Prost! To MSC Oktoberfest 2023!

Strong winds and cold temps forced everyone inside at the Reading Liederkranz on Sunday, October 8 and provided a new but familiar experience for all. Approximately 200 friends, old and new, enjoyed music by the Josef Kroboth Band, lots of German food, and raffles galore – more than 60 prize baskets, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction! Province Leader Sr. Dorothy Fabritze, MSC set a celebratory tone by offering gratitude and a heartfelt toast for all present.

Moving inside caused a few challenges, such as where to put so many baskets, but fortunately space was found in the bar area and lots of people purchased chances to win. Another challenge was the suddenly changing roles for our volunteers who definitely stood up to the plate and came through for us – we are extremely grateful for their energy and commitment. These volunteers include our Oktoberfest Event Committee members Andrea Bensusan, Kathy Blume, Fran Burkhart, Nancy Chaiko, Janet Decembrino, Sue Kasopsky, Carol Noga, Carm Sosik, and Barb Spinka; and Event Day Volunteers Rod Burkhart, Gwenivere Cress, David Decembrino, Ellen DiGirolamo, Tony DiGirolamo, Mike Gallagher, Maureen Nicholas, Vicki Rahn, Joseph Rudderow, Michael Rudderow, Rick Spinka, Angie Weidenhammer, Dave Weidenhammer, Erin Whitmoyer, and Bernie Whitmoyer. Thank you also to our Mission Advancement employees, Claudia and Carrie, for creating another exciting and successful event.

MSC Sisters express deep gratitude to our many sponsors and donors, monetary and in-kind. From near and far, their participation assured our success and helped us raise more than $50,000 for our Sisters and their mission of love.

Thank you to our guests who enjoyed lots of dancing, laughter, and love. Several guests have shared their thoughts on the day, such as Terry who said, “We had the nicest time today!  The food was amazing!  The gift baskets outstanding!  And, of course, the cause so worthy! Our thanks and appreciation to the team who put such a great day together for us to enjoy!”

To every single person who took part in supporting, hosting and celebrating MSC Oktoberfest 2023, MSC Sisters love you and appreciate you! May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved now and forever. Amen.

Oktoberfest Photos


Thank you, 2023 MSC Oktoberfest Sponsors & Annual Event Sponsors!

In Honor/In Memory of


Diego & Linda Calderin
Joseph & Barbara Alber


Arivan Research, LLC


Fr. George Hazler, I.V.D.
Marcia Finisdore


Kingsview Partners/Regina Rinehimer
Ed & Patti Traupman
Sylvia Wolff
T & T Lanco 

Annual Event Platinum

Diego & Linda Calderin
Joseph & Barbara Alber

Annual Event Gold

Dino & Debbie Ioannidi

Annual Event Silver

Mario Andretti
Bell Ace Hardware
Anthony Camilli
Tony & Ellen DiGirolamo
Dan & Kathleen Langdon
Thomas Milburn & Michelle Modrick
Tom & Ann Pirnot
St. Mary’s RC Church, Kutztown
Team Swann
Richard & Jennifer Vermillion
Sylvia Wolff

Annual Event Bronze

William Birmingham
Tom & Leslye Durilla
Valetta Eshbach
Fleetwood Bank
Fr. George Hazler, I.V.D.
Holy Guardian Angels Regional Parish
Susan S. Krawczyk
Rose Kubovcsak
Irma Lesser
Nancy Missall
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Center Valley
Orlando Law Offices
Seibert Squad
Sr. Mary Seibert, MSC
Vic & Sharon (+) Silimperi
Vision Computer Solutions, Inc.
Maureen and Michael Wilkin
Atty. Frank Yandrisevits
Knights of Columbus #15778
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Reading

Mission Partners

S. Ann Moyer & Martin Hupka
Doug & Helen Didyoung

Mission Benefactors

The Loomis Company/Ed Cavanaugh
Eugene & Virginia Orlando
Deacon & Mrs. Michael LaRoche

Mission Sponsors

Carol Cinelli
Ernest & Jan Galgoci
Virgil Kahl/Spring Ridge Financial Group
Knights of Columbus #4545 St. John, Ottsville
Irma Lesser
Anita Jo Paukovits
Lawrence & Denise Quarino
Eva & Sal
Kevin & Victoria Shearer
Jason & Rebecca Sirmon
Sr. M. Borgia, MSC
Elizabeth & Dout Snyder
Sr. Josanne Huber, MSC
St. Peter Church Altar & Rosary Society, Reading
Loretta Ulincy
Sr. Mary Bridget Ulincy, MS

Mission Patrons

Pauline Adams
Michele Aquino
Frank Balbirer
Bob Cardillo
Regina B. Cardillo
William & Martha Chase
Tony & Teresa DeBiase
Tom & Leslye Durilla
Adeline Dzierozynski
Edward J. Erkinger
Anna Furst
Fr. Philip DeRea, MSC
Mary C. Gallagher
Sr. Catherine Crilly, MSC
Paul Hackash
Mary J. Hackash/Ss. Methodia, Clare, Beatrice
The Jeremy Carroll Foundation
Elaine S. Jocelyn
Patricia Keeney
John Luchansky
John P. Luchansky
William McGurrin
Deceased MSC Sisters
Joan Miller
Nancy Missall
Carol Murphy
The H2 family supporting MSC Sisters for a decade.
Brian & Joan Neustadter
Joan O'Grady
Jerome & Beverlyt Ogrodnick
David Ogrodnick
Mary Ann Pillo
Pay Day Payroll/Penelope Oulds
Jeannette Calabria
Judy & Al Podrasky
Mary Raymod
Felix R. Raymond
Joann Rivera
Janice Schnabl
Nick & Carm Sosik
David & Barbara Tomlinson
Joanne Wagner
Sr. Barbara Daniels, MSC
Chip Walakovits
My Aunt Sr. Florence Walakovits, MSC
John Whelan
Michael & Martha Wolfer
Helen J. Wolfer

Sisters’ Meals

Vincent & Ellen Arnold
Frank Balbirer
Tom Belmont
Jeffry Biemuller
Dr. & Mrs. N. Bitetto & Joe
Susan Broden
Claire Butler
Morris Butler/Sr. Presentia, MSC
Nancy Chaiko
Sr. Mary Anne Bigos, MSC
Carol Cinelli
Craig & Dawn Cirafesi
Monica K. Cirata
Sr. Mary Eileen Kantz, MSC
Elizabeth Currey
John & Barbara Czekner, Jr.
Jim & Susan Daly
Mary Davis
Sr. Mildred Imrisek, MSC
Dr. Andrew & Barbara Duda
Alexandra Meredith Duda
Tom & Leslye Durilla
Ss. Marie Janesch, MSC & Barbara Daniels, MSC
Ernest & Jan Galgoci
Sr. Catherine Ann Galgoci, MSC
Dolores Haizlip 
Dr. Thomas Haizlip
Diane Hayduk
Sr. Kathleen White, MSC
Joanne Hofmann
Ray Hofmann
Dr. & Mrs. Leon Hubrich
Judy Hubrich
Robert Janci
Sr. Magdolna, MSC
Virgil Kahl/Spring Ridge Financial
Vicki Kerling
ALL MSC Sisters
Heather Kremser
David & Joanne Kuhns
Deacon & Mrs. Michael Laroche
Eric & Christy Laub
Sr. Mary DeChantal, OSF
Denise LePage
Christian & Nora Leva
Lisa Leva
Sr. Catherine Cellini, MSC
Anthony and Jacqueline Llorens
Sr. Mary Seibert, MSC
Monsignor John J. Martin

In-Kind Donors