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

Welcome to St John Ogilvie's

This weekend we celebrate
the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

The Ukrainian Crisis

A prayer for peace in Ukraine

O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace. Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts. May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen

Fresh Start have been asked to produce more Starter Packs for Bethany who are helping Ukrainian families to settle here, in Edinburgh. They therefore urgently need donations of the following items:

Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, single and double bedding (no duvets or pillows please), blankets, throws, towels, curtains, cleaning, toiletries and food items, and small electrical items such as toasters, kettles, microwaves, hand blenders/mixers long-life food items.

All donations should be taken to the warehouse on Monday – Thursday between 9am-4pm. Please mark on any food donations "Fresh Start Pantry".

The Fresh Start warehouse is located at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 4BR.

Please take your donations direct to the warehouse and not to the church.

SCIAF Petition - Covid Vaccines

SCIAF are urging the public to sign their petition in support of fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

To learn more about this and to sign the petion, please click here.

Masses at St John Ogilvie's next weekend are on Saturday 20th August at 6.30pm and Sunday 21st August at 10.00am.

Weekday Mass, Monday to Friday, is at 9.00am.

A number of parishioners have asked about making their contribution to the parish via bank transfer. Here then are the bank details:

Sort code: 80:02:27
Account: 00126337
Name: ST JOHN OGILVIES (use block capitals)
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.
Mark your transfer offertory, pledge, donation or whatever.

The Parish Newsletter now has its own page!

Blessed are you when you smile at me
- for then I know I’m welcome.

Blessed are you when you look at me with love
– for then I know I am special.

Blessed are you when you wait for me
- for then I know I belong.

Blessed are you when you ask me for help
- for then I know I matter.

Blessed are you when you are gentle with me
- for then I am sure that I am loved.

Blessed are you when you believe in me
– for then I know that I am valued.

Blessed are you when you hold my hand
- for how else can I feel God’s compassion?

Mass Readings for the Feast of the Assumption
(Celebrated on Sunday 14 August 2022)

1st Reading

Apocalypse 11:19,12:1-6,10 - A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman adorned with the sun.

2nd Reading

1 Corinthians 15:20-26 - Christ will be brought to life as the first-fruits and then those who belong to him.


Luke 1:39-56 - The Almighty has done great things for me.

We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full on Universalis.
Click button to go to Universalis.

A reflection on today's Gospel is coming soon

From the Archdiocese

Synod - Archdiocesan Report

The Archdiocesan synod report has been published and a PDF version can be found by clicking here. The report will be submitted to the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. Archbishop Cushley sends thanks to all who helped facilitate and implement the synodal process in our Archdiocese.

Marriage Preparation
If you’re preparing for marriage please speak to the parish priest, giving at least six months’ notice. A marriage preparation course is a requirement for those wishing to be married in the Catholic Church. You can register now for one of the courses hosted by the Archdiocese. Please click here.

MA in Applied Catholic Theology
Apply now for the MA in Applied Catholic Theology. It is being offered by St Mary’s University in partnership with the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, beginning in September. Teaching is flexible and the programme is suitable for graduates of most academic disciplines. To find out more please click here.

Schola Cantorum sings MacMillan
This recital takes place at 7:30pm on Monday, 15 August, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. In the course of this recital at the Cathedral, Sir James McMillan, Scotland’s most distinguished composer, will discuss the relation between faith and music with Michael Ferguson, Director of the Schola Cantorum. For details, click here.

Festival Mass – 21 August
Archbishop Cushley will celebrate the Festival Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral at midday on Sunday 21 August, followed by a reception in Coffee Saints café.

Venerable Margaret Sinclair
The national Venerable Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage is on Sunday 18 September. More details will follow soon. Find out more about this holy Edinburgh woman at

Relics of St Bernadette
Carfin Grotto will host the relics of St Bernadette from 24 September until 2 October, the only Scottish venue to receive the relics. This will coincide with the centenary of the Grotto on 2 October. Carfin Grotto is situated in the Parish of St Francis Xavier's in the village of Carfin, near Motherwell, and is Scotland's National Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. Visit

Please see other news items from the Archdiocese in this week's Parish Newsletter.

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

Free Debt Help in Scotland - Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

For over 20 years, CAP has been providing free debt help in Scotland. CAP Scotland helps hundreds of people get out of debt every year, equipping them to withstand whatever storms may come their way in the future.

All CAP services are run through local churches. Our local CAP centre is based at Holy Trinity Church in Wester Hailes serving the west side of Edinburgh, including our parish area.

CAP also run a Job Club service. The Job Club is a friendly place where clients can get practical help as they seek employment. It's a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other jobseekers, get support and gain the tools they need to find work.

For more information visit

Join OLIO – and help reduce food waste

OLIO is an app designed to reduce the amount of food (and non- food) items going to landfill. You can download the free app which allows you to request and collect free food within your local area.

Food is collected by OLIO ‘Food Waste Heroes’ from local supermarkets/stores when ‘Use By’ or ‘Best Before dates are reached. OLIO ‘Food Waste Heroes’ then post items on the app and anyone can request them. You, too can share free food and non-food household items with local people through the app.

OLIO can be downloaded, free, from whatever app store you normally use. More information is available at the app store or at

LINKnet Mentoring (Scottish Charity Number: SC029440) is the first and the only direct mentoring organisation that is established to serve minority ethnic communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife. It was established in 2000 to serve disadvantaged ethnic minorities in their pursuit of development. Over the years thousands have taken part in various mentoring programmes, education and employment mentoring being the core programme.

For more information visit LINKnet's website by clicking here.


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.

Please continue 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.

Special Prayers to use
when you cannot attend a funeral

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

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