Updated 3 July 2020
Planned re-opening of Our Lady of Compassion
We hope that we will be re-opening the church starting from Saturday 11th July. It will have reduced capacity to allow for social distancing – and it will be necessary to book a seat online before attending (we have no choice in this). Details of the booking system will be with you soon.
Each Mass will need at least two volunteers to steward, and wipe down benches and surfaces. If we do not get the volunteers, we will not be able to run the Mass.
Assuming that we get the volunteers, Masses will be at 18:00 Saturday, 08:30 and 10:30 Sunday, and 10:00 each weekday. Live-streaming of the 10:30 Mass will continue for the foreseeable future – and may extend to other Masses.
We will need to make some changes to the church next week to prepare for the re-opening – as a result we will not be opening the church for private prayer this week.
If you are able to help with volunteering with stewarding and sanitising surfaces at any of the Masses then please let us know by email.
Live streaming of Mass
Sunday Mass is being live-streamed from Our Lady of Compassion church at 10:30, so that parishioners can join online. To view live online, join our Facebook Group: OLC Saffron Walden. Email Ken Lowe if you wish to be added to the group. Streaming starts 5 minutes before Mass begins.
Our Lady of Compassion - Private Prayer (not this coming week)
As you will be aware, we are now allowed to open the church for private prayer.
We will be opening our church every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 — 12 noon.
We have been given guidance by the Health and Safety team at Brentwood to enable us to stay safe. We must maintain a social distance of 2 metres. To achieve this there will be a one-way system in the church and designated pews for us to use. We have also been advised that we must not use fabric covered kneelers so please just sit. Votive candles will not be available. The toilet will be closed. Hand cleaning gel dispensers are installed at each door.
To achieve this, volunteers (who are not shielding and are between 16 and 69) will be required to clean after each session. Please contact David Powell or phone 01799 523855 if you can help. PPE and cleaning material will be supplied along with instructions.
CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal
How is CAFOD responding to coronavirus? We have launched an emergency appeal for funds, because the impact of coronavirus in countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, living with HIV or in cramped refugee camps, are very vulnerable to coronavirus. Give Now to Save Lives.
A link to the text of each Sunday's liturgy can be found on the Services page next to the particular Sunday.
One can now read Fr David's homilies.
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 it’s easy and free.
Our Weekly Offering
The main part of the income to Our Lady of Compassion has always come from the collection plate. Income is down quite considerably since the beginning of the lock down. If you are able, please consider using a standing order to send your donation as this is the quickest way for the funds to come to the church. Standing order details can be obtained from Ken Lowe. Alternatively, donations can be made online which can be accessed via the Diocesan website. The parish will receive its particular donations via the monthly parish statement. All Easter donations go directly to the parish priest; selecting the ‘Easter’ option will ensure that this is the case. Thank you.
Help from our SVP
In these difficult times the SVP is continuing its local support work as much as is possible, communicating by phone now visiting has been prohibited.
If you, or someone you know, may need support, or if you feel you can help in any way, please contact email Jean Perkins or call on 01799 522135.
Sunday Night is Pub Night!
All parishioners are warmly invited to join us in our virtual pub. Pour yourself a drink and connect to others via Zoom for a relaxed and informal chat. Sunday evenings at 19:30. Contact Ken Lowe or check the parish Facebook page for the log in details.
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.
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.
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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