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 22 - 29, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  St. Catharine's offers confession in their Meeting Room next to the Priest's Room  after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday.  Also, you can call St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and arrange an appointment
for confession.  When you arrive at the Parish Center for your appointment, stay in your car, roll down the passenger side window, call the Parish Center to let them know you are there, and a priest will come out to hear your confession. 

The Parish Center  will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29.  It will reopen on Monday, November
30.  There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, November 30.

Confessions will resume at St. Mary's starting the first weekend of Advent at 2:45 to 3:15 PM

The 2019 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  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 wuill help you. 

Pan z Wami
is a Polish-English Mass book for 2021.  Fifteen copies will be available for purchase at  $10.00 each.  If you would like to reserve a copy, call Diane at at the Parish Center 610-779-4005.

Parish Center Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

The Commemorating St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish, Reading, Pa, 1888 – 2016
will be on sale on Saturdays after the 3:30 PM Mass and on Sundays after the 10:30 AM Mass in the Community Room under the Church – access from the side parking lot.  On Saturdays, they are also available from about 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM and on Sundays from about 10:00 AM to 10:20 PM.The price of the book is $15.90 which includes the sales tax. Cash and checks only; no credit or debit cards.

St. Catharine's Church Store is Closed due to COVID-19.  2021 Christmas Missals and Christmas Wafers (oplatki) are available art the Parish Center on Perkiomen Avenue.  Ministers and Lectors can pick up their Missals in the Priest's Sacristy at your Church.

Public Masses
resumed on June 1.  The normal weekend Mass schedule has returned.  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 continue, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today.

Livestream Masses will change to a recorded Mass 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! #weareonebody

Latin Tridentine Masses
have returned to St. Mary's.  They are celebrated the second Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM.

Week Day Masses at St. Catharine's Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue are at 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM.  The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at the Church on Rt. 562 at 8:30 AM

Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

There will be only one collection at Mass.  Place all your envelopes in the basket.  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Contribution Reminder:
  If you submit multiple envelopes with one check, please mark each envelope with the
amount of your donation.  This will ensure that your contributions are recorded accurately and will be helpful to our collection counters.

Congratulations to Helen Konkulus who celebrated her 103rd Birthday on Thursday, November 19.

Masses for Priests:

Sunday 11/22              Rev. Eugene P. Ritz
Monday 11/23             Rev. Phillip F. Rodgers
Tuesday 11/24            Rev. John F. Rother
Wednesday 11/25       Rev. Paul L. Rothermel
Thursday 11/26           Rev. Msgr. Edward R. Sacks
Friday 11/27                Rev. Msgr. Walter T. Scheaffer
Saturday 11/28            Bishop Alfred A. Schlert
Sunday 11/29              Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Schoenauer
Berks Catholic High School had an opening for a part time maintenance person.  For more information, email

Berks Catholic High School invites you to celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ at a Virtual Christmas Vesper Prayer Service on Sunday, December 20, at 4:00 PM from  Sacred heart Church, West Reading.  The virtual broadcase will be live on YouTube at 4:00 PM.

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

If You are Shut In
and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this coronavirus 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. Mary's Necrology for November:  11/16 - Boleslaus J. Zywicki (1943)  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Caregiver Needed:  RN or LPN needed for Private Duty skilled care for a 59-year old female in her home.  24-hour coverage  required: all shifts available including weekends.  Let us know if you are available for emergencies.  If interested, email John Orlando at

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.

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

Stabom Manor is a Personal Care Home located in Reading that is a Social Security Building that houses 150
low income residents with health care issues.  We are reaching out to local business and churches looking for donations of food, candy, personal hygiene products, clothing, sleepwear, slippers or anything you believe our residents would enjoy.   Please make any perishable donations as close to December 24th as possible.  Please call 610-373-2272 on Monday throuugh Friday from 8:00 AM to 4L00 PM.