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

News and Events

POPE FRANCIS VISIT TO IRELAND 25TH & 26TH AUGUST: Pope Francis will come to Ireland for two days to attend the 9th World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin 21st—26th August. This is the first Papal visit in 40 years. read more



BISHOP PHILIP to visit Our Lady of Peace parish on Sun 2nd Sept and St Joseph’s parish on Sun 16th Sept.


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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 Sunday 19th August - 20th Sun Ordinary Time
Creagh and Fr David Elliott at 9am & 11am Masses.
GOAN MASS - CANCELLED!


Next Sunday 26th August 21st Sun Ordinary Time
WELCOME to Fr Peter Glass for the 6pm Vigil Mass, Fr Jack Creagh and Fr JP Lyttle who are celebrating the 9am & 11am Masses on Sunday. 

MAGNIFICAT CHOIR at 6pm Vigil Mass.

​​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

BODY OF CHRIST


​​Jesus is the source of our life. This Sunday we are reminded that Jesus takes the ordinary human act of eating and shows us that this familiar and loving action is the very way we can come to eternal life. The act - eating - is the same, however the food differs. The food Jesus offers is from heaven and it is on this which we feast - it is Jesus himself...

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