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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News November 12 - 19, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, November 18, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Second Collection:
  Next Sunday, November 19, for the Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund. 

Pierogi Society
will meet under St. Mary's Church for one day on Tuesday, November 14, to make pierogies for sale at the St. Catharine's Christmas Boutique.  If you can help, please call St. Catharine's Rectory at 610-779-4005 and leave your name.

Support Our Retired and Infirm Priests:  The Diocese of Allentown is conducting an annual fund, Chosen, Blessed, Shared to support the Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests.  Please do not confuse this with the diocese's annual collection for The National Appeal for Retired Religious on December 9 and 10.  All gifts received will support the rising costs of our priests in good standing who have retired and the many who, though retired, continue to serve in our diocese.   

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. 

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.

St. Mary's Necrology for November: 11/16 - Boleslaus J. Zywicki (1943).   Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 11/12                        Father Philip Rodgers
Monday 11/13Father Paul Rothermel
Tuesday 11/14Msgr. Edward Sacks
Wednesday 11/15Deceased priests
Thursday 11/16Father Edwin Sanders
Friday 11/17Father Frederick Sattler
Saturday 11/18Msgr. Walter Scheaffer
Sunday 11/19Msgr. Francis Schoenauer

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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:  A weekend for married couples of all ages who want to enrich their marriages.  For more information, go to or call 1-732-904-9636.

Bishop's Annual Appeal:  Our parishioners have raised $134,074 representing 21.67%.  If you have not pledged/given so far, please do so.

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the diocese or a parish.  You can contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209 to report the abuse.  This is a confidential telephone number. 
For more information about Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and the Code of Conduct, go to and click on Youth Protection in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

ICF Courses: 
The Diocese of Allentown provides adult formation courses for Catholics looking to learn more about the Faith.  There are no prerequisites for these courses.  To view information about course content, location, and fees, go to

Berks Catholic High School is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  To schedule a personal tour, receive and application packet, or schedule a Saint for a Day visit, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

Confused About Medicare Options
; struggling with high premiums, high co-pays, or unreasonable drug costs?  George Violand, licensed and certified with all major health carriers, is available at 610-406-9065.  He will also hold informal sales meetings in the Adult Conference Room at the Exeter Community Library - 11:00 AM - on November 15,and 29.  Space is limited, reservations are recommended.  Medicare open enrollment begins on  December 8.

Local Poverty Relief Collection: Annual collection, November 18-19, to support local groups and organizations that assist the poor in the diocese.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Catholic Singer Donna Cori Gibson Free Concert:  Sunday, November 19, 7:00 PM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, 1861 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem.  Invite your family and friends to join you for this evening of beautiful music honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.  You can make a free-will offering after the concert.

Central Catholic High School Class of 1992 Reunion: 
November 25, Captain's Cove, 2619 Hill Road, Reading, PA 19606, 7:00 - 10:00 PM (or later).  Members of the class of 1992 and their significant others are invited - no children.  $30.00/person which covers the cost of the venue, hors d'oeuvres, and a DJ.  To attend, register at  We've kept the cost lost to encourage all members of the class to attend.  The school will waive the fee for any financial hardship that prevents you and yours from attending.

Remembering Our Veterans:
For the fifth year, the Technology team at Air Products is joining with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans buried at Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville.  Wreaths are $15/wreath and you can sponsor a wreath at  The Wreath sponsorship deadline is Monday, November 27. 
For more information, email Margaret Albert at

20th Annual Holiday House Tour
presented by the Women's Club of Exeter Township, Sunday, December 3,
1:00 - 5:00 PM. Tickets: $15/person on sale at Boscov's East, Effie's,  and the Exeter Community Library.

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!

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:  Organized by Fr. Rodgers,  pastor of St. Benedict's Church.  Trip is scheduled for April 18-27, 2018.  You will visit Jesus' Birthplace in Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Calvary, the empty tomb Christ, and other interesting Christian sites.  If you are interested, Collette Tours will host an informational meeting at St. Benedict's parish hall on November 20 at &:00 PM.