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St John Ogilvie's Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin for Sunday 26 January 2020

Today is the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time,Year A

(Prayers & Readings page 127)

"They left their Nets and Followed Him"

Prayer for Unity: Forgiving God, set us free from the painful memories of the past, that wound our shared Christian Life. Lead us to reconciliation so that, through the Holy Spirit we may overcome hatred with love, anger with gentleness, and suspicion with trust.

God giver of life, we thank you for the gift of your compassionate love which soothes and strengthens us. We pray that our churches may be always open to receive your gifts from one another. Grant a spirit of generosity to all as we journey together in the path of Christian Unity. We ask this in the name of your Son who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

David Birchall, SJ

(Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow)

"LGBTQ+ and Catholic Tradition"
Thursday 6th February, 7.30pm 

Jakub Kolek: Donations to the Jakub Fund last week came to £705. Your support is much appreciated. Post-Christmas bank balances can be very low so please continue with this generosity in the hope that we will meet our target to assist with his medical expenses.

Concerts in the Cathedral – 6th/7th March: Two fantastic shows at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Proceeds in aid of the Cathedral. Tickets cost £25 per person, per event, available from Eventbrite.

Friday 6 March: Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

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Saturday 7 March: Barbara Dickson

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Twitter: Our Archdiocese now has a separate Twitter account. Follow it at the address @archedinburgh.

Modern Slavery event: - 5th February: An Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Training event takes place at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 5th February, 7.00-9.00pm. It features Alister Bull from the Global Anti-trafficking charity Hope for Justice. The evening will help participants identify signs of trafficking and exploitation and respond appropriately to help victims. Exploitation is happening in the Archdiocese and across Scotland and this is an excellent event to help people take practical steps to tackle it. Register for free on Eventbrite, the Archdiocesan Facebook, or by calling 0131 623 8900.

Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: - 8th February: A day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion takes place on Saturday 8th February, 11am-2:30pm at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. Father Jeremy Milne will be the main speaker and there will be a practical reflection followed by a Q&A session. Register on Eventbrite or on the Archdiocesan Facebook page. Alternatively, call 0131 623 8900.

Married Couples Retreat: - 15th February: "Together before the Lord - A Valentine's Day idea for married couples that goes beyond the usual dinner and movie". This takes place on Saturday 15th February 2020. The Marriage & Family Commission have invited Fr Bart Parys SVD to Edinburgh to lead an afternoon of prayer and reflection for married couples at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road. Fr Bart is currently a regional moderator for Domestic Church circles in Dublin and is an experienced leader of couples retreats. Register on Eventbrite. No charge.

St Catherine’s Appeal: Thanks to everyone for your very generous donations of towels & toiletries, to the homeless Project last weekend. The Sisters experience an ever increasing demand for the services they provide and are very grateful for your support.

Anniversaries: : Fr. O’Dowd, OMI, Fr. Feigherty, OMI, William Findlayson, Brian Sprott, Francis Rickis, Elsa Barrett, Raymond Duval, David Whyte, Charlie Parry, Baby Rosie Fyfe, Mary Mansfield, Dario Zappa, Martina Feeney, Philip Puzey, Mary Ann Baillie, Marie Annis, Philip Ewing, John Gallagher, Irene Koning, Fr. Smits OMI, Ina Dawson, Isabella Connor, Jim Ryan, Rose McMaster and Cilla Mitchell;




St John Ogilvie's Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin for Sunday 19 January 2020

Today is the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time,Year A

(Prayers & Readings page 125)

"The Witness of John"

Senior Citizens Annual Party: Saturday 25th January 12.00 Noon to 4.00 pm.

On this the Parish 50th Anniversary Year it would be wonderful to have a good Parish representation.

St. Joseph’s Parish Broomhouse: The Augustinian Fathers have announced that they will leave St Joseph’s Parish, which they have served since 1995. There will be a thanksgiving Mass in the parish on Thursday 19 March 2020, which also happens to be the 70th anniversary of that parish, and the 25th anniversary of the OSAs’ presence there. Their departure will take place on the Friday of Easter Week.

Concerts in the Cathedral – 6th/7th March: Two fantastic shows at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Proceeds in aid of the Cathedral. Tickets cost £25 per person, per event, available from Eventbrite.

Friday 6 March: Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

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Saturday 7 March: Barbara Dickson

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Church Unity – 18th to 25th January: Edinburgh Churches together will hold a service on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at 7.30 pm at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX. The guest preacher will be Rt Rev John Armes of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The theme is taken from the Acts of the Apostles Chp: 27 & 28. Reconciliation; Enlightenment; Hope; Trust; Strength; Hospitality; Conversion & Generosity.

St. Catherine's Appeal - Toiletries & Towels – 18/19th January: Donations of toiletries and used towels are invited today in support of St Catherine's Homeless Project and would be greatly appreciated by the Sisters and their clients.

Prayer for Unity: Forgiving God, set us free from the painful memories of the past, that wound our shared Christian Life. Lead us to reconciliation so that, through the Holy Spirit we may overcome hatred with love, anger with gentleness, and suspicion with trust.

God giver of life, we thank you for the gift of your compassionate love which soothes and strengthens us. We pray that our churches may be always open to receive your gifts from one another. Grant a spirit of generosity to all as we journey together in the path of Christian Unity. We ask this in the name of your Son who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gemma Simmonds, CJ

(Director of the Religious Life Institute at Cambridge University )
'Women in the Church’
Thursday 30th January, 7.30pm

Jakub Kolek: Last weekend we launched an appeal in aid of Jakub Kolek, a 4 year old boy, who lives with his parents and sister in the Calders. £63,000 is needed for medical care abroad. See image in church and also our chart which shows progress towards our £5,000 target. To date we have around £700 in the Fund. Envelopes are available for your donation.

"The man who moved the mountain began by carrying away small stones."

Beginning Experience: The Beginning Experience are holding a weekend for those who find themselves suffering bereavement through divorce, separation or widowhood. The weekend will take place from 13th - 15th March 2020, at Kinnoull Monastery, Perth. For details contact Catherine on 0130-665-3383 or e-mail: beginningexperiencescotland@hotmail.com. Completed Applications must be returned by 29th February.

Anniversaries: : Frank Chalmers, Edward McKay-Ferguson, Terry Cuthbert, James Fielding, Jean Power, Josephine Nichol, Maggie McSparron, Christine Murphy, John McDonald, Neil Harkins, Michael Henry, Gina Fortune, Mary McLaren, Salvatore Peschiera, Derek Sweeney, Patrick Mullan, Rose Downie, Teresa Nicol, Tony Boak, John Donoghue, Allen Young, Patrick Daly, Peter Donald, Jonathan Johnston McHugh, Nora Gielty, Fr Jim Ryan, Frances Rennie and Nancy Thomson.




St John Ogilvie's Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin for Sunday 12 January 2020

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year A

(Prayers & Readings page 118)

"Funding People for Change"

Senior Citizens Annual Party: Saturday 25th January 12.00 Noon to 4.00 pm.

On this the Parish 50th Anniversary Year it would be wonderful to have a good Parish representation.


Parish Bingo - 14th January: Returns from Christmas Break this Tuesday 14th January.



Gemma Simmonds, CJ

(Director of the Religious Life Institute at Cambridge University )
'Women in the Church’
Thursday 30th January, 7.30pm

David Birchall, SJ

(Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow)
'LGBTQ+ and Catholic Tradition’
Thursday 6th February, 7.30pm 

Suzie Stark

(CoS Chaplain at St Columba’s Hospice Edinburgh)
'End of Life Care’

St. Catherine's Appeal - Toiletries & Towels – 18/19th January: Donations of toiletries and used towels are invited next weekend 18/19th January, in support of St Catherine's Homeless Project and would be greatly appreciated by the Sisters and their clients.

Jakub Kolek: Jakub Kolek is a 4 year old boy who lives with his parents and sister in the Calders. Sepsis has impeded his ability to walk - see picture at the back of the church. Due to sepsis he lost all his toes and some of his fingers. There is no further treatment available for him on the NHS. His parents have been made an offer of surgery in the USA to strengthen his limbs. Cost of treatment is £63,000. Currently his family has raised £11,000. Our PPC decided to set a target for the Parish of £5,000 to be raised by donation before the 1st of March. Envelopes are available today at the back of the church. Please take one and ask your friends and families also to donate.

Saturday 8 February - Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: A day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion takes place on Saturday 8th February, 11am-2:30pm at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. Father Jeremy Milne will be the main speaker and there will be a practical reflection followed by a Q&A session. The day concludes with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and Confessions. Register on Eventbrite or on the Archdiocesan Facebook page. Alternatively, call 0131 623 8900.

Parish Council: No volunteers or proposals of new members at our inaugural meeting of the year.

The guidelines for term of office is 3 years, renewable for another three. Most of the current members have served 12 years. They deserve a break and you owe it to them to give them a rest. Your Parish NEEDS YOU.

Anniversaries: : Kitty O’Donnell, Vera Walker, Adeline Dewar, Bill Docherty, Fr. Ray McEvoy, OMI, Mary Scott, Jack Glen, Sarah Baxter, Owen McLeod, Archie Donald, George Blaney, Arthur McKay, Mary Hanlon, Margaret Deans, Frank Nagel, John Gahagan, Veronica Turner, Hugh McGonagle, Rose Jones, Frank Masson, David Norris, Keith Tranent, Francis Sawyer, William Dalrymple, Arthur James Davie, Alexander Moore, Aileen Goll, Vincent McDevitt and Fr Noel Coughlan..




St John Ogilvie's Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin for Sunday 5 January 2020

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, Year A

(Prayers & Readings page 115)

"God Revealed in Christ"

Day of Prayer for Peace: In Scotland today 5th January the Feast of the Epiphany is a Day of Prayer for Peace.

A letter from Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway is available at the back of the Church. A collection for the work of justice and peace in Scotland will take place today at the Masses.

Parish Pastoal Council: Meeting of the PPC on Thursday next 9th January at 7.30 pm. Members of the council please collect your agenda and correspondence after Mass today.

Also at the beginning of the calendar year we endeavour to refresh membership of the PPC. We welcome proposal of names for membership. Names can be given to any member of the current council or placed in the Suggestion Box at the back of the church.

Senior Citizens Annual Party: Saturday 25th January 12.00 Noon to 4.00 pm.

Bioethics Day - 25 January 2020

What's the Catholic view of assisted suicide and how crucial is palliative care in resisting the culture of death? Dr David Jones, director of Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, will discuss the major issues surrounding assisted suicide at a Bioethics Day event at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Hoad, Edinburgh, on Saturday 25th January. He will be joined by Evelyn Howie, a retired Senior Palliative Care Nurse, who will reveal the impact of palliative care in combatting the culture of death. The event is on from 11.Q0am - 2.30pm. Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bioethics-day-tickets-85946072015?aff=ebdssbeac or visit the events section of the Archdiocesan Facebook page. Alternatively call 0131 623 8900

Eucharistic Ministers Rota: New rota available at the back of the Church. Please take envelope with your name on it.

Canon James Friel RIP: The remains of the late Canon Jim Friel will be received at St Mary's Haddington on Sunday 5TH January 2020 at 5:00pm. The Requiem Mass will be offered on Monday 6th January at 12.00 noon, with the burial taking place immediately afterwards in St Mary's Cemetery, Haddington at 1:15 pm. May he rest in peace.

Catholic Directory: Th catholic Directory for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is available at the back of the church. Cost £3.00.

Oblate Calendat 2020: The 2020 Oblate Calendar is available at the back of the church today, take one for yourself and your friends FREE.

Church Unity: Edinburgh Churches Together invite you to 2020 unity service. The service will be held on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at 7.30 pm at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX. The guest preacher will be Rt Rev John Armes of the Scottish Episcopal Church. There will be refreshments following the service. The materials for this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been chosen by the churches of Malta and Gozo. The theme is taken from the Acts of the Apostles when St Paul and those with him encountered unusual kindness from the inhabitants of those islands where he was shipwrecked.

Anniversaries: : John Prior, Nancy Johnston, Mary Duffy, Sr Mary Celine Ryan, Ross Graham, Rachel Conroy, Baby Connie Kimberley Wright, Agnes McWilliams, Hugh Boyle, Mary Birminingham, Peggy Paddock, James Kidd, John Cochrane, Bernard O'Donnell, Nnabyenyi Peter Ugwu, Cathy Sweeney, Alice Payne, John Brogan, Daniel McManus, Bett Sutherland, Nicholas Saddler, David Bowman, Teressa Inglis, Richard Hughes, Terry Tinney, Mary and Robert Smith, Bella Ward, John Hunter, Michael Quinn, Evan Jones and Patricia Agu.