Catholic Life

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

Diocese of Leeds

At Holy Family & St Michael’s, we learn about ours school within the wider catholic community and the World. As part of this, we make sure that we take part in events and learn about our school’s diocese, the Diocese of Leeds.

For more information on the Diocese of Leeds, please visit their website at:

The Bishop

Our bishop is currently Bishop Marcus Stock. As bishop, he is responsible for school and parish within his diocese.

We pray for Bishop Marcus, that God will guide him in his role as bishop.

Our Parish

Holy Family & St Michael’s school forms part of the Pontefract Parish of St Joseph’s.

Our parish is made up of two churches:

  • St Joseph’s, Pontefract
  • St Michael’s, Knottingley,

and three schools:

  • Holy Family & St Michael’s, Pontefract,
  • St Joseph’s, Pontefract
  • St Wilfrid’s, Featherstone.

As a parish family we pride ourselves in the close links that we have made with each other and often come together as a parish community in worship.

Please follow the link below for the parish website:

Sacramental Preparation

At Holy Family & St Michael’s, we work closely with Canon Tim and the Parish of St Joseph’s to prepare your children to receive their First Sacraments. Following the Bishop’s directive on when children become eligible to receive fist sacraments, we currently begin preparation in the following classes:

  • Year 3 and above – First Reconciliation
  • Year 4 and above – First Holy Communion
  • Year 6 and above – Confirmation


Below is the plan Canon Tim has approved for preparation for first sacraments at our school.

  • Confirmation (Year 6) – Preparation: September-November. Sacrament: Usually January/February
  • First Reconciliation (Year 3+) – Preparation: January – February Sacrament: Usually March
  • First Holy Communion (Year 4+) – Preparation: April – June. Sacrament: Usually June/July

Preparation, Resources and Sessions

The children will work from their own work books and packs provided by the Parish and written by the Diocese of Leeds, to particularly suit the children within our diocese. The children will also have access to a Google Classroom, with all the resources and session links provided each week. Mr Harris will lead preparation in school with support from other staff for each year group.

There is an online portal provided by the diocese to support home learning available at:

Mini Vinnies

See also: Student Leadership

The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Leeds Diocese is now offering MINI VINNIES, a new format of their long established parish Conference structure, specially designed for 7-11 year boys and girls in primary schools.

Mini Vinnies is an exciting, very well supported format upon which our school can base all of the work that we already do in support of the poor and the marginalised in our communities both here at home and overseas.

What are Mini Vinnies?

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”

Who can be a Mini Vinnie?

‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.

What do Mini Vinnies do?

As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’.