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Mass Times

​​FEAST OF SS PETER & PAUL on Friday 29th June. Holy day of obligation. Masses at 12.15pm & 7.30pm.

​​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


Today we hear of two parables. Jesus compares the ‘Kingdom of God’ to what happens when the seed is sown by the farmer. In it’s own time the seed grows and in due time the harvest comes, so too the ‘Kingdom of God’ will reach its completion in God’s time.

The ‘Kingdom of God’ is a mystery. The Kingdom is not of this world, but it is in this world. This is the phrase, the image that Jesus used when he spoke about God’s dream for the world....

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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​​​

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Canon John O'Shea