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

Canon John O'Shea

Welcome to our Parish 

Fr John writes ...

Our congratulations to our candidates who celebrated Confirmation at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, yesterday Saturday 29th April. They joined candidates from St Joseph’s parish Tilehurst. The celebrant was Abbot Cuthbert Brogan as Bishop Philip was unavailable. Confirmation marks the completion of their full initiation into the Church following their Baptism and First Holy Communion....

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

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.

News and Events

​​ENGAGED COUPLES will have a blessing of rings
at 11am Mass on Sun 14th May.

CONGRATULATIONS to Julia Hadriova (organist) who gave birth on the 21st April to a beautiful baby boy called Damian. Every blessing to Julia and her husband and now her three boys !!

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

Mass Times

  This Sunday 30th April (3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER)


BAPTISMS at 1pm for four children

TAMIL MASS at 5pm (rosary at 4.30pm)

UNIVERSITY MASS 6pm at St Williams 

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