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.
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.
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 parish community. We are not able to gather for the Sunday Eucharist, however, we still belong together… read more
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
LIVE STREAMING and videos OF MASS
Fr john writes
Dear All, We are entering a time of uncertainty and many people are worried and anxious. We are beginning to feel we are loosing control. I hope that we can put our trust in God and not delude ourselves by thinking we can sort this out. The challenge is to move from...
Last Sunday we heard of a very personal meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus sees into the heart of her being; He understands her true longing and invites her to draw from the well of ‘Living Water’. The woman experiences a conversion...
Today we hear of Jesus taking Peter, James & John up to a high mountain. There they had a profound experience and were invited to see Jesus as he really is. Whilst in prayer Jesus was transfigured and changed in the company of Moses & Elijah from the Old...
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
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
THANKSGIVING MASS Fr John will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this year. A Mass of Thanksgiving has been arranged in St James church on: Sunday 14th July at 11am A RECEPTION to follow at St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Rd. You...
Today we celebrate our different traditions, languages, customs, music etc but most of all our common faith in Jesus Christ. We are blessed to be part of a largest multi-cultural community not only in Reading but in the diocese. We begin with a procession of flags. At...
On Sat 2nd Feb—also called Candlemas Day which commemorates the time Mary & Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple to consecrate him to God. They meet Simeon & Anna who are inspired to recognise Jesus “as a light for revelation to the gentiles and glory for your...
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St James Reading Church
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