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

Welcome to St John Ogilvie's.

This Sunday we celebrate
the 11th 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 Wednesday 16th June 2021. Booking requests to .


We welcome to God’s Family Salis Fleming D’ Souza who was Baptised this weekend. Congratulations to Larson and Philomena of Calder Crescent on the birth of their son. May he bring you much joy and happiness in the years ahead.

From the Scottish Churches Housing Action

The Scottish Churches Housing Action has emailed all 129 MSPs who were recently elected to the Scottish Parliament. As well as congratulating them on their (re)election and introducing them to the work of Scottish Churches Housing Action, we outlined our five main recommendations for policymakers to take on board over this parliamentary term.

You can add your support to this by emailing your MSP encouraging them to make homelessness a priority and create long lasting change and drawing to their attention SCHA’s recommendations. Find out more by clicking the button below.

Over the past few months, five of our young people have been involved in the Sacratmental programme preparing for First Holy Communion. We now plan to have First Communion on Sunday 20th June 2021 (subject to any Covid restrictions).

To learn more about the Sacramental Programme generally, click the button below.

Hello Everyone!

Father Tony will once again deliver his homily live now that the church has reopened for public worship. But you can still read it on this website. This week Father Tony gives us a reflection for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It can be found immediately below the Readings panel.

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

News from the Archdiocese
St Mary’s University:
Masters courses in Theology and Education will begin in September at the Gillis Centre Campus in Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, run by St Mary’s University in partnership with the Archdiocese. All information is available on the St Mary's University website: click here.

COP 26:
Scotland’s Bishops have announced their intention to set up a 'Care of Creation Office' ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow later this year.COP26 is the twenty sixth conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is to take place at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. It has been widely reported that Pope Francis is expected to attend, though this has not yet been confirmed. A briefing for Faith Communities can be found by clicking here.

Archdiocesan online events are recorded and posted on YouTube - click here.

Offertory Collection

A number of parishioners have asked how they can support the parish at this time. Bank transfer is a simple and safe way to make a donation, either one-off or on a regular basis through standing order.

If you wish to use this method, here are the bank details:
Sort code: 80:02:27
Account: 00126337
Name: ST JOHN OGILVIES (use block capitals)
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.

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

Mass Readings for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(13th June 2021)

1st Reading

Ezekiel 17:22-24 - I will plant a shoot on the high mountain of Israel.

2nd Reading

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 - We want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord.


Mark 4:26-34 - The kingdom of God is a mustard seed growing into the biggest shrub of all.

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 Homily from Fr Tony

The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Kingdom

If you want to drive a New Testament scholar crazy, start talking about how we bring about the kingdom of God. Such talk is both unbiblical and bad theology. It is God’s kingdom to establish when and how God sees fit. Our task (and privilege) is to bear witness to and co-operate in God’s work as best we can.

While we must work always for the kingdom of God, and while it is true that programmes and plans are necessary, we are always in danger of taking our efforts and ourselves too seriously as if WE bring in the Kingdom of God. It is God’s Kingdom.

Oscar Romero’s Pastoral Plan
(Martyred Archbishop of San Salvador 1980)

El Salvador at that time was under Military Dictatorship. To encourage People and Priests, the bishop set out a Pastoral Plan:-

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

When I first visited Brazil in the early 80’s, it was under Military Rule. The authorities appointed a secret service person to attend the Sunday Mass, to report the content of the homily to the government by Monday morning. Some priests said that it greatly improved the quality of their homilies. I met with the local bishop and shared with him that this must be a concern and a limitation in the preaching of the Gospel. “I don’t worry”, he said “the people are the microphone of God."

As we move towards the end of Lockdown, many people have said to me it will be great when we return to NORMAL. But I wonder perhaps what is “NORMAL”? Normal may be the problem. When we were in “normal” state, we left homeless people sleeping rough in our city streets, we experienced the indignity of feeding people through foodbanks, by tariffs we created an unfair market for poorer countries to get their produce to the marketplace.

We became involved in wars between East and West by using poor countries as theatres of war to test out our latest mass destructive weapons of war.

The Gospel in today’s Mass has two agricultural parables. Parables are a teaching technique, not to provide information but rather invitations, to pray and listen. The point of the parable was to subvert and invert our assumptions about people, the world, God and the church, e.g. the Good Samaritan. For Jesus, listening was not about taking something in through the ears. It is more about receiving through the heart - where love is lodged. Not informative but performative. This kind of listening was never more needed in our Church and World than it is today. Many feel alienated, excluded and uninvited because of our narrow agendas of indifference.

Jesus met with resistance in his day from those closest to him as well as from those intent to ruin his plan of God’s kind purpose for us – The Kingdom. How would Jesus respond to us? Everything around us today is designed to ensure that we stay distracted by the shallow, the superficial and the sensational. We take in more through TV and Computer screens than through the earthy soil that we stand on every day! God’s mustard seed of love is like a life that blossoms in surprising ways - beyond our imagining.

Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si", on care of our Common Home, reminds us that Jesus “was in constant touch with nature, showing it an attention full of fondness and wonder. People of his day preferred the image of the lofty “cedars of Lebanon” to explain God’s kingdom. Mustard plants, however, only stand a few feet tall. Jesus is turning the ideals of power and triumph on their head. There is an ancient text which forbade planting of mustard seed in Palestinian gardens because the shrub takes over wherever it is planted and attracts unwanted birds. The diet of the bird is fruit and berries.

This mustard seed image of God’s dream for this world is one which suggests that it will grow even in places where it is not wanted, putting cracks in mighty structures. G7 gifting the Vaccine to poorer nations? Where do I stand?


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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