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

THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST


The birth of a child is always very special. We ask ‘Who is the child like ?’ ‘Will the child be a great painter, an academic, a singer ?’

John was conceived in the womb of an elderly woman. He was not named after his father. He spent his life in the desert and not in the Temple. John’s voice was in due time to be prophetic and to challenge people to prepare for the coming of Jesus. He used very strong language when he called his followers to repentance: “you brood of vipers ! How will you escape when divine punishment comes ? “

We too are called by God to repent, to change and live in the way of God. John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction—towards Jesus of Nazareth.

This challenges us to have the courage, the faith and the willingness to announce the presence of Christ, not simply in words but also in deeds.

Like John we must try to bring Christ into our lives and build a living relationship with him.

FEAST OF SS PETER & PAUL THU 29TH JUNE


On Friday we celebrate the feast of these two great saints—the twin pillars of the church. St Paul, educated scholar, outstanding preacher. St Peter, impetuous, fisherman, gifted with qualities of leadership. Both martyred around the year 64AD under Nero’s persecution. Jesus built his church on the rocks of Peter and Paul. We honour the apostles Peter and Paul who were central to the mission of Jesus and endured all things, even martyrdom itself. Friday Masses at 12.15pm & 7.30pm in St James church


YOUTUBE LINKS TO TALKS BY FR JAMES MALLON
Part 1: The Crisis of Identity www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZk6QBx0gpI
Part 2: Leadership and Vision www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiJd7a66RFo
Part 3: Forming a Leadership Team www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFgdxcAuAp8
Part 4: Key to Lasting Change www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o3D2HjiKdw
Part 5: The Role of the Holy Spirit www.youtube.com/watch?v=EndFjH8hv9c
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Session 1: What does it look like to be a missionary parish community?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFokxOKNYK0
Session 2 A: What is needed to transform the culture of the Parish?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bic2udANv4s
Session 2B: Naming the 10 building blocks www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aMY_dNpcJk
Session 3: Becoming an Inviting Church www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU_Ao2xb-8c
Session 4: Forum - So What?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7UPoFBjj7A

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


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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.



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CAR PARKING IN THE FORBURY RETAIL PARK
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.