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

Fr John writes ...


‘Today, we meet John the Baptist, the Prophet. He calls for a radical change of life—no half measurers but rather turning our lives completely around. What is it that we need to change in our attitudes and behaviour ? What area of our lives need to be healed ? Today we pray that the Spirit of God will help us to make those changes in our lives and that we will serve God and not ourselves and that we will attend to the poor and needy....


The school governors have appointed Dr Simon Uttley to take up this position at Easter 2017. Simon Uttley has been a head teacher for over 11 years, most recently in inner London where he managed the building of a new Catholic comprehensive school.... 


This Sunday, parishes across England and Wales will celebrate Bible Sunday, an opportunity to give thanks to God for a much richer understanding of the Word of God....


Welcome to our Parish 

St James

St William of York

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.