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Latest News - 30th June

Contents Below Include

  How to Contact Us
  Emergency Contacts
  Live Streaming from St Josephs / New Mass times
  Portsmouth Prayer and Listening Service
  SVP Contact
  Your Donations

  Prayer Sites



Contact Us

See Home page for contact details for St Josephs office.  To join our email group or comment on website entries, please send an email to:  stjo@st-josephs-tilehurst.org.uk

Emergency contact:

At this time of coronavirus and Covid-19 Catholic patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital or their relatives or friends should make clear to staff that they request a visit from a Catholic priest in cases of serious illness. Current procedures make clear that priests can respond to urgent only call outs i.e. imminent danger of death. When a priest is called an assessment is made regarding his safety to attend a patient and correct PPE is given to the attending priest in order to carry out his duties safely. We are fortunate to have a team of willing and able priests here in Reading who have made themselves available for this ministry. Through their generosity and faithfulness, it is to be hoped that no Catholic patient at the RBH will die without being fortified by the rites of the Church. The on-call priest can be contacted through the hospital switchboard


St Joseph's Open times  (posted on 30th June)

St Joseph's has 3 public masses per week.  Register first.  Then we will invite you to attend one of the masses on a specific day.  This is necessary to ensure everyone is offered a mass to attend and to limit numbers at any mass. Please do not come to church without an invite for a specific mass.
We welcome all offers of help, particularly to clean and to supervise.

Public mass:  by registration only: see link on Home page
Numbers will be limited for each mass.  
Mass times will be different.  
Live Streaming will also be available


Bishop Philip has setup a Prayer and Listening Service

I am writing to explain about the new diocese Prayer and Listening Service that Bishop Philip has set up for the period of the Coronavirus lockdown. Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves.   Some people might find it helpful to have prayer with a trained Prayer Minister or to have that Minister listen to their story.  Please share this message with SVP or other care group who might know of people who would appreciate this Service.

The diocese team are those who have experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening.  All of the volunteers have been trained for this Service and have been through the essential Safeguarding Training and other checks.The Service offers the following to anyone over the age of 18:-

Key Workers – they can give us their name and we will pray for them and their work place daily by name

Prayer Support–trained Prayer Minister prays with/for the person

Spiritual Listening–a trained Prayer Minister listens to their story

To access the Service, go to the Home page of the Diocesan website and beneath “Coronavirus”  click on the Prayer Support box and the three prayer options will display i.e.  Prayer Support, Key Workers and Spiritual Listening.  People leave their name and phone number and preferred time of being called, and we ring them back within 24 hours.     The same-sex team member will ring back, and calls are usually about 15 minutes.  Here is the link https:/e/www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/prayer-support . Many thanks and best wishes, Clare Simpson,   Leader, Pre-discipleship Team

Elderly and Housebound?

If you know of anyone in need of a food parcel, please contact Jack Ewins SVP (jackewins9@gmail.com).  They may be able to help.

Your Donations:

If you are able to continue to support St Joseph’s Church financially and would like to do so online, please see below for our bank account details.   We will be most grateful to those of you that can.  Lloyds Bank -30 93 04 –00885992 -PRCDTR Reading St Joseph -Ref: Parish/Your name.Email: sjtilehurst@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.

Church Opening:

St Joseph's church AND office are closed until further notice.  Office emails will be checked occasionally. 

Daily Mass intentions will still be said by Fr Peter in private, unless you request otherwise.

In case of emergency: see Services tab:  April 5th Newsletter.   Please inform hospital staff that the patient is a Catholic.  The Royal Berkshire Hospital Chaplain can be reached on 0118 322 7105.


Mass Online:
The Diocese of Portsmouth offers live streaming of Daily Mass and Sunday Mass via the following link:  https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php.  Weekday live streaming:  7.30 am Exposition, 8.10 am Morning prayer, 8.30 am Mass.

English Martyrs and Our Lady of Peace and St James are streaming daily Mass: https://www.englishmartyrsrdg.org.uk/ and http://www.olop.org.uk/

TV:  EWTN: channel: 588 at 12pm on Sunday for Mass

Sunday Mass Readings:   https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/sundays-homily-resources/‚Äč

Online services:  https://www.churchservices.tv/timetable/

Our Lady’s Shrine Walsingham: www.walsingham.org.uk   Morning prayer, Rosary, Exposition and more

Stations of the Cross: from the Holy Land https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uofRteUvhQ

Prayer and Help sites:

Fr Peter has shared this link to a Prayer Service for your Home

www.lentinisolation.com:  Lent prayers

http://www.churchpaper.co.uk/:   Read the Catholic newspapers online

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable:  register if you or someone you look after is in this category

Age UK has set up a phone friending service called "call in time". The service matches elderly people with a "friend" who calls once a week for a 30 minute chat at a time that suits. To set this up the phone number is 0800 434 6105 or the website is: www.ageuk.org.uk/callintime and this service is for anyone over 60.

St Joseph's Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/stjosephstilehurst/


Prayer Requests

Prayer Requests


Chris Quinn:  6th June:    Funeral will be this Thurs 25th June at 1.30pm at St Michael's cemetery. Fr Richard will perform the ceremony. The procession will leave from the Co-op funeralcare in Tilehurst triangle at 12.30 and will pass, soon after, down Berkshire drive.   Nuala, his daughter would like to thank all his friends and parishioners and SVP colleagues who have supported him, especially during his illness and the dark days of lockdown.

Anne Morris: 13th June:  a truly amazing woman and founder of Hibernian Society Senior Citizens Lunch Club

Fr Antony Conlon Sunday 19th April:   Jennie Hawkins, who was Fr Conlon's sister, sent this sad news.  Many of the older generation of parishioners will remember Fr Conlon from the times he stood in for Fr Kelleher.  Or you may have had associations with him at the Oratory school where he was Chaplain   Maurice remembers him as a brilliant and entertaining preacher and latterly he was the parish priest in Goring.  He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.  May he rest in peace. 

Sean Murphy 9th April:  With great sadness we report that Sean Murphy died of Covid 19 at 10.30 on 9th April at the West Berks Hospital. Sean was a good friend of Harry McSoley and in the past he has helped out in the Parish Office and used to manage the Parish website. Please pray for him. Sean's funeral will be on Wed 6th May at 2pm.

Henry (Harry) McSoley 30th March: It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our dear Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad, Henry (Harry) McSoley passed away in RBH on 30th March, after contracting Covid 19. A private burial took place last Friday,3rd April,to adhere to the current restrictions.Details will be announced at a future date for a Memorial Service to be held at St Joseph's Church,once churches are re-opened to the public.The family of St Joseph's was a huge part of Dad's life; he derived great comfort from his many friends there,and was at his happiest working in the Parish Office.Please remember Harry & Iris McSoley in your prayers.May they rest in peace.  In recognition of the wonderful care he received while he was ill, Harry asked for any donations to be made at this link


St Pauls Catholic Primary School

St Paul's Catholic Primary School

St Paul's Catholic Primary School  -   http://www.stpauls.w-berks.sch.uk/

 Ofsted Inspection Report for

  • This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school.
  • The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Other pupils are from a range of ethnic backgrounds including Indian, Irish and African. The proportion of pupils who speaks English as an additional language is in line with the national average.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in the care of the local authority, for whom the school receives additional funding (the pupil premium), is well below the national average.
  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.



Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is an oversubscribed, high performing, co-educational school of 870 pupils which includes a thriving Sixth Form of 130 students. Graded as "Good" by OFSTED in 2012 and "Good with outstanding features" by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2013, the school is located in West Reading.  In 2014 the school was designated a high performing school by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust - a "Leading Edge" school.   In 2015 the school's excellent progress placed it in the top 17% of schools in England.  Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School has been on the Sunday Times published list of the top 500 state schools in 2013, 2014 and 2015.   Blessed Hugh Faringdon has also been the Reading Secondary School of the Year for Sport in 2014 and in 2015 - in part a recognition of the excellence that exists in rugby at the school - we hold the RFU "Gold" standard and enthusiastically take part in their "All Schools" programme.


English Martyrs Church

Reading Pastoral Area Churches

English Martyrs Church, Liebenrood Road, Tilehurst http://www.englishmartyrsrdg.org.uk

St James and William of York, Reading http://www.jameswilliam-reading.org.uk

Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi, Earley http://www.olop.org.uk

Christ the King, Whitley http://www.ctkreading.org.uk

St John Bosco, Woodley www.stjohnbosco.co.uk


Our Community


The community that worships at the St Joseph's Church in Tilehurst, Reading, strives to be open and welcoming.  Like any place where people gather, the shape and make-up of the community has changed over the years.  We now have a great diversity of background and culture, nationality and age represented in our congregation which in one sense demonstrates the inclusive nature of the Catholic Church.

We come together to worship and praise God and to develop the ties which bind us.  Through the celebration of the Mass, especially on Sundays, we nurture the communion between us in order that we can continue the mission Christ gave us: ‘to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last‘.  We do so as a community of faith which forms part of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.  There are all kinds of groups and all sorts of activities going on at St Joseph's parish which flow from our commitment to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live.  Often, this involves doing very practical and down to earth things.  More information about a number of these can be found through this website.




The Syro Malabar Community

Syro Malabar

Syro Malabar Catholics trace their origin to St Thomas the Apostle who is said to have come to India in 52 AD and to have been martyred near Chennai,India.  Seven churches in (South India ) Kerala and Tamil Nadu are commonly said to have been founded by the Apostle, and a Christian tradition grew up from there, linked to the East Syrian Church, which was a primary source for Syro Malabar Christians' liturgy, spirituality, governance and practices.


Fr Peter Shares:

Fr Peter Shares:

23rd March:  Fr Peter shares this prayer:

O holy Angel at my side

Go to the church for me

Kneel at my place at holy Mass

Where I desire to be

At Offertory at my stead

Take all I am and own

And place it as a Sacrifice

Upon the Altar Throne

At holy Consecration’s bell

Adore with seraph’s love

My Jesus hidden in the Host

Come down from heaven above

And when the priest communion takes

Oh, bring my Lord to me

That His sweet Heart rest on mine

And I His temple be


CoronaVirus: Guidelines from Portsmouth

Guidelines from Portsmouth

Livestreaming daily from Bishops Chapel, Portsmouth:   https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bishop-s-chapel


1.   What the laity can do.  The faithful are urged to establish at home a small sacred space or altar.  They should avail themselves of alternatives to Mass in order to sustain their faith, e.g.
• Make a private visit individually and/or as a family to the Blessed Sacrament in the church on a Sunday (ideally using resources noted next) and/or on other days too in order to make a Spiritual Communion;
• Reflecting on the Sunday Liturgical texts (prayers and Readings), reading the Bible, reading the texts from the Magnificat, using a Treasury of Prayer and saying the Rosary; • Participating in a Sunday Mass online, making a Spiritual Communion; • Using on-line resources such as Universalis in order to say parts of the Liturgy of the Hours; • consulting the Diocesan website for further prayers, ideas, videos and suggestions.


Universalis for daily prayers: https://universalis.com/europe.england.portsmouth.berkshire.reading/mass.htm

There is some advice for parishes and individuals at the Portsmouth diocese webpage:


2. Prayer and Entreaty.  Everyone should regularly say prayers for an end to this scourge, for the sick, for those affected materially and financially, and for the medical staff caring for the sick.  A Prayer in Time of Epidemics from the Roman Ritual will be distributed for use.

3. Hygiene.  In churches, good hygiene should be ensured.  All should cleanse their hands upon entering. Cleaning of surfaces (e.g. door handles) that people touch should be ensured. Catering should be suspended.

4. Care of Dying.  Hospitals and care homes are urged to enable the priest to visit Catholics who are dying in order for the Last Sacraments and Apostolic Pardon to be administered.  This will need negotiation on a case by case basis.

5. Parish Life.  Many aspects of parish life will need to be suspended or amended on a case by case basis, especially in the absence of public liturgies.  Private meetings (e.g. a parish-staff meeting), subject to appropriate safeguards and hygiene advice, might be permitted.

6. Charity and Community Welfare.  Parishes should do their best to continue their works of charity, care for the sick, the needy, the poor, the lonely, those in self-isolation, homeless, those dependent on food banks etc.

7. Support of the Church.  The faithful are urged to continue generously supporting their parishes, which otherwise will lose vital income.  Donations can be made through the parish and diocesan websites.  It is also possible easily to set up a Standing Order to your local parish by requesting a form from your parish or directly with your bank, giving them the parish banking details.  For more on this, contact cshore@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or 023 9421 6457.  Visit the diocesan website for more information:  www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Open for Private Prayer

St Josephs: Opening Times for Private Prayer

St Joseph's will be open for private prayer from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 20th June

Provided we meet safety standards and have enough volunteers, we will continue to open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11am and 1pm.

All visitors must read the Visitor Notes carefully before entry to the church and comply with them.

They are attached below and a copy will be in the church noticeboard.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer as a steward, cleaner or to help in any other way.


Private Prayer: St Joseph’s

Keep yourself safe.  Keep others safe.

The church will open at 11am, please do not arrive early as we’ll be busy getting ready

You will enter the church through the porch and exit by the door near the organ - a steward will be on hand to help and guide you

Please do not enter the church if you, or if anyone you live / spend time with, have any of the following COVID19 symptoms:

            new continuous cough,

            high temperature,

            loss of smell/taste

We strongly advise anyone who is in the vulnerable group not to come to church at this time

Inside Church

  • Keep 2m apart outside and inside the church – follow the markings
  • Sanitise your hands when entering and leaving the church
  • Masks must be worn while in church
  • Use bins by exit to dispose of masks or take home and wash
  • Please avoid touching anything in the church such as doors, kneelers
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Children welcome but please don’t allow them to roam or touch anything
  • Please restrict your time in church to 10 minutes if others are waiting
  • You will be directed to an available seat:
    • Individuals– sit one at each end of a bench, not in the middle
    • 2 or more from one household can sit on the same bench

Useful information

  • Doors and windows will be kept open to improve air flow
  • Some benches are roped off – please do not use these
  • There will be no candles, no holy water, no hymn books
  • There will not be any organised event and no priest will be present

Our cleaning policy:

The hand rails, seats and kneelers are cleaned before the church is open but not while open

Be aware that someone else may have sat/knelt at the same place before you

Please touch as little as possible and take all precautions you can to avoid risk to yourself

Avoid touching your face while praying


Please take note of these restrictions:

Do not remove your mask

Toilets will not be in use

Do not talk or sing

Please do not loiter in or anywhere close to the church porch and doorways


We welcome your feedback.  How was your experience?  Would you like to volunteer to help?

St Joseph’s


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