St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
March 7 -14, 2021
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Catholic Charities (Reading) is a private nonprofit social service agency operating under the auspices of the Diocese of Allentown. We offer services to meet the needs of people in our community who need support, care and compassion:
• Infants and children in need of a home
• Families in need of counseling and support
• Pregnant women in search of assistance
• Immigrants seeking a new home
• Elders in need of care and special services
• Those in need who face homelessness, hunger and unemployment
Second Collection - Almsgiving: When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. During the Season of Lent, there will be a second collection each weekend for special needs: March 14th - Catholic Charities; March 21st - Mary’s Shelter; March 28th - Rice Bowl.
Easter Plants for the sanctuary can be purchased in memory of your beloved deceased by enclosing $10/plant in an envelope provided at the altar rail. Please prin t the name clearly.
The Parish Office Is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and Fridays, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. The reception area is limited to one person.
Eucharistic Adoration is held in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue on Mondays from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
When Attending Mass or any church service please remember to wear a mask at all times within the church. The pews are marked for social distancing and hand sanitizer is available at the central entrance.
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 2021 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 www.scsreading.org and at the Parish Center. You can
also call 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 will help you.
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, charged only once regardless of the number of books requested. 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 email@example.com or call 610-374-9215.
SCAM ALERT: The Diocese of Allentown would like to remind its parishioners to be on alert, and not fall victim, to
ongoing scams that are once again popping up at various parishes throughout the area. In the past months individuals have reported getting text messages and/or emails from someone claiming to be their pastor asking for various things, most often gift cards.
The Diocese reminds everyone if you are ever concerned about a message that you receive, whether by text message or email, verify it before you take any action. In the most recent instances, the bogus messages asked each recipient to purchase a gift card for a cancer victim on behalf of the pastor, but the scam can oftentimes take various forms.
These requests are fake and should be considered a scam.
Additional reminders for the public to not fall victims to a scam include:
• Don’t click on any links or open attachments in unsolicited texts or emails
• Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve only met by social media or text message if you don’t
know who they are
Please note: Msgr Domin, Father Wehr, and Msgr. Treston will never text or email you asking for money, gift cards, etc.
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.
$16,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS In 2021, the Polish-American Board of Education of Berks County (PABEBC)
will award eleven college scholarships totaling $16,000 to Berks County high school seniors of Polish-American
descent. You can obtain application forms and guidelines from the guidance counselors in all Berks County High Schools beginning Monday, January 4, 2021. You can also download the forms from the PABEBC website at www.pabeberks.org. Completed application forms are due no later than Saturday, April 10, 2021, to the
Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee Sandra Lubas Hummel, 115 Watercress Drive, Birdsboro, PA
19508-9715. Direct questions about the scholarship program to Ms. Hummel at 610-207- 7065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tthe Polish-American Heritage Association of Berks County (PAHABC) is awarding a
$1,000 scholarship to a Berks County high school senior of Polish-American descent in conjunction with the
PABEBC.. The application form and guidelines for obtaining this scholarship are also available in the office
of the high school guidance counselors or by contacting Sandy Lubas Hummel at email@example.com or by
calling her at 610-207-7065. For this scholarship, the students are asked to submit a project on Polish history,
culture, and/or traditions. The deadline for receipt of the project and all accompanying documents is March 7,
2021. Please see the scholarship guidelines for additional information.
Public Masses 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 continues, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today. Seniors should not attempt to come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold. One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.
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! #weareonebody https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzcPzI8HJS00CEFaSHOYxQ
Prayer Requests for Priests
Sunday 3/7 Rev. Jaya K. Francis, M.S.C.
Monday 3/8 Rev. John A. Frink
Tuesday 3/9 Rev. Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher
Wednesday 3/10 Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, O.S.F.S.
Thursday 3/11 Rev. Joseph S. Ganser
Friday 3/12 Rev. Angel Garcia-Almodovar
Saturday 3/13 Rev. Andrew N. Gehringer
Please note: To obtain a copy of your giving record for tax purposes, please fill out the form below and place it
in the collection basket. If you would like your statement sent through email please print email address clearly on
this form. You can also email with your request anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have a computer.
we can mail you a copy of your statement.
If you have any questions, please call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005 .
Senior Members of our parish family should not come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold. One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.
March Necrology: 3/3 - Michael S. Pachucki (1934); 3/4 - Mark Januszkiewicz (1924); 3/6 - Stephen S. Krystyniak (1973); 3/7 - Joseph C. Tylka (1960); 3/10 - John J. Judycki (1971); 3/19 - Ladislaus J. Sarama (1966). . Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.
Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for a Long Term Sub. Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and all clearances and certifications to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at Mkraycik@scsreading.org or via snail
mail at 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606. St. Catharine's is also accepting applications for PT
classroom aides. Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and all clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at
same email or nail mail address.
St. Catharine’s 19th Annual CYO Golf Tournament and Dinner on Friday, May 7, 2021. At the Reading Country Club, 4-Person Scramble-shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Hot Dogs, Beer, Soda at the turn. Cost: Golf, cart, and lunch is $95. Entries due by Friday, April 30, 2021. To register:mail this entry form along with your check (Payable to St. Catharine’s CYO) and send it to: St. Catharine’s 2427 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA 19606.
Registration for Berks Catholic High School has opened. For more information, contact Nicky Smith at
email@example.com or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.
Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheerleading 2021 Season Registration is now open- This year you can register online by going to //GO.TEAMSNAP.COM/FORMS/258246. This program is open to girls and boys enrolled in Berks County Parochial Schools. Some age and grade restrictions apply. For more information on eligibility and cost, go to www.leaguelineup.com/bcyfac. You can follow us on Facebook by going to: Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheer-2020 and Beyond. For any other questions contact: Danielle Fowler
610-374-1695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Finding Your Way After the Death of a Spouse is a two-part workshop on 2/27 and 3/13 from from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at St. Catharine’s Parish Center, Meeting Rm. 2427, Perkiomen Ave. To register, email email@example.com Seating is limited.
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 www.allentowndiocese.org 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 www.ReportBishopAbuse.org 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.
The Tribunal Diocese of Allentown, 610-434-3200: Do you know your Tribunal? The Tribunal is a group of specially qualified priests, deacons and lay persons. Their responsibility is to come to the help of persons who are the victims of unfortunate marriage situations. When a divorce occurs, the Catholic Church is always caught
between two tensions. One is the unbreakable bond of marriage. Jesus Himself said: “What God has joined, man must not divide.” This is God’s law. It cannot be broken by human intervention.
On the other hand, the Church must be concerned about the spiritual welfare of the people involved. Can they be helped? Was this a true marriage? Even though the parties went through a Catholic marriage ceremony, was there some weakness in the consent of one or both of the persons involved?
The annulment procedure is designed to study the history of the marriage and why it failed. It does not affix the blame. If the marriage is found to be invalid both parties are free. If you could be helped, or have a friend or acquaintance who might be helped, please suggest that they call your parish priest or the Tribunal Office. The Tribunal will be happy to forward an application. Have no fear. All interviews are private. There are no confrontations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.