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

EVEN THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE COUNTED

In the Gospel today Jesus tells us to trust in God, who would not harm even a hair on your head. He asks and urges us to be people who would not harm another. Jesus reminds us that we were created unique and that we are infinitely loved by God, regardless of who we are or what we have done. We are not just another number.


FEAST OF SS PETER & PAUL THU 29TH JUNE
On Thursday 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 64 AD under Nero’s persecution.


MARRIED COUPLE MENTORS WANTED
“We are looking for married couples from each of our 3 Masses to help link up with engaged couples preparing for marriage. We are looking for married couples who have weathered the storms, have experience of life and believe in marriage. If you are interested please see Fr John. Thank you to the 2 couples who have volunteered, we need 2 more, so if you would like to help please see Fr John.
We have arranged an information evening on Marriage
on Wed 12th July at 7.30pm..


NAME BADGE SUNDAYS ● 9TH & 16TH JULY
One of the joys of belonging to a Catholic parish community is being part of a very mixed group of people of all ages, nationalities and social backgrounds. What brings us together and unites us is our Catholic faith, something we are reminded of at every Mass when we turn to the people around us and wish them the peace of Christ. The surprising thing is that we often do not know the names of our fellow parishioners – even when we have been greeting them, week in and week out, often for many years. So for the next 2 Sundays people are invited to wear a name badge when they arrive for Mass.
So, all of us are encouraged to give this idea a try During the Mass, we will be reminded that we are all members of God’s beloved family because He has called each of us by name and called us to love each other in the same way.

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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.