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

News and Events

Youth Alpha 12.30 to 2.00pm at St James. Sixth session

Lent Reconciliation Service Mon 26th March at St James

Wed 21st March at 7.30pm in St James.

 Walking the Camino from Reading- Last Call. 19th to 26th Sept

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Canon John O'Shea

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

Mass Times

This Sun 18th Mar -5th Sunday in Lent.

9am and 11am masses at St William of York and St James.

University Mass - 6pm at St William of York.

Next Sun 25th March - Palm Sunday.

FOLK GROUP at 9am & 11am Masses at St. Wiiliam of York and St. James.

University Mass - 6pm at St William of York. 

Blessing and Procession of Palms at all Masses.

Additional mass times, including weekday masses and confessions, can be found here.

Welcome to our parish website. We hope the list of services, activities, organisations and ministries will give you an overview of life in our parish community. We strive to promote a welcoming, loving and  prayerful atmosphere in our parish. We are blessed to have people from many different nations and cultures. On Pentecost Sunday we have an ‘International Mass’ to celebrate our diversity and faith heritages. Our two churches are the venues for Masses for the Goan (Konkani), Ukrainian, Ordinariate and Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) communities.

St James Church is built within the ruins of the great Benedictine Abbey, today we continue the practice of the monks to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy in Word and Sacrament. The church was built between 1837 and 1840, the architect was A W Pugin. On 14th December 2012 the community celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on the 175th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone and the recent restoration work in the church. Bishop Philip Egan presided at the concelebrated Mass. To the locals in Reading this church is known as ‘the church next to the prison’.

St William of York Church was built in 1906. In addition to the people of this church community it is also home to the catholic students of Reading University and the  Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). The catholic students have a full time Chaplain, Sabine Schwartz, the Chaplaincy is opposite to St Williams Church. The FSSP has two priests in their community, currently Fr Armand de Malleray and Fr Matthew Goddard who live nearby.

Thank you for reading our parish website. May God bless you now and always.

Fr John writes ...


Today, we hear that Jesus has entered Jerusalem in jubilant glory, welcomed as a king. Jesus reminds them that the time has come and it is to death that he must travel. He uses a metaphor “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat....


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