Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
TODAY - NAME BADGE SUNDAY
Today and next Sunday when you arrive for Mass please take a name badge. During Mass you will be invited to speak with someone who you may not know and pray for them during the week. This helps us to get to know one another at Mass.
POSTERS FOR ‘COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’ CAMPAIGN
COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is an initiative which aims to offer a seasonal welcome to Catholics who for different reasons no longer or rarely attend Mass. Last Sunday 3 invitations were given to each parishioner. If you weren’t here, then please take 3 invitations from the back of the church and give them to someone and encourage them to reconnect with the Church.
Today we are distributing a “Come Home for Christmas” poster to display in your front window or a local community display board.
TODAY - CATHOLIC BIBLE SUNDAY
Every Catholic should have access to a good quality bible. The theme for this year is ‘Welcome the Word’. The Word of God is central to our life as followers of Jesus. I wish to encourage you to read in advance the Sunday Readings at home. At Mass try and listen to the reader and see if there is a word, a phrase that strikes you. God speaks to us through his word.
CELEBRATING GOD’S FORGIVENESS
This week we begin the Advent Reconciliation Services at the different parishes in Reading. For us priests, it is the week when almost every evening we are helping with Confessions at a local parish. Our parish Advent Reconciliation Service is on Monday 18th December at 7.30pm at St James. I have arranged for 8 priests to be with us. All of us wish to be at peace with God and one another at Christmas. Come and join us, be healed, be freed and be reconciled with God.
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
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 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
LAUNCH OF ONLINE REGISTRATION
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.
Fr John Writes
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.