ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH OF ST JAMES AND ST WILLIAM OF YORK

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parish office – latest CoronaVirus update

Due to the current Social Distancing measures introduced by the government, the parish has introduced a means of still reaching out and remaining in communion via online video content.

You can tune in and watch videos or live stream when available, by accessing the parishes YouTube channel. Please click the link below or copy and paste into your browser.

https://youtu.be/Z6GYqdswkcI

 

Message from Fr. John

 

What are the new arrangements in the parish:
• All weekday and Sunday Masses are to be suspended until further notice.
• Churches are open: St James church open every day St Williams open from 9.30am-12.30pm every day.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HOLY WEEK AT HOME

Update archive

Message from Bishop of Porthsmouth

Dear Faithful and Clergy of the Diocese of Portsmouth,

 “I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you” (Luke 10: 18-19).

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing much harm and concern to us all, both at home and abroad. We do not know why God in His providence has allowed this pandemic to occur. What we do know is that He has given us victory through the death and resurrection of His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ and poured into human history the power of the Holy Spirit to guide all things in the right direction. This is why, in the words of St. Paul... read more

Link to Corona Virus update page

LIVE STREAMING and videos OF MASS

upcoming events

PHOTO GALLERIES

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

2nd Holy Communion July 2019

2nd Holy CommunionSt James Church

Father John 50th Anniversary

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

1st HOLY COMMUNION 2019

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

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday 9th 2019 gallerySt James Church

Fr john writes

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HOLY WEEK AT HOME

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HOLY WEEK AT HOME

I wish to suggest ways we can celebrate at home the events of Holy Week: Palm Sunday of The Passion of the Lord - when we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem and the mystery of his suffering, death and resurrection. Put a branch on the door of your home or...

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STAYING CONNECTED

STAYING CONNECTED

Sunday Mass on line: we will continue to ‘stream’ the Sunday Mass it will be available from Saturday around 6pm. To view via Youtube please click on this link: CLICK HERE Our Centering Prayer Group now meet ‘on line’ from 7pm—8pm on a Thursday evening using ‘Zoom’ -...

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A MESSAGE FROM FR JOHN – 29th March 2020

A MESSAGE FROM FR JOHN – 29th March 2020

The applause on Thursday evening for carers in the NHS who are on the front line brought a sense community to all of us. It showed our need to be connected and our appreciation for the NHS doctors, nurses and staff. We have come to value our family, friends and our...

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OUR VISION

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.

 MASS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

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PHYSICALLY ATTENDING MASS IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE.
We will now Stream Live SUNDAY AND SATURDAY MASS 
from 
Sunday 22nd March 11:00 am

 

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.

 MASS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

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PHYSICALLY ATTENDING MASS IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE.
We will now Stream Live SUNDAY AND SATURDAY MASS 
from 
Sunday 22nd March 11:00 am

 

latest news

 
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING for those who have been accepted. At St William of York church, RG1 5JT Child Protection Training Sat 28th Sept 10.00am – 12.30 pm Vulnerable Adult Training Sat 28th Sept 1.30pm – 4.00pm. We would like to encourage all our catechists, group...

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INSTALLATION OF SCREENS

INSTALLATION OF SCREENS

INSTALLATION OF SCREENS IN ST JAMES CHURCH, our application to the Historic Churches Committee has now been submitted. In The Nave we are planning to install two screens, just outside the stone arch of the Sanctuary screwed into the mortar and hung on positional arms...

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Fr. JOHN’s 50th – PRIESTS CON-CELEBRATE

Fr. JOHN’s 50th – PRIESTS CON-CELEBRATE

Fr John celebrated his 50th priestly anniversary mass alongside celebrant priests from various other dioceses and parishes. The memorable and gracious event that occurred on June 6th at the historic St James Catholic church in Reading, saw many well wishers amongst...

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St James Reading Church

Abbot's Walk,
Reading, RG1 3HW,
ENGLAND
Tel: (44) 01189 574171

St William of York Church

46 Upper Redlands Road,
Reading, RG1 5JP,
ENGLAND
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

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