Updated 17 April 2021
Our Lady of Compassion is OPEN
The Church is open but booking is essential as places are limited. To attend Mass in church you will need to book and sit in your allocated place - this includes the weekday services. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Initially, due to the previous high demand it will only be possible to book one Mass at a time. There are only 17 benches available giving a maximum of 60 places. If you are able get to a weekday Mass, please leave the weekend ones for those parishioners who are unable to attend during the week.
A few reminders for those attending Mass:
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Keep a 2-metre space
- Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church
- At communion, please follow the Steward’s guidance; try to keep the line moving thereby avoiding standing next to someone seated
- On receiving the Blessed Sacrament please follow the guide from the Bishop’s Conference: ‘The communicant should unloop their face covering and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to their pews in an orderly manner’.
To book your place please email Ken Lowe or, if you do not have email, telephone Ken on 01799 528441.
If you are unable to attend in person, please join us online. It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
Live streaming of Mass
From this weekend (Palm Sunday) all weekend Masses 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.
All weekend Masses will also be 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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