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

In light of the current serious and worsening situation of the coronavirus, the government’s advice to all people is very clear – ‘stay at home’ and limit our contact with other households. This has been reiterated by scientists and Directors of Public Health across the country. In response, I have come to a very difficult and painful decision that public Mass will be temporarily suspended. The warnings about the highly contagious nature of the new strain of COVID-19 are quite stark. Medical Officers and Public Health Directors have spoken of how this situation is going to worsen significantly over the coming weeks and that as many people as possible must stay at home at this time. On March 20th 2020, our churches were closed when the first national lockdown was announced. The situation with the virus and the new variant strain is worse now than it was at the very beginning. While churches in England may remain open for public Mass and other Services, it is wrong to continue to ask volunteer stewards, cleaners and others taking part in Mass to risk their health or be the potential cause of others being infected. We also have a moral duty not to do anything that would endanger the staff in our hospitals and the limited facilities of the NHS. As the clear message from health officials is that this already dangerous situation is going to get worse over the coming weeks, we see no alternative but to suspend public Masses immediately. I will review this decision on a regular basis but expect this suspension to be in effect until the National lockdown restrictions are lifted. 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. Please note that Funeral Services, including Requiem Masses, will still take place with up to 30 people allowed to attend.
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/

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.

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.

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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