ST. CATHARINE OF SIENA PARISH READING, PENNSYLVANIA MARCH 22, 2015 Jer 31:31-34: The Lord promises a new covenant wherein His law will be written in the hearts of His people. They will recognize God as their Lord and He will forgive their sins. Heb 5:7-9: We recall how Jesus prayed to His Father. Through obedience to suffering, Jesus became perfect and is the source of salvation for all who obey Him. Jn 12:20-33: Jesus predicts His glorification. It comes by dying like the grain of wheat. Those who love their life inordinately will lose it. The Father from heaven answers Jesus. Today’s Message - The grain of wheat must die to produce fruit. Such dying must be cultivated by obedience and by our covenant with God, rooted in love and forgiveness. There will Night Prayers on Holy Thursday evening beginning at 10:30 p.m. during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It's a brief service and takes about 1/2 hour. All are welcome. SECOND COLLECTION – “ALMSGIVING” “…When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.” (Ash Wednesday’s Reading) - During the Season of Lent, there will be a second collection each weekend for special needs : March 29th Mary’s Shelter. Please be generous during this season of almsgiving. DEFENDING THE FAITH CONFERENCE BUS TRIP to Franciscan Univ. Jul 24–26: “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 & spiritual growth with over 1,200 other attendees. The conference includes bestselling authors and renowned speakers who not only teach, but also motivate, including many EWTN personalities, such as, Scott & Kimberly Hahn, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Patrick Madrid, Mike Aquilina and other familiar Catholic Theologians and Apologists. Also includes: Daily Mass, confession and a joyful bus ride. More info on the conference can be found at: http://www.steubenvilleconferences.com/ adult/defending-the-faith-conference#. 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 17. Call Bruce & Alice Swist for information at (610) 468-9506 or [email protected] I want to thank all the people of the St. Catharine of Siena Parish for welcoming me into your community and being part of the Parish Mission. I also want to thank your for your generosity in the mission collection - over $18,200! God indeed will bless you for your generosity! Please always remember to “PRAY and LOVE!” In His Love, Father Larry Richards SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION MONDAYS IN LENT - 6-7 P.M. - CHAPEL & SATURDAYS- 3:00-3:50 P.M. - CHURCH & 5:30 - 5:50 P.M. - CHAPEL ♦ MONDAY, MARCH 30TH - 4-5 P.M. & 7-8 P.M. - CHAPEL ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST - 4-5P.M. & 7-8 P.M. - CHAPEL BLESSING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PALM AT ALL MASSES SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH – 4:00 P.M. CHURCH; 6 P.M. – CHAPEL SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH – 7:30, 9, 10:30* & 12 NOON – CHURCH HOLY WEEK 2015 HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND – MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER- 7:00 P.M.* GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD - CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S PASSION 3 P.M. – CHURCH LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS - 7:00 P.M. - CHAPEL HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH BLESSING OF EASTER FOOD – NOON – CHAPEL EASTER VIGIL – 8 P.M.* – CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY 7:30, 9:00, 10:30* AND 12 NOON – CHURCH ADDITIONAL MASS – 10:30 A.M. - CHAPEL *INCENSE USED FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH SUNDAY, MARCH 22 CHILDREN’S LITURGY – during the 10:30 Mass FAITH ALIVE –FAMILY FULLY ALIVE-6-9 p.m. –Social Hall MONDAY, MARCH 23 EUCHARISTIC ADORATION-after the 8 a.m. Mass until 9 p.m. PREP (LEVELS 6-8)- 6:45 p.m.- School CONFESSIONS – 6-7 p.m. - Chapel GUITAR CHOIR- 7 p.m. – Church GRIEFSHARE MTG. – 7 p.m. – Parish Center TUESDAY, MARCH 24 RCIA – 7 p.m. – Parish Center BIBLE STUDY- 7:15 p.m.- Church Conference Rm. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 MARY’S WAY OF THE CROSS – after 8 a.m. Mass PREP (LEVELS 1-5) 6:45 p.m. - School LEGION OF MARY -6:30 p.m.- Parish Center THURSDAY, MARCH 26 YOUTH CHOIR- 5 p.m. – Church VOICES IN PRAISE- 7 p.m. Church PARISH COUNCIL - 7:00 p.m. - Parish Center FRIDAY, MARCH 27 FISH FRY- 5-7 p.m. – Social Hall STATIONS OF THE CROSS – 7 p.m. – Church SUNDAY, MARCH 29 CHILDREN’S LITURGY- during the 10:30 Mass RCIA RETREAT – Social Hall MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK MONDAY, MARCH 23 6:30 Dick White 8:00 Regina McGinley TUESDAY, MARCH 24 6:30 Joseph Dolan 8:00 Intentions of Gary Cummings WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 6:30 Living & Deceased of the Parish 8:00 Bill Bradley THURSDAY, MARCH 26 6:30 Catherine Borst 8:00 Charles J. McDonald FRIDAY, MARCH 27 6:30 Nalda Tschop 8:30 Virginia Bussinger SATURDAY, MARCH 28 8:00 Theresa Bryan 4:00 Nicholas Oliver 6:00 Violet Maksimowicz SUNDAY, MARCH 29 7:30 John Nowotarski, Sr. 9:00 Geraldine Russo (4th Ann.) 10:30 Leon Blew 12:00 William Snyder (1st Ann.) Readings for the week of March 22, 2015 Fifth Sunday of Lent Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33 Monday Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62; Ps 23; Jn 8:1-11 Tuesday Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102; Jn 8:21-30 Wednesday The Annunciation of the Lord Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38 Thursday Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105; Jn 8:51-59 Friday Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18; Jn 10:31-42 Saturday: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31; Jn 11:45-56 Sunday: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39 Sunday Spring Flowers Sale - Help support teens from this parish going on a Mission trip this summer by placing your Spring Flower sale orders 3/22 after all the Sunday Masses. The teens have a variety of spring potted flowers to choose from. Payment is needed at time of order. Then return next week Sunday, 3/29, to pick up your flower orders. It's that easy! Thank you for your support. I will honor Christmas, in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” Charles Dickens Well Christmas is over and here we are now in Lent and on into Easter. Can we keep the Spirit of gifting with those in mind who need a little help? A little can go a long way!$ $3.00 one day bus pass ___________________ job interview! $5.00 two one day bus pass ___________________ first week at work $10.00 ______________________________ help with medication $15.00 ______________________________________ to invest in work boots $20.00 __________________________________ Keep lights on and water flowing! (utilities) $30.00 ________________________________10 one day bus passes - first pay check - WOW! $_______________________________ Other .. For those in need Make check out to Catholic Charities. Make a note on your check how you want it used, and we honor your gifting wishes. Mail to Catholic Charities, 400 Washington Street, Suite 100, Reading, PA 19601 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 a month at St. Catharine’s of Siena Church, Mt. Penn 19606, at 7 PM. To register call 610 370-1174. We pray for the Gift of Peace in the world and the safety of those working for peace through the military services, especially: Commander Daniel M. Simon, Airman First Class Michael Porcaro, Staff Sgt. Zak Ribble, Staff Sgt. John V. Nowotarski, III, Airman First Class Domenic Martino, Peter Hinsey, LC. Matthew Pawlik, Thomas Bristol, Ltc. Grant Vaughan, Col. Patrick Sullivan, Second Lt. Joshua Kline, Captain Kevin Madary, Sgt. First Class Andrew Spies, Sergeant Zachary Wendt, Major Jeffrey Brizek, Warrant Officer Gregory Van Horn, Captain Jeffrey Van Horn, Lt. Cdr. Allison Rosati Martin, Commander Master Chief Marie Rosati Clark, Lt. Brandon Daughtry, David L. Busch, Zachary Deissler, Amy & Gregory Boland, Major Adam Sawyer, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Sola, Lt. Mathew Stuber, Sgt. Nathan Essig & Lt. Cdr. Brian Blair. Please contact the Parish Office with your prayer requests or email them to [email protected] Please call with addresses of military to Terri Mueller at 610-779-1766. ST. CATHARINE OF SIENA PARISH READING, PENNSYLVANIA PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRIESTS Monday 3/23 Tuesday 3/24 Wednesday 3/25 Thursday 3/26 Friday 3/27 Saturday 3/28 Sunday 3/29 Father William Dermott Msgr. Thomas Derzack Msgr. Joseph DeSantis Msgr. Edward Domin Father Bruno Dongo Msgr. Joseph Dooley Father Walter Downs Easter Dinner Drive – Catholic Charities, Berks County needs sponsors to provide an EASTER DINNER to the growing numbers of needy Berks County families. Please purchase the food for one or more families and deliver it by noon to the office at 400 Washington Street, Reading on MONDAY, March 30th by noon. Cash donations are also welcome. To determine how many families can be served, please call Catholic Charities at 610-376-7144 by Monday, March 23rd. 7th Annual Pound of Love: "Whatsoever you do...that you do unto me?" A ministry to share God's Love with Berks Encore Meals on Wheels for Easter. -- Your homemade pound cakes will be distributed to women and men from Berks Encore Meals on Wheels for their Easter dessert. Free tins and recipes will be available before and after Masses this Sunday near the Scrip table. You may bake the pound cake using your own recipe or call Patty Hahn at 610-779-8477 to request baking tins and a recipe. Please drop off your pound cakes in the Social Hall on Palm Sunday, March 29th, before or after any of the Masses. Feel free to bake ahead and freeze. This ministry has grown to include people of many faiths. The cakes will be distributed sometime during Holy Week. Berks Catholic High School is proud to announce its 4th Annual Spring Musical Production, Bye Bye Birdie. Performances will be held Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th at 7PM in the Franco-Post Auditorium on the campus of Berks Catholic High School. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors and Students. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Franco Post Auditorium ticket booth on Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm, Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm or online at https:// berkscatholic.thundertix.com (small convenience fee added for credit card sales). EXETER AREA FOOD PANTRY will continue to accept PERSONAL HYGEINE products and any non-perishable food item on an on-going basis. Bins are located in the back of the church. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. For more information, please contact Phil & Bonnie Blankenstein at 610-779-6045. MARCH 22, 2015 Weekend Mass Schedule March 28th - 4:00 Mass (Church ) Lector– Kathy Brent Cantor - Kate Bobb Organist - Dave Kostival Altar Servers - C. Lavanga - E. Lavanga - N. Lamp March 28th - 6:00 Mass (Chapel ) Lector - Charles Simcik Cantor– Vince Essig Organist - Dave Kostival Altar Servers - S. Hodgson - K. Hodgson - R. Hodgson March 29th- 7:30 a.m. Mass (Church) Lector– Melissa Woodard Altar Servers - C. Komnick - B. Kominick - D. McAdams March 29th - 9:00 a.m. Mass (Church) Lector - John Vogel Guitar Group Altar Servers - A. McElderry - E. McElderry - V. Mc Devitt March 29th - 10:30 a.m. Mass (Church) Lector - Sandi Lloyd Voices In Praise Organist - Dave Kostival Altar Servers - B. McNish - W. McNish - M. McNish - E. Wright March 29th - 12:00 p.m. Mass (Church) Lector – Edrie Watson Cantor - Mollie Ziemba Organist - Joseph Schwartz Altar Servers - E. Miller - L. Miller - B. Martinez ALTAR SERVERS LIST - WEEKDAYS Week of - March 23rd - 28th 8:00 a.m.– M. Smith & C. Smith (Mon - Wed.) 8:00 a.m. – C. Lavanga & V. McDevitt - (Thursday. - Saturday) Pilgrimage to Fatima: Friday, August 7, 2015 through Saturday, August 15, 2015. This pilgrimage is sponsored by : Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist. Father Eugene Ritz will be our pilgrimage chaplain. Sister Joan Noreen will be our pilgrimage guide. Sister is the Co-Founder of OLME and presenter of Eucharistic Journey series on EWTN. Price: $2,500, Per Person, Double Room Occupancy: Space is limited to 40! Sponsored By: Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist, 640 E. Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508 For pilgrimage details:www.OLME.org or call 610-582-3333. MARK YOUR CALENDARS Delicious Fried Fresh North Atlantic Fish encrusted w/ our own-made batter. A.Y.C.E. Baked Mac & Cheese , Stewed Tomatoes , Shredded Coleslaw. INCLUDES ONE DESSERT ! March 27th - 5 - 7 pm St. Catharine Siena Social Hall, 4975 Boyertown Pike Adults - $12.50 - Children (15 and under) $5.00 Purchase Tickets at Parish Office / After each Mass next to the scrip table MARY'S WAY OF THE CROSS Please join us every Wednesday during Lent after the 8 a.m. Mass. Or Contact - Bob Pauley - 610. 926.7526 / [email protected] Pat Davis - 610.689.5535 / [email protected] FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven” “a time to be born…” Recently Baptized: Sydney Ryan Brown & Jacob Lawrence Okumu Recently added: Devona Fisher Please pray for our sick & our soldiers in harm’s way: Paula Abel, Sara Abraham, Anita Adamo, Mike Alfiero, Tony Angello, Anthony & Genevieve Antonucci, Tara Arnold, Barbara Ash, Kathy Barnes, Kailee Baxter, Rev. David Beebe, Donna Belanger, Harrison Bergstresser, Stella Bickleman, Val Billings, Karen Bird, Catherine Blanchard, Michael & Kim Blair, Charles Bobb, Christina Boehning, Adolph Bomba, Edward Boris, Thomas Brady, Robin Briand, Frank Broga, Kathryn Brubaker, Robert Bruno, Robert Bryden, Emily Buelow, Glenn Burnish, Frances Byrne, Jeannine Caffrey, Peg Cappel, Neil Carroll, Nancy Cassidy, John Cavallino, Mark Christ, Nancy Ciccone, Kevin Cleary, Donna Cocchia, Alycia Cook, Lisa Costello, Jacqueline Cramer, Audrey Crilley, Joan Cronan, Alexa Cupitt, Linda D’Alessandro, Yvania Dawson, Tony DeAngelis, Theresa De Georgio, John Demangone, Julie Denunzio, Melissa DeWees, Arthur Dietrich, Jr, Carmela Donato, Henry Dolinski, Mildred Donnelly, Kate Doughton, Father Michael Drury, Becky & Chuck Drennen, Mary ManzellaErnst, Jack Farrell, Pearl Fillman, Jennifer Flook, Jane Fordyce, John Fordyce, Rita Franco, Jean Freeze, Margaret Frisbee, Donny Fry, Kim Furtow, Jeanne Goodwin, Hall, Ken G., Anna Mae Gantert, Helen Gaunt, Jessica Gaydos, Donna Gentry, Grace Gerace, Pat Gerace, Kathy Glaser, Larry Glaser, Johanna Goheen, Claire Griffith, Kathy Grim, Tom Hafer, Warren Haggerty, Linda Hall, Beverly Hannahoe, Bob Hamer, Eva Hare, Jason Heckman, Debbie Heberling, William Hedl, Robyn Hefferan, Diane Herbein, Dolores Hildebrand, Melissa Himmelberger, Ethan Himonitis, William Hinkle, Michael Hoover, Jeannie Hope, Siegried Hosey, Allison Howard, Jim & Joan Hunsburger, Karen Irey, Genevieve Iswalt, Matt Jablonski, Catharine Jagielski, Erick Jefferson, Elizabeth Kase, Blake Kauffman, Brad Kegarise, Elizabeth Kehlor, Trey Kelly, Jill Kemp, Maryanne Kenton, John Kiedeisch, Carolyn Kilyk, Sharon Kirkpatrick, Joyce Kleckner, Marilla Kleinsasser, Mary Klick, Barry Kline, Sr, Benjamin Kline, Ginny Koch, Judy Koch, Helen Koehler, John Kogut, Mary Konopelski, Jim Kowalczyk, Jack Kuhn, Tracy Larish, Mike LaScala, Kathleen Light, Sandra Loden, Rosemary Ludwig, Olivia & Liam Lynch & family, Harriet Madara, Francis Madl, Eleanor Majka, Petrina Mangino, Julia Marason, Bill March, Megan Marino, Tony Marino, Angela Marroccoli, Anna Mastandrea, Charles Mathews, Mary Mathews, Patricia Mc Anally, Coral McConnell, Jacob McCue, Gary McGee, Rita McHale, Dorothy McGill, Charles McMenamin, Rosemarie McMenamin, Abbie McKinney, Arthur Mengel, Susan Mertz, Nicholas Messica, Joseph W. Miller, Kate Mims, Jacob Mower, Goup Toy Moy, Gertrude Moyer, Thomas Muchanic, Cora Nacar, Gordon Newmoyer, Joseph & Shirley Nicholas, Bill Norquist, Bernie Nowotarski, Virginia O’Brien, Grace Oliver, William Orth, Sr., Anna Ospina, Anna Paone, Gabriella Paone, Landon Paul, Louise Pettyjohn, Peter Pietrzyk, Dolores Pikula, Pat Pinto, Doreen Piscotty, Donald Pisker, James Pisker, Anne Poserina, Johann Po, Potts Family, Mary Price, Kathleen Rainey, Thomas Joseph Rainey, Michelle Edythe Ray, Ricky Ricketts, Jack Ritz, Agnes Roach, Lynn Roberts, Wayne Robinson, Barbara Rowe, Catherine Rudy, Mary Ryan, Mario Salvatore, AJ & Eddie Scargill, Anne Schaeffer, Gladys Schell, Ann Schweitzer, Beth Serafin, Tom Shaaber, Garth Shannon, David Sharpley, Sr., Rosemary Shollenberger, Albert Shore, Dawn Siderowicz, Janet Smith, Patricia Smoyer, Tyson Snader, Gene Sock, Julie Staber, George Stenavage, Pam Stribbling, Helen Strohecker, Maria Stubblebine, Annabelle Stump, Earl Suchomelly, Cullen Sullivan, Carolyn Taraba, Hilda Thomas, Lou Thomas, Grace Thompson, Mary Thorne, John Tittle, Bella Tomalis, Jan Tomalis, Robin Trate, Michael Trivel, Wendy Tustin, Luanna Uhler, Jane Valeriano, Susan Velez, Rex Voelker, John Vogel, Henry Von Spreckelsen, Alan Wachowicz, Anthony Waldman, Marie Weber, Christine Wendt, Dave Wentling, Vera & Warren Wert, Leo Woelkers, Hana Yago, Ann Marie Zawislak, Bob Zeiler, Sr., Bob Zeiler, Jr. & Mary Zettlemoyer. …and a time for peace.” ...a time to die: Dennis M. Mc Closkey, (son of Dennis C. & Evelyn McCloskey); Joseph Lintz ( husband of Melanie Lintz) & all victims of war, and the 4,100 daily abortions. Ecclesiastes 3:11 To have someone from your family enrolled on our prayer list, please call the Parish Center. Names will be listed for one month unless the office is notified that the condition continues and prayers are still requested. Parishioners who are sick or hospitalized, in a rehabilitation facility or at home wishing to receive the Holy Eucharist may call the Parish at 610-779-4005. GOLF TOURNAMENT SAVE-THE-DATE!!! The 14th Annual St Catharine's Golf Tournament Friday May 8th at Golden Oaks Golf Club 1:00pm Shotgun Start 90.00/player includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. Sponsorships are available Look for more information in the coming weeks or email [email protected] for information. Save the Date! St. Catharine's Annual Parish Health Fair- loads of health and wellness information, exhibits, samples, and fun for the entire family- is Sunday, May 17th, at the Parish Social Hall. CYO NEWS The St. Catharine's 4th grade boys won the 2nd annual March Madness 4th grade Boys Basketball Championship last weekend. Members of the team are: Anthony Caccese, Jack Miller, Raymond Shuart, Casimir Miravich, Trevor Kepperling, Anthony Wendt, Jonah Lee, Emmanuel Geishauser, Eddie Oscar, Daniel Schmehl and Ben Perez. The boys are coached by Bill Hartran0 and Joe Miller. ST. CATHARINE OF SIENA PARISH READING, PENNSYLVANIA School News – Open House Saint Catharine of Siena School has opened enrollment for new students for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you would like a full-time Catholic education for your child, now is the time to visit and register. There will be an “Open House” on Sunday, March 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. TUITION TRANSFER GRANTS Saint Catharine of Siena School is excited to announce that the Bishop’s Commission on Catholic Schools will offer $1500 Tuition Transfer Grants to any parishioner who transfers their child into the second to seventh grades from any private or public school. No financial aid forms are required for this two year grant and it is a direct reduction from your school tuition ($1,000 in year one and $500 in year two). Saint Catharine of Siena School has been very effective at preparing our children for a successful high school and college experience. Our excellent faculty is dedicated to maximizing the God given potential of each child entrusted to our care in a nurturing family atmosphere. With our small class sizes and many extracurricular activities, your child will have a greater opportunity to participate and lead throughout the year. Saint Catharine of Siena School = Academic Success + Catholic Values . For more information and a tour, please call our Principal Sister Teresa Ballisty, IHM or Administrative Assistant Mrs. Maryann Weiser at 610-779-5810. OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS Some scholarships are now available for students who are currently attending a Reading public school and would like to transfer to Saint Catharine of Siena School. In order to qualify, the family’s income must meet the requirements of the EITCOSTC. Pre-Kindergarten – St. Catharine’s Pre-Kindergarten (four-year old program) is located in the school building. Three options are offered: five days full-day, three full-days (M, W, F), or three half -days (M, W, F). The hours are: 8:30 - noon for half-day and 8:30 - 2:30 for full-day. Children can also use the before and after care program if needed. If you are looking for a pre-kindergarten program for your child for the 2015-2016 academic year, call the school office for more information. (610-779-5810). Age Requirements for Registration. Pre-Kindergarten: Children must be 4 years of age by October 15, 2015. Kindergarten: Children must be 5 years of age by October 15, 2015. First Grade: Children must be 6 years of age by October 15, 2015 and completed a kindergarten program. Men of Saint Catharine’s Mark Your Calendars Now! We are having a parish “Gentlemen’s Retreat” the weekend of April 17,18 & 19, 2015 at IHM Spirituality Center at The Villa Maria House of Studies in Immaculata, PA. The cost is $150.00 per person. Our spiritual director will be Father Lamb. For additional information contact Craig Wolf at 610-507-5158 or Rob Katzenmoyer at 610-451-9267. The theme of the weekend is “Come apart and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31) MARCH 22, 2015 50 PLUS NEWS The monthly meeting for the 50+ Club will be held on April 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The board meeting will be held on April 7, 2015 at 10:00 am. APRIL 8TH: Speaker: Susan Staub – Spring decorations from thing you already have in your home. Cake & Coffee **NOTE: April date change May 6th: Speaker – Stephanie Giles from Life Line. Free will donations or offerings to be collected for the babies. Cake and Coffee ****Attention Members – if you have moved or changed phone numbers, please give us the updated information. Contact: Madeline Mullen at 610-370-1298 SPECIAL EVENTS JUNE 3RD: Outdoor Picnic and Bingo at Exeter Community Park from Noon until ???? Cost: $15.00 members, $20.00 non-members 2015 TRAVEL PLANS TOUR LONGWOOD GARDENS: Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Leave St. Catharine of Siena Church on Boyertown Pike at 9:30 am, arrive at 11:30 am, a 1 hour speaker, then tour the Gardens. Bus leaves at 4:00 pm. Lunch on your own. Cost: $65.00 AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE – INSPIRE: Wednesday. May 20, 2015 Features beautiful songs in the style of Josh Groban, Celine Dion and many more. Leave St. Catharine of Siena Church on Boyertown Pike at 10:30 am, lunch on your own at Cracker Barrel at 11:30, shop till 2:00 pm. Show starts at 3:00 pm. Leave Lancaster at 5:30 pm. Cost: $75.00 TALL SHIPS, PHILADELPHIA-CAMDEN: Friday, June 26, 2015 Leave St. Catharine of Siena Church on Boyertown Pike at 8:30 am, arrive at 10:00, return home at 4:00 pm. Pack your lunch or visit local restaurant. Visit Penn’s Landing, Independence Seaport Museum, Adventure Aquarium in Camden and many other attractions. See over 12 Tall Ships. Cost: $76.00 For reservations, please contact Nancy Hoy at 610-779-5409. Checks should be mailed to Nancy Hoy at 24 Christman Rd. Reading, PA 19606 We always welcome new members and encourage guests to join us at any of our meetings. Our meetings are held at 1:00 P.M. on the first Wednesday of every month at St. Catharine’s Social Hall on Route 562 in Exeter Township, dues are $5.00 per year. ALL ARE WELCOME A MISCONCEPTION among some Catholics is that the priest has an ideal job: he works one day each week, Sunday. They forget that the other six days a week, the priest works long and hard behind the scenes: bringing communion to the sick and elderly, counseling troubled families, visiting school classes, preparing individuals for sacraments. Often the job is frustrating, exhausting and thankless, but always of vital importance. Take some time this week and express appreciation to your priests for the difficult work they do.
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