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

News and Events

Thanks to all who helped and attended the Ecumenical Service to celebrate the Reopening of Reading Abbey ruins last Sunday.

FLAME CATHOLIC YOUTH EVENT: 2nd March 2019 at SSE Arena, Wembley 12 noon – 5.30pm. For ages 14-21 (YR10+) accompanied by parish youth leaders and priests. Tickets £20 pp. FREE coach from Reading . Parents meeting in Feb.  Forms available at back of church. Closing date 30.09.18. website:

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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

​​This Sun 15th July - 15th Sun in Ordinary Time.

BAPTISM: we welcome Samuel Dongo Nolte son of Sergio & Clorinda, to be baptised at 1pm in St James.

GOAN MASS at 4.30pm.

Next Sun 22nd July 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

​​​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.

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