St Joseph's Catholic Church



St Joseph's church closed in June 2008 following a review by the diocese

The church building is situated on Santingley Lane, where it was built in the 1930's. It was part of the Parish of St Peter & St Paul which covers much of South Wakefield- see the parish site on

    It had a regular congregation of about 50 at the Church, and a vigil Mass was celebrated every Saturday at 4.0 pm. Coffee and fellowship was always available after the Saturday Mass.


St Joseph's took part in village events and had close links with fellow Christians at All Saints Parish Church in Crofton.

See below a letter sent to the village magazine, Smoke Signal announcing the closure of the church  


    Contact can now be made at St Peter & St Paul's

Parish Church & Centre,

St George's Walk, 

Standbridge Lane,

WF2 7NR 


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It is with a sad heart that I write this after hearing that our church is to close at the end of June after 75 years of service. I remember it being built and my family, relatives and catholic congregation being so happy that we finally had a church of our own in Crofton.

We were very thankful to All Saints church, Crofton, for letting us use their Mission Hall at New Crofton. At the time we had nowhere else in the village to celebrate Mass except occasionally in one of the houses.

Over the years we had lots of events in St Joseph 's, christenings, first communions, May processions. On the social side we had Christmas Fayres, whist & beetle drives,  jumble sales, social evenings, meetings, bingo and even wedding receptions in the early days, including our own in April 1950.

During the war we had dances every week for the soldiers and airmen stationed in Crofton and Wintersett, and I know a great time was had by all.

I would like to thank the priests, curates and deacons who have kept the church going for so long.

We have a great community spirit at St. Joseph's,  and I do hope we can find a way to carry it on wherever we go.

Mary Byard  June 2008