St Michael Sonning Common

St Michael Catholic Church, Sonning Common is situated in South Oxfordshire and is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. As well as Sonning Common, the parish includes Emmer Green, Caversham Park Village in North Reading and a number of smaller South Oxfordshire villages including Kidmore End, Rotherfield Peppard and Stoke Row.


The aim of our website is two-fold:

  • To be a first point of contact and welcome for people searching for a Catholic church in this area.
  • To keep current members of the parish community informed of parish activities.

If you are new to the parish please click here or visit the New Parishioners page in the Parish Notes section.


During this month of Prayer for Vocations, messages from Luke Theobald, a seminarian at the Venerable English College, Rome can be accessed by clicking this Vocations to the Priesthood link.

For the Parish Pastoral Council minutes click here. Your opinion is important to us and we would appreciate your feedback.

To read the latest Thoughtful Living newsletter click this Thoughtful Living link.

Foodbank. Donations of items such as: instant coffee; long life milk; tinned fruit, vegetables and desserts; cakes; biscuits; crackers and crisps are always gratefully received. Place donations in the box at the back of church.

Lent and Easter - 2024
For all our Lent and Easter activities and liturgies click on the Lent & Easter 2024 tab.

World Day of Prayer being hosted at St Michael's
6.00pm, Friday 1st March
Help is needed to serve refreshements. Please contact Sue Reid or Judy Fox

Exploring Prayer - A Lenten Retreat
9.45am - 2.30pm, Saturday 9th March in the church hall
Discover or rediscover traditional forms of prayer and explore alternative ways of praying. Bring a packed lunch

For the benefit of those who are ill or housebound, Masses are streamed live on our YouTube channel (@SaintMichael-SonningCommon) and can be accessed via the following links:
1st Sunday of Lent (Vigil) 17thFebruary - 5.30pm https://youtube.com/live/AGKJsVtxsnA?feature=share
1st Sunday of Lent 18th February - 9.00am https://youtube.com/live/Zpo6JRcQlx8?feature=share
1st Sunday of Lent 18th February - 10.30am https://youtube.com/live/Xk--zqiaH0w?feature=share
Tuesday 20th February - 12.00 noon https://youtube.com/live/2T4BwypIRXk?feature=share
Wednesday 21st February - no streamed Mass
Thursday 22nd February - 12.00 noon (Chair of St Peter) https://youtube.com/live/pj_SIEGCeRg?feature=share
2nd Sunday of Lent (Vigil) 24thFebruary - 5.30pm https://youtube.com/live/htnNru0ep3Y?feature=share
2nd Sunday of Lent 25th February - 9.00am https://youtube.com/live/u-SG6mggGXs?feature=share
2nd Sunday of Lent 25th February - 10.30am https://youtube.com/live/b2v9qpnCa8U?feature=share
Tuesday 27th February - 12.00 noon https://youtube.com/live/eFvDK2pGhgs?feature=share
Wednesday 28th February - no streamed Mass
Thursday 29th February - 12.00 noon https://youtube.com/live/rtC77E9wTL8?feature=share
Friday 1st March - 9.30am (St David) https://youtube.com/live/6XfB-ITqsao?feature=share
3rd Sunday of Lent (Vigil) 2nd March - 5.30pm https://youtube.com/live/jMABONTKP3Q?feature=share
3rd Sunday of Lent 3rd March - 9.00am https://youtube.com/live/kh4kns2QN6M?feature=share
3rd Sunday of Lent 3rd March - 10.30am https://youtube.com/live/YRNV6dOq4b8?feature=share
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in these services obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-737382. All rights reserved
Mass videos will remain on YouTube for a few days after the event.
If you require the Sacrament of the Sick please contact the parish office.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has a zero-tolerance approach to all Abuse.

Reporting abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

As per the code of conduct, if you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the Safeguarding Team in your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the police.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and to the Diocesan Safeguarding office on 0121 230 6240 (safeguarding@rcaob.org.uk).

All Church activity should provide a safe environment which promotes and supports the wellbeing of everyone and protects them from harm.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has committed to a common set of National safeguarding standards to help protect children and adults who may be vulnerable or at risk. Each Diocese has a Safeguarding Team and a Trustee Sub Committee, which has oversight of that work.

Each parish has a Safeguarding Representative.
Your Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mary Lewis

They provide the link between the parish and the safeguarding team, promote safe practice in all activities involving children and adults and advice on safeguarding matters in the parish.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Tel: 0121 230 6240, Email: safeguarding@rcaob.org.uk

They provide advice to safeguarding representatives and parish priests and manage more serious safeguarding concerns. They have responsibility for Diocesan-wide policy, practice and training and safer recruitment processes.

Head of Safeguarding: Claire Reay
Safeguarding Advisor: Bev Lewis
Safeguarding Advisor: Sarah Fullard
Safeguarding Advisor: Georgina McCaugherty
Safeguarding Advisor: Lisa Anderson
Administration Support Officer: Jackie Crawford
Administration Support Officer: Angela Arkley

Educare Online Safeguarding Training
Free to access modules in child and adult safeguarding, email educare@rcaob.org.uk for further information.

Safe Spaces is an independent and confidential support service for adults who have been abused by someone in the Church. If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can support you.
Free helpline: 0300 303 1056

The Isaiah Journey - A Guide for Survivors of Abuse
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