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

Parishioners who are ill or due for an operation are encouraged to celebrate this Sacrament. This can be arranged in the church or at home.  Contact the Fr John or the Parish Office:

Tel: 957 4171 or e-mail:​

Couples wishing to get married in either in the parish or outside the parish are invited to contact Fr John to arrange an appointment.

Normally six months notice is required.

It is a diocesan requirement that all couples wishing to get married be properly prepared; in this parish such preparation takes place both by discussions with the Fr John and by attending a Marriage Preparation day. ​

Confessions are heard weekly on Saturday at the regular time of 5.00pm to 5.45pm in St James Church and also by appointment with the Fr John.

Parish Reconciliation Services at St James at 7.30pm on the first Monday of Christmas Week and Holy Week. Normally 6 priests are available for these services.​

Sacrament of Holy Orders

Those interested in exploring ministry in the church as a priest are invited to contact Fr John to arrange for an initial discussion. Fr Mark Hogan, St Josephs, Basingstoke is responsible for the promotion of vocations to the priesthood in Diocese.


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

Sacrament of Matrimony - Marriage

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

RCIA (Becoming Catholics) Group

Sacrament of Penance/Confession/Reconciliation

Parents who wish to have their children celebrate First Holy Communion are invited to contact the Fr John. The child should be in year 3 or above at school or have completed their eighth year of age by the time they celebrate First Holy Communion.

For more information contact the Parish Office.

Tel: 957 4171 or e-mail:

First Holy Communion Mass is on a Saturday in St James before Pentecost​

Infant Baptism

Eucharist/First Holy Communion

Parents are welcome to bring their children for Baptism. The procedure is to contact the Fr John to do the necessary paperwork and be advised as to the date and arrangements for Baptism.

A pre Baptism Preparation course is offered in two sessions five times a year at St William of York Church. Godparents are welcome to attend.

Schedule of Activities for Baptism are as follows:

  • Welcome Rite on last Sunday of month at 11.00am
  • Mass.Baptism on 1st Sunday of the month in St James at 1.00pm. No of Baptisms per year: 70​

A Baptism application form click here

The Sacrament of Confirmation is available to anyone who is in YEAR 8 of secondary school, is aged at least eleven at the time of preparation, and has already received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.

Confirmation is conferred either by the Diocesan Bishop at St John Cathedral, Portsmouth, normally with candidates other Reading parishes.

For more information contact the Parish Office:Tel: 957 4171 or e-mail:​


This is a group led by three catechists and Fr John which helps adults prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). The group normally begins in September. Candidates are received into the church at the Easter Vigil.This is a process which accompanies adults at their own speed. It includes reflection on life experience and the Sunday Gospels.

Sacrament and Preparation