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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

    The Feast of Christ The King takes place on Sunday 26th November 2016. This is also the Feast day for our parish. Fr. Pat is privileged to be a priest in such a wonderful community. Christ The King community is blessed and enriched by our diversity. That is why our Feast day should be one of immense joy and celebration. Our 10.00am Mass on the Feast of Christ The King will be a Mass of praise and praise followed by a social gathering in the hall after the Mass. It would be appreciated if parishioners would bring along food to share in the hall. Sunday 3rd December is the First Sunday of Advent where we enter into a period of expectation, repentance and penance, a season of joy and hope.


    We pray every year for our deceased relatives and friends and in particular during the month of November. Praying for the dead has always been part of the tradition of the Church. We pray and remember all our beloved dead and thank the Lord for the gift of their lives. We hope and pray that all our loved ones will live forever with Christ, Mary, the Angels and all the blessed in what we call heaven. Prayer: On our darkness, Lord, shine your light, help us through unsettled night. In your goodness give to those we


    This is the process of formation for adults who are seeking admission to the Church through Baptism or who have already been baptised but have not received the other Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the R.C.I.A program please get them to speak with Fr. Pat. Times of meetings up to Christmas are as follows: 12th November, 26th November, 10th December, 17th December. All meetings in the presbytery on Sunday evening 5.00pm to 6.30pm.. Please contact, Fr. Pat, for more information on 0118 931 4469 or e-mail at


    During November we pray for our beloved dead. Coming together as a community we journey together and pray for each other in our grief and sadness but knowing that our dead are alive but hidden in the Lord. A Christian Service of Remembrance will be held for all those from the parish CTK who died in the last number of years. This will be on Sunday 19th November at 3.00pm in the Church of CTK. Ther e w ill be music, hy mns a nd scr iptur e a s w ell a s prayers of hope for families who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Afterwards everyone is invited to the hall for refreshments and fellowship. All denominations and those who hold no religious convictions are all welcome.

  • Justice and Evangelisation - Maternity temporary cover

    The Governors of three schools within the greater Reading area are seeking to employ a suitably qualified person for the above post. Application packs from Christ the King School in Reading or downloaded from the school website at: Interviews will also be held at Christ the King. Closing Date: Friday, 24th November - Interviews: Wednesday, 6th December. Start date 18th January, 2018.

  • Invitation from Bishop Philip 

    Bishop Philip invites young adults (16 - 35) from around Portsmouth Diocese to join him at St John's Cathedral on the 26th November: The Feast of Christ the King and National Youth Sunday. He will be celebrating the 6pm Mass, after which there will be a social with food, and talks from inspiring guest speakers in the Cathedral Discovery Centre.

  • THE DISCOVERY GROUP 2017/2018 (Precatechumenate).

    Our Discovery Group has its next meeting this coming Tuesday 7th November at 6.45pm and there after the first Tuesday in every month until 5th June 2018. The Discovery Group is for those who may not yet want to make a commitment to the R.C.I.A but would be supported by the parish community.


    Saturday, 25th November at Our Lady of Peace, Earley. 12noon. All welcome


    We pray every year for our deceased relatives and friends and in particular during the month of November. Praying for the dead has always been part of the tradition of the Church. The Book of Remembrance is situated near the Paschal Candle which will be lighting at all Masses during the month of November. We will pray for the departed souls at every Mass in November. We hope and pray that all our loved ones will live forever with Christ, Mary, the Angels and all the blessed in what we call heaven. Prayer: On our darkness, Lord, shine your light, help us through unsettled night. In your goodness give to those we dearly miss, your light, happiness and peace. Amen.

  • Abortion Act

    8.7 million abortions have taken place since the abortion act was passed in 1967. Please pray for the end of abortion. We also pray for the people of Ireland that the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution will be protected and defended. The Irish Bishops write the following: “We believe that the deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland can have no other effect that to expose unborn children to greater risk and that it would not bring about any benefit for the life or health of women in Ireland.” For more information, please see the website:


    Marriage Care Reading Centre, wants to spread the good news of the services they offer to couples and also to stay abreast of any needs in parishes. Marriage Care is a Catholic charity which can help couples to improve their relationship when things aren’t going so well. Our skilled relationship counsellors can make all the difference. They are trained to listen and to support couples towards positive outcomes. For further information visit or for an appointment phone 0800 389 3801 


    “It’s folly that Jeremy Corbyn and MP’s want to restrict freedom of speech/prayer outside abortion clinics. Let’s pray for their conversion.” Find out what is behind the Bishop’s statement by having a look at the work of the Good Counsel Network.


    Session three of The First Holy Communion program will be on 3rd December from 3.30 - 5.00pm. Don’t forget to get your Mass attendance diary signed by Fr Pat or any of the catechists when you attend any of the weekend Masses.

  • Advent Appeal for Reading’s Foodbank

    Dear parishioners: this Advent we will be donating food to Reading’s Foodbank. Readifood is Reading’s Foodbank, delivering emergency food supplies to families and individuals who are struggling due to financial difficulties or housing issues. During the Sundays in Advent, there will be a collection of tinned food. Collection will take place from the first Sunday in advent 3rd December 2017.There will be green container placed in the main porch as you enter the church. Currently the greatest need is for canned meat and fish, meat pies and tinned potatoes and vegetables.


    Christ The King has now got a Bereavement Support Group. The group is very new so is developing slowly. Fr. Pat would like to thank those parishioners who have volunteered to be part of the Bereavement Group. The Bereavement Group is not a counselling group. Currently we are just meeting monthly to pray for the souls of those who have recently died and their families to be strengthened in their grief and loss. The Group will also be a welcoming presence at Funeral Masses in the parish, give out service sheets and hymn books. A member of the Group may send a card of condolence to the bereaved on behalf of the parishioners and Fr. Pat. More information will be available soon on our new parish website as the Bereavement Group gets more established. Please pray for our new bereavement group in its outreach and support to the bereaved

  • 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.

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  • 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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