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A bed for the night - every Tuesday night at CIRDIC

PILGRIMAGE to Holy Land, 9th to 18th April 2018. Organised by St Ethelberts Catholic Church, Slough. 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN, to have a special part in the 9am & 11am Masses

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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

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 ...


we are pleased to offer you an OUR NEW PARISH HANDBOOK with details of all the organisations, groups and teams. It will help to give you a comprehensive view of the way our community is organised. The vision, the goal for our parish community.....

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

Mass Times

 This Sun 21st Jan - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 

9am Mass at St Williams of York

11 am Mass at St James.
University Mass - 6pm

Next Sun 28th Jan - 4th  Sunday in Ordinary Time 


TAMIL Mass - 5pm (Rosary at 4.30pm)

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


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