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
Cottingley

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Sacred Heart Church
Bingley

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

CESSATION OF PUBLIC LITURGIES

Once more we find ourselves in a new lockdown until 2nd December. This means that it is with great sadness we have to suspend our public celebration of Holy Mass once more. However, Mass will still be offered each day (in Private) for the advertised Intentions and I will continue to pray for you and your families, for those who are already suffering, for those who are grieving, for those who are anxious and for those who are working tirelessly to care for the sick. (Whilst the latest lockdown measures mean public Mass is not permitted, Funeral Services including Requiem Mass can be allowed with up to 30 people attending).
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/

Many thanks,
Father Sean.

Church services in a time of Coronavirus

Click here for details of local churches which are open for private prayer, and some thoughts on how services can re-start when our churches can re-open.
There is a short list of places where you can watch the celebration of the Mass live over the internet. Click HERE to see my list.

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

STAY SAFE - STAY SECURE

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 Remembrance Sunday

With our churches closed, Bishop Marcus has written a Pastoral Letter to the people of the Diocese on the occasion of Remembrance Sunday. In his letter the Bishop reflects not only on the remembrance of the war dead but on the often difficult situation facing those of the World War II generation at the present time, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also commends the work being done in the parishes by both clergy and laity to support people in need at the present time, “giving light in times and places when it is needed most”. A copy of the Pastoral Letter is available HERE

Alzheimer's Society Fundraiser

One of our parishioners, Philomena McKenna has set herself a challenge to walk 80 miles before her 80th birthday in August. She started her walk last week and is walking 6 miles a day so far! If you would like to sponsor Philomena online please click the following link www.facebook.com/donate/2835029513272502/ or if you don't have Facebook contact Philomena directly on 07952 111657. You can send her a message of encouragement too if you have Facebook! Don't be shy, it's a big challenge so encouragement along the way is always good! Thank you for your support.

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 Harvest Fast Day

The CAFOD Harvest Appeal was from October 8th to 11th 2020 and £1295.00 was collected. The recent collection for TWIG totalled £362.50
Both these sums are being sent to Cafod to be used in their work involved with the Corona Virus in the world. To donate, or for more information, please go to cafod.org.uk/

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.

MISSIO COVID-19 Appeal

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).

Mary's Meals

Donate today and double your love! Give until 31 January 2021 and public donations to Mary’s Meals will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million – meaning we can reach even more hungry children in Liberia with life-changing school meals.

It costs £15.90 to feed a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals – and now you can Double The Love and feed TWO children for just £15.90.

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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