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

Mass Times

 - This Sunday 25th June 12th in Ordinary Time with SECOND COLLECTION Peter’s Pence and WELCOME RITE at 11am Mass TAMIL MASS at 5pm (Rosary 4.30pm)

​- Sunday 9th July 14th in Ordinary Time - SEA SUNDAY
NAME BADGE SUNDAY (please wear one) and SECOND COLLECTION Apostleship of the Sea
FOLK GROUP at 9am & 11am Masses; and UKRAINE MASS 1pm

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

Fr John writes ...

In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells us to trust in God, who would not harm even a hair on your head...

On Thursday we celebrate the feast of these two great saints—the twin pillars of the church...

News and Events

BIBLE STUDY COURSE on Mon 3rd July on the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) 7.30pm at St James Church. 2nd

PLANNING A WEDDING or BAPTISM ? To book and register please make an appointment to see Fr John or phone the parish office. Now is the time — so don’t delay !

Check out our  Newsletters  or visit our Facebook page for the latest parish news and events​.​​​

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

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.

Canon John O'Shea

Welcome to our Parish 


Or being Confirmed as an
adult or for those baptised as
Christians of other denominations, who would like to be received into the Catholic Church ?

Please come to an
info evening on
Thu 13th July
in St James Presbytery at
7.30pm. All are welcome.