Queen's Road, Keighley, BD21 1AT
Saturday - 5.00 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday - 9.00 am
Monday - No Mass
Wednesday - 9.30 am
Thursday - 7.00 pm
The Sacrament of Confession is available on Saturday on request..
Our Lady of Lourdes
"Twinned partnership with St Joseph's, Matli, Pakistan"
Ebor Lane, Haworth BD22 8HR
Sunday - 10.30 am
Tuesday - 7.00 pm
Friday - 9.30 am
Saturday - 9.30 am
REGISTER HERE FOR HOLY MASS AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES AND ST JOSEPH'S PARISH
To help ensure the safety of all parishioners and visitors to the parish for Holy Mass, we now have available a new platform which enables all parishioners to register for Mass attendance. The new system will allow us to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. The registration simply involves selecting a date on which you intend to attend Mass, and registering so that the stewards will know when to expect you. Please do work with us as we adjust to these new practices. For guidance - Individuals require: 1 ticket, Households of two require: 1 Ticket, and households of three or more only require: 2 Tickets. If for any reason you are unable to use the system, please do register by phone at the parish office.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Haworth
Our Lady of Lourdes, the first Catholic church in Haworth, was built in 1925 and is a relative newcomer to church scene in the worth valley. Prior to this date Catholics would travel to the older churches in Keighley to attend mass. During the first world war when fuel was rationed it made more sense for the priest to travel to his flock and mass was regularly conducted in an upstairs room of a draper’s shop on Mill Hey, belonging to the Pedley family. In 1922 the Haworth parish was founded and Haworth gained its first resident priest, Father Jeremiah Twomey who moved into the newly acquired presbytery, a former gentleman’s residence on Ebor Lane (next door to the church). An appeal for funds quickly raised enough money to build a church and in 1924 the foundation stones were laid by the Bishop of Leeds and a local donor.
Inside it is hard to imagine the church is less than a century old. Wooden pews face a stained glass window beneath which is the altar, donated from St Paulinus in Dewsbury, so may have links with EW Pugin, the well known ecclesiastical architect who designed that church. There is a beautiful 1920’s hand carved statue of the immaculate conception commissioned from a company in the Tyrol. The church has generous grounds (formally the tennis courts of the gentlemen’s residence) which it uses for summer events and barbecues. The Our Lady of Lourdes grotto was created in the 1950’s and dedicated in a grand open air service lead by Bishop Heenan, who later became the Archbishop of Westminster.
Our Lady of Lourdes is the Catholic parish church for an area stretching up to Cullingworth and Denholme. The congregation grew in the middle of the twentieth century as Irish girls were enticed over to England to work in the mills and factories. Living away from their families in hostels, the parish provided sporting events and parties to keep them entertained, as well as a minibus to bring them to mass on Sundays. Today Our Lady of Lourdes has a thriving congregation, some of whom are second and third generation offspring of these young girls who married local men and stayed in the area.
The Parish is twinned with the Parish of St Joseph, Matli in Pakistan and supports a TB outreach programme there.