Catholic Life at St. Mary’s Menston

Last updated: 28/03/2019

Our purpose (mission statement) of Chaplaincy at St. Mary's Menston:

The mission of Chaplaincy at St. Mary’s is to permeate all elements of school life, placing Christ at the Centre of all that we do by calling the whole school community to act as equal disciples in living out the Gospel teachings.

“And now my friends, all that is true, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is loveable and attractive, whatever is excellent and admirable – fill your thoughts with these things”
— Philippians, 4:8

Mrs Julia Findlay

Mrs Findlay has a dual role in school as Learning Mentor and Lay Chaplain



Bishop Marcus has appointed Rev Fr John Carlisle as the Priest Chaplain for St. Mary’s Menston. We are very fortunate to have Fr John working with us as well as our Lay Chaplain Mrs Findlay.

Acts of Worship

Blue Week

  • Tuesday Y7

  • Wednesday Y8

  • Thursday Y9

Red Week

  • Tuesday Y10

  • Wednesday Y11

  • Thursday Y12 and Y13

Priests at St. Mary's

The school is served by the Priests of our Deanery and retired Diocesan priests. We are forever grateful to them for their unfailing commitment:

  • Canon Lawrie Hulme (Our Lady and All Saints, Otley)

  • Father John Carlisle (Ss Peter and Paul, Yeadon) Priest Chaplain

  • Monsignor Kieran Heskin (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ilkley)

  • Father Richard Carter, (St Joseph's Pudsey)

  • Father Michael Mahady

  • Canon Tom O’Connor

  • Canon Paul Moxon

  • Monsignor William Steele

Aspects of our Spiritual Life

There are many events during the school year, here is a selection:

Day Of Welcome for Year 7

This day in September is an opportunity for each form to get to know each other and to explore what it means to join the St Mary’s community.

Services Of Reconciliation

These occur during Advent and Lent. Each Year Group attends a service and students are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation afterwards, with our Deanery Priests.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

A group of 40 pilgrims, made up of Year 10 and Year 12 students, make an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. St. Mary's have been taking part in the Lourdes pilgrimage since 1993.

Find out more about our Lourdes Pilgrimage

Sixth Form Retreat

Year 12 students are encouraged to take part each June in a residential retreat on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Walsingham Pilgrimage

The annual Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Walsingham has been a site of pilgrimage since 1061 when a Saxon noblewoman, Richeldis de Faverches, was taken to the Holy Land in a vision and subsequently built a replica of the Holy House (where the Virgin Mary received news of the Annunciation).

Find out more about our Walsingham Pilgrimage

SVP Group

SVP stands for St Vincent de Paul, which is a Catholic charitable group. The aim of the charity is to help the disadvantaged as well as encouraging people to help those in their local community (for example the sick, lonely, elderly or disabled, or anyone who needs assistance). The charity group believes this is best done through direct and practical assistance.
At St. Mary's we have a Youth SVP group run by a Sixth Form team. Our main focus is the care home in Guiseley (Primrose Court) which students visit weekly to have a chat and socialise with residents.

St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales)

Weekly Class Mass

Over the year, on a rotation basis, each form group will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass together with their form tutor.

Year Masses

Each year group come together, once a year to celebrate Mass centred on a pertinent theme.

Celebration of Major Feasts

Key Feasts are celebrated through Mass such as Saints Peter and Paul.  Each July, the whole school community of St. Mary’s come together for our Feast Day Mass.

The Good Shepherd Appeal

The Good Shepherd Celebration 2018

The Good Shepherd Appeal is an opportunity for children to help children. It is visionary and pioneering work pursuing our Mission of “taking the caring Church into the community”. There is a Good Shepherd Celebration each year at Leeds Cathedral.

Leeds Diocese Youth Service

The Diocese of Leeds Youth Service serves young people in parishes and schools across the Catholic Diocese of Leeds