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

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

As part of its involvement in the wider Justice and Peace community, our Parish Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group participates in local and national events. The members of the Group also encourage other Parishioners to participate through bringing to their attention the various events and campaigns in which J&P bodies are active.

The main way that these events and other activities are brought to the attention of the Parish is through the weekly Parish Bulletin and via the J&P notice board at the back of the church. Our Parish J&P Group members also keep Parishioners up to date with what is happening on the J&P front through discussions after Mass and at other times.

But we thought Parishioners might find it helpful to have an additional source of J&P information via the Parish website.

JPIC Group: The Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation Group invite you to consider joining the group. New members are required and would be very welcome. If you are interested or would like to find out more about the group please speak to either Fr. Tony or Trish Muirhead.

Annual Harvest Mass 2018

This year’s Annual Harvest Mass was held on the weekend of 29/30 September with the theme of "Passing on our Planet – God’s Gift to Us". We celebrated in traditional St John Ogilvie's fashion with parishioners generously giving gifts of fresh and tinned food for those who may need it (see more photos on Home page). Some of the tinned food will be held in the parish for those who call for something to eat for themselves and their families, and the remainder, along with the fresh food, will go to St Catherine's Convent where they feed 200 homeless people each day. Thank you parishioners for your continued support of this project.

Fresh Start Drama: A presentation/drama to P2 children of Murrayburn School on the work of Fresh Start took place in the church on Tuesday 30th October 2018. This was well received with the children enthusiastically taking part. A number of thank you cards prepared by the children were delivered to the JPIC Team.

Fresh Start Appeal 17/18th November - World Day For The Poor: An appeal for starter pack donations to Fresh Start was very generously supported by the parish at the weekend of 17/18th November, on the Pope’s World Day for the Poor. Fresh Start were very grateful for the donations. Thank you.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade Stall and Christmas Hamper

Thanks to everyone for your tremendous support at the FairTrade Stall on the weekend 1st/2nd December. Total sales amounted to £357.45.

Raffle tickets at £1.00 per strip remain available for the Fair Trade Christmas Hampers the proceeds of which will be donated to St Catherine’s Homeless Project, at Lauriston, Edinburgh. Draw will take place after the 11am Mass on 23rd December. Good luck!

Red Wednesday: In support of the "Aid to the Church in Need" campaign our Parish morning Mass on Thursday 29th November was offered for the intention of all persecuted Christians and faith minorities who suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs and often prevented from attending Mass.

SCIAF Real Gifts

Make your gifts matter this Christmas. SCIAF's Real Gifts make excellent presents while helping families in poor countries free themselves from hunger, poverty, and injustice. SCIAF's Christmas Real Gifts catalogues available at the back of the church.

Creation Time – Greenpeace Campaign: As you are probably aware, single use plastic is choking our oceans and killing our sea life. Greenpeace invite you to join their "Shoppers Revolt" campaign and let the supermarkets know that we have had enough of pointless plastic by simply returning your plastic packaging to your local supermarket's customer service desk. If enough of us take this simple action the supermarkets will realise that their customers care about the environment do not want this packaging. There are alternatives and by increasing the pressure on the supermarkets the big bosses have the power to make the change to protect our planet.

Parish Food Cupboard: JPIC Group have agreed to take responsibility for the management of the parish food cupboard including purchasing the stock and stock rotation.