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

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

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 phone the Presbytery on 01274 567639 to book. Only attend if you have PRE - BOOKED. Thank you.

  • SATURDAY 13th MARCH at 5pm or SUNDAY 14th MARCH at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-11am on Saturday 13th March
  • WEDNESDAY 17th MARCH at 7pm - NO BOOKING NECESSARY!
  • FRIDAY 19th MARCH at 10am - NO BOOKING NECESSARY!
  • SATURDAY 20th MARCH at 5pm or SUNDAY 21st MARCH at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-11am Saturday 20th March
  • 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. 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.

UPDATE ON REOPENING OF CHURCH
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SACRAMENTS AND LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS TO REDUCE THE RISKS OF COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION:

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.

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

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.

Pastoral Letter for Ash Wednesday, from Cardinal Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (13 February). CLICK HERE to read a copy.

CAFOD Lent Appeal

The 2021 CAFOD Lent Appeal is focussing on water. As part of this, we know that our parishioner Maria Beckwith will be taking part in the "Walk for Water" event, by walking 10,000 steps each day for 40 days. You can sponsor her and check on her progress by clicking HERE

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.

DIOCESE OF LEEDS ANNUAL REVIEW 2020

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!

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).

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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