Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion




Updated 4 December 2021

Our Lady of Compassion is OPEN

Sunday Obligation

The Sunday obligation to attend Mass has not been reintroduced by the bishops of England and Wales. Watching online remains perfectly appropriate, if it is safer for you to do this.

Attending Mass

Following feedback from some of the parishioners and stewards we have changed the church booking system:

  1. Advanced booking will still be possible, but the stewards will allocate you a seat. This will allow people to be allocated a seat more quickly and cut down on the possibility of infection with people not walking past those seated quite so often. This may mean that you do not get your 'usual' seat. If you have a particular requirement - such as mobility or pushchair - just let the steward know.
  2. Any pre-booked seats must be taken by 10 minutes before the service starts. Any seats not taken at this time will be released to anyone who comes. We have had to turn people away when there were empty seats that had been pre-booked then not used. Please be understanding if you turn up within 10 minutes of the service and your seat is gone.

Despite the general relaxation on mask wearing please be reminded that we will still need to wear masks for the church services at Our Lady of Compassion. There is a real lack of ventilation and as a result, very little air movement in the building. We are looking at the possibility of an extraction system, but for the time being, for the protection of all involved, we will need to stay with the masks. We also have to insist on contact details. Sorry.

To book a place at Mass pleased contact Ken by email or phone (01799 528441).

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us online - details below.

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

Live streaming of Mass

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All weekend Masses are live-streamed from Our Lady of Compassion church, 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.

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All weekend Masses are also live-streamed to our YouTube channel.




Fr David's 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 itís 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

Since lockdown our income has dropped substantially. We are now able to take the Offertory collection at Masses. As an alternative 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.

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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