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Latest News - 6th 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.  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 9 June 21)

St Joseph's has 3 public masses at the weekend.  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.  Weekday masses at 12pm on Tuesday and Wednesday do not require an invite but you must be registered with us in advance.  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.

Prayer and Help sites:

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

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


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.


CoronaVirus: Guidelines from Portsmouth

Guidelines from Portsmouth

GUIDELINES from Portsmouth

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:



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