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

News and Events

Remembrance Sunday: Before the 11am Mass we will stand in silence & play a recording of The Last Post & Reveille - please arrive early.

MEGA SALE (Books, Dvd’s etc) after Mass at St James. In aid of Reading Community Learning Centre.

GATHERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE at St James 12.15 - 13.15 to plan for Youth Mass on 26th Nov—Christ the King.

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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 12th Nov - 32nd Ordinary Sunday

​FOLK GROUP at 9am & 11am Masses.

​UNIVERSITY MASS - 6pm at St Williams.

Next Sun 19th Nov - 33rd Ordinary WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR.

GOAN MASS 4.30pm.
UNIVERSITY MASS 6pm at St Williams.

MASS FOR THE BEREAVED - Sat 25 Nov - 11am St James

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 in every city, town and village in this country, people will gather at their local Cenotaph to pay tribute to those who died in the two Great Wars and all the subsequent wars. At the Remembrance Service they will pray for whose who died...​


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