Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ

Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ


From this weekend there is no need for you to book to attend Mass. Simply register your details for NHS Test & Tracewith the stewards on arrival at Mass. It is important during the pandemic, that we are continue to be nourished and strengthened by the grace of the Lord in His Sacraments and by the witness of the Eucharistic community. Attending online is a huge bonus but it is not the same as actually participating in the Liturgy of the Mass with our brothers and sisters and receiving Holy Communion.


Are you registered on our parish database ? Do you receive our weekly newsletter by email ? If not, we are asking everyone who has not registered to do so as soon as possible. You will then receive the newsletter each week alongside all parish wide communications and updates.

Your details are confidential and for parish use only. Please view our Privacy Policy here.

Alpha Online at St James and St William of York

Stay Home and Try Alpha Online

Do you have questions about Life and Faith? Searching for more?

Why is there suffering in the world? Is forgiveness possible? What happens when we die?  What should I do about my life? Where am I headed? Is this the right way? Is there more to life than this?  These are questions we ask every day. So why not join us from the comfort of your homes as we explore the meaning of life on ALPHA!

At St James and St William of York we are running an Alpha Online course every Friday from the 2nd of October 7pm – 9pm for 10 weeks.

What is Involved?

The course is based around small groups of about 6-8 people. Each evening there will be an opportunity to say hello to fellow guests. This will be followed by an interesting and informative video which will then conclude with a discussion in small groups. Some guests may be church goers, others simply interested, all of whom may wish to explore their own belief and faith.

Listen, learn, discuss and discover.

Alpha is a place where no question is off limits. Best of all its going to be ONLINE via Zoom from the comfort of your homes and its free!!

So why don’t you Invite your family, colleagues, and friends. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!

To attend the course, you will need to register. Click here to register online.

If you have any queries, please email the parish office: [email protected] or telephone 0118 957 4171.

Other resource available on video via this link

Parish Office – Latest update

Parish YouTube link for live and recorded Mass
Virtual Coffee Connect on Zoom (Sunday 12:00 - 12:30 BST)
If you would like to connect by phone you can use One tap mobile

Or dial from a landline: 0131 460 1196

When prompted please enter the Meeting ID: 498 947 8585
And the Passcode: 006273

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.


We still Stream Live Weekday Mass
from 12:30 pm  
Streamed Sunday Mass for those unable to physically attend is usually available
from Saturday 6:00 pm.

Please scroll up or visit the YouTube channel by clicking here.

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.

We still Stream Live Weekday Masses
from 12:30 pm.
Streamed Sunday Mass for those unable to physically attend is usually available
from Saturday 6:00 pm

Please scroll up or visit the YouTube channel by clicking here.


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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