St James Information Board: A new Information Board has been erected outside St James. It tells the story of the church with maps, diagrams, photographs. Visitors can now read about the architect A.W.N. Pugin, the location in the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey, the martyrdom of Bl Hugh Faringdon and our connection to the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostella in Spain. Click here for more details.
Our first step on this Lenten journey is the ‘wilderness’. Why? We need to remove ourselves from our hectic lives in order to BE STILL, TO STOP, TO BREATHE, TO REFLECT. It is a bit like a stock take. What’s here? What’s there that shouldn't be? What’s missing? And so we journey today with Jesus into the ‘wilderness’. We should not be afraid of this. It is a ‘Spirit led’ wilderness. God is in control 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 Peter Goddard who live nearby.
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