Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion



Updated 17 October 2020

Our Lady of Compassion Re-opened

Our church has now re-opened for Mass, although there are strict guidelines to follow. Stewards will be in attendance to help and guide the congregation. Mass will be shorter than usual (there will be no Homily, Bidding Prayers, Offertory Collection*, Sign of Peace, or singing). In order to comply with social distancing requirements, numbers will be restricted and it will be necessary to book a place in advance.

Masses are at:

  • 18:00 Saturday
  • 08:30 and 10:30 Sunday
  • 10:00 on weekdays.

To book a seat, please send an email letting us know the number of people in your family group who will be attending. An allocated seat number will be sent back to you corresponding to a seat on a plan which you will receive with your confirmation -  please do not turn up without an allocated seat. Sorry if all this seems a bit regimented - we really have no choice.

In recent weeks, some of the weekend masses have been fully booked. Please book early to avoid disappointment. If you do not book a seat or if you have not received confirmation of your booking (in which you will be advised of your allocated seat number), there is a chance that you will be refused entry to the church, as there are a limited number of seats available. This is clearly a regrettable position to be in, but we trust that you will understand that we need to comply in order to keep everyone safe and well.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

The 10.30 Mass and evening prayer on Sundays will continue to be live-streamed.

*Donations can be left in the basket as you leave

Face Masks

It is now mandatory for those aged 11 and over to wear a face mask or face covering whilst in church, unless they are exempt on health grounds. Stewards have been asked to ensure that everyone complies with this as it is the law. For the safety and protection of everyone, those who choose not to do so will not be able to enter the church.

Everyone attending Mass should bring their own masks.There will, however, be a small supply available in the church porch for anyone who is unaware of this change or has forgotten to bring one. A suggested donation of £2 per mask will be requested.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please also help us to keep everyone safe by not attending Mass if you are feeling unwell.



There is a notice with a QR code at the entrance of the church. If you have a Smartphone, please scan the code using the recently released NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace App each time you enter the church (and then remember to switch your phone off or to silent mode!). Contact details will also be recorded for all those attending Mass, in line with current procedures.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Thursday 22nd October at 20:00 via zoom.  Parishioners are welcome to attend.  For further details regarding the zoom link please contact Ken Lowe, Chairman of the PPC.

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.


In order to limit the amount of time that people gather in the church, Fr David will not be giving a Homily during the Mass. However his homilies can be read here: Fr David's homilies.

Mass readings

A link to the text of each Sunday's liturgy can be found on the Services page next to the particular Sunday.

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.

Sunday Evening Drink and Chat

On Sunday evenings at 19:30, following evening prayer, all parishioners are invited to pour themselves a drink and connect to others via Zoom for a relaxed and informal chat. Check the parish Facebook page for the log in details or contact Ken Lowe.

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 Jean Perkins or call on 01799 522135.


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.

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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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