St John Ogilvie's
A Roman Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Holy Mass

Welcome to St John Ogilvie's.
This Sunday we celebrate
the Twenty-Fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass is celebrated at St John Ogilvie's each weekend at 6.30pm on Saturday (Vigil Mass) and 10.00 am on Sunday. However, the need for social distancing means that only a limited number of "places" is available, and these have to be booked in advance.

To book a place for next weekend, 26th and 27th September, please contact Father Tony by phone or email by Wednesday 23rd September (Phone:0131 453 5035, Email: ).

If you have not already supplied your contact details, would you please do so now by completing the form immediately below.

Please be aware that the form does not go directly to Father Tony. It is redirected to him so please do not write anything private in the message box.

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The Oblates of Mary Immaculate are delighted to present a Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage beginning Saturday 19th of September to Wednesday 23rd of September.

Even though Covid-19 has prevented our pilgrimage from travelling to Lourdes this year, the Oblate Pilgrimage invites you to join with us online. Using the theme “Bringing Lourdes Home” we will use these few days to prayerfully bring Lourdes into our hearts and into our homes.

You will be able to join the pilgrimage events on our website - or if you prefer, on our facebook page or youtube channel (see links below). These events will be online and are brought to you by members of the Oblate family in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the island of the Jersey. While we would have loved to have been together in person for these events, we have maintained small groups in line with Covid-19 restrictions to ensure the safety of all. Please God we will all be together in Lourdes next year.

We invite you to send your petitions for the pilgrimage, either to or to the Mission Office, Oblate House of Retreat, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8 or to the Oblate Retreat Centre, Wistaston Hall, 89 Broughton Ln, Crewe, CW2 8JS, UK.

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To download the daily programme of events, please click here.
And click here for the Participant Booklet. If you intend to print this document, please be aware that it is 40 pages long.


We pray for all those in our country and throughout the world suffering from the Coronavirus. May its victims and their families be strengthened by the support of our community of faith and restored soon to full health. We also pray for our leaders and medical personnel who deal with the virus. May we keep calm and may we join together in solidarity with care and compassion to tackle this scare. This we ask in confidence though Christ our Lord.

And we are asked to pray The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help,
or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Hello Everyone!

This weekend, 19th and 20th September, Father Tony will once again deliver his homily in person from the church. But for those of you who cannot manage to Mass, Fr Tony's written homily can be found below just after the readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary time.

And just in case you've forgotten what Fr Tony looks like, here is a picture of him.

Offertory Collection

The Offertory collection last weekend came to £367.08. On line payments per BoS: July - £515 and August - £875. Thanks for your generous support during these Pandemic Days, much appreciated and will ensure we will be still here when we exit Lockdown. (Tony Quinlan)

A number of parishioners who are not yet ready to join in gatherings of large numbers, have asked how they could support the parish coffers at this time. Bank transfer is a simple and safe way if you wish to avail of it.

Bank details are:
Sort code: 80:02:27
Account: 00126337
Name: St John Ogilvie’s Church
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.

Parishioners can set up details themselves whether it’s a one-off payment or a monthly standing order. The standing Order can be cancelled at any time.

Golden Jubilee

The Parish Council had planned to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Parish in October 2020. The present uncertainty due to the continued spikes and forecasts of a second outbreak of the Coronavirus plus church and government regulations necessitates a change of plans. The celebrations will be postponed until we get the all clear to allow for safe gatherings of large numbers of people.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start are once again accepting donations but because of the restrictions still in force they can only take a limited range of goods. Please see artcle below for details, and please note that any donations you wish to make should not be brought to the church but should be taken direct to the Fesh Start warehouse. And you can still make a cash donation through Fresh Start's Just Giving page by clicking the Donate button.

As ever, a huge thank you to everyone who has and continues to support Fresh Start.

Marriage Preparation

Are you getting married? The Archdiocese is running marriage preparation courses on Saturday 17 October and Saturday 14 November, 10:30am-4:30pm. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions these are likely to take place online using Zoom. For an application form please contact Irene Furlong, 0131 623 8900, or download the form from the resources tab at

Bonus Ball

St John Ogilvie's Bonus Ball suspended from 29th March. If you have paid in advance your credit will be carried forward in the Parish Account until the reinstatement of the Bonus Ball after Scotland has been declared free of coronavirus.

Mass Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(20 September 2020)

1st Reading

Isaiah 55:6-9 - My thoughts are not your thoughts.

2nd Reading

Philippians 1:20-24,27 - Life to me is Christ; but death would bring me more.


Matthew 20:1-16 - Why be envious because I am generous?

We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full on Universalis.
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The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

A Homily from Fr Tony

Deserving our Rights

Matthew 20: 1 - 16

Parables are meant to make people stop and take stock. What does the story say to me? This parable is not about social justice or about how labourers should be treated. A parable makes points, and the details are not to be taken literally.

We often say that people don’t deserve welfare or food if they don’t work. We can be mean and stingy in judging what others deserve and need.

"Why be envious because I am generous?"

Jesus had a new way. We deserve our rights even when we do the least. The denarius was a day’s wage. It was enough to live on. There are certain rights we all have - to have food and to have an income/a job are two of them. The people in today’s Gospel wanted to work. We are rewarded by God for who we are, not for what we do.

Jesus’ vision is that everyone deserves to earn enough to live on.

To believe in a God who is an unconditional Friend, is to have the most liberating experience that one could imagine. On the other hand, to live in the presence of an avenging and threatening God would change us into the most dangerous and destructive neurotics. We need to learn not to confuse God with our own narrow and stingy plans. We sometimes wish to distort God’s unfathomable goodness.

That’s the way the kingdom of God grows. It grows within us in thanks and sharing. That’s what we pray at every Mass. Success for Jesus is not the amount we do, but that we do things with a FULL HEART.

This Gospel ultimately is not about our Lord talking to the Scribes and Pharisees, explaining God's generosity; nor is it about newcomers in the church being received on an equal footing.

The idea of paying exactly the same wage to those who worked ONE hour as those who worked all day defies all our sense of economics as well as FAIR PLAY.

Last week the parable was on FORGIVENESS – the steward who was forgiven his debt would not forgive his subordinate. Daily we pray the Our Father: -

  • forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others.
  • today give us our daily bread.

Both parables are subsumed into the Lord’s Prayer.

We are given no reason as to why the labourers at the 11th hour are still unemployed. Perhaps they turned up late. Not Trusted? Not promoting themselves? Weaklings? No matter, they all need their day’s wages.

When I worked in Liverpool in the late 50’s the dockers had just emerged from the system of the "employment pen". A high percentage of the men in the parish worked in the docks. They often spoke of their experience of how they gathered in a pen each morning waiting for the employer to arrive to select workers for the day. He chooses – "you, you and you" to unload the ships. The rest go home – "no work for you today". My parish was four miles from the docks and the men who had cycled down to the Mersey had to cycle back home without any wages, embarrassing for the individual, no money for the rent or food for his wife and children.

Today's Parable is not the logic of the world but as Isaiah says in the first reading "MY WAYS ARE NOT YOUR WAYS". Everybody should have their DAILY BREAD. "I AM GENEROUS. Why be envious because I am generous?"

In the "Merchant of Venice", Shakespeare puts words into the mouth of Portia in her conversation with Shylock, when he sought his "pound of flesh":-

Though justice be thy plea, consider this –
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation; we do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.

A conversion is required before we can begin to act like God, not an intellectual conversion, but a conversion of heart. Deal with others in the same way as God deals with us. God is LOVE.

For Jesus, surely, the parable has to do with God’s generosity, which transcends human standards. The parable ends at verse 15. The key to the parable is the last phrase: "Why be envious because I am generous."

It is the action of a man full of compassion for the poor. So too does God act for he is full of mercy. This is the message of the parable.

"We do not live in an equal world where everyone’s dignity is respected and everyone has equal opportunities. In this Season of Creation, we are mindful in particular of the world’s poor who suffer most as a result of environmental destruction – damage that is often caused by the comfortable lifestyles of others."

"Enlighten those who possess power and money,
That they may avoid the sin of indifference,
That they may love the Common Good,
Advance the weak,
And care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out."
(Pope Francis, "Laudato Si".)

A "Call to Action" from the Archdiocese

World Day of Migrants and Refugees (27 September 2020)

This year's World Day of Migrants and Refugees is on Sunday 27 September with Pope Francis' chosen theme:
"Forced like Jesus to flee", which focuses on the plight of internally displaced people.

Welcome each other, as Christ welcomed you (Romans 15:7)
In scripture, we read the account of the Holy Family fleeing Herod’s persecution. In every person forced to flee for safety, Jesus is present. In the face of the hungry, the naked and the destitute refugee and migrant, we are called to see the face of Christ who asks for our help.

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines the right for everyone to seek and enjoy asylum in other countries free from persecution. This right lies at the heart of contemporary work in this area.

Archdiocesan Working Group
The Archdiocese's Commission for Caritas, Justice and Peace has formed The Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers sub-group. It is committed to:

  • Finding ways to work with local parishes and other organisations to make life better for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
  • To educate ourselves and others about the problems facing displaced people and to communicate accurate information which conveys a positive message about the gifts refugees and migrants can offer.
  • To make links with other voluntary and public organisations with a parallel mission.

If you would be interested in joining the Commission’s working group, email

Taking Action in Parishes
There are a number of practical steps that you can take as an individual or parish community. Your parish could consider funding an asylum seeker or failed asylum seeker in need of support through the Refugee Survival Trust, at

Parish communities may wish to publicise or take part in a Befriending Programme. This could be a specific venture, or part of existing programmes such as soup kitchens or food banks. You can get support and access an online programme by emailing

Your parish can join local networks to show support for refugees through the New Scots Connect map and forum which can be found here.

Season of Creation 2020
(Creation Time)

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

The season starts 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

Throughout the month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home.

This year’s theme

For the 2020 Season of Creation, the suggested theme is "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope."

This year’s Season of Creation is a time to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social, and political ways of living.

A Message from Rome

Pope Francis said this about the Season of Creation: "This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew, a season to reflect on our lifestyles and a season for undertaking prophetic actions . . . calling for courageous decisions . . . directing the planet towards life, not death."

Pope Francis’ message, which calls us to attend to the immense hardship for the most vulnerable among us, is particularly relevant in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. As the world experiences deep uncertainty and suffering in the midst of a global emergency, we are called to recognize that a truly healthy recovery means seeing that everything is connected and repairing the bonds we have broken. We realize that we need to grow more and more in solidarity and take care of one another in fraternity.

We are asked during this special season to respond to the "cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, ".

We are encouraged to acknowledge that "living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience" (Laudato si’ 217).

Creation Time at St John Ogilvie's

Over the past 10 years, our Parish Justice & Peace Group has encouraged the community to turn our thoughts to "Care of our Common Home". This has been achieved through Prayer, Reflection and the Harvest Mass. Creation Time comes from the Vatican II Council, which is developed by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si (Praise the Lord).

This year, to help us "Stay Safe", we did not engage in such activities. However, there have been many of on-line events which have helped us to focus our minds and reflect on care for our common home. The final online event is on the 4th of October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Appropriately, it is about "Celebrating our kinship with the earth and every living creature". This event is hosted on Zoom. If you are not already familiar with Zoom you can learn about how to join an event by clicking here. You need to register for the event. The registration link is in the event description below.

4th October 2020
(The Feast of St Francis of Assisi)

Celebrating our kinship with the earth and every living creature

Let’s take some time to reflect on our connections to and kinship with creation, we, who are "poor earth born companions and fellow mortals" or even the "wee sleekit cowrin' tim' rous beasties".

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Online event via Zoom

Visit event website for more information and to register.

For more information visit about Season of Creation events visit SCIAF, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Season of Creation.

And here are a few simple steps you can take to help save the planet.

Suggestion 1

Save energy - Turn off the lights when not in use.

Suggestion 2

Re-use. You don't have to use an item just once

Creation Time 2020
Suggestion 3

Don't waste water. (But wash your hands frequently!)

Suggestion 4

Save more energy - Try cooking one-pot meals.

Some Good News from Fresh Start
Resuming taking LIMITED starter pack donations

We at Fresh Start hope you are all well and keeping safe during the last few months. Here at Fresh Start, we have been very busy since day one of lockdown providing people with emergency food packs.

Due to Covid 19, we had to stop taking donations to ensure everyone’s safety.

We are now pleased to say we would be delighted to start taking the goods listed below from our Church supporters (but please; only the goods listed below) and we do need to ask you to call in advance to get an appointment time to drop off your most welcome and much appreciated donations (0131 476 7741).

The reason we are only taking these specific goods is for the safety of our staff and if you give us goods that are not on this list we will not be able to accept them, as you may be aware it costs us money to get rid of goods we cannot use. However, this is mainly to keep the Fresh Start staff and volunteers as safe as we possibly can. We have worked hard during the crisis to put in place very strict safety procedures including the receiving of donations.

We will only take donations from Churches and not the general public at this point.

What we will take:

  • Mugs
  • Tumbler glasses
  • Small side plates
  • Large dinner plates
  • Soup / cereal bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shower gel
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Anti bac spray
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bleach

We do hope that you will be in position to assist us in starting taking donations as it is a vital way of us generating goods, but we also hope that you understand the new procedure at this moment in time.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further clarification.

Take care and stay safe.

Please note that donations of approriate goods should NOT be brought to St John Ogilvie's. They should be taken direct to the Fresh Start warehouse at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR. Tell them you are from St John Ogilvie's

Special Prayers to use
when you cannot attend a funeral

These Special Prayers can dowloaded as a PDF document by - clicking here.

Please also visit the Archdiocesan website for up-to-date information from the Archbishop.

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