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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News September 24 - October 1, 2017
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, September 30, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.

Volunteers are need to help clean the Church next Sunday, October 1st , after the 10:30 AM Mass.

Second Collection for Florida Relief:  His Excellency, Most Rev. Alfred Schlert, has authorized a collection for the weekend of September 30th and October 1st to assist victims of the Hurricane Irma.

Polish Language Classes will continue every Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM till 12 noon for the month of September.  The classes will be held in the Meeting Room near the Chapel at St. Mary’s Church.  Enter through the east side of the parking lot.  For more information, please call Maryanne at 610-223-1987.

The Choir begins rehearsals for weekly Mass and the Christmas season. New members are strongly requested. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Chapel starting September 21st.  If rehearsal time is a problem we can adjust the time. Open enrollment begins today!  Call Evelyn Kuter at 484-942-7364.

Parish Retreat Day: 
At the McGlinn Conference Center adjacent to Alvernia University on September 30.  The theme is Taking God Out of the Box.  $20.00/person includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Registration begins Labor Day weekend until September 25.  To register, send your name and phone number to the St. Catharine
Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen Avenue,  Reading, PA 19606 along with your check for $20.00/person.

Parents of Confirmation Children:  Please register for the Confirmation Rally at as soon as possible or call the Diocesan office at 610-289-8900.

Catechist and Aide Needed:  A 5th grade catechist and aide are needed for PREP.  All materials are provided.  For more information, contact Connie Fry at 610-944-0732.  Must have all clearances.

St. Catharine of Sienna needs substitute teachers.  If interested, send letter of interest, resume, and clearances including Protecting God's Children and the Mandated Reporting Certificate of Completion to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, 2330 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606 or to

Clare of Assisi House is a transitional home for women returning to society.  It is located at 325 South 12th Street (the old St. Mary's Convent).  As residents arrive at the Clare House, there is a need for volunteers for driving, household tasks, clerical help, yard work and gardening, fundraising, and presence during evening hours.  If your are able or know anyone willing to volunteer to give women a second chance at becoming viable citizens in society, please call Sr. Eileen Doherty, 484-869-5719 or email

All of St. Mary's business
will be handled out of St. Catharine's Parish Center located at 2427 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  Their phone number is 610-779-4005.  Contact Diane Sitler with any bulletin requests at
(610) 779-4005. 

Please Inform the Parish Office at 610-779-4005 if you change your name, address, telephone number, or any change that may affect your Church registration.  If you do not received your church envelopes in the mail, please contact Diane Sitler at or call the parish office.

2018 Mass Intentions:  To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2018, call the the St. Catharine's Parish Center at
610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Mass Book opens the third week in January.

Bishop's Annual Appeal:  $127,205 raised from 20.61% of registered families.  We need support from all registered families to reach our financial goal and 100% participation.  You can return your pledge form to the parish office or pledge online at

St. Mary's Necrology for September: 9/1 - Leonard S. Merook (1984);  9/3 - Edmund M. Kempinski (1966); 9/10 - Matthias Tarnowski (1910);  9/12 - Francis S. Palecki (1984);  9/18 - Julian G. Zagorski (1992);  9/23 - John G. Pasura (1996);  9/28 - Joseph A. Zmijewski (1968);  9/30 - Jerome G. Marecki (1955).   Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 9/24              Father Keith Mathur
Monday 9/25             Msgr. John McCann
Tuesday 9/26            Father John McCaslin
Wednesday 9/27       Father Robert McConaghy
Thursday 9/28           Father Edward McElduff
Friday 9/29                Father John McGinley
Saturday 9/30            Father Timothy McIntire
Sunday 10/1             
His Holiness Pope Francis

For Those Who Are Grieving:  Memory writes on every page of the calendar.  A support group offering caring presence, strength,  and wisdom meets two Mondays at month at St. Catharine's of Sienna Church, Mt. Penn 19606, at 7:00 PM.  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 Dioese/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 fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator’s 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 right-hand corner of the page. 

Part-time Cook Needed by the St. Francis Center for Renewal in Bethlehem, PA.  Should have a flexible, welcoming nature.  Hours vary from 15-25 hours per week.  You are responsible for preparing and serving meals to groups of 25-50 people.  Prefer prior experience.  Culinary education not required.  Weekends are a must; no late hours.  If interested, email

Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign and Prayer Vigil: 
Pray to end abortion in front of Reading Planned Parenthood, 4th and Franklin, September 27 through November 5, from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  To sign up, go to or cal Pro-Life Berks at 610-375-3395.

Shower of Roses Festival: 
October 1 at the Shrine of St. Therese, 15 East Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning, PA 18240.  Bishop Slert celebrates Mass at 1:00 PM;  Procession at 3:00 PM; Recital of the Rosary and Benediction at 4:00 PM; and Shower of Blessings from Heaven at 5:00 PM.  Ethnic foods, vendors, music, and a spaghetti dinner.

Berks Chamber Choir
presents Sounds of the Spirit, September 24, 2:00 PM, at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville, PA.

Berkshire Commons Community Yard Sale
to benefit Alzheimer's will be held Saturday, September 30, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  $10/person.  Bring your own tables.  For more information, call Lori Mack at 610-779-3993.

Eucharistic Adoration: 
Begins Monday, October 2, 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and continues to Sunday, November 5, concluding with the Solemn Closing of the Forty Hour Devotion.  You can sign up beginning Sunday, September 24.  There are commitment areas in the back of  St. Catharine's Church and Chapel.

Berkshire Commons 20th Anniversary Celebration: 
Thursday, October 5, 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.  The evening includes free food, fun, music, tours, and gifts for all.

Nocturnal Adoration: 
St. Peter's Apostolic Church, 322 South 5th Street, First Friday, October 6th, 8:00 - 9:00 PM.

IHM Sisters Oktoberfest: 
The annual IHM Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the grounds of Camilia Hall, located in Immaculata, PA.  Join us for a fun-filled day of delicious food, crafts, children's games, white elephant flea market, and entertainment.  Proceeds benefit the Camilia Hall Nursing Home for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM).

Holy Name Class of 1972: 
45th Class Reunion, Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM to ? At the Beverly Hill Tavern.  For more information, email or call Maria Gentile DiBiase at 484-333-0705.

The Annual Rosary Procession
through downtown Reading is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10:00 AM.  If you want to participate, meet at St. Peter's Church, 322 South 5th Street.  If you cannot take part in the procession, you can pray to the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel.  After the procession there will be Benediction in the Chapel.  Wear your walking shoes and bring your rosary.  All are welcome.  The Legion of Mary organized this event.

Healing Mass: 
Monday, October 23, at 6:30 PM at Sacred Heart Parish, 117 Washington Street, Bath, PA for those who experienced trauma.  Bishop Alfred Slert is the Celebrant and Msgr. Walter Scheaffer is the Homilist.  Following the Mass there is a Holy Hour of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and confession is available.  The evening concludes with Benediction at 8:30 PM.

Parish Mission:  St. Catharine of Sienna Parish invites all parishioners to participate in a Parish Mission conducted by Fr. Vincent Fortunato, O.F.M. Cap on Sunday through Wednesday, February 25 - 28, 2018, from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM on each night in St. Catharine of Sienna Church.  The purpose of the mission is to help you increase your love of God and provide hope and direction in your daily life.  Cost: free!