Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
ST JAMES CHURCH FULL FOR THE TRIDUUM!
This year many more people attended the Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday Liturgy and Easter Vigil - First Mass of Easter at St James than previous years. It was ‘standing room’ only by the walls for ‘The Three Days’. The Good Friday Service and the Mass on Easter Sunday morning were so full that very many people were unable to get into the church. It was very edifying to see the large number of people attended all ‘The Three Days’ and not just on Good Friday. Our thanks to all those who helped out to accommodate the extra numbers. We may ask as to the reason for these high numbers, I expect the answers are many and varied. Could we have done better to include everyone ? Lets hope that the experience of ‘The Three Days’ helped to enhance the faith of all and helped us enter into the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“CHRIST WAS TRULY CRUCIFIED, BURIED AND RAISED AGAIN, AND YOU ARE CONSIDERED WORTHY TO BE CRUCIFIED, BURIED, AND RAISED WITH HIM IN LIKENESS BY BAPTISM” - Cyril of Jerusalem.
“WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD” - BUT THOMAS DID NOT BELIEVE THEM.
In today’s Gospel we hear how the Risen Jesus appears to Thomas, who could not accept that Jesus had risen from the dead. Thomas proved to be a hands on believer - he wanted to touch the wounds, his response “My Lord and my God” is a key moment in understanding the Risen Lord. These words have gone down through the ages, the Risen Jesus brings peace that is life giving and moved the disciples from total fear and despair to “rejoicing”. The same Risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us.
Fr John Writes
NEW LINE MARKING IN ST JAMES CHURCH CAR PARK
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.
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.