Catholic Life

(Ephesians 3:17)

Bishop Marcus Stock, the tenth Bishop of Leeds, wrote these words in his publication “Christ at the Centre” (2005, revised 2012):

“In the midst of legitimate diversity, all Catholic schools share something in common:

they are rooted in Christ, who is to be the centre of their life…

Unless a school has Christ at the very heart of all that it is and does, it cannot be a Catholic school”.


Here, under the guidance of our patriarch, St Joseph, and inspired by centuries of Catholic teaching,

we begin to learn how to serve each other and our world with the same faithful joy which we see in Jesus, our Saviour and our Lord.

To Him be glory and praise for ever

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2019 Dowry Trip

Our Parish

About Us

The Parish of St Joseph came into existence by decree in 2008 being made up of 5 former independent parishes that were served by 6 priests. The parish covers a large area and borders on Sherburn in Elmet, Selby, Hemsworth, Normanton, Castleford and the Diocese of Hallam.

We have two primary schools:
• St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Pontefract,
• Holy Family and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Chequerfield.
In North Featherstone:
• St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College.
Courses for First Sacraments, Baptism and Marriage and The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are organised at appropriate times throughout the year.

There are a number of volunteer groups including
• SVP,
• Pax Christi
which will always welcome new members

Food Bank


There are seven Sacraments in Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Matrimony.
In the Diocese of Leeds, the Sacraments of Initiation (Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation) are celebrated for children during their years of primary education:
• Reconciliation in Year 3 (Ages seven and eight)
• Holy Communion in Year 4 (Ages eight and nine)
• Confirmation in the first part of Year 6 (Ages ten and eleven).

The Diocese has recently produced a new Confirmation resource (Empowered by the Spirit: The Gift of Confirmation). And are working on diocesan resources for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

This year the preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation has come back into school.
Working with catechists and the Parish priest, the school will provide opportunities for both children and their families to attend sessions after school.

Resources from the Diocese will be provided and used.
The autumn term will focus on Confirmation, with the spring term being a focus for Reconciliation and in the summer term, Holy Communion will be the final focus of the Sacramental journey.

Walsingham 2020

Faith in Action

We continually strive to put our faith into action not just in our own school but reaching out to others in many different ways and in many different places.

In November 2019 we are being visited by the Faith in Action team to help us learn about the awards linked to our work.

Faith in Action is a national award scheme for young people aged between 10 and 16, supported by CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation). The scheme has been designed to be accessible, to acknowledge good works and encourage more, and to ensure that action is rooted in faith.

“A faith without works, a faith that doesn’t get you involved, isn’t faith. It is words and nothing more than words.”
Pope Francis – 21st February 2014


The Big Sing Liturgy Thing 2019

Peer Worship

Minnie Vinnies

Our Minnie Vinnies have been working in school for over four years now and continue to meet regularly and raise awareness and funds for the SVP and other charities.

Take a look at our journey so far………

Our Minnie Vinnie Journey

Welcome St Francis

Minnie Vinnie Conference 2019