St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Parish News January 14 - 21, 2018
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, January 20, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM . The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.
Volunteers are needed Wednesday, January 17, at 9:00 AM to help remove the Christmas decorations.
Polish Language Class: Until further notice, the class will not meet on the second Saturday of each month.
The Lenten Pierogi Society will begin its labors on Monday, January 22, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. They will meet each Monday and Tuesday through Lent. Pierogies will be made in the kitchen under the Church. Please use parking lot Chapel entrance. New members are always welcome.
Saint Mary’s 2017 Church Contributions: Those desiring statements for their contributions to this parish in 2017 for income tax purposes should print the word STATEMENT on their Sunday envelope. The statements will be available on the table in the vestibule of the church within two weeks of receipt of request.
Support Our Retired and Infirm Priests: The Diocese of Allentown is conducting an annual fund, Chosen, Blessed, Shared to support the Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests. Please do not confuse this with the diocese's annual collection for The National Appeal for Retired Religious on December 9 and 10. All gifts received will support the rising costs of our priests in good standing who have retired and the many who, though retired, continue to serve in our diocese.
Three Positions Available - St. Catharine of Sienna School Board: If you are interested, nominate yourself. You must be at least 21 years old. Parents of children in the school are eligible as well as non-parents. Only one-third of the School Board consists of parents of school children. If you are selected, you will serve a 3-year term beginning September 2018. If selected, there is an Orientation in March, 2018, and you will be inducted in May of 2018. To obtain an application, email Kelly Wasielevski at email@example.com. The deadline for submitting applications is December 10, 20`17.
Scheduling of Mass Intentions: The donations for a Mass is $10.00. To ensure all parishioners have equal access to desired dates and times for Masses, the guidelines are as follows:
1. You can request Mass Intentions with no particular date.
2. Your requests are on a first-come, first-served basis.
3. You cannot make more than three requests for a particular date per deceased. Only three weekend Masses
can be requested if you are remembering more than one deceased.
4. You cannot request a Mass for Christmas, Easter Triduum, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office.
2019 Mass Intentions: The 2019 Mass Book opens the third week in February. To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2019, call the the St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
St. Mary's Necrology for January: 1/4 - Frances 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 (2005). Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.
Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 1/14 Msgr. Algimantas Bartkus
Monday 1/15 Deceased priests
Tuesday 1/16 Msgr. William Baver
Wednesday 1/17 Father James Bechtel
Thursday 1/18 Father Henry Beck
Friday 1/19 Father Joseph Becker
Saturday 1/20 Newly ordained priests
Sunday 1/21 Father Michael Beers
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 priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the diocese or a parish. You can contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209 to report the abuse. This is a confidential telephone number.
For more informatioabout Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and the Code of Conduct, go to www.allentowndiocese.org and click on Youth Protection in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
ICF Courses: The Diocese of Allentown provides adult formation courses for Catholics looking to learn more about the Faith. There are no prerequisites for these courses. To view information about course content, location, and fees, go to www.allentowndiocese.org/icf.
Marriage Renewal: Worn out from the holidays? Give yourself a get-away weekend. Meals prepared. Time away from it all. A chance to talk to and listen to that special someone who loves you. For information, call 1-732-904-9636 or visit www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.
Berks Catholic High School is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To schedule a personal tour, receive and application packet, or schedule a Saint for a Day visit, contact Nicky Smith at email@example.com or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.
Third Annual St. Columbkill Chili Cookoff, Saturday, January 20, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in of Quinn Hall at St. Columbkill, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown. Taste many competing chilis and decided which is the best tasting, who knows, you may win a quart to take home. $8.00/person; kids 8 and under free. You can purchase hot dogs and other snacks as well as a Kids Activity Corner.
Divorce Survival Group will begin January 22 at St. Benedict's Parish from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Contact Deb Seidl at 610-763-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joe Boylan at 610-781-6415 or email@example.com.
Discernment Retreat, Friday, January 26, 6:00 PM and Sunday, January 28, 1:00 PM at the Villa Maria House of Studies - IHM Motherhouse, Immaculata, PA. Young women, 18-35, are invited to join us for this retreat focusing on the IHM Charism and the importance of listening to God's call and discovering the ways that God speaks to us. There will be time for personal and communal prayer and the opportunity to interact with the sisters in Formation. To register or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-889-1553.
Mass for Those Suffering from Addiction: St. Eleanor Catholic Church, Our Lady Chapel, 647 Locust Street, Collegeville, PA 19426 on Saturday, January 27, 11:00 AM. Confession is available from 10:00 - 10:45 AM. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady Chapel. The celebrant is Rev. Christopher Moriconi.
Berks Catholic High School Open House: January 28, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. A terrific opportunity to meet the faculty, members of the administration, and students.
Having Problems in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille, a Christian-based and Catholic in origen, can help. It is open to couples of all faiths or no faiths at all. The next program begins the weekend of February 16 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA. Additional weekends are held in April and August. For more information or to register, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.
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 Monday through Wednesday, February 26 - 28, 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!
PABEBC Scholarships: The Polish-American Board of Education of Berks County (PABEBC) awards college scholarships to students of Polish descent. Scholarship forms and guidelines for 2018 scholarship awards are available beginning Monday, January 8, in the Guidance Counselor offices of all high schools in Berks County and in the Polish-American Cultural Center, Suite 509 in the GoggleWorks at 201 Washington Street, Reading. You can also download the forms and guidelines from www.pabeberks.org. You must submit your completed scholarship application form no later than Saturday, March 17, to Ronald Savitski, 159 Texter Mountain Road, Wernersville, PA 19565-9442. For more information or questions, contact Mr. Savitski at 610-693-9792 or email@example.com.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Organized by Fr. Rodgers the pastor of St. Benedict's Church. Trip is scheduled for April 18-27, 2018. You will visit Jesus' Birthplace in Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Calvary, the empty tomb Christ, and other interesting Christian sites. If you are interested, Collette Tours will host an informational meeting at St. Benedict's parish hall on November 20 at 7:00 PM.
Save the Date: A Mission Trip is scheduled for July 9 - August 4. Additional information to come.