an individual or a team at by August 25 to ensure you receive your dry fit NUN Run t-short.  Email Carrie at with questions, to register, or to become a sponsor.

Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass Celebration
will be held on Sunday, September 17, at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna, 1875 West Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18104 at 3:00 PM.  All married couples celebrating the 5th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ anniversaries are invited to attend.  Please register online at; obtain a registration form from the A. D. Times; or request a registration form either by emailing or by calling 610-289-8900, ext. 2028.  Return the completed form to the Office of Marriage and Natural Family Planning, 2121 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017.  The registration deadline is September 6.

Parish Mission: 
St. Catharine of Sienna Parish invites all parishioners to participate in a Parish Mission conducted by Fr. Vincent Fortunato, O.F.M. Cap on Sunday through Wednesday, February 25 - 28, 2018, from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM on each night in St. Catharine of Sienna Church.  The purpose of the mission is to help you increase your love of God and provide hope and direction in your daily life.  Cost: free!