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  10 - 17, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602

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  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 wuill help you. 

Pan z Wami
is a Polish-English Mass book for 2021.  Fifteen copies will be available for purchase at  $10.00
each.  If you would like to reserve a copy, call Diane at at the Parish Center 610-779-4005.

The Commemorating St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish, Reading, Pa, 1888 – 2016
books are on sale for $15.90 which includes the sales tax.  Cash and checks only; no credit or debit cards.  If you want a copy of the
book, contact Carl Gethmann at or call 610-374-9215.

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 continue, 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.

Livestream Masses will change to a recorded Mass 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

Collections:  There will be only one collection at Mass.  Place all your envelopes in the basket.  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Contribution Reminder:
  If you submit multiple envelopes with one check, please mark each envelope with the
amount of your donation.  This will ensure that your contributions are recorded accurately and will be helpful to our collection counters.

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.  Statements will be not be ready until the week of the 25th of January.




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

Masses for Priests:
Sunday 1/10             Rev. Robert Anthony, MSC
Monday 1/11             Rev. Eric R. Arnout
Tuesday 1/12            Rev. Franklin K. Arockia-Dass, M.S.C.
Wednesday 1/13       Rev. Achilles Ayaton
Thursday 1/14           Rev. Msgr. Thomas D. Baddick
Friday 1/15                Rev. Msgr. Andrew R. Baker
Saturday 1/16            Rev. Msgr. William T. Baker
Sunday 1/17              Rev. Francis J. Baransky

January Necrology:  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.  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

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.

Kennedy House:  It's St. Catharine's turn to run the Kennedy House in Reading. Please come and help out
either Saturday, February 13th, and/or Sunday, February 14th.  Times are from 9-2 each day.  If interested, call,
text, or email Sara Millerat  484-459-0270 or  If you are unable to help but ar willing
to donate food or other supplies that we need, please contact me as well.

Winter is Coming!
  St. Vincent de Paul will again be collecting and distributing items to the children of
Reading.  Please place new or gently used clean hats, mittens, scarves, and boots in marked bins in the
gathering areas in the Church.  We will collecting now through February 28.

Registration for Berks Catholic High School
has opened.  For more information, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

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.

Life After Loss Group
is continuing to meet yearround at several churches. We will have a “Loss of Spouse”
Saturday Workshop on 1-23-21 from 1-3 PM.   Call 610 370-1174 or email (no texts)
to register for these free seminars.

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