Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion



Updated 15 January 2022

Our Lady of Compassion is OPEN

Attending Mass

We are facing another difficult time as the new surge of COVID-19 hits the country. A few points to remember regarding Mass in our church for the next few weeks. It is very important that we do everything we can to keep everyone safe.

If you are not feeling well or have been in contact with anyone with COVID please don’t attend the church.

It is now mandatory that everyone wears face covering at all times (including when singing).

Please keep to the social distancing guidelines on the floor. After Mass, please leave the church and courtyard as quickly as possible.

Following feedback from some of the parishioners and stewards we are making some changes to the church booking system:

  • 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 reduce the possibility of infection from others walking past those who are seated. This may mean that you might not get your ‘usual’ seat. If you have a particular requirement—such as mobility or a pushchair— just let the steward know.
  • Any pre-booked seats must be taken by 10 minutes before Mass begins. Seats not taken by this time will be released to anyone who comes. It has been known for pre-booked seats to remain untaken, resulting in others being turned away. Thank you very much for your understanding. Regretfully, we still have to wear masks at this transitional time. To book your place, please e-mail Ken Lowe.

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.

Sunday Evening Prayers on Zoom

... will begin again in the New Year


Benediction will begin again on the first Friday of every month after 10.00 Mass, starting in January.

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 Drink and Chat

... will begin again in the New Year

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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