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


Jesus is the source of our life. Today 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.

At Mass not only is the bread and wine transformed into the body of Christ but we too are changed and challenged to be the body of Christ to the wider world.

Our God nourishes us with Bread from heaven. Through eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ He is present to us, among us, and in us today. We are strengthened and nourished to live His life to the full.


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, Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979. The Pope will arrive in Dublin on Sat 25th August, and will take part in the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croake Park - the venue for ‘All Ireland’ hurling and football finals. On Sunday 26th August Pope Francis is due to travel to Knock Shrine in the West of Ireland by helicopter and visit the Basilica and the Shrine dedicated to the Apparition of our Lady. In the afternoon Pope Francis will be the chief Celebrant at Holy Mass in Phoenix Park - a large open space in the city of Dublin.

1st R. Joshua 24:1-2.15-18​ 2nd R. Eph. 5:21-32​ Gospel: John 6:60-69
Please read these readings at home and listen to them at next Sunday’s Mass.


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


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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.

Fr John Writes

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.