Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion



Updated 2 July 2022

Our Lady of Compassion is OPEN

Attending Mass

Following a review of the current situation we can now relax the restrictions a little. Please remember that if you are not feeling well STAY AT HOME!

  • Masks: It is your decision whether you wear a mask when attending Mass.
  • Hand Sanitisation: Please continue to use the hand sanitiser when entering and exiting church and when using the Holy Water stoop.
  • Ventilation: We will continue to have all the windows and doors open to maintain good ventilation. The air filters will be run as now.
  • One-Way System: We ask you to keep to the one-way system as it seems to work well for normal movement around the church.

Thank you all for your co-operation over the past months and let us hope and pray that we are starting to see the end of this terrible time.

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

Sunday obligation

From Pentecost Sunday, the Bishops of England and Wales have reinstated the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This does not apply to those who have Covid, or long Covid, the vulnerable or the shielding nor, obviously, the sick and housebound.

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.

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.

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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