Updated 31 July 2021
Our Lady of Compassion is OPEN
Easing of restrictions
As of 19 July the Government changed the Covid restrictions rules. Responsibility has now moved to a local level.
All through this pandemic, we have followed the guidelines issued by the Bishops Conference and our health and safety advisors. As a result, will now be able to hear Fr. Davidís sermon and have bidding prayers again. We have examined the options open to us but with the limited ventilation in our church building and the rising rates of infection in our area we will have to keep all other measures in place until the situation improves.
Therefore, it will still be necessary to prebook your places for weekend Masses. There is usually plenty of room for the weekday services.
Please continue to wear a mask, sanitise your hands and follow the one-way system.
We realise that this is disappointing, but we are far from being free from the virus. We will monitor the situation regularly and hopefully we can get back some form of normality soon.
It is still necessary to book for all weekend services and face coverings (properly worn) are still required.
To attend a weekend Mass in church you will need to book and sit in your allocated place. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Week day Masses are not usually full, so please just turn up.
Early booking is helpful to give time for the seating plan to be distributed and printed for the Stewards. It is also helpful if you email Ken if you can no longer attend, as it may be possible to offer your seat to someone else.
To book your place please email or, if you do not have email, telephone Ken on 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
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.
All weekend Masses are also live-streamed to our YouTube channel.
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 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
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 ĎEasterí 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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