Updated 23 January 2021
Our Lady of Compassion remains CLOSED
Following recent concerns of risk from the new variant of COVID-19 (see communication from Essex County Council), Our Lady of Compassion is closed until further notice.
Message from Fr David: With regret, but with prudence, it has been decided to close the church for Masses for the time being. Although government regulations permit public worship, we feel that we cannot meet those regulations at Our Lady of Compassion, especially in regard to social distancing and adequate ventilation. Further, Essex have asked churches of all denominations, synagogues and mosques to close voluntarily until the new Covid variant is under control. Bishop Alan’s latest message, which came only this morning, says that while it is important to keep our churches open for Mass, it is even more important to keep the People of God safe, and that churches that cannot absolutely guarantee that safety should temporarily close. The closure will be regularly reviewed. Meanwhile, the 10:30 Sunday Mass (only) will be live-streamed. God bless.
Live streaming of Mass
Each Sunday the 10:30 Mass will be 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.
10:30 Sunday Mass is also being live-streamed to our YouTube channel.
A recorded version of Sunday 10:30 Mass can also be viewed on the Streaming page of this website.
The Uttlesford Hub Telephone Befriending Team
The Uttlesford Hub Telephone Befriending Team, consisting mostly of St Vincent De Paul members and parishioners of Our Lady of Compassion Church, continues to offer friendship and support with a weekly telephone call to those in need of a friendly ear and cheery word during this extended period of COVID-19. The longer the pandemic continues, the more our volunteers’ help is being sought by residents of Uttlesford who are lonely and feeling isolated from the rest of the Community. We need more volunteers - CAN YOU HELP? It only involves one or two telephone calls a week! If so, please email Andy Pryer, SVP, or telephone him on 01729 777673 for further information, OR alternatively, contact Jean Perkins, SVP, or call on 01799 522135. Thank you.
Fr David's homilies can be read here: Fr David's homilies.
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.
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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