There are a number of thriving groups and ministries within the parish.
New helpers and members are always welcome.
Fr. Richard Carter, Peter Siney
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.
Please contact the Parish Priest by phone 01132570803 to make an appointment to see one another at a mutual convenience. Both mother and father should attend any meeting unless either are estranged. At least one parent must be a baptised Catholic who has been initiated into the faith.
A few points to note:
- You must reside within the parish boundary of St. Joseph's, Pudsey.
- You cannot have godparents who have not been baptised [christened].
- A minimum of one godparent must be a baptised and confirmed Catholic to act as sponsor, but non-Catholic others are permitted as long as they have been baptised.
- You cannot have more than 4 godparents [for the practical reason that there isn't space in the baptism book to enter more]
Sunday ??? September 2pm, Parish Centre
Next showing ....
An opportunity to bring our children together,
relax & enjoy a free family film.
Also a chance to win the DVD.
Tuck shop & refreshments available.
Every Sunday, 9:30am Mass only
Email ➞ For more details
A group of dedicated men and women who, by rota, instruct the children in the parish centre during the Liturgy of the Word.
All welcome after suitable DBS checks.
- Parish Centre
For further information please contact
Donna Pickles 07881876909
If you would like further information
Email ➞ Janice Whitworth
The flowers at St. Joseph’s are admired on a weekly basis, especially at Easter and Christmas - when the generosity of our parishioners allows for the Church to be fully decorated.
Whilst flowers are arranged on a weekly basis, if there is a special occasion,
such as a
- Remembrance Mass
you can have your own choice of flowers.
For a Christening or Remembrance Mass, a suggested donation of £30.00 will allow you to choose your own
colours. Should you require a particular type of flower, there may be an additional charge.
Funerals can also be catered for on the same basis, however, if you would prefer a greater abundance of flowers or something special, a quote can be given.
If you are celebrating your wedding at St. Joseph’s, you can have your flowers professionally designed and arranged. Prices range from £50 upwards dependent upon the number of arrangements and the type of flowers you require. Bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and reception decorations can also be included if required.
Meetings, 1st Wednesday of every month, 9pm
- Wetherspoons LS28 7BJ
Email ➞ Stephen Massie
The Men of the Parish (MOPs) are a parish group formed to bring families together through social events.
Over the years the MOPs have put on many events and the Annual Beer Festival has become a firm date in the diary of the parish. This event has raised a great deal of money that has been used to fund substantial purchases for the parish hall.
Another established event is the monthly Childrens Cinema Club which is put on in the parish hall free of charge with a tuck shop and hot drinks for the parents.
We are always looking for new members to join us - come along to our next meeting to find out more.
Any queries please contact
Email ➞ Mrs Rowlands
'Mini Vinnies' are children in Year 4 and above who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their School, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible 'Vincentians for life'.
Those wishing to become a Mini Vinnie are invited to apply in school and state how they would carry out good deeds in the community.
Mini Vinnies is about doing good works in the community. The Vinnies model of ‘See, Think, Do’ is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality; by connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.
‘Our Mini Vinnies’ group will meet regularly during lunchtime and are always busy planning on how they can reach out to the people in need in our community.
Over the past few years our dedicated Mini Vinnies have
- Good Works in School and Community.
- Planned and set up School Prayer Garden.
- Assist with Annual Good Shepherd Collection.
- Organised foodbank collections for West Leeds foodbank and St Vincent’s.
- Harvest Festival food donated to foodbanks. Some food was sold after weekend Masses, and the proceeds went to CAFOD.
- Reverse Advent Calendar – children promised items of food or treats each day in Advent which were then made up into gift boxes for the West Leeds Foodbank.
- Served Coffee and Cake at the School Christingle Service.
Meets prior to next event
Monday 20th May, 7pm
- The Undercroft
E-mail ➞ Freda Mortimer
Our main aim is to assist the priest by giving our time and effort in whatever way we can, for the good of the whole parish. Any lady can join & does not have to be a mother. We fund raise for the Parish and together with the school organise the Christmas Fair and Summer Gala. We hold a coffee morning after the 9:30 Mass where parishioners can socialise with one another, while the children play with a variety of toys and drawing materials.
The events we are planning for this year are,
- Summer Fair [Sunday 23rd June]
- Christmas Shopping Trip [for parishioners & friends]
- Christmas Fair
- Childrens Advent Workshop
- Childrens Lenten Workshop 
The Leeds Community OCDS meet at St Joseph's, Pudsey for prayer, worship, study and recreation on the second Sunday of each month after the 11.15 am Mass.
If you feel called to this way of life and may like to get a sense of what it would be like to join please contact Mrs Betty Longbottom to arrange coming along to our meeting Telephone 01274310147.
The Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular (OCDS) is made up of small communities of lay people who pursue the path to holiness in the circumstances of their daily lives inspired by the spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross.
The Teresian Charism is silence, community, contemplative prayer and apostolic works. It is an integral part of the Carmelite order and is open to men and women, married and single.
The parish has two resident organists who play at services and can be hired for events such as weddings.
If you require their services please contact either of them direct:
- Peter Siney 07986 316617 - also able to sing solo
- Steve McKay 07852 592594
Parish Centre Bookings Secretary
- E-mail ➞ Freda Mortimer
- Mobile 07721312677
The Parish Centre is the social hub of the Parish & hosts many social occasions eg Beer Festival, Pantomime, Murder Mystery Evenings, Quiz Nights and Sunday morning coffee & bacon sandwiches.
Parish Groups regularly meet in the hall, such as First Sacraments, Youth SVP, Toddler Group, Tuesday Club, the Parish Theatre Group & also the Art Club.
The hall is available to hire for private parties and we have regular groups who hire it weekly such as Slimming World and also Chorus UK.
The Parish Pastoral Council [PPC], is there to advise the Parish Priest on all aspects that affect parish life, to suggest ideas and initiatives, and to help implement the best policies and action for parish life. Members are normally chosen by the Parish Priest from different aspects of existing parish life and groups.
Normally when a Parish priest is moved the PPC is dissolved and the new incumbent can re-call it in its existing form or construct a new membership.
As Fr. Richard Carter is due to leave at the end of the Summer there will be no more PPC meetings until Fr. Peter Kravos arrives. This is because he does not want to tie his successor to any new policies before he arrives.
Thursdays 5:30 pm, 7:30pm
- Parish Centre
Consultant Helen ➞ Mobile 07866636146
1st Monday of every Month, 7pm
- The Undercroft
E-mail ➞ Freda Mortimer
The Parish Society of St Vincent de Paul was re-founded 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 a 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.
The current officers of the Society are:
- Peter Siney (President)
- Christopher Hirst (Vice President and Secretary)
- 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.
Meet Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm
- Parish Centre
The Parish has had an active theatre group for many 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. Rehearsals for the Pantomime will be starting in September - would you like to join us?
We are a friendly group and welcome any would be performers, 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.
Thursdays 9-11am [Term Time only]
- Parish Centre
Admission £1 per child, 2nd child 50p
Email ➞ Freda Mortimer
Toddler Group last session this term is Thursday 11th July
Will be closed over the Summer Holidays
- Re-opening on Thursday 5th September
- 9:00 am Play & Craft time
- 10:00 am Refreshments (Toast, fresh fruit & a drink for children: Tea, coffee & biscuits for adults)
- 10:20 am Play & Craft time continues
- 10.45 am Story time & Singing with musical instruments.
In May 2000 the ‘Toddlers Group’ was founded by Freda Mortimer, upon her retirement from the parish primary school. A group of mothers had asked Freda if she could start such a group, and now each Thursday morning the parish hall resounds to the merry sounds of happy contented playful children! Freda is ably assisted by many volunteers and mothers, and the group continues to go from strength to strength.
There is also an opportunity for the mums, dads, grandparents and childminders to meet each other and enjoy time together. Our aim is to offer all 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, stickle bricks), 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.
Tuesdays, 12:30 noon - 3:30pm
- Parish Centre
£3 Entry charge
Email ➞ Christine Rigby
St Josephs Tuesday Club for the over 60's, has been running since 1999! We welcome all denominations and currently have 42 members.
We hold raffles, bingo, quizzes and offer refreshments. There are also regular trips out and weekend breaks together.
We are a non profit group and we support several charitable organisations such as Air Ambulance, St Gemmas, Wheatfields plus many more.
Please contact the Parish Priest by phone 01132570803 to make an appointment to see one another at a mutual convenience.
Meetings are held monthly
E-mail ➞ Freda Mortimer
The Parish Youth SVP was founded in 2001 when Freda Mortimer was approached by four of the Confirmandi, who were interested in forming a specifically youth focused parish group. St Joseph’s has the enviable reputation of being the first Youth SVP in the Diocese. Mary Abel, the Diocesan youth organiser gave great assistance during the initial phase of the group’s foundation.
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 improves the personal record of achievement, UCAS form application and any future references. Membership also qualifies for the ‘service’ part of schemes, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. There is opportunity to meet other young people & have fun on Youth SVP days and residential events.
In the past members of the Youth SVP have attended the World Youth rally, Germany (2006), another rally in Australia (2008) and also Madrid, World Youth Day (2011). More recently members of the youth SVP have visited Bambisanani, South Africa; Lourdes, France and undertaken various World Challenge expeditions.