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 1 - 8, 2021
  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
           250 South 12th St.,  Reading, PA 19602
Bishop Schlert announced that beginning August 15, all Catholics in the Diocese of Allentown are obligated to
attend Mass on weekends and on holy days of obligation

Confession at St Mary's: 
2:45 - 3:15 PM on Saturdays.  Confessions also available by appointment at the Parish Center.  Don't forget to fulfill your Easter Duty to go to Confession.

Daily Mass: 
One daily Mass Monday through Friday at 7:15 AM.  Saturday daily Mass is at 8:00 AM.

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

Our Annual Missionary Cooperation Appeal
will be held the weekend of August 14th and 15th for the
Missionary activities of Vincentian Congregation in India and E. Africa .

For Traveling Catholics: 
For nationwide Mass times and locations call 1-858-207-6277 (not toll free) or go to

To Receive a Gluten free Host
go to the celebrant's Communion line and indicate to him you need a gluten free Host.

COVID 19 Restrictions:  Together with our Diocese, we continue to encourage all to receive communion in the hand as a hygienic measure during the pandemic.  All those distributing communion will continue to take sanitary measures. Please continue to follow the guideline not to gather or linger before or after Mass.  We encourage people who wish to meet together to do so outside.  Sanitation:  Please practice personal hygiene by sanitizing your hands.  While the Church will not be sanitized after each Mass, we will be thoroughly cleaning the church 1-2 times per week.  Those who are fully vaccinated need no longer wear a mask.  We trust that the unvaccinated will continue the practice of wearing a facial covering.  The Diocese of Allentown will continue to review our guidelines in the coming weeks.

The Parish Office
is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  The reception area is limited to one person.

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!!

We Are Creating a directory that includes the contact information of parishioners who are accountants and financial planners.  We would also like to organize a networking social for parishioners working in these fields.  Please contact our school Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri, at, to be in this directory.

The 2022 Mass Book
The 2022 Mass Book will open on Tuesday, July 20th.  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 - $10.00.  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 July 18th and will be also available online.  If possible, indicate an alternate date in case your first choice is not available.  You may request three 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 AM and 3 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.

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. 

August Necrology:
8/7 - Leon E. Jaworowski (2007);  8/19 - Emil Kattein (1887);  8/23 - Joseph Bidus (1967);  8/30 Anthony Niemotko (1981).  Please keep these faithful servants in your prayers. 

St. Catharine's Church Store
is now open. Available items include holy cards, crucifixes, holy water bottles, missals, bibles, children's books, rosaries, and other items.  There are items on the tables by the social hall and a number of books on the rack across from the table.  If no one is staffing the store, put your money or check in an envelope and slide it under the door.  You can find envelopes on the table by the door.

Public Masses:
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 continues, including the Bishop’s Mass every day from his private chapel, viewable on AD Today.   Seniors should not attempt to come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold.  One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.

Recorded Masses are posted to our St. Catharine of Siena YouTube Channel by noon every Sunday.   We hope this change will improve your viewing and relieve technical challenges.  Pease subscribe to St. Catharine of Siena Parish - Reading, PA YouTube Channel for the latest updates. May God bless you! Text #weareonebody or go to

Do You Believe God is Calling You to be a permanent deacon?  If so, you and your family are invited to attend a Come and See Event at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church on Friday evening, June 25, at 6:00 PM.  Registration is required.  To register, email or by calling the Office of Permanent Diaconate Formation at 610-332-0442, ext. 2031.

Prayer Request for Priests:
Monday 8/2                 Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik
Tuesday 8/3                Rev. Jojappa Adagatla, M.S.C.
Wednesday 8/4           Very Rev. Luke O. Cist Anderson
Thursday 8/5               Rev. Robert A. Anthony, M.S.C.
Friday 8/6                    Rev. Eric R. Arnout
Saturday 8/7               Rev. Franklin K. Arockia-Dass, M.S.C.

Saint Catharine of Siena School Board:  A position is available on the St Catharine of Siena School Board.  Please consider serving on this important ministry.  Parents who have students in the school, as well as individuals
who do not have children in the school, are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be 21 years old.  Selected candidates will have orientation and are asked to serve a three-year term beginning in September 2021. Please
email Mrs. Kraycik at for an application.

St. Catharine of Sienna is accepting applications for positions in its school:
- Full time contracted Special Education Teacher
- Full time contracted teachers for Primary Grades 1 and 3
- Full time contracted English/Languages Arts Teacher for Primary Grades 6-8
- Part time Art Teacher or full time Art Teacher to share with St. Margaret's school in Reading.
- Part time or full time Technology/Computer Literacy/MS Office/Google Aps Education Teacher

St. Catharine's school is also looking for a full-time Music Teacher for grades PreK-8 to share with Sacred Heart School, West Reading. This teacher's responsibilities include preparing music for liturgies, May Procession, Living Stations, and other liturgical celebrations. The music teacher will also coordinate our annual Christmas Show and talent show.

Please send resume, all clearances, references, and certifications to or mail them to
St. Catharine School at 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA, 19606

St.. Catharine of Sienna School
is currently registering new students for the 2021-2022 school year. Transfer
grants are available for students in Grades 1-7.  A limited number of openings arestill available in Grades PreK
and K.  For more information, contact Advancement Director Amy Impellizzeri at

Berks Catholic High School
for a full-time Spanish teacher (all grades) and a full-time Maintenance person.  For more information, go to or email

Berks CYO: 
An 8th Grade Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to one boy and one girl who participated in CYO
during their elementary years and plan to attend Berks Catholic High School in the fall.  If you meet the above
requirements and wish to be considered, you will need to complete an application.  Students currently attending
Catholic schools will receive the form from their principal.  Those participating in PREP or who are being
homeschooled, please contact Susan Teaford at St.Benedict’s Church at 610.856.1006 or via email for the application form.

The Berk’s County CYO Board is the governing group for all Parish Academic and Athletic activities.  It works in conjunction with the Diocese of Allentown CYO Organization.  The following positions are open at the county level: President, Treasurer, Culture Director – Co-ordinates the non-athletic activities which include Spelling Bee, Kitchen Kapers, Declamation, and the annual Art Show.  For further information, please contact Mark Brezina,

Temporary Opening: Person to do the fire watch in a 4-story convent building. Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse, 460 St. Bernardine street, Reading, Pa. 19607. Person must be able to climb steps. Shift: 11:00  PM to 7:00 AM, seven  days a week.  Compensation negotiable. Contact: Sister Kateri Peake, Administrator, 610 777 7221.

Consider Giving by Direct Withdraw:  
Simplify your tithing!  St. Catharine’s offers a Pre-Authorized Direct Contributions program; where you can make your contributions directly on a weekly or monthly basis?   Your
regular contribution is withdrawn at the interval you choose and deposited into our parish account.  This option eliminates paperwork and ensures regular giving.  You can also drop an envelope in the basket, and simply check direct deposit.  To enroll or get more information, contact Diane Sitler at the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

Please note:
To obtain a copy of your giving record for tax purposes, please fill out the form below and place it
in the collection basket.  If you would like your statement sent through email please print an email address clearly on
this form.  You can also email your request anytime at  If you do not have a computer, we can mail you a copy of your statement. 




Email _________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please call Diane Sitler at 610-779-4005 .

St. Catharine's
needs a part-time bookkeeper.  Applicant should have at least an associated degree in accounting to handle all parish accounting and payroll.  If interested, email Maureen at

St. Margaret's
is looking for a school secretary who is a reliable professional, collaborative, organized, and committed to supporting our students, staff, and families.  As the school secretary, you will support the day-to-day operations of the school, providing excellent customer service, proactively resolve issues, and efficiently complete challenging administrative tasks with minimum supervision.  The minimum requirements for the position are:
- H.S. Diploma with a minimum of two years full-time secretarial experience preferred.
- Must demonstrate a high degree of secretarial/technical/verbal/written/organizational skills.
- Must be proficient in MS Office Applications as well as have the capacity to learn other software as required
  by the position's functions.
- Must be fluent in English and Spanish and have the mandated clearances and training per PDE guidelines.

If interested, call 484-650-3394 and/or send resumes to

The Berks’s County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Board
has openings.  It the governing group for all
Parish Academic and Athletic activities . It works in conjunction with the Diocese of Allentown CYO Organization. 
The following positions are open at the county level:  President, Treasurer, and Culture Director – Co-ordinates the non-athletic activities which include Spelling Bee, Kitchen Kapers, Declamation, and the annual Art Show.  For further information, please email Mark Brezina at

Knights of Columbus Community Service  Award:
St. Catharine of Siena Council #14880 will be providing a $1000 cash award via its Community Service Award Program, intended to award student’s dedication to and performance of charitable service.  The program is open to St. Catharine of Siena School, public school, and home schooled students currently in the eighth grade and planning to attend Berks Catholic High School this fall.  Applications are being sent to parents/guardians of eighth grade students at St Catharine’s School.  In addition, applications can be found on the Knight’s table by the Scrip area or by contacting Bill Wertz at Please see the application form for additional details.

As you begin to schedule meetings and events for your parish group or organization, please be sure to email your
schedule to so that it can be placed on our calendar and included in the weekly bulletin.  Along with the dates of your meetings or special events, please include the time and location so that we can make sure there
are no scheduling conflicts.

Dayspring Homes
is looking for Direct Care Workers, Practical Nurses (part-time), and a Maintenance Worker (part-time).  Contact us at or call 610-376-5648.

Rosary Cenacle Berks County: 
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, “I want the Rosary to be prayed every day.” - at Our Lady of Cuapa, 1228 Windsor St., Reading PA 19604.  Email or call/text - Matthew at or 610-864-261

Senior Members
of our parish family should not come to Mass on days that are stormy, icy, or bitter cold.  One day of heroics could lead to many months in bed recuperating.

Saint Catharine of Siena School is accepting applications for a Long Term Sub.  We are also looking for a full-time Music teacher for all grades to share with Sacred Heart School, West  Reading.  The Music teachers responsibilities  include preparing music for liturgies, May Procession, Living Stations, and coordinate annual Christmas Show and Talent Show, and other liturgical celebrations.  Please send a cover letter,  resume, references, and all clearances and certifications to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at or via snail mail at 2330 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.  St. Catharine's is also accepting applications for part-time classroom aides.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and all clearances to Mrs. Marcella Kraycik at same email or nail mail address.

Registration for Berks Catholic High School
has opened.  For more information, contact Nicky Smith at or call 610-374-8361, ext. 244.

Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheerleading 2021 Season Registration is now open- This year you can register online by going to //GO.TEAMSNAP.COM/FORMS/258246.  This program is open to girls and boys enrolled in Berks County Parochial Schools.  Some age and grade restrictions apply.  For more information on eligibility and cost, go to  You can follow us on Facebook by going to: Berks Catholic Youth Football and Cheer-2020 and Beyond.  For any other questions contact: Danielle Fowler 610-374-1695 or email

The Canticle Gift Shop in the McGlinn Conference Center at 460 Saint Bernadine St., Reading, PA, 19607 is open by appointment.  Religious gifts for Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation, as well as religious articles and inspirational gifts are available. To make an appointment, call Sister Shaun Patrice Malone at 610-301-3834.  Masks are required.

The Commission for Men will host monthly rosaries for men and their families every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  Join us to pray for peace in our nation and in our world, for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and for an increase in vocations to religious life and priesthood – in our Diocese and throughout the Church.  For more information, check out the website:

If You are Shut In
and need assistance getting groceries/supplies during this COVID-19 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.

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.

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.

Polish American Connection on TV: 
On the first Tuesday of each month, Tom Gajewski interviews guests who discuss topics , events, and activities of interest to the Polish American Community. He also announces upcoming events and activities.  You can watch the program on Comcast Channel 15 or Service Electric Channel 19 at 7:30
PM on the first Tuesday of the month.  The program is rebroadcast on the first Friday following the Tuesday
broadcast at 1:30 PM;  the following Monday at 10:30 AM; and the following Tuesday at 3:30 PM.

Try the New and Improved AD Times  Please consider signing up for the new and improved online version of the AD Times.  Doing so will mean you  will get the news faster, and you will save the Diocese money on printing and
postage.  Email your name and address to and we’ll sign you up for a free email subscription and remove your name from the mailing list of the printed newspaper.

The Tribunal Diocese of Allentown, 610-434-3200: 
Do you know your Tribunal? The Tribunal is a group of specially qualified priests, deacons and lay persons.  Their responsibility is to come to the help of persons who are the victims of unfortunate marriage situations.  When a divorce occurs, the Catholic Church is always caught
between two tensions.  One is the unbreakable bond of marriage. Jesus Himself said: “What God has joined, man must not divide.”   This is God’s law. It cannot be broken by human intervention.

On the other hand, the Church must be concerned about the spiritual welfare of the people involved.  Can they be helped?  Was this a true marriage? Even though the parties went through a Catholic marriage ceremony, was there some weakness in the consent of one or both of the persons involved?

The annulment procedure is designed to study the history of the marriage and why it failed. It does not affix the blame.  If the marriage is found to be invalid both parties are free. If you could be helped, or have a friend or acquaintance who might be helped, please suggest that they call your parish priest or the Tribunal Office. The Tribunal will be happy to forward an application.  Have no fear.  All interviews are private.  There are no confrontations.

Divorce Survival
brings hope and healing to those who experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.  For more information, contact Deb Kelly at 610-763-6528 or email her at  

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation is the process which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church.
The RCIA is intended to serve:
• The unbaptized who would like to learn more about the Catholic religion
• Those baptized in another religion who think they might like to become Catholic
• Those baptized Catholic who have not completed the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation or those who have not
   been raised in the Faith

This class will start in September.  For more information, please call the Parish Center at 610-779-4005.

Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist
will hold a weekend of Prayer, Hope, and Healing with Fr.  Francis Blount, S.O.L.T. on August 13 - 15.  There is a guest presentation by D r. Antone Raymundo.   Pre-registration is required for both of these events.  To register, contact Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist by email at, by phone at 610-582-3333, or on our website  All events are held at Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist: 640 E. Main St, Birdsboro, PA 19508

DivorceCare Group: 
DivorceCare is a safe placewhere caring people come alongside you as you find healing from the pain of separation or divorce.  At this 13-week, video-based support group program, you’ll find helpful counsel to manage the emotional turmoil and practical tools for decision-making.  The Diocese of Allentown hosts a DivorceCare Group at St. Thomas More Parish each Wednesday, beginning September 8, 2021. For more information, please call 610-433-7413.

The Catholic Woman's Club of Berks County
is announcing their 100th anniversary with a celebration luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel Reading on September 18, 2021 from 1:00 until 4:00.  Anyone interested in attending and for more information, please contact Marcia at or 484-794-0680.

MSC Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 17, 2:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Reading Liederkranz.  Hosted by and for the
Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Enjoy an authentic German Oktoberfest at the #1 Oktoberfest in the U.S.!  To reserve your seats or support our cause, visit; phone 610-929-2802, or direct link
// oktoberfest-2021-registraton-sponsorship/.

The Catholic Woman's Club of Berks County
is celebrating their 100th anniversary on Sunday, October 24, at
the DoubleTree of Reading with a luncheon and program.  It begins at 1:00 PM and ends at 4:00 PM . For more information, please contact Marcia at 484-7940680 or email to

Confirmation on Wednesday, October 27th, Bishop Alfred Schlert presiding.

Parish Organizations, Contact Persons, and Resources:

Altar Servers – ( Father Zachary Wehr – 610-779-4005)
American Heritage Girls - (Julia Wright - 610-370–9290)
Boy Scout- (Terry Wade - 610-478-1200)
Bereavement Support - (Judy Cameron– 610-370-1174)
Catholic Charities - (610-376-7144)
Catholic Soup Kitchen (Sara Miller 610-404-1590)
Choir- (Dave Kostival – 484-332-8695)
Church Library - (Genevieve Samolewicz 610-779-1660)
Cub Scouts – (610-888-5595 Kristen Reinert)
Cursillo – (Bill McMahon 610-779-8654)
CYO President & CYO Athletic Director - (Cristina Schmehl- 610-779-1513)
Disability Advocates -(Carol McCullough 610-370-1660)
Eucharistic Ministers-(Deacon Greg Schneider - 610-929-0386)
Exeter Food Bank - (Phil & Bonnie Blankenstein - 610-779-6045)
Girl Scouts - (Adrienne Evans - 908-872-6105)
Guitar Choir – (Ann DelCollo - 610-777-5234)
Home School Organization– Liz Keiffer (610- 310-7842 )
Knights of Columbus - ( Fred Nowotarski - 516-509-0190)
Lectors – (John Vogel 610-779-6287)
Maintenance - (Elisha Robinson - (610-779-5810)
Marriage Preparation - (610-779-4005)
Ministers of Hospitality- ( Deacon John Stapleton 610-779-4005)
Parish Nurses -
Parish School – (Mrs. Marcella Kraycik - 610-779-5810)
Saint Catharine’s Pre-School – (610-779-5810)
PREP (CCD) – (Coordinator - Marci Zambito,610-779-8535)
Protecting God’s Children Coordinator - (Marci Zambito - 610-779-8535)
RCIA – (Father Zachary Wehr - 610-779-4005) Religious Store - (Bill Wertz - 610-779-5283)
Saint Vincent de Paul Society- (Carol Cinelli 610-779-3113)
School Board - Michele Weber ( 610-779-8406)
Scrip – (Cristina Schmehl - 610-779-1513)
Senior Citizen Group (50+Club)- (Carol Buddell - 610-401-0600)
Siena Stitchers - (Judy McMahon - 610-779-8654)
Youth Group - (Marci Zambito 610-779-8535)
Parish Office- ( 610-779-4005) ; Fax: 610-779-0859
Church Website -
Saint Catharine’s Parish Center - 610-779-4005
Saint Catharine’s School - 610-779-5810