Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion



LENT is the liturgical season of preparation for Easter. It reminds us all of our duty to "clean" up our act regarding our way of living. Recall our baptism, our promises to live the life of Christ.  Make sure we have more prayer, more penance, more caring, so that we can fulfil the words of Jesus, the greatest commandment. "Love God first and our neighbour as ourselves".

Lenten Series of Talks

Begins 4th March, starting at 20:00 (refreshments from 19:30) Lasting 1 hour.

  • 4th March at SW Baptist Church - John Goddard: 'How we encounter the truth of the Cross in art.'
  • 11th March at Abbey Lane URC Vestry - Caroline Vodden: 'The Cross of Reconciliation'
  • 18th March at the Baptist Church - Katrina Thurlow: 'The Cross, a place of choice - the potential of a more embracing view of pain/struggle.'
  • 25th March at SW Community Church - Jonathan Burton: ‘The Cross, something for us to carry.'

World Day of Prayer

6th March 10:30 service in St. Mary's Parish Hall. Prepared by the women of Zimbabwe: Rise! Take Your Mat & Rise. Refreshments after the Service.


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.

the nave

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