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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
April 4 - 11, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession at St Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by appointment at the Parish Center.  No confessions on Holy Saturday.

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 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/book.  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, call 610-374-9215. or 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811. 

Scam Alert:
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  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  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 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

Prayer Requests for Priests
Monday 4/5              Rev. John A. Hutta
Tuesday 4/6             Rev. Augustine L. Idra, A.J.
Wednesday 4/7       Rev. Edward M. Ifkovits, S.J.
Thursday 4/8           Rev. Francis Iroot, A.J.
Friday 4/9                Rev. Guency Isaac, M.S.C.C.M.
Saturday 4/10          Rev. Stephan A. Isaac

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  If you do not have a computer.
we can mail you a copy of your statement. 




Email _________________________________________________________________

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.

April Necrology: 4/8 - Josph J. Swies (1985);  4/21 -joseph F. Woda (1974);  Victor M. Lediecki (1898).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.un Run Is Going Vitural

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 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 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  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

Bishop Alfred Schlert and the Because We are Catholic Trust Advisory Board
invite you to attend the virtual kickoff.  To do so, visit: BECAUSE WE ARE on Thursday,  April 8, 2021 – 6:30 PM. Please join Bishop Schlert to learn about the Diocese of Allentown ministries, schools, parishes, and partners funded with support from the Because We Are Catholic Appeal.  Please RSVP by April 6, 2021 at kickoff.  For more information, please contact the office of Stewardship and Development at 800-831-4443 or

The Holy Guardian Angels Parish Outdoor Spring Craft Fair and Raffle featuring a variety of vendors,
a 20+ gift basket auction, raffles for a 2’ x 3’ Alpaca throw rug, and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-made bed
quilt.   Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot, 3125 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605 9:00 AM. to 2:00 PM.
(Rain Date May 1).  Cost of tickets for the quilt raffle is $10/1 ticket or 3 tickets/$20. Quilt raffle tickets can be
purchased now at the HGA rectory or online through the HGA Facebook page, and will also be available the day
of the fair until 12:45 PM.  Winning tickets for all raffles will be drawn at the craft fair beginning @ 1:00 PM.
Safety protocols – masks and social distancing - will be in effect and enforced at all times!

Canticle gift Shop in the McGlinn Conference Center at 460 Saint Bernadine St., Reading, PA, 19607 is open by appointment (masks required).  Religious gifts for Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation, as well as religious articles and inspirational gifts are available. To make an appointment, call Sister Shaun Patrice Malone at 610-301-3834. Masks are required.

The Commission for Men will host monthly rosaries for men and their families every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  Join us to pray for peace in our nation and in our world, for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and for an increase in vocations to religious life and priesthood – in our Diocese and throughout the Church.  For more information and to pray the next rosary on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 PM.  Men and their families are welcome!
Check out the website:

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.

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.

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  

Parish Organizations, Contact Persons, and Resources:
Altar Servers – ( Father Zachary Wehr – 610-779-4005)
American Heritage Girls - (Julia Wright - 610-370–9290)
Boy Scout- (Terry Wade - 610-478-1200)
Bereavement Support - (Judy Cameron– 610-370-1174)
Catholic Charities - (610-376-7144)
Catholic Soup Kitchen (Sara Miller 610-404-1590)
Choir- (Dave Kostival – 484-332-8695)
Church Library - (Genevieve Samolewicz 610-779-1660)
Cub Scouts – (610-888-5595 Kristen Reinert)
Cursillo – (Bill McMahon 610-779-8654)
CYO President & CYO Athletic Director - (Cristina Schmehl- 610-779-1513)
Disability Advocates -(Carol McCullough 610-370-1660)
Eucharistic Ministers-(Deacon Greg Schneider - 610-929-0386)
Exeter Food Bank - (Phil & Bonnie Blankenstein - 610-779-6045)
Girl Scouts - (Adrienne Evans - 908-872-6105)
Guitar Choir – (Ann DelCollo - 610-777-5234)
Home School Organization– Liz Keiffer (610- 310-7842 )
Knights of Columbus - ( Fred Nowotarski - 516-509-0190)
Lectors – (John Vogel 610-779-6287)
Maintenance - (Elisha Robinson - (610-779-5810)
Marriage Preparation - (610-779-4005)
Ministers of Hospitality- ( Deacon John Stapleton 610-779-4005)
Parish Nurses -
Parish School – (Mrs. Marcella Kraycik - 610-779-5810)
Saint Catharine’s Pre-School – (610-779-5810)
PREP (CCD) – (Coordinator - Marci Zambito,610-779-8535)
Protecting God’s Children Coordinator - (Marci Zambito - 610-779-8535)
RCIA – (Father Zachary Wehr - 610-779-4005) Religious Store - (Bill Wertz - 610-779-5283)
Saint Vincent de Paul Society- (Carol Cinelli 610-779-3113)
School Board - Michele Weber ( 610-779-8406)
Scrip – (Cristina Schmehl - 610-779-1513)
Senior Citizen Group (50+Club)- (Carol Buddell - 610-401-0600)
Siena Stitchers - (Judy McMahon - 610-779-8654)
Youth Group - (Marci Zambito 610-779-8535)
Parish Office- ( 610-779-4005) ; Fax: 610-779-0859
Church Website -
Saint Catharine’s Parish Center - 610-779-4005
Saint Catharine’s School - 610-779-5810