Ministers of the Eucharist
Special Ministers of the Eucharist serve at all Masses and those in the community who are sick, housebound or in hospital.
People wishing to join the team undertake an initial training programme, and refresher sessions once they have been commissioned. Contact : Ann Epps 0118 941 1479; email@example.com.
Teams of volunteers welcome worshippers at Sunday Mass. If you are interested in joining them, contact the Parish Secretary.
Boys and girls who have made their first Holy Communion are welcome to apply to be altar servers. It is important that it’s the child’s own decision. Training sessions are arranged at regular intervals, usually immediately after school.
Contact: Mike Tomas 0118 941 2786; firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Cleaning and Flower Arranging
The church is regularly decorated with fresh flowers, except during Advent and Lent. Flowers are usually changed on Saturdays. If you are able to help, or would like to discuss flowers for a wedding at St Joseph’s, please contact Brigid Parkes 0118 942 7436 email@example.com. In order to give people some idea of prices for flowers at weddings, arrangements can be made for these to be supplied from a cost of £15.00 - £150.00.
A team of Parishioners cleans the Church on a rota basis each week. Volunteers are always welcome to help in this important ministry. Contact: Office: 0118 9428632
UCM Women’s Group
The Union of Catholic Mothers is open to all women. Meetings are held in the small hall twice a month on a Wednesday evening, and include guest speakers, prayer, discussion and social events.
Contact: Marion Telepneff 0118 9416068. firstname.lastname@example.org
St Joseph's Youth Group
A thriving youth group at St Joseph’s is open to children between 9 and 11 (Years 4-6). It meets every first Friday in the month during term time 7.30 – 9.30 pm. The children play games, learn and pray together, and also get involved in other areas of parish life. Contact: Rebecca Lagden 0783 476 6944; email@example.com.
A group meets on Thursday mornings from 9.15 am – 11 am during term time in the hall and provides an informal forum for parents/carers with young children to relax and to have a cup of tea/coffee.
Contact: Kathy Weafer 0118 9429439; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (“SVP”) is an international Christian voluntary organization dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need.
Contact: Jack Ewins 0773 449 9190 jack@.st-josephs-tilehurst.org.uk.
Mass cards, and cards to mark Baptism, Ist Holy Communion, Confirmation and Marriage are available at the repository in the porch each Sunday after the 8.30 am and 10.30 am Masses. A selection of other items, including Rosaries, statues, books and pictures, is also on sale. In the weeks before Christmas, cards, cribs and Advent calendars go on sale in the small hall. If you would like to join the rota of people who serve at the repository, please contact: Eileen Hopkins: Tel. 9677958 email@example.com
Enough newsletters are produced every week for each family attending Sunday Mass to have one. Items for inclusion in the newsletter must be submitted to the Parish Office by no later than 9 am on the preceding Wednesday. Contact: Sheila Jones 0118 942 8632; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Couples who want to marry should first contact the priest at the church where they want the wedding to be (see Priests). They should do this at least 6 months in advance. Couples are asked to take part in a marriage preparation course.
Parishioners from both St Joseph’s and English Martyrs have been attending a small meditation group for more than 20 years. The group meets weekly on Monday evenings. If you would like to join them for this form of prayer, please contact Chris Knollys 0118 958 8407
First Holy Communion
The parish runs a programme for children in year 3 and above. It is advertised before the end of each Summer Term, and it is essential that children are registered before the deadline in October. Catechists run sessions in the church hall on Saturdays in term time. There are also special celebration Masses on Sundays as well as regular parents’ evenings during the programme. First Holy Communion is usually celebrated in May. Contact Office: 0118 942 8632 email@example.com
Choirs and Music
The main choir meets for practice on Monday evenings. New members are always welcome, and if you would like to join, contact Helen Marek 0118 930 4959 or 0776 249 0003) firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Joseph’s also has a youth orchestra which plays at Mass several times a year. Instruments currently include flute, clarinet, trumpet, recorder, violin guitar and keyboard.
If you would like to join, contact Geoff Collier 0118 941 2458 email@example.com
Children aged between 3 and 11 have the chance to leave the church for the first part of the 10.30 Sunday Mass for a short session tailored specially for them. Through readings, discussion and other activities, they are helped to understand the message of the day’s Gospel passage. They return to Church in time for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Older children are welcome to help, and adult helpers are often needed.
Please contact the parish office: 0118 942 8632
Parents seeking baptism for their child/children are advised that the policy at St Joseph’s Church is that they are required to attend a baptism course prior to the baptism. The course is usually held on two consecutive Wednesday evenings (8 – 9.30 pm) during each school term time, i.e. three times per year. This arrangement may be adjusted dependent upon demand.
Baptisms take place at St Joseph’s Church on the second Sunday of each month at 12 noon. The number of baptisms scheduled for 12 noon should not exceed four. Any baptisms in excess of this number will be carried over to the next month.
Parents making a request for baptism will be given a baptism application form at the conclusion of the baptism course. This form, when completed, should then be forwarded to the Parish Office in order that arrangements can be made for the actual date of the baptism.
Contact: Mary Philip 961 5905. firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular meeting are held for people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, or who intend to become Catholics. By discussion, and studying the Bible and other books, members learn about Catholic teachings and can be prepared for reception into the Church. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings in term-time.
Contact: Brigid Parkes 0118 942 7436; email@example.com.
Catholic Fund for Overseas Development
People who would like to support Cafod’s anti-poverty campaigns can use the envelopes in the porch at St Joseph’s. Put your contribution in the envelope, and add it to the ordinary collection at Mass on Sundays. For details of the current campaign and other information contact Margaret Chaplin 0118 961 5223
The third order of Carmelites is a lay order of the Church, whose members, after some years of preparation, commit themselves to helping others, regular Mass attendance, prayer and religious study. About 18 members meet at St Joseph’s following 10 am Mass on the 1st Saturday of every month for spiritual renewal and guidance, finishing at 3 pm. If you are interested in joining them contact:
Florence Bardos 0118 947 5215. firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish is assigned nearby streets to make door-to-door collections during Christian Aid Week each May. The money raised pays for projects and campaigns to help people in need, mainly in the developing world. Volunteers prepared to take on a street, or part of one, are always welcome.
Offerings are taken up during Sunday Masses. The parish encourages the use of planned giving envelopes, so people can decide in advance how much they should be giving, rather than searching at the last minute for whatever they might find in their purse or pocket. If you would like a set of planned giving envelopes, please contact Harry McSoley 0118 945 5583; email@example.com
Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
Saturday after Mass at 10.30 am. In addition, confessions are heard during penitential services before Easter and Christmas.
Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation should be at least 12 years old. The Confirmation ceremony takes place every 2 years in Easter time. If you are in year 7 or above and are interested in being confirmed, please send your contact details and we'll let you know when the next programme is starting.
Contact: Sue Collier 0118 9412458; firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers count the money put into the basket during the offertory at Sunday Mass. If you can spare a little time on Sunday to help, please contact: Harry McSoley 0118 945 5583; email@example.com
St Joseph’s takes part in various joint activities with other churches in the area, including Bible study groups in Lent, Good Friday Walk of Witness, the Women’s World Day of Prayer, Wednesday prayer groups and social evenings with St Catherine’s Anglican church and events organised by Regenerate, an initiative to spread the Christian message in the Reading area. Events are publicised on the notice board and in the newsletter. See HOME page for newsletter.
Biblical Counselling is the process where the Bible, God’s Word, is related individually to a person or persons who are struggling under the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties with suffering, so that he or she might genuinely change in the inner person to be pleasing to God.
This definition is based on three important beliefs.
- First, we believe that the Bible, given by God, is sufficient for life in that, when properly interpreted, it reveals to the believer all the data necessary for one to understand his need for Christ, how he can please the Lord, and how to live in a god-honoring way regardless of the circumstances whether comfortable or oppressive.
- Second, the Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims--including claims made by science and history--must be evaluated. As a result, we reject all counseling theories that use presuppositions, principles, and/or methodologies that are inconsistent with the proper interpretation of the biblical text.
- Third, we believe that genuine heart change is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Thus, our view of counselling practice includes the importance of prayer, dependence on God, a thorough knowledge of the Word of God, and an understanding of ministering to people.
For a more detailed explanation of biblical counseling, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated each Saturday: 9.30 – 10 am
Members are appointed by the Parish Priest to use their professional expertise to advise him on financial matters. Chairman: Paul Williams 0118 941 8783; email@example.com.
If you are a taxpayer, you can greatly increase the value of every pound you give to the church, simply by filling in a form. It costs you nothing, and you do not have to commit yourself to any future payments. For the church, it means an extra £25 for every £100 in the collection. If you are not already on Gift Aid, please contact the Parish Office 0118 942 8632; firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers maintain the grounds outside and behind the Church. The main work is grass cutting, leaf sweeping, pruning and looking after the flower beds. If you are able to help with any of this, contact email@example.com 0118 942 7436
The two halls are used for a wide range of church and outside activities. The Hall Manager is Carmen Ibanez-Mate 0118 962 4174; firstname.lastname@example.org . She is responsible for the building and equipment. To book or hire either the small or the large hall, contact Sheila Jones, Parish Secretary 0118 942 8632; email@example.com.
Health and safety
If you are concerned that something is not safe at St Joseph’s, contact Health and Safety officer Malcolm Livingston (via English Martyrs Church on 0118 957 2149).
If you or someone you know would like to receive Holy Communion at home, or be visited for any other reason, contact: Jo Boase 0118 967 2605; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journey in Faith
The Journey in Faith group meets on Thursday evenings from September to June. This informal discussion group is for people who would like to become Catholics but also for those who want to find out more about the Catholic faith and those who may have lost touch and would like to reconnect. We meet to talk, pray and read the scriptures.
Contact: Brigid Parkes 0118 942 7436; email@example.com.
The Knitwits meet once a month in each other’s homes. They make blankets which go to hospices, residential homes and LIFE houses, and some knitted garments which go to schools in Bamenda and to our local drop-in centre. New members are always welcome. Contact Margaret Chaplin, tel. 0118 9615223.
This area has strong links with LIFE, the national pro-life charity which provides alternatives to abortion by offering compassion, emotional support and practical help. A LIFE house in Bracknell, accommodating 7 mothers and their babies, looks to the Reading branch for support. Contact Kathie Hamilton, tel. 0118 9429245
Many homes in the area have one of the famous "Red Boxes" to collect contributions for the work of overseas missionaries (the APF). If you would like a box, or have one overdue for collection, contact:
Mike Tomas 0118 941 2786; firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Joseph’s Church Hall is home to a nursery for 3-5 year-olds. It operates in term-time only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The children do art and craft, reading, writing, number work, and music and movement. For more details contact Maureen Petersen 0118 941 3602
Parish Priest: Fr Peter Glas. Email: email@example.com
Contact: 0118 942 8632.
IGNITE Youth Group
A new, exciting and interactive youth group welcoming all youth between the ages of 11 and 18 (Years 7 to 13) offering fun, faith and friendship, formed as a response to a pre and post confirmation group. It meets every third Friday in the month during term time between 7.30 pm – 9.30pm. Contact: Patrizia Chessell 07740 547922 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a process of preparation of adults for the sacraments of Baptism; Confirmation and Eucharist. For adults who were baptised as infants either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community there is preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Contact: St Joseph's Parish Office: email@example.com. Telephone No. 0118 942 8632.
Worshippers are cordially invited for tea, coffee, biscuits and soft drinks in the large hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.