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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
May 15 - 22, 2022
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Ascension Thursday on May 26th is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Mass is at 8:00 AM in the Church

Confession Schedule
at St.  Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by
appointment at the Parish Center.

Daily Mass: One daily 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM. - Monday-Thursday in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue.  
Please note that Friday morning Mass will be at 7:15 AM in the church and  the Friday 8:30 AM Mass will
be held in the gym at St. Catharine's School.  You are required to wear a mask when attending Mass at the

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 8:00 AM Mass till 8:00 PM. 

Congratulates to  Msgr. Treston on his 62nd anniversary of Ordination.  Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the Church.  You have been a joyful witness to all.  God bless you on your 62nd  Anniversary!

Pay It Forward Raffle - 
All Proceeds to benefit SCS School!  Raffle Baskets will be on display after all
Masses through May.  Drawing to be held on June 4 at the Yocum Institute (Winners need not be present to win!).
1 ticket for $2, 3 tickets for $5 and 6 tickets for $10.  Check out 10 incredible baskets with themes including:
Disney Fanatics, Family Night, Ice Cream Night, Camping Fun, Slow Cooker Kit, Coffee Lovers, Summer Fun, Grilling and Tailgating, Bakers Delight, Sleep Over Party, and SCS Winning Spirit Basket. Thank you for
supporting our school and GOOD LUCK!

2022 Sunday Missals
are available at the church or the rectory. $4.00/missal.

Pan Z Wami:
2022 Polish Missals are available at St. Catharine's Rectory and St. Mary's Sacristy.  $15.00/book.

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 610-779-4005.

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!!

Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.  Saint Catharine of Siena is accepting applications for:  Part-Time/ Full Time Contracted Special Education Teacher;  Full-Time Contracted Teachers; Classroom Substitutes; and Classroom Aides.  Please send resume, all clearances, references, and certifications to or mail to 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading PA 19606

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 514 Heine St., Reading, PA 19606-1811.

May Necrology
:  5/11 - Adalbert Malusecki (1937);  5/21 - Marcellus S. Arminski (1934);  5/25 - Anthony K. Brozozowski (1974) .  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 5/16                    Rev. James M. Harper
Tuesday 5/17                   Rev. John G. Hilferty
Wednesday 5/18              Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Hoban
Thursday 5/19                  Rev. Allen J. Hoffa
Friday 5/20                       Rev. John Hutta
Saturday 5/21                  Rev. Augustine L. Idra, A.J.

St. Joseph's Hospital Visitation
- The priests of the parish are interested in visiting parishioners when they
are in the hospital.   owever, St. Joe’s no longer automatically inform parishes when a parishioner is admitted.
We will be able to visit only if we know you are in a hospital.  It is most helpful to us when you or a family member notifies the parish office at 610-779-4005.

The Saint Vincent DePaul Society will be collecting baby gifts during the month of May at the tables located
at the back of St. Catharine's church.  To make monetary donations, drop an envelope marked “Baby Shower”
in the poor box or by taking home a baby bottle (located on the shower tables) to collect your extra change.
Donations from this baby shower help support the work of Mary's Shelter, Life Line and Catholic Charities.

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 conflicts.

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.

To Become an Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist requires that you are a good, practicing Catholic;
respect the sacredness of the Sacrament; and live life worthy of the ministry.  If you are interested, call the
Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and leave a contact number.  Screening is necessary and if you are a
accepted, an information and training session will be arranged.  Installation will follow soon after.

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.

Save the Date:  May 27, CYO Annual Golf Tournament.  Entry forms on the table.

Adult Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, June 5.  There is a Confirmation prep class on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 AM at the Parish Center

Rita's Week
is May 16-19 from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM.  Show the add in the bulletin for the St. Catharine Home and School  Association to receive the proceeds.

Praise and Worship: 
Please join us on Sunday, May 22, at 6:30 PM, for a Praise and Worship Music, Mass, Benediction, and Healing Service.  The service begns at 7:00 PM at the St. Catharine of Sienna Church on Boyertown.  The celebrant is Rev. George Winne.  The Mass fulfills your Sunday Mass obligation.

The St. Catharine of Siena Knight's of Columbus are hosting a Membership Drive on May 21st & 22nd.
Gentlemen interested in helping the parish and our community are invited to join us at or talk to one
of our Knight’s after Mass.

All Are Welcome
to the Reading Ultreya On Saturday May 21st at 10:00 AM in the Knights Room.  Our
Speaker will be Mike LaFata.

Gethsemane Cemetery
will host it's annual Memorial Day Mass, live and in person, on Monday, May 30, 2022
at 10:00 AM.  Please join us for Mass, fellowship, and light refreshments.

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 call 610-435-1541, ext. 373.  You may also email Carol at   The retreat will be held June 24, 25 and 26, 2022 at the Mariawald Retreat Center in
Reading.  Deadline for Registration is June 17, 2022.

Vacation Bible School is back!
At Monumental VBS, kids celebrate God’s Greatness! Monumental is filled with awesome Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, and touch!  Sciency-fun gizmos, team building games,
unforgettable Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.  Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see the evidence of God in everyday life.  VBS will be held in the school cafeteria June 20 through June 24, from 9:00 – 11:30 AM.  It is open to children entering grades K-5 in September 2022.  Students in grades 6-8 are invited to volunteer to help run VBS.  Adult leaders are needed as well!   Registration and volunteer forms are available on the tables in the back of  the church or at  For more information, email Marci Zambito at

St. Benedict's Family Day on July 9
.  Family day will bring your family closer to God and provide fun activities for the whole family. Activities for the family include: mass, gaga ball, confession, volleyball, adoration, bounce house, and much more. Family day will be held all day Saturday at the St. Benedict’s church and picnic grounds. Additional information to follow in the coming weeks. Expected cost to register for family day of around $40/family.

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