St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
Parish News November May 21 - 28, 2017
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
250 South 12th St., Reading, PA 19602
The Sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday, May 27, at 2:45 - 3:15 PM. The Sacrament of Penance is also available at other times by appointment.
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
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help clean the Church on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of May at 9:00 AM. This is a great opportunity for families to participate in this service. If you are interested, please call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.
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.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal - We are grateful to our parishioners who have already made a pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Making a six-month pledge to the Appeal allows you to maximize the amount that you may give by making monthly payments. For example, a $300 gift to the Appeal may be setup with six $50 installments. Your sacrifice and generosity to those who are less fortunate will allow the ministries of our diocese to offer services to those who need our assistance. Next weekend is Commitment Sunday. If you have not done so already, please bring your pledge form to Mass next weekend. We need the support of all of our parish families to reach our parish BAA goal. Remember, every gift counts, no matter how small. You can make your gift online at FaithHopeCharityGives.org, pick up a pledge form at the back of Church, or call the Appeal Office at 800-831-4443.
HGA School Positions Available: Holy Guardian Angels Regional Catholic School is accepting applications for part-time nurse and teacher openings for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Teacher candidates must hold or be eligible for PA certification. Please send letter of attempt, resume, copies of certification and transcripts, along with your clearances and references to Mrs. MaureenWallin, 3125 Kutztwon Road, Reading, PA 19605.
Ascension Thursday- May 25th is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have a Mass at 8:00 AM in the Church. For additional Masses, see St. Catharine’s schedule:
Wed.- May 24th - Vigil of Ascension Thursday
6:00 PM ( Chapel)
Ascension Thursday - May 25th
6:30 AM ( Chapel)
8:00 AM ( Chapel)
9:30 AM (Chapel)
7:00 PM (Church)
2018 Mass Intentions: To schedule Masses at St. Mary’s for 2018, call the the St. Catharine's Parish Center at
610-779-4005 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Mass Book opens the third week in January.
St. Mary's Necrology for May: 5/11 - Adalbert Malusecki (1937); 5/21 - Marcellus S. Arminski (1934);
5/25 - Anthony K. Brzozowski (1974). Remember these good and faithful priests who served at St. Mary's in your prayers.
Prayer Requests for Priests:
Sunday 5/21 Father Richard Brensinger
Monday 5/22 Father Thomas Buckley
Tuesday 5/23 Father George Bur
Wednesday 5/24 Father James Burdess
Thursday 5/25 Father Douglas Burns
Friday 5/26 Father Christopher Butera
Saturday 5/27 Msgr. Albert Byrne
Sunday 5/28 Father Floyd Caesar
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: These ministers have the privilege each month of taking the Eucharist to the homebound and those in nursing homes. Ministers will also have a monthly duty of distributing Communion at a Saturday or Sunday Mass. Training begins soon. If interested, call the Parish Office at
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.
The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters have an immediate part-time position available for a Communications Administrative Assistant at their Congregational Offices 450 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607. This person is responsible for providing clerical support and so on. Major requirements for this position are the ability to translate English documents into Spanish and having a basic proficiency in using computers. For more information, please contact Sister Rose Jameson, OSF, the Assistant Congregational Minister at 1-484-509-4065, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
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 Dioese/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 fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church. The Victim Assistance Coordinator’s 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 www.allentowndiocese.org and click on Youth Protection in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
Apologetics Forum: The Catholic Faith Explained: The Real Presence: Have you ever been asked or wondered - Do Catholics worship a piece of bread? Is the Eucharist just a symbol? Does the belief in the Real Presence mean that Catholics are cannibals? Join us as Fr. Brian Miller discusses how to answer these and other common questions about the Eucharist. This free event takes place on Monday, May 22, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the St. Joseph Parish Hall (Annunciation BVM Church), 9 S. Broad Mountain Avenue, Frackville. For more information, call 610-289-8900 ext. 21 or email email@example.com.
Basketball, Cheerleading, and Dance Camps: Berks Catholic will host these Saint's camps for grades 1-8, June 12 -16. For more information, email Tony Balistrere at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 610-374-8361, ext. 224. For camp information and registration forms, go to www.berkscatholic.org. There are also camps for:
Lady Saints Basketball Camp - June 19-22, 2017
Girls Grade School Volleyball Camp - July 24-27 (8:30 AM to noon)
Girls High School Volleyball Camp-July 24-27 (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Football Camp - August 1-3, 2017
To obtain registration forms for these additional campls, go to www.berkscatholic.org and click on the link for the particular camp.
Post Abortion Healing Retreat at Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend, June 23 - 25, through Catholic Charities. Within a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, experience God's healing, love, and forgiveness. For more information or to register, call Sr. Meg at 610-332-0442, ext. 19, call toll free at 1-866-372-2435, or e-mail
email@example.com. For a complete listing of retreat dates and locations, go to www.rachelsvineyard.org.
Prayer and Care Day for Caregivers on June 24, 2017, a Prayer and Care Day for Caregivers will be held at St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Pottsville. The morning will be devoted to talks given by Sr. Christen Shukwit, OSF on the Spirituality of Caregiving. After lunch a variety of activities for pampering the caregiver will be available. There is no charge to the caregiver for this day. If you are or know someone who is a Caregiver for a loved one who is ill or has a disability and is English speaking this day is for you. To receive an invitation, please contact Sr. Janice Marie Johnson, RSM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-657-9624.
Post Abortion Healing Retreat: Are you hurting from a past abortion? If so, plan to attend the Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend, June 24 - 27, through Catholic Charities. Within a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment, experience god's healing love and forgiveness. For more information or to register, call Sister Meg at 610-332-0442, ext. 19, toll free at 1-866-rachel, or email email@example.com. For a complete listing of Retreat dates and locations, go to the Rachel's Vineyard website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.
Vocations: The Office for Vocations, in conjunction with the Saint Andrew Committee, will conduct its Fifth Annual Quo Vadis Vocation Camp and Third Annual Fiat Days Vocation Camp, from Sunday, July 16, to Thursday, July 20, on the campus of DeSales University. Both camps are open to men and women between the ages of 14 to 18, including new graduates. Registration is now open. There are a limited number of available spaces. For more information and registration material, go to www.allentowndiocese.ord. Registrations must be received by Friday, June 30.
Steubenville NYC 2017: This year's theme is Elevate. The conference is held at St. John's University in Queens, NY from July 21 to July 23. The Ministry Team for this conference includes: bob Rice, Mark Hart, Hegan Mastroianni, Ike Ndolo, Oscar Rivera Jr., and Father Rick Martignetti, OFM. This is an activity we hope all teens of our parish participate in at least once during their high school experience. Space is limited so sign up today. Because our parish feels so strongly about this conference and the impact it can have on young lives, the fee for this conference for a parishioner of St. Catharine's or St. Mary's is reduced to $90.00 instead of $300.00 - thank you Msgr. Domin. The fee includes transportation, registration, lodging, meals, and two t-shirts - one for your diocese and one for your church.
All participants stay in air-conditioned rooms with beds. If you have questions or if registration is a burden, please contact Mrs. Stratton at 610-406-0452 or Fr. Miller at 610-779-4005.
Defending the Faith Conference Bus Trip to Franciscan University, July 29 - 31: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope- 1 Peter 3: 15”. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to enhance the knowledge of your faith and spiritual growth with over 1,500 other attendees. The conference includes bestselling authors and renowned speakers who not only teach, but also motivate, including many EWTN personalities, such as, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Patrick Madrid, and other familiar Catholic theologians and apologists. Also includes: daily Mass, confession, and a joyful bus ride. More information on the conference, go to steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/dfc/. Previous attendees found this conference to be a significant lift in their spiritual lives. This very popular conference is normally sold out before May. Early bird registration discount is available before April 8. Call Bruce and Alice Swist for information at (610) 468-9506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sunday through Wednesday, February 25 - 28, 2018, 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!