St Mary and St Monica Church and parish hall

Our Lady and St Joseph Parish
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Parish Groups

Sacred Heart Church

Brownies

Details of our Brownies are available on the Brownie page.


Children's Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy runs at St Mary and Monica's during the 9.15am Sunday Mass during term-time only for all ages up to when they begin their preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Children can join the group as soon as they arrive for Mass, in the side room within the church, where they discuss the Gospel in simpler language and also do a focus activity around the theme of the gospel. They then return to the Mass during the offertory.

The liturgy group is run by volunteers (all mainly parents of children within the primary school) and are DBS checked. Parents are welcome to attend with small children and this is usually encouraged if they require closer supervision.

We are always looking for more volunteers to ensure we have a broad pool of helpers. This then means your turn comes round less often! If you are interested, please contact Rose: or 07460 673919.

Here is the current rota for children's liturgy.


Flower Arrangers

The current rotas are available for St Mary and St Monica's and Sacred Heart.


St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The main focus of the S.V.P. is gradually changing towards helping the lonely and the sick by visiting and by organising social events. For more details, please click the SVP page or contact Stephen Cook on 01274 495911.


Third World Interest Group (TWIG)

TWIG is open to all members of the parish. We aim to:

  • inform the parish on Third World issues

  • raise money for Third World causes especially CAFOD (NB Link opens in a new window!), and

  • involve the parish in activities to promote the interests of the Third World.

TWIG has been in existence in one form or another for over 30 years. In that time we have donated over £80,000 to many different causes, including CAFOD, Mary’s Meals, Sylvia Wright Trust, natural disasters and many others.

Regular events are our Traidcraft (NB Link opens in a new window!) stalls and collections during the year. Contact Viv Drake on 01274 771369.

A cheque for £500 has been sent from the TWIG account to CAFOD to support their work in poorer countries battling the Coronavirus. The money has come mainly from the taxman through Gift Aid and Gift Aid small donations scheme claimed from the generous donations from The Parish.

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.

At the Twig meeting on 16 January it was decided the 2020 Lenten Project would be CAFOD's Food Crisis in Zimbabwe & Zambia. The amounts we eventually received were: CAFOD Family Fast £485.45 and Lenten Project £820.21.

We received this response from CAFOD:
"Families have been pushed to the brink of starvation and are struggling to cope. People are forced to survive on wild fruits and leaves. It's the worst drought and food shortage in a decade."
Our contribution helps CAFOD to reach out to people in the most vulnerable parts ensuring they have food and safe, clean water.
Please accept their thanks once again for your continuing support and generosity.

The Lenten Project for 2018 was Aid to the Church in Need. The focus for Lent 2017 was 'Let the Children Live', a charity supporting street children in Colombia. The Lenten Project for 2016 was the Sylvia Wright Trust, supporting the excellent work carried out by Sylvia and the charity in providing healthcare and education in India.
 

Minutes of our meetings and recent accounts can be seen on the meetings page. Our details can also be found on the Charity Commission website.



Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)

The Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) is a national organisation of Catholic women, open to all women whether married or single, Catholic or non Catholic who support our aims and objectives in "prayer, love and active witness to marriage, family and Christian life in the world" (from our membership prayer).

The U.C.M. in our parish was enrolled as a Foundation on September 11th 2012 at St Mary and St Monica's church, Cottingley. We would love to have more members: would you like to join us?

We meet every other Wednesday, from about 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in St Mary & St Monica church, Cottingley. Dates are on the Parish Calendar.

We pray, have fun, invite speakers and have trips out. In May 2017, Helena Harrington gave us an informative talk on the history of the Womens Institute - see THIS PHOTO.

There is a annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham in July for all the foundations in England.

A Rosary Rally is held annually at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds for all members of the UCM in the Leeds Diocese followed by refreshments in Wheeler Hall.

Our meetings are prayerful and sociable events where we meet up with old friends and make new.

We are also looking at ways that we can support Keighley Women's Refuge.

For more information, please contact Moira Smith on 01274 822354, Diane Charnock on 01274 569729 or Christine Acomb on 01274 562887.



Other Contacts

Missio

Missio is the Pope's charity for world mission and is the principal mission support organisation of the Catholic Church. In the UK it partners and works with the Mill Hill Missionaries and The Society for the Propagation of the Faith (previously APF).
As part of the worldwide network, members play a vital role in building up the Church and reaching out to the poorest and most in need.
To obtain a red collection box for your home, contact the parish local secretary Kevin King (for Cottingley) on 01274 825600, or Jeremy Charnock (for Bingley) on 01274 569729.
Boxes are emptied up to three times a year and members receive a quarterly magazine, Mission Today.
Gift Aid - Anyone receiving income over and above the basic state pension is probably paying tax and is therefore entitled to Gift Aid their contributions. Please ask for a Gift Aid form if your circumstances permit, as this is a valuable source of extra income.

For more information, visit the official website at missio.org.uk/about-missio/ (NB Link opens in a new window!)


World Mission Sunday 18 October 2020

On World Mission Sunday we have an opportunity to think how best we can respond and support all those who have answered God's call and said “here I am send me”. This year, with many people still unable to gather for Mass, World Mission Sunday will look very different. We have experienced something of what many of our sisters and brothers face in remote villages where there is no church or priest to celebrate the Eucharist. It is fitting at this time we still celebrate World Mission Sunday as an opportunity to join together in prayer with our global family praying for one another.

Please see the message from His Holiness Pope Francis at this link https://missio.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WMS2020-PopesMessage.pdf

In these unsure times, the collection and emptying of the red mission boxes is proving difficult. If you have a red box box that you would like to be emptied you may leave it at church (Cottingley for the time being). There are also contact details on the parish web site : Parish groups “Missio”

  • You can also send a cheque payable to Missio-Mill Hill, to Red Box, 23 Eccleston Square, London SW1 1NU or

  • You can give online at Missio.org.uk/RedBox or
  • You can give via text message: text REDBOX 5 (to donate £5) or REDBOX 10 (to donate £10) to 70085. This costs £5/£10 plus your standard rate message or
  • You can call 02078219755 to donate via debit or credit card or
  • You can make a bank transfer – Account: Missio; Sort code: 16-00-16; Account No: 10824230; Ref: RB+your postcode.

Please also see the Missio website missio.org.uk/donate should you wish to make a one off donation or set up a standing order.

Altar Servers

Boys and girls in Year 4 and upwards may be trained as Altar Servers. For further details, please contact Fr Molloy.


Church Music

Contact Julia Radcliffe, Paddy Spiller or Katy Gaul.


Eucharistic Ministers

See the Parish Rotas page.


Faith and Light

Faith and Light is a Christian organisation for people with learning difficulties, their parents and friends. We meet on the second Sunday of each month in the school canteen at St Anne's, Keighley. For further details, please contact Peter Hellens on 01274 567760.


Gift Aid

Do you pay UK Income Tax at either the standard or higher rate? If so, for every £1 that you give to the church - or any other registered charity - 27 pence can be reclaimed from HM Revenue and Customs at no cost to you if you complete a simple form. The scheme is even more beneficial for higher rate taxpayers. For more details, please contact Kevin King on 01274 825600. Each year the parish receives over £10,000 from HMRC due to Gift Aid donations!

Why not complete this simple form (Standing Order plus Gift Aid) and return it to Kevin or Fr Sean right now?


Want to know more about our faith?

On the second Sunday of the month (usually), following 9.30am Mass at Cottingley and coffee, there will be a talk and/or discussion on an aspect of our faith. Everyone is welcome to join in and ask questions.
The talks so far have covered "How was the Old Testament written?", "How is the Old Testament relevant to our faith today?" and a presentation on the Turin Shroud.
The next talk will be on 9th November and will be a continuation of “How is the Old Testament relevant to our faith today”.
Notes from the talks are available at How was the Old Testament written and How is the Old Testament relevant to our faith today.

[Note: these are.docx files. If you don't have access to Microsoft Word and can't open them, you can download a free alternative from OpenOffice or LibreOffice]


Winter Shelter

Every winter, for the last few years, the church communities of the Bradford area have provided a hot meal, overnight shelter and breakfast for some of the rough sleepers of Bradford. For more details see the Winter Shelter page


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