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

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


Once more we are cautiously resuming Mass with a congregation and we have continue to look after one another and remain vigilant. The use of hand santiser, face-coverings and social distancing (hands, face, space) remain the most effective ways to enable those who wish, to attend Mass safely. It is therefore so important that we pay attention to the way we come to, and leave, the church building and premises. To maintain as safe an environment as possible, all those attending Mass are encouraged not to gather outside but to leave as promptly as possible.

A booking system is still in place for those wishing to attend where you will be required to give your contact details. PLEASE NOTE REVISED BOOKING DAY & TIME. Please only phone the Presbytery (DO NOT EMAIL) on 01274 567639 to book. Only attend if you have PRE - BOOKED. Thank you.

  • SATURDAY 12th June at 5pm or SUNDAY 13th June at 10am - bookings taken from 10am -11am Saturday 12th June


  • FRIDAY 18th June at 10am - NO BOOKING NECESSARY!

  • SATURDAY 19th June at 5pm or SUNDAY 20th June at 10am - bookings taken from 10am -11am Saturday 19th June

  • To book for a weekend Mass after this time, please phone 01274 567639 on the Saturday between 10-11am

  • Doors and windows will be left open to allow adequate ventilation with the circulation of air. Please bear this in mind when attending and what you wear!

  • Toilet facilities will not be in use at the moment.

  • Social distancing of 2 metres with the wearing of face masks is mandatory as is cleaning of hands with alcoholic gel on entering and leaving church.
  • Until further instruction is given on singing, there should be no congregational singing at Mass.
  • Entry to SS. Mary & Monica’s, Cottingley is via the main set of gates - access via the gate on Bradford Old Road is not in use at this time.

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.


The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. With the partial re-opening of churches, Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals may now take place within Catholic churches and is limited to 30 people.

Keeping all the above in mind, there will now be a cautious and careful commencement of Masses, initially at SS. Mary & Monica’s, Cottingley followed later by Sacred Heart, Bingley. A booking system will be implemented for those wishing to attend where you will be required to give your name, contact details and to wear a face covering. Therefore, the following dates of Mass and times to book are listed below. Phone the Presbytery on 01274 567639 to book. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MASS UNLESS YOU HAVE PRE-BOOKED.

Many thanks,
Father Sean.

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.

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.

Bishop Marcus' Pastoral Letter for Pentecost Sunday

Bishop Marcus and his fellow Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a Pastoral Letter for Pentecost which will be read out and made available in parishes across the Diocese. A copy of the Pastoral Letter is available HERE


CHAS in Bradford and the SVP are appealing for beds, wardrobes, drawers, living room furniture, sofas, and small items such as bedside cabinets, coffee tables etc which can be taken directly into the shops. To arrange for collection of larger items, please phone 01274 726 790 or

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

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.


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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