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 17th 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 28th July 2021. Booking requests to .

Margaret Brogan

It was with great sadness that we learned last weekend of the death of Margaret Brogan. Margaret was one of the original parishioners of St John Ogilvie's in 1970. Throughout her many years in the parish, Margaret worked tirelessly in support of the parish and of its parishioners. She was a kind and loving person. Margaret will be missed by her many friends here in the parish and by all who knew her. Our sympathies go out to her family. May she Rest in Peace.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

This Sunday, 25 July, the Universal Church celebrates the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on which we are all invited to celebrate and give thanks for the role and contribution of grandparents and elderly people make to their families and our parishes.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis addressed a message to grandparents and elderly people. You can read the message by clicking here.

And scroll down and read Father Tony's homily on the theme of grandparents

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.

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 World Day for Grandparents and Elderly People. 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
  • Fr James Tracey (St Joseph’s, Burntisland) has been appointed as the new Loudres Pilgrimage Director.
  • Applications are now being accepted for courses at St Mary’s University, Gillis Centre. Courses start in September so be quick - click here.
  • Pope’s Prayer for July: Social Friendship - a video message from Pope Francis - click here.
  • COP26 - the twenty sixth conference on Climate Change. It takes place in Glasgow in November. Briefing for Faith Communities available - click 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.

Five Upcoming Zoom Events

Breathe – Fresh Air for All: Let’s talk about the climate emergency
July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Embracing Greener Travel – Electric Vehicles
July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Creation Calls the Tune (Part 1)
August 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Making Things Last
August 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Creation Calls the Tune (Part 2)
August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For more information and to register, please click here.

Mass Readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(25th July 2021)

1st Reading

2 Kings 4:42-44 - They will eat, and have some left over.

2nd Reading

Ephesians 4:1-6 - One Body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God.


John 6:1-15 - The feeding of the five thousand.

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 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis asked Catholics worldwide to keep Sunday 25th of July as a Day to remember and honour Grandparents. It is the day nearest to the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne [26th July] the parents of the Virgin Mary. The Pope says “the voice of the elderly is precious because it sings the praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples”.  “The elderly”, he continued, “remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between the different generations, to pass on to the young the experience of life.”

The theme chosen by the Pope for reflection today is “I am with you always” (Mathew 28:20). I am with you always, is a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can mutually share.  Not only are grandchildren and youth invited to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission where by their witness and prayer encourage young people in their faith journey. 

In a TV interview last week Dominic Cummings revealed that at the height the Coronavirus pandemic, the inner circle at 10 Downing Street, gave priority to the economy over health. According to Cummings, the Prime Minister did not seem to show an appropriate level of concern as “the people dying from Covid19 were mostly all over 80 years of age”. A clear clash on priorities between Pope and Prime Minister.

Both my grandfathers died before I was born. I remember my grandmothers dressed in their widows’ “black weeds” all their lives. It was only years afterwards that I could appreciate how each of them, as young widows, could run a business and raise a family in Ireland during a war of Independence and a Civil war and emerge as people who loved you.

Some years back I was working in Liverpool. A parishioner came to ask if her mother could have a Requiem at the church. I readily agreed and prepared a liturgy for the occasion. The family selected some of her favourite hymns and gave me a brief biography of the lady. I spoke with some of her teenage grandchildren who told me what their granny meant to them. They agreed to contribute a few sentences on their granny during the Mass. The biography that was given by me from her daughter was so bland compared with the eulogy snippets contributed by her grandchildren: -

  • If I was being disciplined by my mother or father it was always easier if my granny was there.  
  • When my first boyfriend ended our relationship I thought it was the end of the world, but my granny told me about her disappointments in love and told me it was part of the experience of every teenager.
  • When I failed an exam my granny told me that she wasn’t the brightest in the class and that the only way you will go from here is up.

Once this shared homily began, other grandchildren from the family walked up to the altar to make their spontaneous contribution; and finally, the pièce de résistance was from a little five-year old girl who made her way to the microphone to say “I loved my granny and my granny loved me”.

Afterwards the woman’s family said they came to see a side of their mother of which they had not been aware.

Pope Francis suggests that we mark Grandparents Day with the planting of a shrub, a flower or a Tree. Here in St. John Ogilvie’s Parish we planted two Cherry Blossoms at the entrance to the church in memory of Sister Margaret and Sister Cecilia who served in this parish for 25 years. Every time I open the church door I remember them with gratitude. When the Coronavirus subsides, I intend to propose to the Parish Council that we plant a tree in the church grounds in memory of all our grandparents. Maybe when we pass it on our way to Mass it will stir up gratitude in our hearts.

Prayer composed by the Pope for the feast.

Lord Jesus,
You were born of the Virgin Mary,
The daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families,
For the Church and for all society.
Support them! As they grow older,
May they continue to be for their families
Strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals,
Living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
That they may pass on to future generations the fruits
Of their mature human and spiritual experience.

Lord Jesus,
Help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
But always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
In all the years of life that you give them.
Mary, mother of all the living,
Keep grandparents constantly in your care,
Accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
And by your prayers, grant that all families
May one day be reunited in your heavenly homeland,
Where you await all humanity for the great
Embrace of life without end. Amen.


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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