Good News for 1/7/23

January 7, 2023

Please be sure to see the poem at the end of the newsletter as the end of Christmas Season draws near.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 8 – 12 pm

Mass and Fellowship

Wednesday, January 11 – 7 pm – Board Meeting (zoom)

Sunday, January 15 – 12 pm


Sunday, January 22 – 12 pm

Mass and Fellowship

Sunday, January 29 – 12 pm


Readings for this week

Readings for

The Epiphany of the Lord

Reading 1………..Isaiah 60:1-6

ResponsorialPsalm 72:1-2, 7-13

Reading 2…Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

Gospel……….Mark 2: 1-12

Helping with Mass this week: 1/8


Celebrant – Rev. Henry Pruski

Lay Assistant – Rich Rosato

Music – John Brewster

Reader – Chris Daubert

CLICK HERE:  This weeks prayer requests – please feel free to download and print off for your daily prayers and devotions
This week’s children’s service: The Epiphany of the Lord!

Question of the Week: 

How has my encounter with the Lord through this Christmas season changed me? Where do I imagine my new path will lead?


February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

All Souls now has a PayPal code to make tithes and offerings; and for future fundraisers, tshirt sales, etc.  Feel free to use it when you can’t make it to mass but want to still give your tithe and offerings.


Or watch the recorded service later in the week on the All Souls YouTube Chanel. Click below:

Helping with Mass next week: (1/15)


Celebrant – Rev. Henry Pruski

Lay Assistant – Wendy Boyd

Music – Mark Sorensen

Reader – Kimmie Rubendall

Music for the week: Epiphany Classics at Christmas concert

All Souls will once again be a host for A GOOD THYME FOR LIFE.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 Location: Mangia Restaurant for both When: lunch and dinner.

Please support the cause by coming out for LUNCH OR DINER and invite friends and family to do the same!

ALSO: We are now collecting BASKETS or other donation that we can raffle off. If you need a letter to solicit donations, please let us know. Baskets are needed by February 26.

The ECC Mary Magdalene Society is now accepting applications for grants. A grant or grants will be given in each of two categories:

1.   Assisting newer/potential priests with their “getting established” expenses, e.g., tuition debt for ministerial training, and

2.   Assisting ECC communities to provide youth programs.

Applicants may contact for an application, for selection criteria, and/or for further information. Application deadlines for (potential) clergy applicants is February 7, 2023; and the deadline for communities applying for youth programs is February 15, 202

Ecumenical Catholic Communion WEBSITE

All of that build-up for a brief few moments that swiftly join the stream of history leave us with a sense of both fatigue and bewilderment. What comes next?

Christian theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, viewed the days after Christmas from a spiritual perspective. He wrote a poem, “The Work of Christmas Begins,” to express his sentiments.

Properly understood, our work is only just beginning after Christmas.

Followers of Christ have been commissioned to walk the path he did. To bind up the broken-hearted. To preach good news to the poor. To proclaim liberty to the captives.

Christmas brings the incarnate God, the Prince of Peace, to humanity. In this prince’s kingdom mercy, justice, and love reign.

As citizens of this heavenly kingdom and members of this royal household, Christ’s followers serve as ambassadors of this kingdom ethic.

Now the day after Christmas, our work is only just beginning.

From The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart.

To learn more about the remarkable life and ministry of Howard Thurman, read the recent biography by historian Paul Harvey. Howard Thurman and the Disinherited: A Religious Biography

All Souls Church | Worshiping in the Chapel at, 640 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19601

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