News and Events

​​ENGAGED COUPLES will have a blessing of rings
at 11am Mass on Sun 14th May.

WANTED VOLUNTEERS to help with the development of social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc in
our parish. See Fr John if you are interested and can help.

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

Canon John O'Shea

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The parish is part of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust registered charity 246871

Mass Times

 Next Sunday 30th April



BAPTISMS at 1pm for four children

TAMIL MASS at 5pm (rosary at 4.30pm)

UNIVERSITY MASS 6pm at St Williams 

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 ...

This year many more people attended the Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday Liturgy and Easter Vigil - First Mass of Easter at St James than previous years. It was ‘standing room’ only by the walls for ‘The Three Days’. The Good Friday Service and the Mass on Easter Sunday morning were so full that very many people were unable to get into the church. It was very edifying to see the large number of people attended all ‘The Three Days’ and not just on Good Friday...

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