Roman Catholic Parish of St James


St William of York Reading

Fr john writes


Today’s Gospel tells us that the disciples continue to misunderstand what the ‘Son of Man’ is to undergo. While Jesus is speaking about his suffering, death and rising, the disciples are quibbling over ‘Who is the greatest’ among them. They have missed the...

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Today we hear Jesus ask the apostles about his identity and his mission. “Who do you say I am?” They had been with Jesus for some time and seen signs and wonders. Peter, in faith, proclaims “You are Christ”. Yes he is the promised Messiah and Saviour of the world....

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We are planning to establish small groups to support people in their faith called “CONNECT GROUPS”. Info evening on Mon 17th Sept at 7.30pm in St James church. This is a follow up to the good experience of small groups during the Alpha Series. It is open to all —...

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

Sunday 11:00 AM
Monday 12:15 PM
Tuesday No Mass
Wednesday 12:15 PM
Thursday 12:15 PM
Friday 12:15 PM
Saturday 6:00 PM

St william’s 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.

Sunday 09:00 AM
Monday no mass
Tuesday No Mass
Wednesday no mass
Thursday no mass
Friday no mass
Saturday No Mass

latest news


Congratulations on the BEST EXAM RESULTS EVER in the life of the school, in ‘A’ levels and GCSEs. All students exceeded their target grades. This marks a significant step in the schools progress compared to last year. Well done to all students and...

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THE WAY FORWARD We had a fruitful meeting on Monday evening and agreed to set up Connect Groups. They will meet 4 - 6 times this term and each group will have Two leaders. Pre-existing parish groups are considering becoming Connect Groups. A Bible Video group, Sharing...

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Today, we extend a warm welcome to our Engaged Couples who are due to be married this year. I have had the privileged of meeting with these couples - 6 of whom are to be married at St James and 22 who are to be married outside of the parish. On Tuesday we had a great...

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St James Reading Church

Abbot's Walk,
Reading, RG1 3HW,
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