The English Martyrs' Roman Catholic Church

Part of the Reading Pastoral Area



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Church  Groups & Ministries

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Ministers of the Eucharist

Lay people are commissioned as Ministers of the Eucharist to help the priests distribute Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and housebound. Lay Ministers are required to attend a training course prior to commissioning. The priest will normally invite people to undertake this ministry.



Those who proclaim the Word of God in the liturgy form an important group in the parish. If you would like to be part of a Reading Team, please contact the Parish office who will pass your details to the Reader Co-ordinator for the Mass you attend.



All Sunday Masses have Welcomers who greet parishioners as they arrive, distribute the Newsletter and hymnbooks, arrange for members of the congregation to take up the Offertory Gifts, supervise collections and ensure the church is left tidy after Mass.

If you would like to join one of our Welcome Teams then speak with one of those already involved at the Mass you attend or the parish office.


Altar Servers

The role of Altar Servers is to help the priest in the celebration of Mass. In addition to commitment, calmness and reverence, other requirements for boys and girls who want to become Altar Servers are that they know how to make the sign of the Cross, have made their First Communion and can genuflect with reverence and respect.

If you would like to become an Altar Server and help at Mass in this way, contact the parish office for further details.


Church Cleaning and Flower Arranging

Ever wondered how our church manages to look so nice every time you visit?

Unlike many churches, we do not have contract cleaners but a dedicated team of parishioners who amongst other things vacuum the carpets, sweep between the pews, dust the statues and ledges and polish the benches.    All you need is time – approx 90 minutes every 4 weeks.

If you would like to join one of our teams  please contact the parish office who will put you in touch with the Cleaning Teams Organiser.

Then of course there are the beautiful floral displays. If you are skilled in flower arranging and would like to know how you could help, please contact the parish office.



Each Sunday we make our offerings at Mass. The money from the offertory and any second collection must be counted and bagged before it can be banked. Contributions in envelopes must also be recorded so that they can be handled by the Gift Aid administrator. There are at least 20 teams of 3 or 4 people who do this task – normally starting around 5.30pm on Sundays - and it takes approx. 2 hours. Each team will be on the rota a couple of times a year. If you are interested  please contact the parish office.



Situated in Room 2, we are open on Sunday mornings after the 09:30 and 11:30 Masses for the sale of Rosaries, medals, holy pictures, Crucifixes and other religious items. There is a good selection of books, bibles, missals, prayer books, CTS pamphlets and Mass cards. Greetings cards for various occasions are also on sale.   For more information contact the parish office.


Marriage Catechists 

These are married couples who run the Marriage Preparation Courses,

Courses are held on one evening each week for 3 consecutive weeks and culminate in a “Declaration of Freedom” at one of the weekend masses.

Catechists ensure that couples taking this big step have as much help and advice as is possible and give couples the opportunity to take some time away from the preparations and think about themselves. They discuss, relationships, commitment and communication and the sacrament of marriage.

If you think you may be interested in helping with this ministry and would like more information contact the parish office.


SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society) 

The SVP is an International Christian voluntary organisation, Catholic in origin and in character. Membership is open to men and women, young and old. The Society is actively working in over 130 countries with the poor, disadvantaged and marginal-ised. In this parish, our conference consists of a group of 8 people who meet fortnightly to see what can be done to help those in need and also to develop our own spiritual life. We visit elderly people in their home or in care homes. We also visit people who are lonely and who do not have many friends or family to support them. Sometimes we can provide financial support for those who need it. Through the generosity of our parish com-munity, we also financially support twinned conferences in both India and Sudan, where there is great need for just the basics in life.


For more information visit the Society’s national website at, or contact the parish office who will pass your request to the local representative.  Alternatively visit the S.V.P. Facebook page