Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading

News and Events

MATILDA THE EMPRESS PLAY by READING BETWEEN THE LINES - 2nd Nov to 18th Nov at St James Church. The sequel to RBL's 2016 award winning King Henry I of England. Tickets are now available from:

SUNDAY MASS IN HOSPITAL Every Sunday in the RBH Chapel at 4 pm. All are welcome.

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Canon John O'Shea

Welcome to our Parish 

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The parish is part of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust registered charity 246871

Mass Times

 ​​This Sunday15th October 27th Sunday Ordinary Time. HOLY COMMUNION RITE OF WELCOME at 9am & 11am Masses.
GOAN MASS 4.30pm
UNIVERSITY MASS 6pm at St Williams.

Next Sunday 22nd October 28th Sunday Ordinary Time WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. SECOND COLLECTION World Mission
FOLK GROUP at 9am & 11am Masses
UNIVERSITY MASS 6pm at St Williams

Additional mass times, including weekday masses and confessions can be found here.​​

Welcome to our parish website. We hope the list of services, activities, organisations and ministries will give you an overview of life in our parish community. We strive to promote a welcoming, loving and  prayerful atmosphere in our parish. We are blessed to have people from many different nations and cultures. On Pentecost Sunday we have an ‘International Mass’ to celebrate our diversity and faith heritages. Our two churches are the venues for Masses for the Goan (Konkani), Ukrainian, Ordinariate and Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) communities.

St James Church is built within the ruins of the great Benedictine Abbey, today we continue the practice of the monks to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy in Word and Sacrament. The church was built between 1837 and 1840, the architect was A W Pugin. On 14th December 2012 the community celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on the 175th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone and the recent restoration work in the church. Bishop Philip Egan presided at the concelebrated Mass. To the locals in Reading this church is known as ‘the church next to the prison’.

St William of York Church was built in 1906. In addition to the people of this church community it is also home to the catholic students of Reading University and the  Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). The catholic students have a full time Chaplain, Sabine Schwartz, the Chaplaincy is opposite to St Williams Church. The FSSP has two priests in their community, currently Fr Armand de Malleray and Fr Matthew Goddard who live nearby.

Thank you for reading our parish website. May God bless you now and always.

Fr John writes ...


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In the Rosary, with its flow of prayers and mysteries, we reflect on the life of Jesus along with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rosary is a prayer loved by countless saints and encouraged by the church. The Rosary is prayed after weekday Mass at St James.