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Father Patrick Madden
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Parish Secretary:
c/o The Parish Office
408 Northumberland Ave
Tel: 0118 931 4469

Welcome to Christ The King in Whitley, Reading

Peace be with you!
We hope you find us an open and welcoming community. Over the years the shape and make up of the community has extended to include a wonderful diversity of backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and age; which means that our congregation in one sense demonstrates the universal love of Christ the King.

Latest News Updates
  •  Christ the king School Vacancy 

    Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Reading, is looking for a Reception class teacher for September. Further details and an application form are on the school’s website at


    The Diocesan Safeguarding office have asked priests to review presbytery arrangements for meetings, interviews, social events and key holders. The Presbytery is the property of the diocese and responsibility for its governance is with the diocesan trustees. The priest is responsible for overseeing the use of the presbytery. In response to this diocesan request all priests have been asked to review presbytery arrangements.

  • Day of Prayer for the New Evangelisation

    Sat 3rd June, 10am-3pm at St. Edward’s Church, 191- 193 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2DU The diocese will be hosting a day of prayer for the New Evangelisation, beginning with mass at 10am. Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity to pray before the blessed sacrament. There will also be a prayer workshop either side of lunch (please bring your own), centred on the theme of “using the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. You are welcome to come for all or just some of the day. Even if you cannot join us, please take time that day to pray for the New Evangelisation in our diocese – it is essential that all our efforts are founded on a firm bedrock of prayer.


    Missio - APF Red Boxes: Parishioners are asked to leave their red boxes in the sacristy or give to Sr. Vicky. The guarantee of support through the Red Box enables the continued existence of dioceses and parishes and the opening-up of new dioceses and parishes, spreading faith, hope and life in a world that urgently needs to know and experience the love of God. Many thanks for your generosity.

  • The Joy of Family Life

    The Family is very important to all of us, particularly for Christians. We are organising 2 evenings (7.30pm, Wed 28 June & Wed 5 July) to reflect on the blessings and challenges Christian Families face in our time and hope to draw inspiration from Pope Francis’ publication, the JOY OF LOVE, For all interested adults, married or single. Save the date, more info to follow


    A wonderful opportunity to hear Fr James Mallon from St Benedicts Halifax Nova Scotia talk about parish renewal and new evangelisation. Fr. James Mallon will share with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colourful stories, Fr James challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. The talk will run from 3.30 to 5.30 pm on Thursday 15th June at Old Windsor. Information and reserving of seats through the following website father-james-mallonsworkshop-tickets-32498111727. There is a booking fee and a small charge to help cover costs, which can be paid on-line.


    Taking place on 13th – 20th September 2017. Flight: Stanstead – Santiago. 30+ people: For new & former walkers, 20 – 25km per day. Thousands of people do this walk every year, the most famous pilgrimage after Jerusalem & Rome. Fr. Pat Madden and Margot Spooner did the walk a number of years ago and it was a intense spiritual experience. Highly recommended!! Info evening on Thu 9th Feb in St James RG1 3FD at 7.30pm.

  • Discipleship in a Changing Church

    Prof. Werner G Jeanrond, Master of St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, will be giving a talk on ‘Discipleship in a changing Church, at St Peter’s RC Church, Winchester on Saturday 17th of June between 11am and 12.30pm. All welcome. For further information please visit’

  • Write to your MP Now 

    The UK government had committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 at risk children by 2020. Because this commitment was made until the end of the current Parliament, it is now under threat. We need to make sure it appears in all parties’ manifestos - as an explicit commitment extended until the end of the next Parliament in 2022. We can’t let this lifeline for the most vulnerable refugees from the region be closed.


    The Great Feast of Pentecost will soon be upon us, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit given to Mary and the Apostles, and so also to the early Church. After Ascension, those first disciples were told by Jesus not to leave Jerusalem but to wait there “for what the Lord had promised” (Acts 1:4). We too, then, are invited to “wait for what the Lord has promised us”, namely the Holy Spirit. Please would you consider offering a Novena to the Holy Spirit from Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June for the New Evangelisation in our diocese. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray at this time for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we can support this initiative with our Pentecost Novena, Prayer of the Faithful and an encouragement for us to pray, as we normally do, with the particular intention for our loved ones to come to faith in Jesus Christ.


    Marriage Preparation Facilitators & Head of Centre are needed. Please visit for more details


    For September 2017: The Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet, Surrey. Information available at:


    If you would like to join parishioners from English Martyrs on this pilgrimage please contact Judith on or via 07830 144 165 for a booking form and more information. Please see poster for more information.

  • Are you being called?

    Jesus calls each of us to follow Him, along a variety of different paths. He continues to call men and women, young and old; rich and poor; labourers, professionals, students to serve him in a variety of different ways.

    Click here to find out more.

  • Please pray for the sick and housebound in our parish and local community.

    “Our Lady of the sick, Pray for them”

    Please pray for all who are mourning the loss of loved ones.

    May God comfort them in their sadness and they be reassured that they will be resting in the arms of our blessed Lord, Jesus.

  • How to become a Catholic?

    I am not baptised (christened) but deep within me there is a sense that I am being drawn to something beyond myself and my present experience.

    Click here to find out more.

Come Holy Spirit,
Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
 Let us pray
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Youth Forum
The Reading Catholic Youth Ministry looks to meet the needs of a young growing Catholic community by ensuring that there are appropriate faith based activities for our young people in the Reading area.

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