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


Fr John writes ...

FINAL CALL FOR:
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION 2017

Again this year we will be using the new method; parent-led “Growing Up Catholic” as our preparation material for First Holy Communion. Parents attend all the children’s session and take their rightful role as “the child’s first teacher in the faith”. The catechists team offer leadership in the overall process and support the parents...



NAME BADGE SUNDAYS ● 18TH SEPT - 9TH OCT

“The Lord says…Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1. To be a community it is important for us to know each others name. Again this Sunday all parishioners will be invited to wear a name badge...

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Welcome to our Parish 

St James

St William of York

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.