Our Lady and St Joseph Parish
Aire Valley

Serving Bingley and Cottingley in the Aire Valley

Welcome to our website

The parish was formed in 2006 by merging the adjoining parishes of St Mary and St Monica (which served Cottingley) and Sacred Heart (which served Bingley). We now have two churches in the parish, one from each of the two previous parishes.

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St Mary & St Monica's Church

The Cottingley church was opened on
the 21st December 1997 by Bishop David Konstant

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Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart church was opened on
the 11th May 1880 by Bishop Cornthwaite

Current Coronavirus Measures

Please note that there is no need to book to attend Mass, however, wearing a face covering, sanitising hands and social distancing will remain in place.

Streaming On-line Mass etc

For ONLINE MASSES during the day, Holy Hours, Benediction, Evening Prayer, Rosary, this live service streaming website, which is updated every two hours, is highly recommended: www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/

See also this page for arrangements for live-streaming Mass from our local churches and others.

Arrangements for the sacraments and liturgical celebrations:

The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice.

Catholic Bishops issue statement: Honour Sundays

On Thursday November 19th, at a conference in Leeds, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales issued a statement for all Catholics entitled "Honouring Sunday" which can be seen at cbcew.org.uk/bishops-statement-honouring-sunday/

Parish Bulletin

Here is the current parish bulletin Previous bulletins can be found at the bulletin page as .pdf documents.

If you find the bulletin is out of date, it may be that your browser is showing you a previous version that it has remembered! You can force it to download the latest version by refreshing the page. To do this on a Windows computer, hold down the "Start" key and press R - on a Mac it's Command and R. Or click the little arrow going round in a circle, next to the address box. Phones usually have "Refresh" somewhere in their browser menu.

First Reconciliation

Instructing our children for receiving their first Sacrament of Reconciliation will begin again very shortly - November and December 2021. The children will all be making the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday 3rd of December. Families who are interested in being included, particularly for those children who don't attend St Joseph's school, should contact Canon Jim to discuss their possible options.

The Synod - Our Journey Together from From Parish to Mission

This autumn we have a unique opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Church. Pope Francis has invited Catholics throughout the world to listen prayerfully to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. Then we are to share our insights with Bishop Marcus, who will submit a summary document to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales before Christmas. We are being asked specifically to explore ten themes. You will see that they cover a lot of issues, so don’t think you have to have answers for every single one, but there is a unifying theme: how can the Church better exercise her role of offering hope to ALL the people of this generation?

See the full description on the Diocese of Leeds website at www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/parish-to-mission

There are two slightly different versions of the questions (themes) to consider, though essentially the same (both .pdf documents) "10 Synod Themes" (probably easiest) and "10 Synod Questions"

The Parish Meeting to consider this was at SS Mary & Monica’s church in Cottingley on Monday 15th November. Please share your thoughts on these important issues via the Diocese of Leeds website (link above).

Bishop Marcus' Pastoral Letter "From Parish to Mission" and the Synod of Bishops 2023

Bishop Marcus and his fellow Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a Pastoral Letter (September 2021) to be read out and made available in parishes across the Diocese. A copy of the Pastoral Letter is available HERE

Winter Shelter 2021-2022

This winter the shelter will be running in our parish from 13th to 20th December. The latest version of the rota can be seen at documents/RotaWinterShelter2021.pdf. See the Winter Shelter page for details of what is involved.

Sadly, the Winter Shelter will NOT take place this winter (2021 - 2022) due to safety issues and the Covid-19 pandemic. See the Winter Shelter page for details.

Parish information by email

There is now an email account used occasionally for sending urgent information to our parishioners. If you would like to be included in this list, please to send an email to me, the WebMaster (Colin Spiller) and I will include you in future mailings.

Donations to the Parish


Please be aware that at this time, you and your parish are vulnerable to many dishonest financial schemes being set up by opportunistic companies and ‘crowd-funding’. In increasingly financially-straitened circumstances the question is still being asked: ‘How do I support my Parish during this time?’ In response, this page contains methods of Parish Giving which are recommended as the most secure ways for you to continue to contribute as far as you are able to the Offertory and to benefit your parish.

Bingley Food bank

Your donations are still much wanted! Donations can be made at Bingley Little Theatre (Bingley Arts Centre) on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10.30am and 11.45am.

For the list of items needed now, please see the Foodbank page

CAFOD COVID-19 Disasters Emergencies Committee (DEC) Appeal

CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. You can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope.

Earlier this month (August 2021), £700 was sent to CAFOD to provide aid in Haiti. Thank you to all Parishioners who donated at the last TWIG collection.


is now available! Online-only this year - but as ever, highlighting the ‘good news stories’ sent to communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk from the many parishes, schools and charities which together comprise our One Diocesan Family. Visit https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/communications/ to download your copy!


The Holy Father has established an emergency fund to help people and communities tragically impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. He has asked each one of us to contribute what they can to help the Church overseas, through Missio. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities.
Further information is on the website at missio.org.uk/donate/covid-19-emergency-fund/ and from there donations can be made by clicking the “Donate now” button (top right).

CAFOD World Gifts

World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of communities and families living in poverty. To view them, please follow THIS LINK to worldgifts.cafod.org.uk

SVP are looking for Volunteers

As a result of Coronavirus, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society has been forced to suspend its visiting activities for the time being.
Instead, they have adopted ‘Telephone Befriending’ Please see the SVP Page for details.

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