Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
News and Events
WELCOME RITE at 11am Mass on 24th June
EADING MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERT at St James church on Sat 30th June at 7.30pm
ALPHA CLOSING PARTY on Mon 2nd July at 7.00pm at St James church
PARENTHESIS CHOIR CONCERT on Friday 6th July at St James at 7.30pm.
Canon John O'Shea
Welcome to our Parish
FEAST OF SS PETER & PAUL on Friday 29th June. Holy day of obligation. Masses at 12.15pm & 7.30pm.
FOLK GROUP at 9am & 11am Masses on 8th July
‘DIVINE MERCY’ HOLY HOUR at Our Lady of Peace at 2.30pm on 8th July
THANKSGIVING ECUMENICAL SERVICE FOR THE REOPENING OF READING ABBEY RUINS at 3pm on 8th July
TAMIL MASS at 5pm on 8th July
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
THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
The birth of a child is always very special. We ask ‘Who is the child like ?’ ‘Will the child be a great painter, an academic, a singer ?’John was conceived in the womb of an elderly woman. He was not named after his father. He spent his life in the desert and not in the Temple. John’s voice was in due time to be prophetic and to challenge people to prepare for the coming of Jesus. He used very strong language when he called his followers to repentance: “you brood of vipers ! How will you escape when divine punishment comes ? “
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