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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News December 8 - 15, 2019
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, December 14 and 21 at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.
                         Wednesday, December 18 at  6:00-6:45 PM.                     
                         Otherwise, by appointment only.

Commemorating St. Mary Parish:  Planning has begun for creating a book commemorating St. Mary Parish.  The book will contain a history of the parish, information about parish life, and photographic record of the present church.  Currently, we are attempting to determine the number of people who would be interested in purchasing the book whose estimated price will be in the range $10 - $15.  If you would consider purchasing the book, please sign the signup sheet in the vestibule of St. Mary's or send an email indicating your interest to  

Volunteers Needed to help decorate St. Mary's on Thursday, December 12, at 9:00 AM.

for poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas are on the altar rails.   Each plant is $12.00.     Please print names legibly.
***Award to St. Mary's***
St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Receives 2019 Best of Reading Award

Reading Award Program Honors the Achievement

READING November 12, 2019 -- St Mary's Roman Catholic Church has been selected for the 2019 Best of Reading Award in the Community Churches category by the Reading Award Program.

Each year, the Reading Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Reading area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Reading Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Reading Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Reading Award Program

The Reading Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Reading area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Reading Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

Scholarships:  The Polish-American Board of Education of Berks County (PABEBC) will celebrate its75th Anniversary in 2020.  As of 2019, the organization has awarded 321 scholarships totaling almost $700,000.  A reunion of scholarship recipients is being planned in conjunction with the PABEBC annual scholarship awards dinner to be held at the Inn of Reading on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  If you were the recipient of a scholarship please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  If you know someone who was a recipient of a scholarship please share this information with him/her.  In addition, we would like to compile information about the activities of our scholarship recipients.  Scholarship recipients should visit our Facebook page at Polish American Board of Education Berks County or our website at

Part-time Custodian needed at Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Servics, Inc. (CSHHCS) at their senior apartment buildings in  Reading and Laureldale.  Valid PA driver's License and ability to respond to emergency calls on a rotating schedule on evenings and weekends is required as well as prior facility janitorial/custodian experience.  Please send your resume to Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Servics, Inc., 1200 Spring Street, B ethlehem, PA 18018 or email it to

Sunday Missals are available in the St. Catharine Parish Center and at the Church Store.  Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors can pick  up their complimentary missals in the sacristy at the Church.

Saint Catharine of Siena School Board
will have two positions available starting next year.  Parents who have students in the school as well as individuals who do not have children in the school are encouraged to reply.  Applicants must be 21 years old.  Selected candidates will have orientation in March 2020 and are asked to serve a 3-year term beginning in September 2020.  Email the school at of an application.  The deadline for applications is December 17.

A Community of Catholic Women invite all women who are committed to raising awareness and funds to aid non-profit ministries endorsed by  the Diocese of Allentown in imitation of  the life of St. Catharine of Siena.  By joining together in collective giving and personally selecting the recipient ministries, women will be giving and personally selecting the recipient ministries.  An annual contribution of $300 is required to be placed in a combined Charitable Funds Account for distribution to chosen non-profit ministries with $50 set aside for organizational expenses.  For more information, call 1-800-831-4443 or go to

Central Catholic High School Alumni are selling Alumni car magnets for $3.00 each.  You can purchase them at the Parish Center.

Homebound parishioners
who wish to receive Communion, please call the office at 610-779-4005.

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.

For Those Who are Grieving a support group meets two Mondays a month at St. Catharine's Church, Mt. Penn  19606 at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Want to Join Our Parish?  Please contact the Priest after Mass to register in our parish.  Registration takes 10 - 15 minutes.

St. Mary's Necrology for December: 12/3 - Boleslaus J. Zywicki (1943);  12/13 - Francis J. Opps (2004) 
12/15 - Benedict Tomiak (1928);  12/20 - Joseph Gazdzik (1943);  12/20 - John Mickum (1968);  12/20 - John J. Duminiak (2010).   Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 12/8                 Rev. Robert George
Monday 12/2                 Rev. John Frink

Tuesday 12/3                Rev. Kevin Gallagher
Wednesday 12/4           Rev. Daniel Gambet
Thursday 12/5               Rev.   Joseph Ganser
Friday 12/6                    Rev. Angel Garcia-Almodavar
Saturday 12/7                Rev. Andrew Gehringer
Sunday 12/8                  Rev. Robert George

Cold Weather Has Arrived:  Clean gently used or new children's hats, scarves, mittens, and boots are needed.  St. Vincent DePaul will distribute them to needy children in  Reading.

Veterans Making a Difference
is a non-profit organization that manages the Paul R. Gordon Veteran Social Center at the corner of 6th and Greenwich streets.  The center is for all military, active and veterans, to come and socialize.  The lVeteran  Food Pantry is open the last Saturday of each month.  It hands out clothing, personal items, and food as needed.  If you are interested in preparing a meal, donating non-perishable food, or taking a tour of the center, contact Liz Graybill at 484-577-6898 or at

Bishop's Annual Appeal:
So far, our parishioners have raised $90,021 from 13.45% of our registered families.  If you have not made your pledge, call the parish office or go to Appeal website at

To View December Events at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa,
Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA, visit their website at or call 1-215-345-0600.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
will be celebrated at the Santander Arena on Thursday, December 12.  A Solemn Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 PM followed by the fiesta.  The official novena will celebrated at St Margaret Church on December 4 - 7 and at St. Joseph Church on December 8 - 11.  Evening services begin at 6:30 PM.  Allservices in Spanish.

Annual Advent Retreat: 
Love Beyond All Telling, December 13 - 15.  Offering: $175/person single occupancy; $165/person double occupancy.  Check in begins at 6:00 PM, December 13.  First session at 7:30 PM.  $80 deposit.  To register or for more information, call 610-867-8890 or email

St. Catharine 2019 Artisan Showcase and Sale
in the Social Hall on Saturday, December 14, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.  Free admission.  Wine sampling. Raffle items, and more.  Interested venders should contact Amy Chiarelli at
610-780-9803 or

Berks Catholic HS Christmas Vespers
Sunday, December 15, 4:00 PM,

Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County  Wigilia Dinner, Stirling Guest Hotel, 1120 Centre Avenue, Reading.  Cocktails  4:30 to 5:30 PM followed by sharing oplatek, dinner, and Christmas Koledy.  For information/reservations call Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7:00 PM.

Christmas Vespers Service
at Sacred Heart Church, West Reading, on Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 PM.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Berks Catholic HS Open House
Thursday, January 23, 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church, West Reading.  Free admission and open to the public. 

The Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany
is given every ten years.  Les White has put together a 14-day trip to Germany, Austria,  Switzerland, and a bit of France from July 3-16, 2020.  For details and a complete itinerary contact Les at 610-929-1833 or  Don't delay - trip is limited to 30 passengers.