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

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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.

Mass Times

 ​​This Sunday 24th September - 25th Sunday Ordinary Time:

TAMIL MASS at 5pm (Rosary at 4.30pm)
UNIVERSITY MASS at 6pm St William of York (1st of term)

Next Sunday 1st October - 26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Masses to promote CAFOD HARVEST
BAPTISMS at 1pm St James
UNIVERSITY MASS at 6pm St William of York—parishioners welcome

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

News and Events

OPEN PARISH MEETING - SAT 30TH SEPT at St James 9.30 to 12 noon.
his is the first parish meeting we have held in years. The aim is to explore ways of implementing the Bishop’s vision as out lined in his Pastoral letter. An exciting time for the parish. Please make every effort to be there and offer your support at this critical time.

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

Canon John O'Shea

Welcome to our Parish 

Fr John writes ...


Today we listen to Bishop Philip as he outlines his vision for our diocese with an 8 point plan for all of us:

1. Mission to all:

That we enable more people to hear the Gospel and to come to know, serve and love Jesus Christ and that one day they reach the happiness of Heaven...

1st Sept—4th Oct

We are reminded by

Pope Francis that
all of us are called to cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents”.
(Laudato Si)