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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News April 21 - 28, 2019
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession:  Saturday, April 270, 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  Otherwise, by appointment only.

Polish Mass Sunday, April 28, at 9:00 AM in the Church.

Congratulations to Maria and Al Franckowiak who celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on April 25.

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.

St. Mary's Necrology for April: 4/8 -  Joseph J. Swies (1985);  4/21 - Joseph F. Woda (1974);  4/27 - Victor M. Lebiecki (1898).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 4/21                        Father Leon Weisenberger, M.S.C.
Monday 4/22                       Father Joseph Whalen
Tuesday 4/23                     
Father Robert Wiesenbaugh, S.J.
Wednesday 4/24                
Father George Winne
Thursday 4/25                    
Permanent deacons
Friday 4/26                         
Monsignor Daniel Yenushosky
Saturday 4/27                     
Monsignor Vincent York
Sunday 4/28                       
Father Jared Zambelli

Positions Available at St. Catharine's School:  Per diem substitutes and classroom aides.  Please send resume, cover letter, and all clearances including Protecting God's Children to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, Principal, 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606 or email them to

Three Positions are Open on the Berks Executive CYO Board: 
President, Secretary, and Athletic Director.  For information about their duties, see the Church Bulletin.  If interested or for more information, please contact Rich Vukmanovich at 1-224-532-6704.

For Those Who are Grieving
a support group meets two Mondays a month at St. Catharine's Church, Mt. Penn  19606 at 7:00 PM.  To register, call 610-370-1174.

Want to Join Our Parish?  Please contact the Priest after Mass to register in our parish.  Registration takes 10 - 15 minutes.

Rosary Volunteers Needed:  Volunteers spend an half hour praying  the Rosary once a month with shut-ins.  The schedule is: second Monday of the month at the Elmscroft Assisted Living or the second Tuesday of the month at the Berkshire Center.  Both sites are in Exeter Township anthe Rosary is at 1:00 PM.  No supplies are needed and there is a backup if you are not available.  If interested, call Dottie Bixler at 610-779-5301. Please consider this special appeal.

Healing Our Church: 
You are invited to attend small-group discussions, moderated by fellow parishioners, and designed to encourage reflection and conversation about the clergy abuse crisis.  The Healing Our Church program is from RENEW International, a Catholic nonprofit organization.  Bishop Schlert called the parish-based small-group discussions "an opportunity for all of us to prayerfully reflect on scripture, on the abuse crisis, and on our path forward as a Roman Catholic Family of Faith."  Discussions will take place during the six weeks of Lent.  Sign up this weekend or next weekend, or online at of call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.  Group sessions begin the week of March 4.  When: Tuesdays at  7:00 PM.  Where: St. Catharine's Main Church..

The Mother Veronica Resource Center,
at 449 South 6th Street in Reading, is searching for volunteers to teach reading, writing, and mathematics at the adult basic education and pre-GED levels in English and Spanish.  If interested, contact Sister Cara Garofalo at 484-516-2138 or

St. Catharine School News: 
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year.  A limited number of spots are available for Pre-K and Kinderd\garten.  To schedule a tour or request a registration packet, contact Amy Impellizzeri at 610-779-5810 or

9th Annual Reading/Berks March for Life:
Sunday, May 5, at Berks Catholic High School Auditorium, 955 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA.  The high school will provide food and drink before and after the Rally.  The Rally begins at 2:00 PM with guest speakers Georgette Forney from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Stephanie Giles, Director of LifeLines of  Berks County.  The March for Life begins at 3:00 PM.  The March proceeds from West Reading over the Penn Street Bridge to hold a prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood of Reading.  After the vigil, the March procedes to Hly Rosary Church, 3rd and Franklin Streets where buses will transport participants back to Berks Catholic High School.

14th Annual Mass, Benediction, and Healing Service
preceded by Praise and Worship music.  Rev. Clifton F. Bishop Jr. celebrates the Mass at St. Catharine of Siena Church, Boyertown Pike on May 5.  Music starts at 6:30 PM followed by Mass at 7:00 PM.  The Mass counts as your Sunday obligation.

CYO Annual Golf Tournament
Berkley Golf Course, Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 PM.  Registration begins at 12:00 Noon.  4-person Scramble Format.  Shotgun Start.  Dinner and prizes after golf.  For more information and entrance forms, see the Church Bulletin.

Recycle Hard Drives to help protect your identity.  Berks Catholic Hig School and Cyber Crunch are teaming up to bring you this opportunity on Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM in the Berks Catholic parking lot.  For more information and to pre-register, go to

St. Joseph Church Rummage Sale
, Saturday, May 11, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Parish Center, 1918 North 8 Street.  Great food and a raffle.  Raffle tickets 1/$2.00 or 3/$5.00.  One of the prizes is a 43" 1080p Septer TV.. For more information, call the St. Joseph Parish Office at  610-376-2976.

Gethsemane Memorial Day Mass
on Monday, May 27, at 10:00 AM.  Mass will be held rain or shine.  Refreshments after the Mass. 

Adult Confirmation: 
Bishop Schlert will confirm adults at a Noon Mass on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, in Allentown's St. Catharine of Siena Cathedral.  Those eligible for Confirmation are at least 18, baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, have received First Holy Communion, are catechized, but were never confirmed.  To register, contact the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

The Defending the Faith Conference Bus Trip
to Franciscan University, July 26- 28, co-chaired by Scott Hahn, includes daily Mass, confession, and a joyful, prayerful, and musical bus ride.  For more information, go to  Discounts for early registration.  For more information, call Deacon Bruce at 610-468-9506 or email