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


The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. With the re-opening of churches, Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals may now take place within Catholic churches and is limited to 30 people.
Opening for Mass involves considerable organisation so it is with tremendous gratitude that I have to convey my thanks to all those who volunteered as stewards to ensure social distancing when the church is open and for church cleaning.

The following will be implemented:

  • The congregation will be restricted to fewer than 50 people.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres with the wearing of face masks is mandatory.
  • Cleaning of hands on entering and leaving church would be managed with alcohol gel.
  • There must be extensive cleaning of the pews/chairs and contact areas both before and after Mass. Volunteers would need to be involved in cleaning and at least one of these stewards at each Mass must be DBS checked.
  • The doors and windows, if possible, must be left open to allow the circulation of air.
  • Until further instruction is given on singing, there should be no congregational singing at Mass.
  • Toilet facilities will not be in use for the time being.
  • The seating and movement within the church of those people attending is overseen by volunteer stewards; and, that the arrangements are in place for churches to be cleaned after use.
  • The Parish Priest makes the final decision and there is no obligation on him to implement this until he feels it appropriate.

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.

  • SUNDAY 18th October at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-12noon Saturday 17th Oct
  • WEDNESDAY 21st October at 7pm - bookings taken from 5-7pm Tuesday 20th Oct
  • SATURDAY 24th October at 10am - bookings taken from 5-7pm Friday 23rd Oct
  • SUNDAY 25th October at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-12noon Saturday 24th Oct
  • WEDNESDAY 28th October at 7pm - bookings taken from 5-7pm Tuesday 27th Oct
  • SATURDAY 31st October at 10am - bookings taken from 5-7pm Friday 30th Oct
  • SUNDAY 1st November at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-12noon Saturday 31st Oct
  • WEDNESDAY 4th November at 7pm - bookings taken from 5-7pm Tuesday 3rd Nov
  • SATURDAY 7th November at 10am - bookings taken from 5-7pm Friday 6th Nov
  • SUNDAY 8th November at 10am - bookings taken from 10am-12noon Saturday 7th Oct

Many thanks,
Father Sean.

Church services in a time of Coronavirus

Plans are now being made for a limited re-opening of our churches, possibly at the end of July or early August. Details are available on this page but please note that volunteers will be required for this to happen!

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. Please note, bulletins will be weekly for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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.

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 is from October 8th to 11th 2020. 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.


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, Daniel Adams, the Executive Director of Mary's Meals in the UK, has recorded a special message for churches to share. It can be found on YouTube, here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek0x5FbAypk

World Mission Sunday 2020

World Mission Sunday is on 18th October this year. To read how best we can respond and support all those who have answered God's call and said “here I am send me”, please follow THIS LINK

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.

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