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

Parish Bulletin

Here are the current parish bulletin and the last bulletin as .pdf documents.

Ministers at Mass next weekend

Saturday 5pm, 21 Apr

Readers: Patrick Abbott, Peter Taylor
Eucharist: Margaret Abbott, Mark Startin, Teresa Mills

Sunday 9.15am 22 Apr

Readers: Malcolm Gill, Kevin King
Eucharist: Danuta Petrie, Sue Wilkinson, Eugene Cotterill

Sunday 11.15am, 22 Apr

Readers: Irene Stanford-Wood, Barbara Hladowski
Eucharist: Peter Harrison, Michael Bradley, Jean Denman

Ministers at Mass the following week

Saturday 5pm, 28 Apr

Readers: Mark Startin, Christina Smith
Eucharist: Mark Startin, Teresa Mills, Paul Gallagher

Sunday 9.15am 29 Apr

Readers: John McElroy, Susan Holroyd
Eucharist: Malcolm Gill, Phil Lynch, Mary Lynch

Sunday 11.15am, 29 Apr

Readers: Julie Martin, Maria Beckwith
Eucharist: Christine Bradley, Mary McAndrew, Deirdre Naylor

Inn Churches/Winter Shelter 2017

Each winter for the last few years, a number of Christian churches in the Bradford district have joined together to provide overnight shelter for about 12 homeless people overnight from December to March. This winter (2017 - 2018) SS Mary and Monica parish hosted the shelter from Monday 11th December to Monday 18th December. If there is anyone else who would like to volunteer to help please contact Paddy Spiller 01274 566332 or e-mail
A very big thank you to all who helped in previous years, at any of the many locations.

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

Renovation of Sacred Heart Church

Due to the breakdown of the heating system, please note that ALL Masses will be celebrated at COTTINGLEY for the immediate future. Please also take note of the revised Mass times. The planning application, plans and other supporting information can now be viewed on the Council's online planning system www.bradford.gov.uk/planning and click on "View planning applications" then enter the Application number 16/07579/FUL as keyword and click "Search". Drawings and plans of the existing and approved project are available HERE.

NEWS 6 October 2017: Work has now started on site!
December 2017: Photos showing the progress at Sacred Heart church are now via the Photo Gallery.
April 2018: Heating is up and running; re-wiring and electrical installation is complete and painting/decorating is now in progress. IF all goes well - we should be ready to open in May - maybe!

Bishop's Pastoral letters

Bishop Marcus Stock has issued the following Pastoral Letters:
- First World Day of the Poor (19th November 2017)
- Letter sent to clergy regarding Summer moves 2017
- Annual Appeal for Catholic Care (25th/26th March 2017)
- The Sacraments and Religious Education we offer to our young people. (25 September 2016)
- Good Shepherd Sunday (17th April 2016)
There is also a copy of the Standing Order Mandate for the Priest's Training Fund available here
- Letter sent to clergy regarding Summer moves 2016

Calais Action donation drop advice

For information about this, please go to calaid.co.uk.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of Leeds

The old Vetting and Barring Scheme was halted by the government and, following the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, there have been several changes to what is now the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) Disclosure applications. For further details, please consult the Leeds diocesan website.

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