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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Masses next weekend are on Saturday 29th January at 6.30pm and Sunday 30th January at 10.00am. Booking is not necessary.

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.

Diploma in Catechetics

Catholic Faith -

  • Live classes each Thursday from the comfort of your home

  • Regular one-to-one support with course leaders

  • Guest speakers, Q&A sessions, Annual Retreat Day



The Archdiocesan Diploma in Catechetics starts again at the end of January. This Diploma has borne more positive fruit than any other initiative. Last year over 150 lay people from all over the Archdiocese participated. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

The Diploma, co-ordinated by Sr. Anna Marie, is a wonderful way for lay people in parishes to deepen in their understanding of the faith and to be prepared for leadership in our communities.

The classes start on 27th January and take place each Thursday at 7.30pm on zoom until 8th December (with a break over the summer holidays). The cost is £200 (students £150) for the entire year – but reductions and bursaries are readily available. Contact for information about bursaries, student rates and scheduled payments. Also speak to Father Tony before registering.

Register simply through Eventbrite click here.

Each week, content is delivered via Zoom from a variety of instructors from all over the Archdiocese.

For a list of the modules and dates please click here.

After each module, participants have a one to one interview with Sr. Anna Marie, the course leader, to go over the content and revisit questions they may have.

The Parish Council has approved financial support for parishioners who wish to enrol for this course. Please speak to Father Tony if you are interested.

Parishioners at St John Ogilvie's are being invited to suggest topics for discussion at at a meeting to take forward the Synod within the parish. They are also being asked for their preferences on when the meeting should be held.

These invitations come in the second paper from the Parish Synod Committee. You can read and download the paper by clicking here.

You will need to refer back to the first paper from the Parish Synod Committee and this can be found by clicking here.

The Parish Newsletter now has its own page!

Fairtrade Fortnight

From the Fairtrade website: Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 will take place from February 21 to March 6 2022.

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Can you help us get the message out even louder this Fairtrade Fortnight? Sign up now to receive an invite to our preview event and be the first to hear about our headline events!

To learn more about Faitrade and about how you can help, please visit the Fairtrade website by clicking here.

A Gospel reflection from Father Tony

Jesus is different from the teachers of His time. For example, Jesus didn’t open a school for the study of the Law, but went about everywhere to preach and teach: in the synagogues, in the streets, in the houses. Jesus also differs from John the Baptist, who proclaims the imminent judgement of God, while Jesus proclaims the forgiveness of God.

And now we enter, into the synagogue of Nazareth, the village where Jesus lived until He was about thirty years old. What happened there is an important event, which defines his mission. He stood up to read the Holy Scripture. He opens the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and takes the passage where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Then, after a moment of silence full of expectation on the part of everyone, He says, to general amazement: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

To evangelise the poor: This is the mission of Jesus, according to what He Himself says; this is also the mission of the Church, and of every person baptised in the Church. To be Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing. To proclaim the Gospel, with words, and, even before that, with one’s life, is the principle end of the Christian community and of each of its members.

It is known that Jesus addresses the Good News to everyone, without excluding anyone; and yet, He privileges those who are furthest away, the suffering, the sick, those discarded by society.

Today [at Mass] we already had a reflection from Joe McGeough on current concerns in the universal Church, so I will simply quote from Joyce Rupp who wrote these verses reflecting on today’s Readings. 

Joyce Rupp. From “Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every Season”.

To my brothers and sisters in developing countries:
While I was deciding which oat bran cereal to eat this morning,
you were searching the ground for leftover grains from the passing wheat truck.

While I was jogging at the health centre,
you were working in the wealthy landowner's field under a scorching sun.

While I was choosing between diet and regular soda,
your parched lips were yearning for a sip of clean water.

While I complained about the poor service in the gourmet restaurant,
you were gratefully eating a bowl of rice.

While I poured my "fresh and better" detergent into the washing machine,
you stood in the river with your bundle of clothes.

While I watched the evening news on my wide-screen television set,
you were being terrorized and taunted by a dictatorial government.

While I read the newspaper and drank my cup of steaming coffee,
you walked the long, dusty miles to a crowded schoolroom to learn how to read.

While I scanned the ads for a bargain on an extra piece of clothing,
you woke up and put on the same shirt and pants that you have worn for many months.

While I built a fourteen-room house for the three of us,
your family of ten found shelter in a one-room hut.

While I went to church last Sunday and felt more than slightly bored,
you stood on the land with those around you and felt gratitude to God for being alive for one more day.

My brothers and sisters, forgive me for my arrogance and my indifference.

Forgive me for my greed of always wanting newer, bigger, and better things.

Forgive me for not doing my part to change the unjust systems that keep you suffering and impoverished.

I offer you my promise to become more aware of your situation and to change my lifestyle as I work for the transformation of our world.

From the Archdiocese

In the Jauary update from the Arcdiocese: -

  • the Archbishop gives us a reflection on some of the things that happened in 2021.

  • Diploma in Catechetics: Register now

  • EVENT: Synod Deanery Meetings

  • VIDEO: Parish Synod Meeting Guide

  • EVENT: 40 Hours’ Devotion

  • GALLERY: Mass for Feast of the Holy Innocents

Click here to read the January Update.

SPUC Youth Conference: The largest UK pro-life youth conference takes place 25-27 February 2022 in Stone, Staffordshire. It’s open to people aged 16-35 and a chance to meet fellow young pro-life leaders, be inspired and have fun. Click here to Register. Sponsorship available to young people in our Archdiocese. Please contact the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office:

Mary’s Meals: Double the Love: Until 31 January 2022, all donations up to a total of £1.6 million will be matched by a group of private donors, so please consider supporting this campaign and praying for its success. There are many ways to donate, including choosing Mary’s Meals gift cards as a meaningful gift this Christmas, or setting a virtual place at your Christmas table. To find out more click 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


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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