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 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

But first ............

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 2nd July at 6.30pm and Sunday 3rd July at 10.00am.

Weekday Mass, Monday to Friday, is at 9.00am (but see below).

Wednesday 29th June is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be at 10.00am only that day.

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 offertory, pledge, donation or whatever.

The Parish Newsletter now has its own page!

Mass Readings for 13th Sunday, Year C
(26 June 2022)

1st Reading

1 Kings 19:16,19-21 - Elisha leaves the plough to follow Elijah.

2nd Reading

Galatians 5:1,13-18 - When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free.


Luke 9:51-62 - Jesus sets out for Jerusalem.

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

In recent weeks many dioceses throughout the world have published their report on Synod 2023. Today you will find the report of our diocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh on our Parish Web. One sentence common to most reports is that people want shorter homilies/ sermons. I have decided to take note of that.

The Gospel of today’s Mass opens a new section of St. Luke. “Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem.” This journey will lead to his passion and death. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his destiny and accepts it from God. Historically, Jerusalem was the place where  Prophets were killed.  The civil and religious authorities didn’t want to hear the message of the Prophets.

The 90-mile journey to Jerusalem was not a travel guide, like Michael Portillo on TV giving the history and topography of the route. Luke rather tells us about the people Jesus met on the way, and how he treated them. It says to us go and do likewise.

We are not called to be a Marco Polo but rather invited to blossom where we are planted. Rather than focus on the destination our real life is about how we relate to those whom we meet on the way and what happened along the way and how we relate to them.

Chaucer’s 14th century “Canterbury Tales” is somewhat similar where stories with a moral are told by the participants. A prize is promised for the best story.  They never arrive at Canterbury to collect their prize.

The Samaritans in today’s Gospel had a long-standing antipathy towards the Jews. Because they married pagans, the Jews regarded them as a mongrel race – often called dogs. James and John reported back to Jesus that they were not welcomed and asked “should we call down fire from heaven and burn them up?”.  Jesus says “NO”. Times and attitudes have changed.

This is why in the Gospel we have the account of “The Good Samaritan” who cared for the man who fell among robbers when the Priest and Levite (professionals) passed by on the other side.

The 3 would-be followers whom Jesus invited:

  • I will follow you wherever you go.
  • it wasn’t that the father’s funeral was imminent -  no, it could be years before his father would pass on.
  • I want to say goodbye to my people.

Lack of commitment from all three. If we are Kingdom People we must start now, living the Way the Truth and the Life.

Whoever has put his hand to the plough and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

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.

The priestly ordination of Deacon Josh Moir will take place at Our Lady and St Andrew, Galashiels, on Tuesday 28 June, 7:00pm. Please keep him in your prayers ahead of this special occasion for the Archdiocese.

And looking further ahead

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
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

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

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


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.

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

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