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Parish Staff, Ministry Directory, and Contact Information
Parish Staff
Rev. Richard Clement: 610.777.1365
Rev. Gene Ritz: 610.777.1365
Deacon F. Joseph Lombardo: 610.777.1697
Principal of La Salle Academy
Mr. Stephen Mickulik: 610.777.7392
Parish Secretary
Bernadette Yohn: 610.777.1697
Parish Communications Coordinator
Sarah Capato: 610.850.4978
Director of Religious Education
Bernadette Yohn: 610.777.1697
For Bulletin / Website Inquiries or Announcements
Contact: Sarah Capato at 610.850.4978
Outreach & Parish Ministries
Culture of Life
Contact: Bob Peters at 610.775.8965
Bereavement Ministry
Contact: Roseann Kumor at 610.775.7431
Justice in Action Ministry
Contact: Arlene Seeber at 484.794.8027
Breaking Bread Social Committee
Contact: Lois Lombardo at 610.777.2542
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Contact: Joan Yanuskiewicz at 610.777.4646
Nursing Home Visitors for Rosary & Mass
Contact: Billie & Mike Resch at 610.775.3927
Food Pantry / Emergency Meals
Contact: Lois Carrier at 610.777.6947
Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Contact: Kathleen Roche at 610.777.4792
Parish Nurse Ministry
Contact: Sharon Shingler at 610.775.9998
Prime Timers
Contact: Larry Shepherd at 610.777.8337
Boy Scouts
Contact: Dan Giesen at 610.777.4387
Girl Scouts
Contact: Britt Kobularcik at 484.256.1782
Daisy: Grade K-1, Brownies: Grade 2/3, Juniors: Grade 4/5
Cub Scouts
Contact: Rich Kasting at 610.373.2575
Knights of Columbus
Contact: Mike Hall at 804.212.7261
Altar Society
Contact: Carol Bensing at 610.777.9360
Men’s Basketball League
Contact: Russ Baver at 610.796.7723
CYO (Christian Youth Organization)
Contact: Rock Witmer at 610.775.2176
Parish Gardeners
Contact: Chris Hofmann at 610.777.2523
Eucharistic Adoration
First Fridays of each month from 8:30AM-12:00PM
Altar Servers
Students from Grade 4 to Seniors in High School
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Adult Funeral Servers
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Children’s Liturgy of the Word:
Sunday’s at 10:30AM Mass, between September and May
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Eucharistic Ministers
Contact: Lorna Pfeiffenberger at 610.777.4822
Contact: Deacon Joe Lombardo at 610.777.2542
Ministers of Hospitality
Contact: Deacon Joe Lombardo at 610.777.2542
Liturgical Music
Contemporary Ensemble - Contact: Kelly Keim at 610.780.3905
Traditional Choir - Contact: Marge Vath at 610.373.0227
Contact: Marge Vath at 610.373.0227
Baptismal Prep
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Baptismal Bibs
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Contact: Elaine Strick at 610.856.7264
Spiritual Growth
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Adult Education (Seasonal)
Contact: Parish Office at 610.777.1697
Spiritual Direction
Contact: Arlene Seeber at 484.794.8027
Faith Sharing for Women
Contact: Arlene Seeber at 484.794.8027
Parish Prayer Line
Contact: Judy Peters at 610.775.8965
Charismatic Prayer Group
Contact: Amelia “Midge” Biancone at 610.777.2215
Comprehensive Catholic Education
La Salle Academy: Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, K-8th Grade
Mr. Stephen Mickulik, Principal: 610.777.7392
Berks Catholic High School: 9th-12th Grade
Mr. Tony Balistrere, Principal: 610.374.8361
Parish Religious Education Program: 1st-8th Grade
Mrs. Bernadette Yohn, DRE: 610.777.1697
RCIA: Age 18+
Mrs. Bernadette Yohn, DRE: 610.777.1697
Scheduling Use of Parish Facilities
For those interested in using the Father Lyons room for a meeting
or special event, please contact the Parish Office at 610.777.1697
St. John's Baptist de la Salle
Mass Intentions for the Week
FEB. 8 - St. Jerome Emiliani &
St. Josephine Bakhita
8:00 a.m.
Marianne Donovan
FEB. 9 - Weekday
7:00 p.m.
Dieudonne Derosier
8:00 a.m.
1 Lt. Frank Young, USMC
7:00 p.m.
Maddalena Galantuomo
FEB. 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes
7:00 p.m.
Tin Nguyen
FEB. 12 ~ Friday after Ash Wednesday
8:00 a.m.
Nancy Royle
First Sunday of Lent
FEB 13
4:00 p.m.
Ed Gajewski
FEB. 14
8:30 a.m.
People of the Parish
10:30 a.m.
Linda Ferraro
Upcoming Liturgical Ministers
SATURDAY, FEB. 13 - 4:00pm - Revelation Ensemble
Lector: Nancy Faust
Cantor: ----Servers: Nancy Weinheimer, Catherine Maher
EM:B/M.Resch, K/R.Stuber, C/G.Legezdh, N.Bents,
C.Trygar, L.Wakefield
SUNDAY, FEB. 14 - 8:30am
Lector: Lorraine Asgari
Cantor: Karla Akemann
Servers: Lauren & Paige Hagan, Amie Wickel
SUNDAY, FEB.14 - 10:30am
Lector: Craig Turnbaugh
Cantor: Sara Teson
Servers: Sophia Pienta, Molly Yohn, Maddie Cannon
EM: C/K.Worley, L.Fox, K.Luft, A.Cannon, C.Bensing,
J.Bradley, N.Faust, C.Yochimowitz
Sanctuary Candle for the week of 2/7-13 in
loving memory or Harold & Veronica Katzaman,
Sr. (requested by Harold & Linda Katzaman, Jr.)
February 7th 2016
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Upcoming Events
Sunday, Feb. 7
NO Rel. Ed classes (classes resume Feb. 14)
Monday, Feb. 8
7:00 pm
Parent Meeting for First Communion
La Salle Cafeteria
7:00 pm
St. Cecilia Choir rehearsal
Tuesday, Feb. 9
10:00 am
Prime Timers Bus Trip
1:00 pm
Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
Charismatic Group Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Ash Wednesday
8:30 am
Church Cleaning
12:00 pm
Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 pm
Ensemble rehearsal
Friday, Feb. 11
5:30 pm
Poor Man’s Meal (La Salle Cafeteria
Please use the back entrance to the
school – where the upper parking lot
7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross with Benediction
Saturday, Feb. 13
Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the
Abraham Lincoln Hotel
Collections for Sunday, January 24th
This Wednesday is
Ash Wednesday.
Masses in observance
will be held on
Wednesday at 8 am and
7 pm and a Service at
Please direct all bulletin and website inquiries to the Parish Communications Coordinator,
Sarah Capato at 610.850.4978 or [email protected]
Bulletin submissions are due Thursday, ten days prior to the Sunday of publication.
Dear Family of Faith,
It’s hard to believe, but… the season of Lent is upon us. It starts this Wednesday. I believe these
40 days of Lent, are one of the best things we do as a Church - it’s an opportunity for each of
us individually and collectively as a Family of Faith, to start over. What a phenomenal blessing
from God that is! A grace to know that what was, is over, forgiven and forgotten! Like the
phoenix that rises from the ashes, we too, can rise anew. These days are designated as time for
“intentionally” taking steps toward greater spiritual discipline, spiritual simplicity, spiritual
renewal and spiritual growth. It is my prayer, for all of us, that these 40 simple acts/prayers –
one for each day of Lent, will bring us to an Easter joy, that has no end!
Fr. Rich
• Who must fast? All Catholics
who are between the ages of 18
and 59. The obligation ceases
when one begins his/her 60 year
on his/her 59 birthday. The
fasting is to be observed on Ash
Wednesday and Good Friday.
• What does fasting mean? You may take only one full
meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to
another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength
according to one’s needs. No snacking between meals.
• Who must abstain? All Catholics who are 14 years and
• What does abstinence mean? The law of abstinence
forbids the eating of meat, including poultry on Ash
Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
• Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast
and/or abstinence? Individuals for a just cause may be
dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to
do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals
who are committed to their personal care. Those who are
ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the
observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are
reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves
from this obligation.
• Are there other obligations which we should
fulfill? Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been
called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive
Holy Communion during the
Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be
fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday
(Feb. 22 until May 31, 2015). Those conscious of serious
sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at
least once a year during this time.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of
more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other
works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue
participation in Operation Rice Bowl.
Forty Days of Prayer for Lent
Feb. 10 - Day 1 - Ash Wednesday. For selfimprovement. The German Theologian
Albrecht Ritschl wrote, “If I long to improve my
brother, the first step toward doing so is to
improve myself.” Prayer: Dear God, help me to
focus and fix my flaws rather than judging
others. Scripture: Lk 6:42.
Feb. 11 - Day 2 – To carry my cross. When
people consulted with Thomas a Kempis about
their troubles, he advised, “Carry the cross
patiently and with perfect submission, and in the
end it shall carry you.” Prayer: Dear God, I do
not pray for deliverance from burdens, but for
the strength and patience to bear them.
Scripture: Mt 16:24.
Feb. 12 - Day 3 – To help carry another
person’s cross. This prayer was frequently
uttered by Charles Wesley: “Help us to help
each other, Lord, each other’s cross to bear.”
Prayer: Dear God, let me be like Simon who
helped Jesus carry his cross. When I see
someone struggle with a burden, may I be the
one who helps lift it. Scripture: Mk 15:21.
Feb. 13 - Day 4 – To cultivate silence. “God is
the friend of silence,” said Mother Teresa.
Prayer: Dear God, let me discipline myself to
make time for
silent meditation.
Help me to be
still and thereby
come to know
deeper thoughts.
1Kg 19:12.
Last chance to take part in a special
evening for Valentines Day. On
February 13th at 4pm Mass, Father
Rich will be officiating a renewal of
vows, followed by a Valentine's dinner/dance
at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel's Presidential
Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for $45 a
person. Contact Tom and Kathe Roche @
610.777.4792 or Deacon Joe and Lois
Lombardo @ 610.777.2542.
Save the Date
March 7th
Family Roller Skating Night.
John Paul II Center for Special Learning
Seeking a caring, dedicated and motivated teacher
to work as a team member to educate students
with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a
supportive and rewarding environment. Special
Education certification required. Send your resume
to [email protected]
Mark your
St. John's Girl
Scout Troop
1157 will be
selling cookies
in the Father Lyons Room after all Masses the
weekend of February 13/14. Stop by and pick up
some treats for your special valentine!
The Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart
of Jesus (MSC) invite you to begin your Lenten
Journey with us by attending our LENTEN AGAPE
on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6 PM at Sacred
Heart Villa (51 Seminary Ave., Reading, 19605).
Come share this simple, prayerful meal among
MSC Sisters and friends. All are welcome. Contact
[email protected] with questions or to
Save the Date
St John's FEAST Day
Saturday April 9th
Plan to join your Family of Faith to celebrate our
namesake, St. John with a potluck dinner.
Prime Timers News: More exciting upcoming
trips for the Prime Timers:
• May 5 - Penn’s Peak to see “Branson Fever” cost
$70 includes Family Style Sit down Meal, show.
Bus will depart from St. John’s at 9 AM with a 6
PM approximate return.
• July 6 – Fulton Theatre to see “Footloose”. Sit
down Family style meal at the Steamboat Inn.
Cost $88. Bus will depart from St. John’s at 11 AM
with a 6 PM approximate return. For reservations
or questions, please contact Philomena Repoley
610.777.5063 or Larry Shepherd 610.777.8337.
If you are a Catholic man, 18
years or older and you want to
become closer to your family,
strengthen your faith, support
your parish and give back to your
community, there is a place for
you in the Knights of Columbus. For more
information speak to any Knight or contact Jim
Stallone at 610.406.8543.
Save the Date
Parish Retreat
Saturday February 27th
Father Lyons room 8-11:30am
registrations for the upcoming 2016 fall season
on Thursday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 22,
2016 from 6-8PM in the main lobby of Berks
Catholic HS. For more information, go to our
or call Danielle Fowler 610-374-1695.
You can also get to our website by going to the
high school website at www.
Athletics—BC Youth Football and Cheerleading.
La Salle Academy is looking
for vendors for its upcoming
SPRING FEST. It will be held
on Palm Sunday weekend,
March 19 and 20 from 11-4 both days. Please
email [email protected] for a
registration form. Deadline is February 29.
More info will be forthcoming regarding the
event and food pre-orders.
International Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking
February 8 has been designated as a day of prayer and awareness against
human trafficking by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on
Migration. February 8 also marks the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita who was
kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and taken to Italy. Once she
demanded her freedom she entered the religious life with the Canossian sisters
and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and
comforting the poor and suffering. The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage
reflection on the violence and injustice that affect numerous victims of trafficking.
Prayer for Trafficked Victims
(As shared by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.)
God of freedom, beauty and truth, we believe that your deepest desire, you most powerful
energy, is that creation might know abundant life. We raise our voices in anguished prayer for
our sisters and brothers, women and girls, men and boys, who are modern day slaves; they are
your beloved daughters and sons, exploited sexually or forced to work because of human
violence and greed.
Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion that those who are trafficked might know
healing and justice; that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion; that all of us might
live in such a way that others are not made to pay the price for our comfort and convenience.
Hasten the day when all people and our precious Earth itself will be treated, not as a
commodity, but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth. Amen. May it be so.
The Gospel for All Ages
A compilation of questions by age group, in line with the readings and Gospel for the week, to help you
ponder the Message and live it in your daily life.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Luke 5.1-11
For Adults -
Older Teens Young Teens Grades 4-6 Grades 2-3 Grades K-1 Preschool -
Life Question: What teacher in your life – partner, friend, colleague, formal educator – has
invited you to take bait that has transformed your purpose in life?
Gospel Question: In what deep waters have you yet to fish for meaning and purpose in your life?
Life Question When have you experienced privilege you didn’t earn?
Gospel Question: What do the deep waters symbolize? The large catch of fish?
Life Question: Who calls you to develop and use your gifts or talents to make a difference?
Gospel Question How does Jesus call you in your life as a student?
Life Question: How is the Church the People of God?
Gospel Question: How is Jesus calling you?
Life Question What are some ways you follow others?
Gospel Question: Who listens to Jesus?
Life Question: Who are your friends?
Gospel Question : Who does Jesus call to be friends?
Life Question: Tell about a saint you know
Gospel Question How does Jesus want us to follow
Works of Mercy in Action
“In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds
strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and
love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in
offering compassion and comfort.” (Misericordiae Vultus – The Bull of
Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy #25)
Visit the Imprisoned
Send a note of encouragement to someone who is incarcerated. Parishioner Debbie Bitting has a
brother who is serving a 20- month sentence for drug use.
PO BOX 244
When writing your letter please take note of the following:
• Use your complete name and return address in the upper left hand corner. No
labels with return address may be used
• Inmates can receive greeting cards, but they may not contain electronics or be
multi - layered. Never embellish your letter or envelope in any way. This means
you may NOT use stickers, glitter, or glue in or on correspondence.
• For more information or to answer questions call Debbie 484- 650-8765.
Educate the Ignorant
St. Peter School in Reading needs tutors to work one on one with children during school hours. If you
are available during the day, you can become a VIP of support in a child’s life by simply reviewing math
facts or reading one-on-one with a student. No special training is required. Only one hour per week is
requested. Transportation to St. Peter School can be provided. Background checks, finger printing, and
completion of “Protecting God's Children” (PGC) are required. If you are interested or have any
questions call Jan Jackson at 484-269-7656.
Protecting God’s Children Workshops (PCG) will be offered
Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 am to noon at Holy Guardian Angels
To register call: 610-929—1416
Comfort the Afflicted
When members of our family of faith are in need of assistance with ordinary
household chores, JAM will organize volunteers to help out. If you or anyone you
know needs help with household tasks let JAM know.
Call Arlene Seeber at 484-794-8027
Clothe the Naked
Opportunity House needs volunteers to sort and organize various donated items in their offsite
warehouse located in the American Polarizers, Inc. building at the corner of Chestnut and Lemon
Streets, (140 Lemon Street), Reading. A small parking lot is immediately adjacent to the warehouse on
the Chestnut Street side. The warehouse is available for volunteers on weekdays (M-F only) from 9:00
am to 3:00 pm. Questions: Please contact John Moult, Volunteer Coordinator at 610-374-4696 x-239
or [email protected]

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