We have a number of thriving groups and ministries in the parish.
Phone (0113 257 0803) or email the Presbytery.
Baptism Preparation - Fr Richard Carter
Children’s Liturgy - Maria Hogan
Confirmation Preparation - Lawrence Hogan
Family Life Ministries (marriage preparation programme) - Nick & Ann Reed; Christine Church, Rosalia Roberts
Flowers & Visual Liturgy - Maria Walls, Janice Whitworth, Verity Smith
Organists - Steve McKay, Peter Siney
Folk Group - Maria Hogan, Angie McCormack, Frances Norton, Dan Walker
Mother's Group - Freda Mortimer
Parish Centre - Booking Secretary: Freda Mortimer
Parish Council - Bob Lavery
SVP - Peter Siney
Youth SVP - Freda Mortimer, David Farmer
Altar Servers - Fr. Richard, Peter Siney
Theatre Group - Freda Mortimer
Toddler Group - Freda Mortimer
St Joseph's, Primary;
St. Mary's, Menston, Secondary
There is a short history of the parish here
The Parish Society of St Vincent de Paul was refounded in 1998 by Fr Michael O‘Reilly, and the first President was Mr John Whitworth. John remained as President for sixteen years, a period which saw the SVP become a much respected and well supported parish organisation. Today our SVP is one of the most successful in the Diocese, and true to the spirit of St Vincent de Paul, seeks to give practical expression to our Christian faith. In the words of an SVP prayer, we seek to bring the love of Christ to the suffering or deprived.
The works of the Conference are many and varied. We visit people either in their own homes, in a care home or in hospital. Material assistance can be given through the provision of furniture, white goods, Asda vouchers, or the West Leeds Foodbank. For more professional advice, clients are referred to St Vincent’s Support Centre in Leeds. St Vincent’s is also helped through our financial donations, the Christmas toy and Easter egg appeals, and parish participation in the annual sponsored walk.
Social occasions for the housebound and those who have had a challenging year, are catered for through the very successful Golf Club lunch, and the annual Christmas party. Masses for those who are sick have also been arranged. The Conference also supports our persecuted brothers and sisters through the work of Aid to the Church in Need.
Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month in the Undercroft at 7pm, and new members are always very welcome.
The current officers of the Society are Peter Siney (President) Christopher Hirst (Vice President and Secretary) and Freda Mortimer (Treasurer)
The Conference is supported magnificently by the tremendous financial generosity of the parish, and an annual report is published giving details of the works and expenditure of the previous twelve months. The current Annual Report from the parish group is here.
Youth SVP: 'Young People finding time for others'
The Youth SVP Group in the Parish was started ten years ago and although we are small in number we have lots of enthusiasm. Each member undertakes some voluntary work in the community every week, such as gardening, helping in the ‘After school club' or with the Children's Liturgy group. Being a member will improve your personal record of achievement, your UCAS form application and any future references. Membership also qualifies for the ‘service' part of schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. It is fun and you get to meet other young people on Youth SVP days and residential events. Two members were privileged to attend the World Youth rally in Germany, 2006 and see Pope Benedict. Three members attended the rally in Australia, 2008 and two are planning to visit Madrid for World Youth Day, 2011.
Meetings last approximately 20 mins. and are held fortnightly.
When children have made their First Holy Communion, they may apply for training to Fr Richard. At the end of Year 6 the Servers are entered for an examination (sacred vessels, vestments etc) prior to receiving the Bronze Medal of St Stephen's Guild. At the end of Year 11 the Servers are entered for another examination (apologetics) prior to receiving the Silver Medal of St Stephen's Guild.
The parish is rightly proud of the high standards of serving and reverence shown by all our Servers. The Holy Week Services are particularly impressive, and the servers attend rehearsals overseen by Peter Siney.
As a mark of gratitude for their loyalty, the Servers are treated to an annual ten pin bowling evening with refreshments.
St. Joseph's Parish Theatre Group
The Parish has had an active theatre group for over 30 years and is open to anyone over the age of 14 years. (Occasionally younger children are recruited for a particular show). We have two shows a year, one a musical revue and the other a pantomime. We are a friendly group and welcome any would be performers and also anyone who prefers a backstage role such as scenery painting, costume making or just helping on show nights with front of house or lighting. If you would like to support us in a sedentary role, we welcome patrons, who for an annual fee of £2.50 are entitled to priority ticket booking and their name in the programme.
We meet in the Parish Centre each Tuesday from 7.30 - 9.30pm.
Further information: contact Freda Mortimer
St. Joseph's Toddler Group
The group was formed ten years ago meeting every Thursday morning during term time from 9.15 until 11am. Our aim is to offer all parents/carers the opportunity to spend time with their children and make new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Any pre-school child can attend the group and play safely with children of a similar age whilst developing and expanding their learning and social skills. We offer a range of large toys (trikes, cars, prams etc.) along with small construction (lego, sticklebricks), jigsaws, books and a home corner with kitchen and dolls and we have a selection of playthings for babies. A craft table is available for painting, playdoh and guided craft activities. Refreshments are provided at 10am (toast, fresh fruit and a drink for children). Storytime and singing with musical instruments at 10.45
Admission £1 per child, 2nd child 50p
Further information from Freda Mortimer.