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, 
  • CAFOD, 
  • Pax Christi
  • UCM 

which will always welcome new members. 


The Catholic Church in Pontefract

Read more about the History of the Catholic Church in and around Pontefract with details of the Parish Priests from 1890 to 1964.

St Joseph's History (pdf)


Parish War Memorial

This booklet contains  details about the men of our Parish who lost their lives in WW1.  

Some of these men may have family still alive in the parish; many will not. It is our collective responsibility as Catholics not only to remember but also to pray for their immortal souls. We must forget neither them nor the unfailing mercy of Almighty God.