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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News December 2 - 9 , 2018
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, December 8, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 AM.  It does not fulfill your obligation to attend Mass on the weekend of December 8 and 9.

Envelopes can be found today on the altar rail for poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas.  Each plant is $12.00.  Please print names legibly.

Second Collection Sunday, December 9, for the Retirement Fund for Retired Religious.

Latin Mass Sunday, December 9, at 12:30 P.M. in the Church.  Reconciliation at noon; Social after Mass.

Polish-American Heritage Association’s Annual Polish Christmas Eve “Wigilia” Dinner, Sunday, December 16 at Stirling Guest Hotel, 1120 Center Avenue.  Doors open at 4:15 P.M.   Members/$55; Non-Members/$65.  For more information, contact Henry Pruski at 610-372-1279 after 7:00 PM.  Deadline - December 10.

Volunteers Needed to help to decorate the St. Mary’s on Wednesday, December 12, at 9:00 AM.

Christmas Confession Schedule:  December 8, 15, 22:  2:45 - 3:15 PM.
December 19:  6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Holiday Mass Schedule:  Christmas Eve:  9:00 PM
Christmas Day:  10:30 AM.

Lifeline of Berks County
needs Similac Advance formula and wipes.  Please donate any formulas or wipes you can to us for our clients.
You or a Family Member at St. Joseph's Hospital?  Call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005 if you would like a priest to visit.  St. Joseph's has a new computer system and can no longer run reports for us.

Gethsemane and St. Mary's Cemeteries need part-time funeral attendant assistance.  Duties include directing funeral traffic, assisting families with directions, setting up chapel services and Masses, assisting families at the graveside, and other duties as they may arise.  If you are interested, stop by the Gethsemane Cemetery office for details and an application.

St. Mary's Necrology for December:  12/3 - Joseph F. Niemiec (1963);  12/13 - Francis J. Opps (2004); 
12/15 - Benedict Tomiak (1928);  12/20 - Joseph Gazdzik (1943);  12/20 - John Mickum (1968); 
12/20 - John J. Duminiak (2010).  Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 12/2                    Pope Emeritus Benedict
Monday 12/3                   Bishop Alfred Schlert       
Tuesday 12/4                  Bishop Emeritus Edward Cullen
Wednesday 12/5             Monsignor John Grabish
Thursday 12/6                 Father James Greenfield, O.S.F.S.
Friday 12/7                      Father Eric Gruber
Saturday 12/8                 Father Francis Grundowski
Sunday 12/9                   Father Kevin Gualano

Kennedy House Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers who can help occasionally on an needed basis when the group running the weekend soup kitchen fall short of help.  If interested, call Laura Wilson at 610-929-2765.

For Those Whose are Grieving a support group offering caring presence, strength, and wisdom meets two Mondays a month at St. Catharine's of Siena Church, Mt. Penn 19606, at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-270-1174.

2019 Sunday Missals are now available at the Church store or the Parish Center for $3/missal.  Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers can pick up their complimentary copies in the Priest's Sacristy.

The St. Francis Home in Shillington is up and running. If you wish to a hospice volunteer, contact Paula Rhoads at1-484-942-7670 for more information.  If you're wondering what's involved, you can shadow Paula on her Friday shift from 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM.  You can stay an hour or two, or more if you wish.

Joyful Hope: Advent Day of Reflection with Linda Robinson on Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This advent spend some time considering how habits of prayerful reflection can lead to the experience of joyful expectation - even in the midst of pre-Christmas frenzy.  Arrival at 9:30 - 9:45 AM.  Program begins at  10:00 AM and includes input from Linda, opportunities for quiet prayer, Mass, and lunch.  The program concludes at 3:00 PM.  Cost: $50.00 ($25.00 non-refundable deposit).

Nocturnal Adorations Devotions will be held at St. Paul’s Church, on 9th & Walnut Street from 8:00 -  9:00 PM on First Friday, December 7.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Advent Retreat Weekend:  Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Mary are our models for Advent, December 7 - 9.  Check-in begins at 6:00 PM.  First Session:  7:30 PM.  Retreat ends Sunday, December 9, after lunch. 
$175/single occupancy; $165/person double occupancy.  Deposit $80.  To register call 610-867-8890, email, or go to

Diocese of Allentown Commission for Women
is sponsoring a Christmas Novena for Bishop Schlert and his intentions which begins on December 8 and concludes on December 16.  Anyone can participate.  A card, presented to the Bishop, includes the names of those who enroll.  To sign up to receive the daily prayer in your email, go to  For more information, email or call
610-289-8900, ext. 2021.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated in the Santander Arena on Wednesday, December 12.  Solemn Mass at 6:00 PM followed by the fiesta.  Las Mananitas begins at 4:30 AM.  The official novena will be held evenings on December 4 -7 at St. Paul Church and continues in the evening at St. Peter Church on December
8 -11.  The novena is in Spanish. Unless advertised otherwise, evening novenas begin at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to honor the patroness of the Americans.

Day of Reflection - Advent: New Church Year, New Me - Join the women of the diocese at a Day of Reflection at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville, Saturday, December 15, 9:30 AM - 2:15 PM.  Deacon James Russo will discuss a Catholic perspective on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.  Cost is $20. 
For more information, call Joanie Norelli at 1-917-406-4879 or Susan Teaford at 610-207-5763, or email
To register, go to
9:30  AM  - Check-in, Refreshments
10:00 AM - Liturgy of the Hours & Rosary
10:45 AM - Conversion of Scrooge presentation by Deacon Russo
11:45 AM - Holy Mass
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30  PM  - Ghosts of our Past presentation by Deacon Russo
2:15  PM  - Final Blessing and departure

Berks Catholic High School:  On 1/24/2019, 8th graders spend a day at Berks Catholic to get a real feel of what it is like to be a student at Berks Catholic.  For more information, call Mrs. Smith at 610-374-8361, ext. 244.
Open house on 1/27/2019.  Come see the new John R. Post Learning Center featuring a new STEM Lab, expanded cafeteria, new classrooms, college and career counseling suite, and collegiate style larning commons.  For more information, 
call Nicky Smith at 610-374-8361, ext. 244 or email her at