Reading – Activities

Family Catechism Days

These are normally held on the third Thursday of the month – please find dates here – commencing with Mass at 11am and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2.30pm. Families enjoy catching up over a picnic lunch, after which the children are led in singing and catechism by the Priests of the Community. These Days further provide an opportunity for networking and mutual support among home-schooling families. For further information please contact Lauren Lehain here.

 

The Youth Group

The Youth Group is for our young people aged from 13 to 17. It normally meets at the Priests’ residence – St John Fisher House – between 5pm and 9pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month – please find dates here. Activities include board games, DVDs of a spiritual or moral nature, discussions and debates, sharing a meal together, and talks by the Group’s Chaplain, Fr Goddard. A couple of times a year the Group visits a residential care home to play board games with its senior residents. For further information please contact Angela Grimer here.

Young Adults ‘Juventutem’ Group 

‘Juventutem’ is for young men and women aged between 18 and 35. The Reading Group meets once a month and involves a social gathering including a talk given by its Chaplain, Fr Verrier. It is part of the Juventutem International Federation, an international Catholic network fostering the sanctification of young adults – members and others – according to the perennial traditions of the Latin Church. For further details, please contact Fr O’Donohue.

St Bruno’s Men’s Group

This generally meets on the first Thursday of the month – please find dates here. It gives an opportunity for the men of the Community to meet together at the Priests’ residence – St John Fisher House – for Mass, prayer, a little socialising and talks on the spiritual life by the Group’s Chaplain, Fr O’Donohue.

The Schedule is as follows:

6:30pm   Mass in the House chapel (for those who can make it)
7:15pm   Group commences in the House chapel with a prayer to St Bruno, silent prayer and Rosary. Confession is available during this time.
8pm        Refreshments and chat followed by spiritual talk.
8:45pm   The Group concludes with the singing of the Marian anthem of the season.

There are also occasional day trips away, such as to the recusant manor house, Harvington Hall.

 

St Margaret Clitherow Ladies’ Group

This generally meets on the first Saturday of the month – please find dates here. It gives an opportunity for the ladies of the Community to meet together at St John Fisher House for Mass, prayer, chat and talks on the spiritual life by the Group’s Chaplain, Fr Goddard. There are also occasional day trips away, such as to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation of West Grinstead, and ‘The College’ – Blessed John Henry Newman’s home in Littlemore near Oxford.

The schedule is as follows:

10am           Mass in the House chapel.
10:45am      Coffee & croissants
11:25am      Spiritual talk
12:10pm      Group concludes with singing the Angelus and an opportunity for confession and / or spiritual direction.

 

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

While the faithful of St William of York Latin Community are geographically dispersed – some are based in the Reading area, while others come from as far afield as Aldershot, Basingstoke, Oxford and Swindon – we are anxious to remain united in undertaking regular programmes of spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

After our 8am First Saturday Mass, we have an apostolate of prayer outside of Reading’s BPAS Abortion Clinic, which is located at 121 London St, Reading RG1 4QA. There we pray 5 decades of the Rosary in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for an end to abortion. All are very welcome and we are pleased to be joined by parishioners from local parishes.

We also have monthly pro-life Rosary intentions, which we recall in our daily Rosaries.

 

Corporal Works of Mercy

​Twice a year, in Advent and Lent, the Community undertake alms giving for charities. The Advent appeals are normally for the work of pro-life charities, such as the Good Counsel Network and the Catholic Children’s Society of Westminster. The Lenten appeals tend to be for other charitable endeavours, particularly to support our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Faith, through charities such as Aid to the Church in Need.

In Advent 2016 we collected gifts for the Catholic Children’s Society’s ‘Christmas in a Box’ campaign for children from disadvantaged families; and in Lent 2017 we collected £1,005.63 for the Syria appeal run by Aid to the Church in Need.