St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
September 12 - 19, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
All Catholics in the Diocese of Allentown are obligated to attend Mass on weekends and on holy days of obligation.  If you are homebound, infirm, or with a seriously anxiety about public gatherings you should not come to Mass.  Livestreaming of Masses continues, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today.  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 to

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 7:15 AM Mass till 8:00 PM. 

Banns of Marriage: II Emily Berlin and Andrew Wummer

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.  The Parish Office is closed on September 6.

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. 

September Necrology:
9/1 - Leonard S. Merook (1984);  9/3 - Edmund  M. Kempinski (1966);  9/10 - Matthias Tarnowski - (1910);  9/12 - Francis S. Palecki (1984);  9/18 - Julian G. Zagorski (1992);  9/23 - John G. Pasura (1996);  9/28 - Joseph A. Zmijewski(1968);  9/30 - Jerome G. Marecki (19955).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers. 

Prayer Request for Priests:
Monday 9/13                Rev. Richard Clement
Tuesday 9/14               Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Coll
Wednesday 9/15          Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Thursday 9/16              Rev. James M. T. Connolly
Friday 9/17                   Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Coyle
Saturday 9/18              Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen

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

Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist
- Event  Coordinator - Location: Birdsboro, PA - Job Status: Full
Time (Monday to Thursday).  The Event Coordinator plans meetings, conferences, and retreats. This includes
monthly meetings with members of Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist as well as retreats open to the
public and various social events.  Coordinate and communicate with event volunteers.  Reconcile all final
participation data for accurate final attendee report.  Responsible for post inventory data. Qualifications -
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) applications.  Must be able to work full time.   Exceptions can be necessary on occasion.  Skills Excellent oral and written communications skills.  Ability to converse with all levels of personnel.  Effective organizational and time management skills.  Ability to work independently,
developing strategies and action plans and implementing goals and objectives.  Possesses a working knowledge of the Catholic Church and its internal structure.  The ability to work on multiple events simultaneously while retaining a positive attitude, level of accuracy, and team spirit is important..

The Monsignor Borneman Knights of Columbus Council
of the Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart Parishes is hosting St. Joseph Devotions.  Come learn about St. Joseph on Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. at Sacred Heart Parish.

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 hostst 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.

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  

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation is the process which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church.

The RCIA is intended to serve:
• The unbaptized who would like to learn more about the Catholic religion
• Those baptized in another religion who think they might like to become Catholic
• Those baptized Catholic who have not completed the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation or those who
   were not raised in the Faith

This class will start in September.  For more information, please call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

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.

Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass - Married couples around the Diocese are invited to renew their vows and thank God for the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage during the annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, September 19th.  Bishop Alfred Schlert will celebrate the Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine in Allentown at 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 19. The Mass will be livestreamed on AD Today and the
Diocese of Allentown Facebook page. The Mass will fulfill your Sunday obligation. To register to attend, email or call toll free 1-800-831-4443.

CYO Sunday - September 19: There will be a special collection the weekend of Sept 19 for the St Catharine of Siena Parish CYO.   If you are interested or have any questions about the St Catharine CYO Program, please see us after the 9:00 Mass on Sept 19 at the back of the church or email Cristina Schmehl at with your name, email, and phone number.  Your support is appreciated.  CYO Students: please plan to attend the September 19, 9:00 Mass.  Please wear your athletic/gym clothing or your school uniform.  There is reserved in the center of the church.

Family Fun Night
hosted by Lifeline of Berks on Friday, September 24, 6:00 - 10:00 PM at the St. Benedict's Picnic Ground, 4541 Morgantown Road, Mohnton, PA).  It is a night filled with food, raffles, giveaways, games, music, and an outdoor movie the whole family will enjoy.Free admission.  For more information, go to

Bands, Bags, Beers, and  Baskets
will be held on Saturday, September 25, and on  Sunday, September 26, at St. Benedicts Picnic Grove, 4541 Morgantown Rd, Mohnton, PA.  Times: Saturday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. and Sunday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Tickets available on Facebook event page Bands, Bags, Beers & Baskets.

Shower of Roses Festival
will be held at The Shrine of St. Therese, 1 East Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning, PA
on October 3, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  For more information, contact St. Joseph’s Rectory at 570-645-2664.

Holy Rosary Annual Spaghetti Dinner
on October 13 at Victor Emmanuel II from 4:30  PM to 7:30 PM.  Don’t miss out on a delicious meal while helping Holy Rosary Church.  Everyone is  invited to attend.  Take Outs are available.   Dinner includes: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Butter. Cash Bar, Homemade Baked Goods Sale.   All Tickets are $12.00.  To purchase tickets, call. Charlie Polinko at 610-678-4793, Linette Razzano at 610-202 9846 or Christine Lichman at 610-334-1208.

MSC Oktoberfest
on Sunday, October 17, 2:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Reading Liederkranz.  Hosted by and for the
Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Enjoy an authentic German Oktoberfest at the #1 Oktoberfest in the U.S.!  To reserve your seats or support our cause, visit; phone 610-929-2802, or direct link // oktoberfest-2021-registraton-sponsorship/.

“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 Rm, 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.

The Antietam Alligators Swim Team
is holding a purse bingo fundraiser on Sunday November 14 at the
Antietam Valley Recreation Center. T ickets 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.

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