Key Contacts

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

    Following a 12-month discernment period, our parishioner Stephen Opoku-Anokye, is to embark on a four-year programme of formation that will culminate in his ordination to the permanent diaconate. Stephen will be updating the parish from time to time on his progress and there will be opportunities for parishioners to attend key ceremonies during his formation. Please remember Stephen and his wife, Fanta, and children in your prayers.

  • Jack Camilleri RIP

    Please keep in your prayers Martin and Emma Camilleri whose son Jack tragically died while on holiday in Bali Indonesia, he is also the Grandson of George and Angela Camilleri parishioners at Christ the King. If you would like to help raise money to buy a boat as a memorial to Jack please use the

  • Fr. Terry Burke MHM

    Funeral Mass at St James Church, Forbury Road, Reading on Friday 22nd September at 12.30pm, Cremation to follow at Reading Crematorium. Fr Terry spent most of his life teaching at St Peter’s Seminary in Malaysia. Also he was the Catholic Chaplain at Reading University for about 10 years and prior to that was assistant priest at St James Church Reading for about 2 years. Our sympathy to his sister Margaret, the family and the Mill Hill Missionaries. May he rest in peace.


    Are you a Catholic and single there is a Catholic Singles organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498

  • Tony Panter RIP

    Please pray for the family of the late, Tony Panter who died recently. Tony was the husband of Marie, who is one of our regular and committed parishioners. Please keep, Marie and her family in your prayers at this time of immense sadness and loss. May, Tony rest in peace.

  • Red Boxes

    Please could everyone bring in their Red Boxes. This is a bit earlier than usual because of the need to bank any old £1 coins before October. Very many thanks for your continuing generosity in supporting churches without resources. This is a good work to help bring Christ to people. Sr. Vicky

  • CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Friday 6th October

    This Harvest fast day we are standing with Eldemira, a farmer in El Salvador as she works to provide for her family. With your help CAFOD has given her fruit trees, training and strong seeds. Please help us to give this support to other farmers by picking up a fast day envelope and giving whatever you can. Many thanks


    Booking is now open for three separate days on 18th, 19th & 20th November focusing on Discipleship and sharing our faith with others. All the events are free for parishioners in our diocese, with hot and cold drinks provided, but please bring a packed lunch. We expect each day to be popular, so please do book as asap by emailing Amanda Shorten on, saying which event(s) you can come to.

  • THE DISCOVERY GROUP (Precatechumenate)  

    Our Discovery Group will resume again in October. Our Discovery Group is usually held on the 1 st Tuesday of every month from 6.45pm to 8.00pm. Fr . Pa t w ill have the new dates available soon. The Discovery Group is for those who may not yet want to make a commitment to the R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) but would be supported by the parish community. The Discovery Group supports those discerning about the Catholic Church who may later join the R.C.I.A It is mostly for those who are unbaptised but it is also open to lapsed Catholics who want to ease themselves back into a Faith Community. The R.C.I.A program will start in October.


    One of the most distinctive aspects of the life of, Jesus was his practice of sharing table with “outcasts and sinners” sometimes called “table fellowship”. Think for a moment about the logic of his table-fellowship. Those called “outcasts and sinners” were people who because of their action or lifestyle has been ostracised - for instance, notorious sinners and prostitutes. In the case of these people, it was somebody saying to them “you are a person; you are noticed; you have a future; you are precious in the eyes of God.” So welcome and hospitality are the heart of the Gospel because they are the heart of God. Jesus shows us that God’s heart is a welcoming heart, reaching out to embrace all, so that all might feel that they are noticed and know that they are welcome and agree that they are precious. “All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our imperfections offers us his closeness, his word and his strength and gives meaning to our lives.” Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium (The joy of the Gospel).


    Death is a fact of life that we are all faced with, through the circumstances may vary. All of us experience the death of someone close to us at times, together with the grieving that follows. Whether death is sudden or expected, it is normal to experience feelings of loss, disbelief, anger, guilt, depression. The circumstances of death and the age of the deceased have bearings on the intensity and ability to deal with the bereavement. People may feel isolated, alone, suffering in silence with their grief and anguish. It is hoped that our parish Bereavement support group will pray for those who are bereaved and grieving while also offering support. We are still in the process of setting up a Bereavement group. Our next meeting for volunteers will be on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7.30pm. More details to follow


    If you are aware of any parishioner who cannot attend Mass because of age, infirmity etc then please contact the parish office and let, Maria, Sr. Vicky or Fr. Pat, know. Similarly, if you have not seen a parishioner at Mass for a while then please let the parish office know.


    CTK together with other parishes in Reading have adopted an exciting new FHC program. This includes parents/guardian working alongside your child at all FHC preparation sessions. Applications forms for the FHC are now available. Please see, Angela Camilleri, Maggie Hills for more information. There will be an information/registration evening for all parents with children Yr3 and above on Tuesday 19th September at 7pm at CTK school. The FHC Mass will be on Sunday 3rd June 2018. Fr. Pat.

  • ADORE (Alton Day of Renewal) Saturday 23rd September

    Mini retreat day (morning/ afternoon) of spiritual refreshments and renewal. Starting at 11am- 4.00pm. Visit for more information.


    The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity to find out more about that life and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. The 7 seminars will run every Tuesday evening from Tuesday 26 September 2017 until Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 8pm - 9.30pm at St Joseph's Church, Stanley Walk, Bracknell, RG12 1HA. For more information and to book your place, please refer to the poster on the notice board. 

  • Cartias Portsmouth

    Cartias Portsmouth evening on Wed 27th September at English Martyrs Church Hall at 7.30pm. Led by Kevin Gallagher, newly appointed CARITAS promotor for the diocese. The aim of the meeting is to review current projects in Reading on our efforts to support those on the margins of society, our involvement with refugees in Reading, the homeless and the poor and the needy. Representatives from all parishes involved in Social Action, Peace and Justice are invited to this meeting. CARITAS is the Social Action Agency of the Catholic Church in this country. Please don’t miss this important meeting. If any parishioner from CTK is interested in this very worthwhile course, please speak to Fr. Pat.

  • 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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