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 22 - 29, 2023
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602

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Confession Schedule at St.  Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions will also be heard from
7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue.  NOTE:  No confession on Monday, January 30.  Otherwise
by appointment at the Parish Center.

Daily Mass:  The Daily Mass is at 7:15 AM in the Chapel.  Saturday Daily Mass is at 8:00 AM.

Eucharistic Adoration following Monday's 7:15 Mass till 8:00 PM.

Next week our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection.  Funds from this collection provide
food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here
and abroad.  Please give generously to the collection and reveal Christ’s love to those most in need.  Learn ore
about the collection at

Parish Center Office:  The normal office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM;
Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

Pray the Rosary  in the Chapel on Thursday mornings at 6:45 AM and on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. 

Sunday Missals
for 2023 are available at the Church on Rt.562 or at the Parish Center for $4.00\each.

Pan Z Wami:
2023 Polish Missals are available at St. Catharine’s Rectory.  The cost is $15.00/book.

Sanctuary Candle Memorials for the Week of January 15th:  
St. Catharine’s Chapel - John Stapleton, Sr. (49th Anniversary)
St. Catharine’s Church - Mary Konopelski
St. Mary’s - David and Rita Kasprzak

The Lenten Pierogi Society
will begin making pierogis Monday and Tuesday January 30th and 31st from
9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  They will continue to meet each Monday and Tuesday through Lent until March 28th.
Pierogis will be made in the kitchen under the Church.  Please use parking lot Chapel entrance.  New members
are always welcome

If you would like 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 to you by email,
please print email address clearly on this form.  You can email your request anytime at 
If you do not have a computer, we can mail you a copy of your statement.  Statements will be not be ready
until the week of the 23rd of January.
Name:   _____________________________________________________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________________________

Phone:  ________________________________

Email   ______________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005 .

To Add Someone
to Our Prayer List call the Parish Center at 601-779-4005 or email them to Diane Sitler at

If you are sick, hospitalized, in a rehabilitation facility, or confined to your home, call the Parish Center at

To Receive text messages concerning weather cancellations for parish liturgical services, Masses, and other
events text @9h4ac9 to 81010.

Father Stajkowski
is back in Reading at the Celebration Villa of Exeter (formerly Elmcroft), 9 Colin Court,
Reading, PA, 19606.

SCS Endowment:  Please consider contributing to our SCS Endowment Fund – an investment in our future and
an affirmation of our many success stories.  For more information regarding our endowment fund, please consider contributing at  To learn more visit

The Parish Religious Education Program is open to all students in grades 1 – 8. All levels will meet in person
on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00PM.  Registration forms are available in the back of church or online at  We are in need of volunteers to help teach or aide PREP classes. All materials and
training will be provided.

The Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County is accepting memberships for 2023. Part of our
mission is to promote and to share public awareness and appreciation of our Polish heritage through cultural,
educational and social activities. If interested , please contact Marilyn Wlazewski, President, at 610-779-5523.

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 for one or more
copies.  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 write to me at 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811.

January Necrology:  1/4 - Francis J. Urbanowicz (1999);  1/18 - Joseph A. Dabiel (1998);  1/20 - Ladislaus J.
Dabrowski (19839); 1/21 - Walter J. Bruc (1987);  1/28 - John S. Lorenc (1973);  1/29 - Edward S. Musual (2005). 
Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 1/23              Rev. Msgr. John B. Mc Cann
Tuesday 1/24             Rev. Robert J. Mc Conaghy
Wednesday 1/25        Rev. Brian M. Miller
Thursday 1/26            Rev. Ronald J. Minner
Friday 1/27                 Rev. Stanley Moczydlowski
Saturday 1/28             Rev. Anthony P. Mongiello
The Polish American Cultural Center, Room 509,at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St.,
Reading, has an exhibit of Polish folk costumes on display from now until mid-November. We are open weekends
from Noon - 4:00 PM.

The Mother Veronica Resource Center, a ministry of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, needs volunteer
teachers  to conduct evening classes (6:30 - 8:00PM) English as a Second Language and Citizenship Preparation.
We are looking for a GED preparation Language Arts class instructor, GED preparation tutors, and substitute class
instructors.  If you have a background in education and you are interested in serving our community, call Sister Cara
at  1-484-516 2138 or email for more information.

When You Schedule Meetings and Events for your parish group or organization, please email your schedule
to for placement on our calendar and inclusion in the weekly bulletin.  Along with the dates
of your meeting or event, please include the time and location so that we can make sure there are no scheduling

Feed the Priests:  This ministry allows you to provide a complete evening meal on Mondays, Tuesday, and
Wednesdays delivered to the Parish Center by 4:00 PM.  The meal should consist of a meal for three priests;
be a fully cooked ready-to-eat meal; delivered in a disposable container; and include heating instructions if
required.  The meal should include a salad, meat, starch, vegetable, and possibly a dessert. If you wish to
provide a meal, call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005.  Thank you for all you do for our parish and priests.

If You are Shut In and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this COVID-19 outbreak, please
call the the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and leave your name and phone number.  A number of people
have offered their service to help those in need.

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.

Catholic Charities
needs donations to fulfill the requests they receive from the people in need of help.  Please
consider taking an envelope from our Angel Tree and sending in your contribution. The information is inside
the already addressed envelope. God bless you for sharing and making their holidays a bit brighter. 

Retired and Infirmed Priests Annual FundChosen, Blessed, Shared  - Make sure to remember the retired
priests of our Diocese by making a gift to the Endowment Fund for the Care of Retired Priests.  This special fund
is used to directly support retired priests in good standing including the future costs of their health care, insurance,
and housing and sustenance.  Please return your gift using the envelope you received in the mail.  These envelopes
may be returned in the mail or in the collection basket at Mass. Your generosity supports retired priests from all 5
counties of our Diocese!

Bless The Space is the follow-up group for all who made a commitment to our Life After Loss classes in previous
years.  “All good things,” they say, “have to end.”  But it isn’t true.  In fact, the very best things never end and are blessings
that last forever.  We continue to look to Christ to be led, fed, protected, healed, and taught.  Email for information.

To access Formed go to, zip code is 19606.  All you need is your email; it is free no need for credit
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Cooks With Collars: 
starting January 20!  Fr. Miller needs your help!  Fr. Miller will represent St. Catharine and
St. Mary’s in Cooks with Collars, an online cooking competition to raise funds for parishes and Catholic Charities
in the Diocese of Allentown.  Visit to see Fr. Miller and your other favorite priests from
around the Diocese creating delicious kitchen concoctions.  Vote early and and often! (deadline February 20) for
our Diocesan top chef!   All voting proceeds benefit our parish.  Thanks for making Fr. Miller and St. Catharine and
St. Mary’s a winner.

Berks Catholic High School Open House,
Thursday, January 26th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Come feel the energy
of our community!  Open registration for new students, activity fair, tours, opportunity to speak with teachers and administrators.  It’s a great day to be a Saint!  Please RSVP at:  For more
information about Berks Catholic High School or to schedule a Shadow Day, email
(all inquiries are confidential).

Partner School and PREP School Night at Berks Catholic, Thursday, January 26th, - Girls Basketball vs.
Muhlenberg. JV starts at 6:00 PM.  All Partner and PREP students admitted for free. Wear your school or BC
spirit wear.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat:  An intimated spiritual journey for anyone seeking healing after abortion. In a safe,
supportive, non-judgmental environment you can focus on this painful time in your life and enter into the process
of healing.  Through scripture readings, guided meditations and activities flowing from the meditations, you can
experience God’s compassion and forgiveness. For registration information contact:  Carol Swavely, MA,
1-866-3RACHEL (Toll Free) or 610-435-1541, ext. 373.  You may also email Carol at
The retreat will be held February 10, 11, and 12, 2023. Deadline for Registration is February 3, 2023.

Kennedy House: 
Want to volunteer and help those struggling?  It is St. Catharine's turn to again run the Kennedy
House in Reading.  We would love to have you come and help out either Saturday, February 18th and or Sunday,
February 19th or both days!  Times are from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM each day.  Please call, text, or email if you can
help - Sara Miller 484-459-0270 or  Hope to see you there.  Also if you are unable to help
but would be willing to donate food or other supplies we would need, please contact me as well.

The Youth Retreat
will be held February 24-26, 2023.  Look for more information in January.

Come With A Grateful Heart Sr. High Youth Retreat, February 24-26, Camp Manatawny.  Join us for Youth
Fellowship, Food, Music, Games, and Prayer.  Permission slips available at

Men's Morning Lenten Reflection, Men Alive in Christ, February 25, 8:00 AM - 12 Noon, St. Ignatius Loyola
Church, Reading, PA. For more information, go to

Are you considering a job change? 
Join us for a special Joseph’s People 6-session virtual series that starts
on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 running through March 14, 2023.
The six sessions will cover:
February 7: Preparing for Your Job Search - John Senick and Kurt Walser
February 14: Identifying Accomplishments and Goals - Sue Kaiden
February 21: How to Use Social Media - Jasmine Omorogbe
February 28: Developing a Stellar Resume - Sue Kaiden
March 7: Networking in a Post-Covid World - Amy Dinning
March 14: Ace the Interview - Alan DeBack
To register, click on
For help with registering, please call the helpline at 610-873-7117.

Starting the week of March 15,
we will have our semi-annual grave clean-off at Gethsemane and St. Mary's
Cemeteries.  If you have any items on gravesites you wish to keep, please visit the Cemetery to retrieve the
items prior to the week of March 15.

Scholarships:  On Sunday, May 21, 2023, the Polish American Board of Education of Berks County will be
awarding $17,000 in scholarships to Berks County High School seniors of Polish American descent. Deadline
for submitting the form for this scholarship is April 1, 2023.
  In conjunction with the PABEBC scholarship
awards program, the Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County is awarding a $2,500 project
scholarship to a Berks County high school student of Polish American descent.  For this scholarship, the
student is required to submit a project on Polish history, culture, and/or traditions.  Projects are due on
Sunday March 19, 2023. 
Applicants for the scholarships can obtain application forms and guidelines in
the office of the Guidance Counselor in all Berks County high schools.  They are also available in the Polish
American Cultural Center in the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading, and they
can be downloaded from the PABEBC website at or by contacting Sandy Lubas-Hummel,
Scholarship Chair for both organizations at 610-207-7065. Any questions? Telephone Sandy Lubas-Hummel.

Valerie (Farrell) Wertman is a long time parishioner.  Seventh Annual “Sean Wertman Memorial 3 vs.
Basketball Tournament” on Sunday, March 19, 2023.  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 3rd, 4th , 5th and 6th grades.  The purpose is to increase awareness of over the counter
medicine abuse and a fundraiser for Adult\Teen Challenge Rehab. $80 per team entrance fee. For sign
ups and more info call or text Roger or Valerie Wertman at 610-779-8943.  You can also leave a voicemail,
or, or on Facebook - (Sean Wertman Memorial BB Tournament. Forms and
details can be found on Facebook. Venmo accepted!   Please help this important cause. Team sponsors
and donations are appreciated!

Parish Resources: To view a listing of the parish resources, their contacts, and their emails addresses (as
applicable), go to