St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News
September 25 - October 2, 2022
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Confession Schedule at St.  Mary's:  2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions will also be heard from
7:00 - 8:00PM. in the Chapel.Confessions on Perkiomen Avenue.  Otherwise by appointment at the Parish

Daily Mass:  The Daily Mass is at 7:15 AM in the Chapel.  If you have a Mass scheduled after Labor Day for
6:30 or 8:00 AM, the intentions will be combined at the 7:15 AM Mass.  Saturday Daily Mass is at 8:00 AM.

Parish Center Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday through Friday after the 7:15 AM Mass till 8:00 PM.

Pray the Rosary  in the Chapel on Thursday mornings at 6:45 AM and on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. 

The 2023 Mass Book opened on Tuesday, August 23rd.  In person requests will not be taken during this
time. Please write out your requests (Include the intention, requested by, and date.  Also include your name
and contact information and a check for the amount due).  You can mail, drop them off at the Parish Center
or put them in the collection basket.  Requests will be dated upon arrival and will be honored to the best of
our ability.  The Mass form will be available on the tables in the Gathering area the weekend of August 23rd
and will be also available online.  If possible, indicate an alternate date in case your first choice is not
available.  The offering for each intention is $10.  You may request two Mass intentions per deceased; one
of which will may be a weekend Mass.  The Office will put the Mass Intentions in the Mass Book and send
you a copy.  If we have any questions concerning your requests, we will call you. If you have any questions
prior to sending in your request, please call the Parish Center between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday
through Friday, at 610-779-4005.  If you are handicapped or a shut-in, please call the Office and we will
help you.  With the changes with Mass schedule, we will do our best to accommodate everyone; however,
we will be working with a limited amount of Masses and we ask for your patience

Host Families Needed: 
Nacel Open Door is excited to welcome international students from Spain who
will be attending Berks Catholic High School for the upcoming school year.  These F1 visa students are
very family oriented and enjoy taking part in both family and school activities. The students speak English,
have travel health insurance, and bring their own spending money for personal expenses.  Host families
provide room and board and receive a monthly hosting stipend to help offset expenses. It is truly a wonderful experience for the whole family and can create lifetime friendships from across the globe.  If you are willing
to consider opening your heart and your home to one of these students, or would like more information,
please contact Hope Egolf at 610-850-1398 or email

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.

The Wawa Shorti Coupons are back.  $5.00.  Email Dave Korch at

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 Parish Religious Education Program is open to all students in grades 1 – 8. All levels will meet in person
on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00PM.  Registration forms are available in the back of church or online at  We are in need of volunteers to help teach or aide PREP classes. All materials and training will be provided.

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

Ovtober Necrology:  10/6 - Bronislaus J. Sienkiewicz (1984);  10/10 - Stanislaus T. Gorak (1984); 
10/12 - Michael V. Marek (1986);  10/13 - Joseph C. Klosinski (1990);  10/25 - Leon F. Pateracki (1918).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers.

Prayer Requests for Priests:
Monday 9/26             Rev. Henry Beck, O.F.M.
Tuesday 9/27            Rev. Joseph P. Becker, O.S.F.S.
Wednesday 9/28       Rev. Frans J. Berkhout
Thursday 9/29           Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Biszek
Friday 9/30                Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin
Saturday 10/1           Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian

The Polish American Cultural Center, Room 509, at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St.,
Reading, has an exhibit of Polish folk costumes on display from now until mid-November. We are open weekends
from Noon - 4:00 PM.

Hope Rescue Mission has a clothing and shoe donation box located behind our Church on Route 562.

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.

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.

Volunteers needed for Prison Ministry! 
Are you interested in assisting with prison ministry?  There is a recruitment and training session being held on Saturday, September 10th, with Yokefellow Ministry.  You can view details for the day of training and register  to attend by clicking here.

7th Annual Toy Drive to Benefit the Exeter Area Food Pantry.  St. Catharine of Siena has agreed to join all our local Churches in collecting toys for the children of the Exeter Area Food Pantry.  All toys collected will benefit local children in need.  Parents will select toys for their children on December 9.  A toy collection box will placed in your building in October.  We ask that you consider purchasing NEW toys, books, games, puzzles, hats, mittens, scarves, socks etc. (for ages infant through age 12) and place them in the box between before December 1st.  We are also asking for shoebox gifts for children aged 13-18.

Mommy and Me Brunch for Catholic Moms
will be held on Wednesday, September 28, from10:30 AM - Noon, at Pavilion #2 at Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park, Northampton.  Come meet other Catholic moms and their babies and toddlers for a morning out with brunch  provided!  he event is free and no RSVP is required  For more information and directions, please contact Maggie Riggins at

Men's Morning of Reflection - The Commission for Men is sponsoring a Men’s Morning Reflection on the theme, Stronger Families from Stronger Men from 8:30 AM to noon on October 1st at Holy Family Church, 410 W Center St. Nazareth, PA.  Featured speakers include Father Lamb, Father Searles, and Father Hoffa.  Register for this free event: at

The COVID-19 Pandemic
forced the MillerKeystone Blood Center to cancel several hundred drives in 2020
and 2021. Miller Keystone’s current staffing shortage, which limits our mobile drive capabilities, is further compromising our blood supply. Thank you to St. Catharine’s of Siena for hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday,
October 2!
• 40% of the US population is eligible to donate - but only 5% do on a yearly basis.
• Statistics show that 25% or more of us will require blood at least once in our lifetime.
• Every 2 seconds, someone in the US requires a blood transfusion. 
Anyone who is in good health, is 16 years of age or older, and weighs 110 pounds or more, may donate whole
blood every 56 days. (16-year old donors require parental consent).  Only you can help! MillerKeystone Blood
Center needs to see approximately 450 donors every day to supply the 29 hospitals served by the blood center. Please see David Gibney to register or visit

Blessing of Animals/Pets -
We will have the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 AM
at the Pavilion.  There will be a short service and a blessing.  We encourage you to bring your animals/pets
for this special blessing.  All pets should be contained with a leash for their own safety as well as the safety
of the other people who will be present.  All pets are welcome

The Polish American Heritage Association
will hold their annual Polish Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 8, at the Manor Golf Club, 153 Bran Road, Sinking Spring.  1:00 PM Shotgun Scramble Start. $90
per golfer includes greens fees and cart, lunch, dinner, beer, soda and golf contests.  Deadline for registration is
September 28. For more information contact Marilyn at 610-779-5523.

9TH Annual Holy Rosary Spaghetti Dinner on
Oct. 12th St. Victor Emmanuel II from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  Don’t miss out on a delicious meal while helping Holy Rosary Church.  Everyone invited to attend.  Take Outs will be available. Dinner includes: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Butter. Cash Bar, Homemade Baked Goods Sale.  Tickets prices are $12.00 for all.  Call Christine Lichman at 610-334-1208;  Holy Rosary at 610-373-5579;  Linette Razzano at 610-202- 9846; or Charlie Polinko at 610-678-4793.

Rediscover the Love in your Marriage - Tens of thousands of couples have healed their
marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy).  If you know anyone who could benefit from this program,
please pass this on.  Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises.  The upcoming weekend end program is on October 14 - 16 at the
Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  For more information, or to register, visit or call
215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Confirmation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, with Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

Catholic Women's Morning of Reflection is being offered by the Commission for Women on Saturday, October 29,  at St. Mary' Church, Kutztown.  The bi-lingual event will feature Mass with Father Kuna following by three speaker sessions and a Q&A Panel discussion. Cost is $15 per person to attend and includes a light breakfast. 
For more information, call 610-683-7443

Come and See Weekend - The Office of Vocations is offering a Come and See discernment retreat to young men ages 15+ from November 11-13, at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The weekend will include holy hour, Mass, visits to the shrines in Philadelphia, and more.  This event is free, but registration is required by November 4, 2022.  For more information and to download registration forms, please go to

The 2022 Advent Parish Mission is scheduled for November 27, 28, and 29.  Fr. Bill Garrott, OP, a Dominican, will preach the mission.

Like to decorate?  The Women’s Club of Exeter is looking for houses for our Holiday House Tour - Sunday, December 4th.  For more information,  please call Fran Vogt at 610-779-6506.

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