The purpose of The Gallery is to show photographs and information on the Parish that may be of continuing interest.





Fr Patrick’s “Thought for the Week” for past weeks can be found here:

Feast of the Transfiguration 06Aug18

17th Sunday of Year 29Jul18

16th Sunday of Year 22Jul18

15th Sunday of Year 15Jul18

14th Sunday of Year 08Jul18

13th Sunday of Year 01Jul18

St John the Baptist 24Jun18

11th Sunday of Year 17Jun18

Corpus Christi 03Jun18

Trinity Sunday 27May18

Pentecost 20May18

Seventh Sunday of Easter 13May18

Sixth Sunday of Easter 06May18

Fifth Sunday of Easter 29Apr18

Fourth Sunday of Easter 22Apr18

Third Sunday of Easter 15Apr18

Second Sunday of Easter 08Apr18

Easter Sunday

Good Friday 30Mar18

Holy Thursday 29Mar18

Palm Sunday 25Mar18

Lent 5th Sun 18Mar18

Lent 4th Sun 11Mar18

Lent 3rd Sun 04Mar18

Lent 2nd Sun 25Feb18

Lent 1st Sun 18Feb18

6th Sunday of Year 11Feb18

5th Sunday of Year 04Feb18

4th Sunday of Year 28Jan18

3rd Sunday of Year 21Jan18

2nd Sunday of Year 14Jan18

Epiphany 06-07Jan18

New Year Reflection

Christmas Message 2017

Advent 3rd Sun 17Dec17

Advent 2nd Sun 10Dec17

Advent 1st Sun 03Dec17


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Fr Paul Martin’s homily, delivered on the occasion of his return to the parish for his leaving presentation – the weekend of 20/21 January 2018: Fr Paul Martin’s Homily 21Jan18

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Blessed Dominic Barberi

Blessed Dominic Barberi (born 1792) was an Italian theologian and a member of the Passionist Congregation. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963. Blessed Dominic is best known for receiving Blessed John Henry Newman into the Roman Catholic Church at Littlemore, near Oxford, in 1845, and his more local connection is that he died near Reading Railway Station in 1849.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Virgin Mary by Christians mainly of the Roman Catholic Church, and also, to some extent, in Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. The title is a consequence of the First Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, in which the Virgin Mary was proclaimed “theotokos”, a title rendered in Latin as Mater Dei, in English “Mother of God” (From Wikipedia).

St Anne with Our Lady

Saint Anne (also known as Ann or Anna) of David’s house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ, according to apocryphal Christian and Islamic tradition. Mary’s mother is not named in the canonical gospels, nor in the Qur’an. Anne’s name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Protoevangelium of James (written perhaps around 150) seems to be the earliest that mentions them (From Wikipedia).

Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Blessed Hugh Faringdon (died 1539) was a Benedictine monk who presided as the last Abbot of Reading Abbey. At the dissolution of the monasteries under King Henry VIII of England, Blessed Hugh was accused of high treason and executed. He was declared a martyr and beatified in 1895.

The above four images, displayed at the High Altar, were painted by Marcelo Lavallen, who is the artist responsible for the beautiful artwork in the restored Shrine.