St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church

 Michael’s church in Sonning Common serves the Catholic population in the villages north of Caversham and to the west of Henley. Our geographical boundaries extend to Nuffield, Nettlebed, Checkendon and Stoke Row in the north, Dunsden in the east, Mapledurham, Kidmore End and Goring Heath in the west and Emmer Green and Caversham Park Village in the south. 


We have a Sunday congregation of just over 200 regular worshippers, but many more on an irregular basis. 

Our parish has a very successful junior school, St Martin’s, in Caversham Park, where there are about 120 pupils, but we are looking to expand due to demand for places. 

As the population spread out from Henley and from Caversham, it became clear that a separate church and parish was needed to serve the needs of the growing Catholic population who settled in the Sonning Common village and its environs. 

In 1947 the first Sunday celebration took place in a temporary building and in 1963 building began on a new church. The new church was built and paid for in 1968. 

St Michaels’ Roman Catholic Church, 18 Peppard Road, Sonning Common, RG4 9SU To find out more visit

From the evening of Friday 20th March there will be no more public Masses until further notice.
Churches will remain open for private prayer and St Michael’s will be open from 09.00 – 18.00 daily.

Normal Pattern of Services

Weekday Masses Usually 09.30 Monday to Friday. Please see the current bulletin on the Newsletters page or pick up a paper copy in the church to check for any changes.

Weekend Mass Times Saturday 17.30 Sunday 09.00 and 10.30

Saturday Vigil 17.30 – no hymns

The first weekend Mass, the Saturday Vigil, begins at 17:30.

Sunday 09.00 Mass – hymns and music

The 09.00 is the earlier of the two Sunday masses.

Sunday 10:30 – Family Mass

Other Events and Services at St Michael’s Catholic Church:

Tuesday 18th February
Snack & Chat

Monday 27th February
Holy Hour between 19.00 and 20.00

Tuesday 17th March
Snack & Chat

Thursday 9th April
Maundy Thursday

Easter Saturday 11th April
Vigil at 20.00

Monday 4th May
Holy Hour between 19.00 and 20.00

Wednesday 26th February
Ash Wednesday

Monday 2nd to 8th March
Holy Hour between 19.00 and 20.00

Monday 6th April
Holy Hour between 19.00 and 20.00

Good Friday 10th April  Vigil at 15.00

Tuesday 21st April
Snack & Chat

Tuesday 19th May
Snack & Chat

We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.
For up to date information check the weekly newsletter on our website: