Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ

Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ


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Welcome! Here are some resources

to help those new to prayer or want to deepen their prayer life.

We are all invited into relationship with God and for all of us this relationship is built on prayer. The invitation comes from God, who loves us and is always seeking us, always waiting for us. God is always ready, we only need to begin.

Prayer is about spending time with your God; talking and listening.

>How do I start?

If you don’t feel you know how to pray or are struggling to start Bishop Robert Barron offers five important steps when setting out on your journey of prayer. Click here to begin the video.

Please come back at the start of Advent to see what’s on offer.

Parish Office – Latest update

Parish YouTube link for live and recorded Mass
Virtual Coffee Connect on Zoom (1000 - 1030 or 12:30 -13:15 BST)
Meeting ID: 891 1457 1947
Password: coffee
Dial in: +44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom
Meeting ID: 891 1457 1947
Password: 225303

PARISH & OFFERTORY Donation: 2 ways to Donate

There is currently 2 ways to donate as shown below. Kindly donate using either option below. If you are a UK tax payer you can enable Gift Aid Donations where the UK government will pay an additional 25 pence for every £1 donated. If you need more information or have questions please contact us either by phone (shown at the bottom of this page) or via contact us page or simply click on the links below. We thank you for your generous doantions.

Offertory and Donation Appeal
Please click here to donate online


We are committed to serving the most vulnerable in our community during this time, either by providing help from volunteers in the parish or by signposting to the appropriate organisations. 

If you live in Reading we suggest you contact The One Reading Community Hub.

The One Reading Community Hub is a partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Voluntary Action and Reading's wide and varied voluntary and community sector including churches.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of extra support:

Fill in the online coronavirus support form

or call

0808 1894325 (freephone) from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. 

Reading Deaf Centre SMS: 07704 687298 / Fax: 0118 950 0507


Bishop Phillip’s visit Feb 2020

BISHOP'S VISIT FEB 2020St James and St William of York Reading

X-MASS 2019

CHRISTMAS MASS 2019St James and William of York Reading

1st Holy Communion July 2019 Set 2

2nd Holy CommunionSt James Church

Father John 50th Anniversary

Fr John 50th Anniversary  Sunday 14th July 2019 GallerySt James Church


1st holy communion Sunday 23rd June 2019 gallerySt James Church

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday 9th 2019 gallerySt James Church

St James Catholic church

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 Thanks giving on the 175th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone and completion of the recent restoration work in the church.

St william of york catholic church

Welcome to St. William of York Church, Reading. We hope you feel as blessed in your visit to our place of worship as we are to have you come to see us. Acquaint yourself with our Church and all that makes it our place of worship and reflection.

The church was built in 1906 by Father William le Grave, a retired Army chaplain who had volunteered to do missionary work.

Prayer request

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Get In Touch

St James Reading Church

Forbury Road,
Reading, RG1 3FD,
Tel: (44) 01189 574171

St William of York Church

46 Upper Redlands Road,
Reading, RG1 5JP,
Tel: (44) 01189 574171

St James and St William of York, Reading Parish is part of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust Registered charity 246871