The Parish of Our Lady of Pity

Parish Priest: Canon Mark Hackeson
The Presbytery
31 Station St
Swaffham PE37 7HP

© 2019 by Our Lady of Pity


Parish Priest :
Canon Mark Hackeson

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Weekly Newsletter

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Mass Times


5:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass:

(Methodist Church, 57 High St, Watton, IP25 6EJ)

Sunday - 8:30 am, 10:30.am

Holy Days:


10:00 am, 7:00 pm

Daily Mass:

As announced in the weekly Newsletter.

Saturday Morning Mass, 9:15 am 

(Except 1st Saturday of the month)


Exposition and Benediction:


Saturday, after Mass,

9:45 am -10:15 am


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)


Saturday, after Exposition & Benediction, 10:15 am -10:45 am and by appointment.


Parish Finances During this Period of National Emergency


As I am sure you are aware, the Parish depends upon your weekly donations to cover the cost of furthering the mission of the Parish, the payment of utility bills, the maintenance of our buildings, and providing for me, your priest. 


I am endeavouring to ensure that our outgoings at this are limited:  the heating in Church and in our Parish Rooms has been switched off for a week now, our use of candles, altar wine and altar breads are obviously reduced to the absolute minimum.  The Presbytery alone is now heated, and as the weather gets warmer, like everyone else the use of the central heating will be discontinued.  However, there will continue to be a need to cover the utilities for the Presbytery and the standing charges on our various accounts.  The Diocesan Levies will also have to paid so that the Diocese can continue to support all our parishes, outreach and schools.


 With regards to my own expenses, these will be somewhat reduced as like everyone else, I will be endeavouring to limit my excursions out to what is absolutely necessary.   However, food and my  monthly allowance of around £400, and any mileage incurred on pastoral visits and funerals will continue to be covered.


It is embarrassing, but necessary, to have to write to you to ask that you consider ways in which you can continue your financial support of the parish during this time when we are concerned about the immediate health and safety of our nearest and dearest.  There are three ways in which you can continue to support the parish:

  1. By taking out a Standing Order, so that your weekly offering is paid directly by your bank into our Parish Account.  If you wish to receive a form, then please contact me by email ( ourladyofpity@btinternet.com ) or by telephone ( 01760 721418 )at the Presbytery and I will provide you with the necessary information.

  2. By paying via our Parish Website.  Click on the Donate Button below and follow the simple instructions.

  3. By putting aside your weekly offering and bringing it along when next we can gather together for Mass.   New boxes of weekly offering envelopes for those who Gift Aid are now available.  If you wish to receive this then please let me know so that we can arrange to get them to you.


Thank you for the support you give both financially, prayerfully and practically to support our Parish Life.  May God bless and protect you and your families.


Canon Mark Hackeson