The churches of Our Lady of the Assumption and Ss Joseph and Nicholas serve the communities of Stainforth, Hatfield, Thorne, Moorends and the surrounding villages, on the north-eastern fringe of the Catholic Diocese of Hallam, South Yorkshire.
The two parishes have much in common, both developed in the 20th century as working-class mining communities with a strong sense of community and both parishes have undergone a substantial period without a regular parish priest Since late 2001 Fr. Roy Pannell has been the priest for both parishes.
We have learnt where we are stronger by cooperating but at the same time we must preserve the unique identity and community spirit of each parish. In this spirit there is one web-site for the two parishes, but this contains separate sections for each parish.
If you are a parishioner then the page to bookmark is What's new? which contains the latest details of what is happening in the parishes. You can also refer to the latest weekly bulletins for each parish, they are usually available by the Monday after publication.
If you live in the area but have not been able to attend Mass for some time then I hope that you will find something of interest in the web-site, and that it will to keep in contact with parish events.
If you are a visitor to the area then the Mass times and maps of the locations of the churches are most likely to be relevant. You will be sure of a friendly welcome.
If you used to live in the area then I am sure you will find much to remind you of your time here, and hopefully you will enjoy reading the latest news and views in Opinions and The Messenger (Moorends own Parish magazine). Please send us your news and we will put it on the web-site so that all can share it.
If you don't fall into any of these categories and have been directed to us by a search engine or a link - welcome, we hope you will enjoy reading about our community.
About the web-site
You are welcome to use any of the pictures on the web-site for personal use. They are optimised to load fast and look good on the web, but they will not print too well, so if you would like to print any of them please contact Kate or Tony as higher resolution originals are often available.
Several of the documents in the web-site are in the 'pdf' format, which is quick and easy to produce, and also looks the same on all computers. On a normal dial-up connection they will take around a minute to load, so please be patient To view these documents you will need Acrobat Reader, which is installed on most computers. If you do not have it you can install it without any cost or obligation by clicking
If you find any errors in the web-site please contact us so that they can be corrected. Likewise if there is something you would like to see - especially if you can contribute some material to be published.
If you have any comments on or problems with the website - please contact Kevin Young
Finally, if you just want some quiet meditation.....