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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News January 19 - 26, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, January 25 at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.
The Lenten Pierogi Society will continue its labors on Monday, January 27, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  They will meet each Monday and Tuesday through Lent.  Pierogies will be made in the kitchen under St.  Mary's.  Please use the parking lot Chapel entrance.  New members are always welcome.. 

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  

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

Tax Statements:  If you want a copy of your contributions for tax purposes, fill out the form in the Sunday Bulletin and place it in the collection basket.  You can also email your request at  If you do not have a computer, we mail the statement to you.  Statements will be ready the week of January 23.

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.

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

Winter is Here: Senior parish members should not attempt to come to Mass on stormy, Icy, or bitter cold days.  One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating. 

If You or a Fellow Parishioner is hospitalized, please contact us at 610-779-4005.  To protect your privacy, HIPAA rules mean it is no longer a regular practice for healthcare facilities to notify your Church or priest that you are hospitalized unless directly instructed to do so by yourself or your family. 

To obtain spiritual and sacramental support during your hospital stay, you can:
a)  Have a family member or friend call us beforehand so that we will know when you will be hospitalized.
b) During the administration process, be sure to provide both your religion and the name of your Church.  If the hospital forgets to request this information, inform your nurse of your Church and religion.

If you are hospitalized, ask a member of your healthcare team to contact your clergy or ask to see the chaplain.  The hospital care team will contact 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 January: 1/4 - Francis J. Urbanowicz (1999);  1/18 - Joseph A. Daniel (1998);  1/20 - Ladislaus J. Dabrowski (1939); 1/21 - Walter J. Bruc (1987); 1/28 - John S. Lorenc (1973);  1/29 - Edward S. Musial (2005).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 1/19                Rev. Thomas Kuller, S.J.
Monday 1/20               Rev.  Joseph Kweder
Tuesday 1/21              Rev. Patrick Lamb
Wednesday 1/22        Rev. Daniel Lannen, OSFS
Thursday 1/23             Rev. Brendon Laroche
Friday 1/24                  Rev.  Keith Laskowski
Saturday 1/25              Rev.  William Linkchorst
Sunday 1/26                Rev.  John Little

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.          

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. 

Event Supports Over 90 Retired Nuns:
The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters invite you to Bernardine Bonanza February 22, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at their Motherhouse.  To make a donation for their retired Sisters or to purchase tickets, visit or cal Sr. Maria Bartos at 1-484-334-6815.   

Rediscover the Love in  Your Marriage: 
Retrouvaille of Delaware Valley offers hope for married couples experiencing loneliness, boredom, misery, or frustration in their marriage.  Our next program begins February 22-23 at the Family Life Center.  For more information, call 1-215-766-3944 or 1-800-470-2230.  Couples learn valuable communication skills and rediscover intimacy.     All inquiries are kept strictly confidential

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.