St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Reading, PA

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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