Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion



Updated 9 April 2020

The Bishops of England and Wales, following Government Health guidelines, have suspended all public Masses, both weekdays and Sundays. The announcement by Archbiship Nichols can be watched here.

Holy Week Services Online

Holy Week services are being live-streamed from Our Lady of Compassion church, so that parishioners can follow online. To view live online, join our Facebook Group: OLC Saffron Walden. Email Ken Lowe if you wish to be added to the group.

Sunday Evening Prayers on Zoom

You can join in Evening Prayers on Sundays at 19:00 via Zoom - you will need to create an account or download the App, but itís easy and free.


As well as providing the opportunity to follow the livestream mass on Sundays, The parish Facebook group is also a great way of receiving up to date information and keeping in touch with other parishioners.

The weekly newsletter continues to be produced and published on the parish website's newsletter page.


One can now read Fr David's homilies.

Offertory Donations

In the absence of our being able to attend Mass in person, we are pleased to announce that an online donation facility is now available, and can be accessed via the Diocesan website. The parish will receive its particular donations via the monthly parish statement.

Help is only a phone call away

Our St Vincent De Paul Conference has joined†forces with other churches and community groups in our town to help and support members of our Parish Community and all residents of the town who may need assistance in the coming days and weeks ahead. If you are feeling isolated from everyone or indeed are isolating we are here to help - just pick up the phone and call us.

Through our network of willing workers we should hopefully be able to assist you, if not directly, by putting you in touch with someone who can.

You are not alone - please donít hesitate to ask for support or a friendly phone call from time to time.†Lots of us do not have internet access or even mobile phones but most of us will have an old fashioned telephone.†So please call Jean Perkins (SVP) on 01799 522135 and if necessary leave a message and we will get back to you.

Take care. God Bless.

SVP Volunteers Required

Our St Vincent de Paul Conference is looking for volunteers from younger members of our parish community willing to collect shopping and prescriptions for older parishioners who are unable to get out or should not put themselves at risk by doing so, because of health or other reasons. So please volunteer if you can - please call Jean Perkins on 01799 522135 or Andy Taylor 07774 652505 (Home 01799 50019).†

Phishing emails, fake text messages and apps

There are currently numerous bogus emails and text messages circulating, appearing to come from official bodies, such as the Government or World Health Organisation . They contain links which are designed to download malicious software (i.e. viruses) to your device, or to take you to a website that will collect your personal and financial details.

There are a variety of forms these emails can take, such as offering a tax rebate, demanding payment of a fine, asking for donations, linking to a map of the spread of Coronavirus.

If an email is unexpected do not click on any links, simply delete the email.

Use the ABC approach:

  • Never Assume they are legitimate.
  • Never Believe they are legitimate.
  • Always Confirm using a trusted number or asking friends and family.

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call the Police on 101. Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040.

Like other churches in Saffron Walden, the Catholic church has a lively and numerous congregation, drawing its parishioners from a geographically large parish, stretching from Steeple Bumpstead to Chrishall, from Great Chesterford to Newport and forming part of the North Essex Deanery of the Diocese of Brentwood.

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Our website is part of the framework in which we parishioners work together. It contains details of the organisational groups which are the external shape of our commitment to God, our parish and each other. You and your family are welcome to join us on our journey of faith. We welcome contributions to the website from parishioners - please send us details of parish activities so that we we can publicise them.

If you are new to the Parish, have moved recently or are planning to move please email Fr David Clemens.

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