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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News October 14 -21, 2018
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, October 20, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

You or a Family Member at St. Joseph's Hospital?  Call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 if you would like a priest to visit.  St. Joseph's has a new computer system and can no longer run reports for us.

Second Collection Sunday, October 21, is Mission Sunday. 

Our Loved Ones Remembered:  St. Catharine’s Family of Faith lovingly extends to you an invitation to gather with your sisters and brothers who support, sustain and encourage each other in the tender love of the Lord.  Everyone experiences grief in a unique way.  Healing comes, however, our hearts are touched by the hand of the Lord.  On Friday, November 2,  at 7:00 PM  in the Chapel.  St. Catharine’s Family beckons you to share with us in a Memorial Mass of love and remembrance of your dearly departed family members. 

If you have lost a family member during the 2018 year, please fill out the form below and return it to the Rectory or place in the collection basket no later than Sunday, October 28th.


Name of deceased:_________________________
Person requesting:________________________

I will attend______  
I will not attend________

St. Mary's Necrology for October:
10/6 - Bronislaus J. Sienkiewicz (1984);  10/10 - Stanislaus T. Gorak (1984);  Michael V. Marek (1986);  Joseph C. Klosinski (1990);  Leon F. Pateracki (1918):  10/27 - John Pablosky.  Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 10/14                     Monsignor Aloysius Callag
Monday 10/15                    Deceased priests
Tuesday 10/16                   Father E. Michael Camilli
Wednesday 10/17              Monsignor John Campbell
Thursday 10/18                  Father William Campion
Friday 10/19                       Father Thomas Carney
Saturday 10/20                   Religious priests
Sunday 10/21                     Monsignor Michael Chaback

Bishop Alfred Schlert has been visiting parishes around the Diocese in the weeks following the release of the Grand Jury Report and many people have stayed to ask him questions.  Now we’re giving you the same opportunity; anyone with questions about the clergy sexual abuse issue is invited to e-mail them to   The Diocese will edit questions for clarity, length, and appropriateness.  Please include your name and hometown.  On the website, we will identify questioners by their first name and hometown, unless you want that information withheld.  We will not reveal your e-mail address or last name.

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 a month at St. Catharine of  Sienna Church, Mt. Penn, 19606, at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Help Needed:  A part-time (25 hours) Case Manager is needed by the Berks Office of Catholic Charities in Reading.  Candidate must a Batchelor's Degree in social work or related field.  Must have experience working with vulnerable and diverse populations.  Requires travel within the service area.  Candidate must be passionate about helping people become self-sufficient.  Applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish.  Send cover letter and resume to  Specify Berks Case Manager in the Subject field.

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 or parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are encouraged to contact the diocese for more information about this program at this confidential number: 800-791-9209.  To learn more about the diocese Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, go to and click on Youth Protection in the upper right corner of the page.

Looking for an Opportunity to Share Your Faith?  Our parish PREP program is looking for a 2nd grade catechist and classroom aides for various levels.  You do not need to be a professional teacher to volunteer.  All materials are provided.  For more information, contact Marci Zambito at  610-779-8535 or  Check out our new Youth website at  Here you will find information pertaining to PREP classes, Junior and Snior High Youth Groups, and Safe Environment clearances.

Marriage Encounter:  Let Jesus heal any disappointments in your marriage.  Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and experience peace and joy in your marriage.  For more information, call 1-732-904-9636 or go to

Kennedy House:  It is St. Catharine's turn at the Kennedy House in Reading.  We would love to have you help out either Saturday, October 20, or Sunday, October 21, or both days.  Times are from 9-2 each day.  Please call, text, or email if you can help - Sara Miller at 1-484-459-0270.  If you are unable to help but are willing to donate food or other supplies, please contact Sara Miller.

Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae is a beautifully-made documentary film that examines the parallel developments of the pill and modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) by telling the little known story of the founding doctors.  The film is endorsed by The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.  The film will be shown Sunday, October 21, 7:00 PM, atBerks Catholic High School Auditorium, and on Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 PM, at Bethlehem Catholic High School Auditorium.  View the trailer at  For more information, call 610-28908900, ext. 2024. 

Armed With the Spirit,
this year's Diocesan Men's Conference, Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at DeSales University.  It includes keynote adresses, exhibits, and Vigil Mass with the Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown.  Includes continental breakfast and lunch.  General Admission $40/adult; $15/High Sc hool/College student.  For more information or to register, go to  Direct questions to or call (610) 289-8900 ext. 2028.

A Time Apart with Jesus to Grow in Your Spiritual Life
offered by Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist from Friday evening, November 2 to Sunday Noon on November 4.  The retreat is offered by Sister Joan Noreen, co-founder of OLME and 1999 - 2018 EWTN Host of  Eucharistic Journey.  The retreat is at the Ave Maria Retreat House in Doylestown and it includes daily Eucharist, Eucharistic Adoration, conferences on Catholic Spirituality, Prayer with Sacred Sculpture, Liturgy of the Hours, and much more.  For more information, contact Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist, 640 E. Main St., Birdsboro, PA 19508, email,  call 610-582-3333, or go to

Fourth Annual Sean Wertman Memorial 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament
on Saturday, November 10.  Please help to end addiction One Basket at a time while having fun and displaying good sportsmanship.  Where:  Exeter Senior High School gyms for boys and girls in the 5th - 6th grades and 7th-8th grades.  The purpose is to increase awareness of over-the-counter medicine abuse and a fundraiser for Adult/Teen Challenge Rehab.  $60/team entrance fee.  To sign up or for more information, call or text Roger or Valerie Wertman at 610-779-8943.  You can also leave a voicemail or email  You can find forms and details on Facebook: at seanwetmanbb.  Team sponsors and donations are appreciated.

Interested in Orphan Care? Convenant Church, 1201 Yerger Blvd., Reading, PA 19608 will host an Adoption and Foster Care 101 event at 6:30 PM on November 11.  For more information, email or check their Facebook page at