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


I would like to invite you to register your details online on our new parish database. Please click the button below to register:

This is a new initiative to collect the details of all our parishioners into a new database. Up to now we have only had paper registration forms. We are pleased this can be done electronically. We will archive the old database and start afresh and compile an up to date register of all our parishioners. May I ask if you would log in and fill in your details and be among the first names on our new database. Your details are confidential and for parish use only. Don’t delay - please register your details.


WANTED NEW VOLUNTEERS to help run the sessions. Can you help ? We need a team of at least 6 people. Without new volunteers we will not be able to offer a youth programme to our young people. After Mass one of our Youth Leaders will be pleased to talk with you and sign you up. Alternatively, please see Fr John or email the parish office if you would like to help
GATHERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE of Secondary school age. The youth ministry team are excited to invite young people of secondary school age to a social gathering on Sunday 29th October at St James at 12.15 -13.15. This is to share ideas of upcoming activities for young people within the parish and also an opportunity to hear from our young people. Light refreshment will be provided.

Part 1: The Crisis of Identity
Part 2: Leadership and Vision
Part 3: Forming a Leadership Team
Part 4: Key to Lasting Change
Part 5: The Role of the Holy Spirit
Session 1: What does it look like to be a missionary parish community?
Session 2 A: What is needed to transform the culture of the Parish?
Session 2B: Naming the 10 building blocks
Session 3: Becoming an Inviting Church
Session 4: Forum - So What?

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

I wish to invite you to a public meeting on Fri 20th Oct at St James church at 7.30pm. The aim is to update you on the progress of the project, especially on the results of the ground penetrating radar work and excavations carried out on the Prison, St James church and Forbury Gardens. Also THE HIDDEN ABBEY STONES PROJECT led by John and Lindsay Mullaney is being launched. This researches and documents the significant stones from the Abbey which have now been discovered around Reading. Perhaps there is a significant Abbey stone in your garden ? We will be unveiling one stone in particular—could it be of Henry 1 ? Speakers to include Rt Rev Geoffrey Scott of Douai Abbey. Entry free. See notice board.

Fr John Writes

In order to have wheel chair access to the ramp leading to the Lady Chapel door we have removed the parking space and put down new yellow hatchings to denote no parking. We have added an extra parking space along the wall to Forbury Gardens and another in front of the information board out side the church. The parking spaces outside the presbytery door have also been altered. I trust this new arrangement is acceptable to all and provides us with new clear disabled access.

Over the past few months many parishioners have received parking tickets despite displaying a permit in their car. This often leads to letters asking for £120 and £125. Having been in touch with the company there is now a new procedure in place. Anyone receiving a parking ticket should let the Parish Office or Fr John have it immediately. The company have assured us that the ticket will then be cancelled and no more letters will be received. If you leave the car to get a permit from St James please put a large note on the dashboard. The car park attendant takes a photo of the car each time he issues a ticket so is able to prove if a permit is displayed in the car. If a permit is not displayed you may have to pay the fine so please note the new arrangements.