MSC sisters install new leadership team


The Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) celebrated the installation of a new leadership team for their US Province on August 6th at St. Michael’s Convent, Hyde Park.

This team, which will serve for the next four years, includes the provincial leader and three council members, who will take responsibility for nurturing life and unity within the community and enhancing the sisters’ talents and gifts in service to others and the mission of the Sisters to coordinate congregation.

Sister Dorothy Fabritze is the new provincial leader. Her councilors are Sister Raymond Gazo (First Councilor), Sister Mary Anne Bigos, and Sister Patrice Cosgrove.

Fabritze says she hopes to “live in the knowledge that God is love, to continue our MSC mission, to be sent to all to make known the love and goodness of God, and to support our sisters to do the same.” do.”

An international community of 600 women religious serving people in seven provinces in 21 countries, MSC ministries include education, community outreach, social services, elderly care, prison work, hospice, campus work, youth work, health care and circus work.

To learn more about the MSC mission and how to get involved, visit


• St Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 1320 Spruce St, Reading is holding a Peach Festival next Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Peach crumble cakes, drinks and other assorted baked goods are available for purchase, as well as peaches and ice cream.

• Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Road, Bern Township, will host a free dinner and service Tuesday for people with special needs and their families and friends. Dinner is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The WIZ group of Zion Union Church, Maxatawny Ward, will provide dinner. Worship service is at 5:45 p.m. Worship leaders will be Rev. Allen Forsman, pastor, and Randy and Sally Schlegel. Groups are required for dinners on October 25th and November 22nd. For more information, please contact the Rev. David Kistler at or 717-933-8802.

• The Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will worship at 9 am on Sunday. A hymn is sung during the recital. Coffee & Conversation takes place at 8:30 am in the Welcome Center and then again after the service.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, holds personal services with Holy Communion and special music on Sundays at 9 am. Masks are optional. The service will also be streamed live on Facebook. After the service there will be fellowship and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

• Epler’s Church, United Church of Christ, 1151 W Leesport Road, Bern Township, is holding its annual Peach Festival today from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be entertainment from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and food will be available for all of the day. A raffle for baskets and gift cards ends at 6 p.m. The event takes place rain or shine. Visit for more information.

• St. John’s Gernant’s Church (a federated congregation), 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Ontelaunee Township, worships Sunday at 9:30 am in the Memorial Hall, 12 Gernant’s Church Road, which is handicapped accessible. Guest speaker is Kyle Lord, Director of Keystone Military Families. Featured music will be a piano solo by Fern Kulp (“Make Us Holy, Make Us Whole”).

• The United Church of Christ in Robesonia will be held Sunday at 10:15 am at 301 W. Penn Ave. Worship services via YouTube, in person, via Facebook and by telephone. Details are available at and Children’s Clothing Closet and Soup ‘n’ Such are on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm. Soup ‘n’ Such is free and can be eaten in or take away.

• Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, will worship at 9:30 am on Sunday. The service will be streamed live on Facebook and can be viewed live or later at under Worship Videos. Together Time, a time for conversation and refreshment, will follow the service.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, holds Sunday services at 9:30 am. Livestream worship continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Free passage, takeaway every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No registration required. Sunday School begins September 11th. Register at

• Black Forest United Church of Christ, 75 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person and Zoom service on Sunday at 10:30am. It will also be available on YouTube. For more information, visit

• Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St., Maidencreek Township, will hold a mixed service Sunday at 9:00 am with Betsy McGeorge preaching. Music includes Kimberly Ayrton, piano and organ; Ron and Carter Flicker, alto sax and piano; and Sophia Ayrton, violin. The service will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. For links see

• The Black Forest Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will pray in person on Sunday at 9:30 am

• St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will hold two services at the church, at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. The 9am service will also be available on Facebook and YouTube; For links see Worship leaders are Ramona Wolf at 9 am and Carol Aulenbach at 10:30 am. Special music will be “Beautiful Jesus” by the Choir Choir.

• Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington, holds in-person services with Holy Communion on Sundays at 9:30 am. Guest Pastor Rev. Dr. Denise Keltz will chair the meeting. Pianists Nancy Kennedy and Linda Sepeda will provide the music. The service will be available online at beginning at 11:30 am.

• The Zion Lutheran Church, 300 W. High St., Womelsdorf, hosts its 48th Annual Peach Festival
today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are freshly baked peach pies, peaches, cakes, ice cream and more, gift baskets and quilt raffles, jewelry sales. Dave and Friends will be performing music from the 1960’s and 70’s from 4 to 6. Profits are shared with the National Alliance on Mental Health.

• Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court St., Reading, will hold three in-person services on Sunday, all involving the Holy Eucharist: at 8:00 a.m. one said service (no music); at 9, a service for families with small children; and at 10:30 a.m. a service with music. Masks are optional. Parking is available in the Abe Lincoln Hotel parking garage and the M&T Bank parking garage, both located on Washington Street. Parking is also available next to the church on Court Street for those with disabilities or those in need of assistance. To join the live stream, go to A morning prayer from the Book of Common Prayer will be held at the Red Bridge Recreation Area, 2141 Tuliphocken Road, Spring Township on Thursday, weather permitting.

• Bern Reformed United Church of Christ, 3196 Bernville Road, Bern Township, offers live worship on Sundays at 9:30 am. You can also participate with your vehicle in the parking lot via an FM 87.9 broadcast or on Facebook.

• Kissinger’s Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will hold a prayer meeting Wednesday at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to participate, submit prayer requests, and pray for others.


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