News and Events

RETREAT DAY FOR THE DEAF—on Wed 9th Aug at St John’s Cathedral and Discovery Centre at 10:45. Fully sign-interpreted with theme "St Edith Stein".  Includes Mass at 12.15. Please contact Fr Robin Ellwood on email, careofthedeaf@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


CERTIFICATE IN PARISH MISSION AND MINISTRY One year distance learning course starting 28/10/2017. 6 modules, 3 diocesan study days—on going support. For more details, Tel: 01590681874


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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

 ​​Today Sunday 16th July, 15th in Ordinary Time
NAME BADGE SUNDAY - please wear one


GOAN MASS 4.30pm (Rosary 4.00pm) Note change of time.


Next Sunday 23rd July - ECUMENICAL SERVICE at 2pm at St Mary’s Reading Minster to mark the 70th anniversary of the link between Reading & Dusseldorf.

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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 ...
PREPARING THE SOIL OF OUR HEARTS FOR THE SEEDS
OF GODS LOVE IN OUR DAILY LIVES

We begin today with a series of Gospel readings on the parables used by Jesus to describe the Kingdom of God. Today he tells the parable of “The Sower”...


NAME BADGE SUNDAYS ● 9TH & 16TH JULY

Last Sunday, Name Badge Sunday brought together an amazing group of people...

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CATHOLIC ?

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 speak to Fr John

or phone the parish office.

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