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

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:

  • Monday 2nd December – Quiet prayer and reflective music at 19.00
  • Saturday 14th December – Christmas Flower Arranging Workshop at 9.30
  • Thursday 19th December – Service of Reconciliation at 19.00
  • Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Mass at 17.00 for families with young children and 19.30 Carols followed by ‘Midnight’ Mass at 20.00
  • Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Mass at 10.30
  • Thursday 26th December – Mass at 10.00 which will be followed coffee and cake

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