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


St. Masry Roman Catholic Church
Parish News August 23 30, 2020
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass:  This year the Mass is online so that all may participate safely from their homes.  Bishop Alfred Schlert will celebrate the Mass online on Sunday, September 13, at 11:00 AM. Couples celebrating 1 -5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, or 60-plus years of marriage will receive special recognition during the Mass, and will receive a certificate from Bishop Schlert in the mail.  To receive recognition and the certificate, you must register with the diocese on or before Friday, September 4.  To register, call 1-800-831-4443 or email  You can watch the Anniversary Mass online at:,, or

  St. Catharine's offers confession in their Meeting Room next to the Priest's Room  after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday.  Also, you can call St. Catharine's Parish Center at 610-779-4005 and arrange an appointment for confession.  When you arrive at the Parish Center for your appointment, stay in your car, roll down the passenger side window, call the Parish Center to let them know you are there, and a priest will come out to hear your confession. 

The Parish Office is re-opened.  Hours are are Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM,  and Fridays, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.   Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  O)ur reception area will be limited to one person at a time.

Commemorating St. Mary Parish:
Proofreading continues  I'm using a long-time parishioner to help with the proofreading.  She has also made many suggestions for improving the book which I am implementing.  This is affecting the the date for completing the book.  The selling price for the book is $15; there will be sales tax so the total price will be $15.90.  After evaluating postage and packaging costs, shipping is now $3.50.  That is for media mail - 2 to 8 business days after I mail the book  Purchase is by cash or check only - no credit or debit cards accepted.  Priority for sales will be initially to those who prepaid for the book and those who indicated an interest in purchasing the book.

The plan to make the book available for face to face sales with the author at a place and time accessible to all - probably the meeting room in the basement of St. Mary's after Masses on the weekend and on Fridays 10 AM -
2 PM.  This plan is subject to change depending on approval by the pastor.  The author will contact those who have ordered by phone or email to arrange payment and shipping it if they cannot purchase in person.  The anticipated date for the beginning of book sales is late September to early October.

Employment Opportunity: 
Berks Catholic High School has an opening for an English Teacher, grades, 9 -12 and a part-time custodian. .  If interested, email your resume and clearances to

Public Masses
resumed on June 1.  There is an obligation to attend Mass.  The normal weekend Mass schedule has returned. However, the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.  Those who are not comfortable returning, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time. Livestreaming of Masses continue, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today. St. Catharine's will continue to livestream the 9:00 AM Mass on Facebook and YouTube.

Week Day Masses will follow the summer schedule: 7:15 AM, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Eucharistic Adoration resumes in the Chapel on Perkiomen Avenue from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

There will be only one collection at Mass.  Place all your envelopes in the basket.  You may mail your Church envelopes to the Parish Center at 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Contribution Reminder:
  If you submit multiple envelopes with one check, please mark each envelope with the
amount of your donation.  This will ensure that your contributions are recorded accurately and will be helpful to our collection counters.

Masses for Priests:

Sunday 8/23              Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher
Monday 8/24             Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, O.S.F.S.
Tuesday 8/25            Rev. Joseph S. Ganser
Wednesday 8/26       Rev. Angel Garcia-Almodovar
Thursday 8/27           Rev. Andrew N. Gehringer
Friday 8/28                Rev. Robert J. George
Saturday 8/29           Rev . John M. Gibbons
Sunday 8/30             Rev. David C. Gillis

Registrations Forms for the 2020-2021 PREP Program are available in the back of the church or on the youth website at  Registrations is due to the DRE by 7/21.

St. Catharine School is accepting applications for a full-time Contracted Elementary Teacher, a Technology Teacher, and PT classroom aides.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, all all clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at

Would you like to arrange a Virtual Shadow Day for your student at St. Catharine of SIena School?  Contact Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri at and see the SCS difference for yourself!

If You are Shut In and need assistance getting groceries / supplies during this coronavirus outbreak, please
call the rectory and leave your name and phone number. A number of people have offered their service to help
those in need.  The rectory phone number is 610-779-4005.

St. Mary's Necrology for August: 
8/7 - Len E. Jaworowski (2007);  8/19 - Emil Kattein (1887);  8/23 - Joseph Bidus (1967);  8/30 - Anthony Niemotko (1981).  Remember in your prayers these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's.

If You Are Traveling, you can access nationwide Mass time and location at 1-858-207-6277 (not toll free) or go to

Victim Assistance Coordinator:  The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator confidential telephone number is (800) 791-9209.  To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on Youth Protection in the upper righthand corner of the page.

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service:  If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or call 1-800-276-1562.

Coming to America 10th Annual Star Struck Gala and Auction: 
St. Francis Center for Renewal is celebrating the heritage and history of the School Sisters of of St. Francis in America at Monocacy Manor on August 29, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  We will gather virtually on August 29 to honor the a ministry that began in Europe and came to America over 100 years ago.  Admission is free of charge.  However, you must register and create an account at to join in the fun.  For more information, call 610-867-8890, email,
or go to their website a

CYO Sunday: 
There will be a special collection on Sunday, September 20, for the St. Catharine of Siena Parish CYO.  If you have any questions about the St. Catharine CYO Program, see the priest after Mass in the back of the church or email Cristina Schmehl with your name, email, and phone number.  CYO students should plan on attending the 4:30 PM Mass on September 19 or the 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, or the 12:00 Noon Mass on September 20 at St. Catharine's.  Please wear either your athletic/gym clothing or your school uniform.  Please sit with your family during the Mass.

The Sacrament of Confirmation
will be administered by Bishop Schlert on Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 PM.