News and Events

THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CREATION 1ST SEPT: The season of creation runs from
1st Sept—4th Oct, the Feast of St Francis, the Patron Saint of the environment.

CAMINO PILGRIMS MEETING Fri 8th Sept in St James at 7.30pm. Final preparations for departing on Wed 13th.

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Canon John O'Shea

Welcome to our Parish 

Mass Times

 ​​This Sunday 20th August - 20th Sunday Ordinary Time WELCOME to Fr Peter Glas - 6pm Vigil Mass, Fr Jack Creagh - 9am Mass and Fr David Elliott - 11am Mass.  NO GOAN MASS.

Next Sunday 27th August - 21st Sunday Ordinary Time
Fr Jeremy Corley - 6pm Mass, Fr Jack Creagh - 9am and Fr David Elliott - 11am. APPEAL at the end of Masses for volunteers to help at Heritage Open days. TAMIL MASS 5pm (rosary at 4.30pm)

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.

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In today’s Gospel we hear the story of the Canaanite woman who approaches Jesus. Initially Jesus does not welcome her, however, she persists in her request...

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