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

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This Sunday we celebrate
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

A wee reminder: Masses next week are on Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 10.00am. Booking is still necessary and bookings should be made by Thursday 30yth September 2021. Booking requests to .

Mass Readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(26 September 2021)

1st Reading

Numbers 11:25-29 - If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets!.

2nd Reading

James 5:1-6 - The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheated.


Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 - Do not stop anyone from working a miracle in my name.

We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full on Universalis.
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A Reflection on today's Readings from Father Tony

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Christian Tolerance

Press cartoons often capture the underlying truth of a situation in greater depth than the TV reporters or the written word.

In 1990, in a war-torn Belfast, a cartoonist depicted an image of a Catholic priest, a Protestant minister and a Jewish rabbi; they were engaged in a heated theological discussion on peace. An angel appeared in their midst and said to them, “God sends you His blessings. Make one wish for peace and your wish will be fulfilled by the Almighty.” The Protestant minister said, “Let every Catholic disappear from our lovely island, then peace will reign supreme.” The priest said, “Let there not be a single Protestant left on our sacred Irish soil. That will bring peace to this island.” “And what about you, Rabbi?” said the angel. “Do you have no wish of your own?” “No,” said the rabbi. “Just attend to the wishes of these two gentlemen and I shall be well pleased.”

Today’s Scripture readings give us a strong warning against this jealousy, intolerance, hatred and scandal.

In the first reading, we find jealousy in its destructive form of envy. It raises its ugly head in Moses’ assistant and successor, Joshua, an army general whose image is mounted among the great generals of history in the US hall of fame at their military training college West Point.

In the Gospel we hear the strong warning of Jesus against giving scandal, especially to innocent children, the most vulnerable members of the community and novices in the Faith. Over the past 30 years Church and State shone a light on the damage perpetrated upon young children by leaders of religious groups, sports groups, schools, etc. Young lives have been ruined because we prevented these children coming to Jesus.

 If we are intolerant, jealous and full of envy, our children will grow into adults filled with intolerance, envy and jealousy. Jesus warned the Apostles, and us, about preventing the child from coming to him. We prevent them, not with physical barriers but much more seriously and subtlety, by filling their hearts, in imitation of us with envy, greed, intolerance and jealousy. God places a big trust in us when he invites us to take responsibility for the well-being, development and happiness of the young.    Our attitudes and values are what matters in carrying out this mission.  The child will mimic us.  How do I treat others.? These values are passed on not by lectures and sermons but by our relationships with all whom we meet. Witness is much stronger than discipline or theory.

Christian life is not served by rejection of other denominations or other ways of discipleship. The case for Christianity is not reinforced by those who claim that no good can happen beyond the boundaries of a particular faith. We can all take pride in the community to which we belong without denigrating the good work of those “who are not one of us”.

Jesus calls on each of us to be tolerant. Christian tolerance is not weakness or a lazy acceptance of the flavour of the month but it is doing the next right thing.

The first reading and the first part of the gospel touch on the gift of prophecy – being prophetic is not about foretelling the future, but speaking God’s word here and now, especially a word that challenges and calls to repentance. God’s Church is called to be prophetic rather than popular.

The Synod next month may test tolerance. Anyone hungry for a heated discussion need only raise the topic of the criteria for ministry in the church today. The gospel and first reading focus on this.  Before they know it, people will find themselves deluged with such complicated issues as lay ministry, women’s ordination, celibate priesthood, homosexual candidates, to name but a few. Such issues can hardly be resolved in a short reflection. But neither can they be ignored when the readings for the day actually raise the question of suitability for ministry. The readings force the question: Who is the right kind of priest? In a discussion I once heard, a priest in this diocese referred to a particular priest as “the right kind of priest”.  Perhaps a better question would be: What is the right kind of priest. What are the criteria for a Vocation?

And a Reflection on today's Gospel from Brother Michael Moore, OMI

Welcoming and accepting others

The gospel today begins with the disciples of Jesus giving out and complaining. They say to him; "Teacher, we saw someone healing in your in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." They don’t want to recognise the good that this person was doing, and they even want Jesus to approve of their actions and to accept them. The disciples are clearly threatened by this person’s success. They seem to be jealous and perhaps even insecure that someone who is not part their group is doing what they are meant to do and may be better at it than they are! But Jesus will not collude with their closed hearts and narrow minds. He plainly states his disapproval of their exclusive mentality and intolerance. He invites his followers to a much larger vision of God’s Kingdom when tells them; "Anyone who is not against is for us."

Following Jesus is not private personal privilege that is to be carefully protected. We do not have a monopoly on Jesus. Rivalry, power-seeking and jealousy have no place in the teaching of Jesus, the message of the gospel or what is to be a Christian. Acceptance of others and appreciation of their gifts, talents and achievements are essential. The challenge today for all of us from Jesus is to embrace difference, variety and diversity. Religious intolerance has been the cause of terrible suffering and discrimination for centuries and is still sadly present in our world and society today. We are called to do all we can to eliminate intolerance of all sorts, whether this is political, religious, racial or cultural.

It is all too easy for each of us to dismiss, disrespect and ignore others because they are different than we are. We can all take the religious and moral high ground to justify our actions. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their behaviour. They felt that they were better than others and frequently judged and dismissed others for being sinners and not being as religious as they were. They said and believed one thing and then did the very opposite; they were hypocrites.

The message and warning that Jesus gives his disciples is also meant for each of us today. As his followers today, we too are called and challenged to be welcoming and accepting of those who are different than we are. We are asked to embrace and promote difference and diversity. We will not be able to share and proclaim message of the gospel by rejecting others because they pray or worship in ways that are different than ours. We will never be able to promote God’s Kingdom if we dismiss those whose faith and religion are different than ours.

"You must speak the truth to one another, since we are all parts of one another…let your words be for the improvement of others… never hold grudges against others or call each other names. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as God forgives you in Christ." (Ephesian 4.25,29-32)

Who are those that I reject because they are different than I am? Can I rejoice when others succeed when I am unable to? As Jesus says to each of us today, "Anyone who is not against us is for us."


This weekend we welcome to God’s Family Mylo Joseph McGuinness who was baptised on Saturday. Congratulations to Mark and Kathleen McGuinness (McGuire) on the birth of their second child, a brother for Darcie Grace. May he bring you much joy and happiness in the years ahead.

Sacramental Programme 2021/2022

The Sacramental Programme will resume at St John Ogilvie's in November this year and is primarily for children who attend a non-Catholic school.

There are three separate classes in the Programmes for 2021/22: -

  • - Reconciliation – Primary 3 and above;

  • - First Holy Communion – Primary 4 and above; and

  • - Confirmation – Primary 7 and above.

If you wish your child to be enrolled for any of the classes then please send an email to Fr Tony Quinlan at by 15th October 2021.

Please include the following information: -

  • - Child’s name, date of birth, school and class; and

  • - Parent/Guardian’s names, address and contact telephone number.

Also, if you or any other families in the parish have a child preparing for these Sacraments in a Catholic school and intending to receive the Sacraments with their class, please inform Fr Tony so we can include these children in our prayers.

From the Archdiocese

Courses at Gillis Centre: Applications are about to close for courses run by St Mary’s University at the Gillis Centre Campus in Edinburgh. Why not improve your knowledge of the Catholic Faith with an MA in Theology? Teachers are invited to register now for MA Education courses as part of their continuing professional development. These are: Catholic School Leadership; Leading Innovation and Change; Pedagogy; Religious Education. Watch testimonies from students on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel by clicking here. And for more information about the courses please click here.

Dementia: Hope on a Difficult Journey: An event for those supporting friends or family with dementia will be held at the Gillis Centre, Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, from 2-4pm on Saturday 6 November. A talk will be led by Dr Adrian Treloar, and there will be a chance to share experiences before a time of prayer in St Margaret’s Chapel, onsite. Light refreshments will be served. The event is organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage and Families Commission. To register please click here

Safeguarding webinar: To learn more about "In God’s Image" v2, clergy, religious, church employees and volunteers across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in a national safeguarding webinar at 11am on Saturday 2 October. The Bishops of Scotland hope to use this opportunity to convey key messages about the document and to encourage everyone to reflect upon its implications for their own safeguarding role in the Church.

To read and/or download a PDF version of In God’s Image" v2, please click here.

To register for the webinar, please click here.


Fresh Start are now open again following lockdown and have a number of volunteer vacancies in Edinburgh across the range of their services in the Pantry/Thrift shop, Warehouse, Cookery Classes, Growing Spaces and Hit Squad. If you can lend a hand for even 1 day per month please phone 0131 476 7741 for further details.

To learn more about Fresh Start visit their website by clicking here.


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


SOME SYNOD SCENARIOS - only 1 remaining

Pope Francis has called for a ‘Synodal Church’ that listens, learns and shares mission. Synodality is a word that we may not have encountered too often but it simply means ‘to walk together’ and this was a vital component of the early Church. The Catholic Church in Scotland is scheduled to begin the Synodal process in October; so why not join us at the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre this September to get a view of how this might look at grass-root level in different parts of the world.

A View from Liverpool
Fr Philip Inch
(Synod Moderator for the 2020 Synod in Liverpool)

Tuesday 28th September, 7.30pm
Zoom & Facebook Live

Zoom Login Information or Meeting ID: 236 509 2814
Or join live on Facebook by clicking here.

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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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