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

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Sacred Heart Church

COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions- UPDATE 18 March

In view of the present Coronavirus outbreak, Bishop Marcus has issued a second decree to reduce the risks of COVID-19 Coronavirus transmission to worshippers in the Diocese of Leeds.

Decree starts:
To our beloved brothers in Christ
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, has agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from Friday evening 20th March 2020. Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice.

The full text of the decree can be read at Arrangements for the Sacraments
Sadly, any funeral that comes in will either be at the Crematorium or a simple burial with the proviso of a Memorial Mass offered publicly when we are allowed to gather when all this calms down.

Live-stream the Mass via the Internet

I've made a brief list of places where you can watch the celebration of the Mass live over the internet. Click HERE to see my list.

First Reconciliation

This is another casualty due to Coronavirus. The Reconciliation meetings and Reconciliation itself have been postponed.

Parish Bulletin

Here is the current parish bulletin. Previous bulletins can be found at the bulletin page as .pdf documents. Please note, bulletins will be weekly for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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 me an email and I will include you in future mailings.

Bingley Food bank

While our churches are closed, there is obviously no accessible collection point for the 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. Or there is also a donation box in Santander Bank on Main Street in Bingley.

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

Inn Churches/Winter Shelter 2019

Each winter for the last few years, a number of Christian churches in the Bradford district have joined together to provide overnight shelter for about 12 homeless people overnight from December to March. This winter (2019 - 2020) Our Lady and St Joseph parish, Aire Valley hosted the shelter at SS Mary and Monica's from Monday 9th December to Monday 16th December.
A very big thank you to all who helped in this or the previous years, at any of the many locations.

More details of the Inn Churches project can be found on our Winter Shelter page or at innchurches.co.uk

Diocese of Leeds - Annual Report 2018 - 2019

The Diocese’s Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been filed with the Charity Commission and is now available on the Diocese’s web site. To access the Report, click on the following link: www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ANNUAL-REPORT-2019.pdf Copies of the Annual Report can be obtained by contacting Louise Ward in the Finance Department at Hinsley Hall

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of Leeds

The old Vetting and Barring Scheme was halted by the government and, following the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, there have been several changes to what is now the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) Disclosure applications. For further details, please consult the Leeds diocesan website.

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