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
exactly 140 years ago

COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions

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
Consequently, there will be NO MASSES AT EITHER CHURCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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.

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.

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.

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 Appeal

CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal, Also, see below for CAFOD's "Unite against Coronavirus" petition.

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

This is usually a time where Mary’s Meals would be reaching out to churches to ask to share their story with parishioners, but we know that will not be possible at the moment. In light of this, the founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, has recorded a special message for churches to share. It can be found on YouTube, here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9e_zhu98HY

Christian Aid Week

Because of the Covid-19 virus the annual Christian Aid house-to-house collection is being conducted on-line. Would anyone who would like to contribute please pay electronically by direct bank transfer to: Bingley Christian Aid Committee, Sort Code 20-76-92 Account 83772594 or if this is not possible please go to the Christian Aid website

Recently died - Fr Michael Sullivan

Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Fr Michael Sullivan who died at home in Otley on Ascension Thursday 21 May. He was Parish Priest at SS Mary & Monica's, Cottingley from 1986 to 1991. An obituary for Fr Michael can be seen on the Diocese of Leeds website

CAFOD asks you to Unite against coronavirus

We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.

Sign our petition

Our sisters and brothers overseas do not have access to healthcare systems as brilliant as the NHS. I urge you to work together with other world leaders to:

  • Make sure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone regardless of their income or where in the world they live.
  • Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.
  • Cancel all debt payments by developing countries due in 2020 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare rather than debt repayments.
  • Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity and to restore our common home for future generations.

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.

Inn Churches/Winter Shelter 2019

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

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