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
29th 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 21st October 2021. Booking requests should be sent to .

And next Sunday, 24th October, is World Mission Sunday. As you leave the church today (17th October), you are invited to take a copy of the Magazine “Missio Scotland”.


Congratulations to Rosemary Mbachu and Nnamdi Nwosu of Calder Drive, who were married at St. John Ogilvie’s on Friday. Bride and Groom who were born in Anambra State, Nigeria, they joined St. John Ogilvie’s parish in 2019. We wish them many years of happiness and blessings as they begin a new life and settle in Scotland.

Mass Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(17 October 2021)

1st Reading

Isaiah 53:10-11 - If he offers his life in atonement, what the Lord wishes will be done.

2nd Reading

Hebrews 4:14-16 - Our high priest is one who has been tempted in every way that we are.


Mark 10:35-45 - The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.

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 Gospel
from Father Tony

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”  Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. … ”  They were Daydreamers.

In the Bible we find 12 dreams on the old testament and five dreams in the New testament. Often important decisions are made as a result of dreams. Joseph in both testaments, was sent on a journey to Egypt. We experience Dreams and we also at times are daydreamers. Both have a place in our lives. Young children have great imaginations. Stories are very important to their development. If we don’t daydream, we end up without ambition.

We all nurse a secret dream of glory. We daydream that in some way we will stand out and be recognised. And so we fantasise about great achievements that will set us apart from others and make us famous. The daydreams vary but, inside them, always we are at the centre — the most admired person in the room, the one scoring the winning goal for Scotland, the ballerina star, the actor picking up the Academy award, the author writing the best-seller, the intellectual winning the Nobel Prize, or even just the one in the circle who tells the best story.

What we are chasing in all this is notice, appreciation, uniqueness, and adulation so that we can be duly recognised and loved. We want the light to be shining on us.

And this isn’t all bad or unhealthy. Our own reality is massively real to us and scientists today tell us that the universe has no single centre but that everywhere and every person is its centre. And so it is not a big secret that each of us feels ourselves at the centre and wants to be recognised as being there. We nurse a secret dream of glory and, partly, this is healthy.

What’s less healthy in our daydreams is how we envision that glory. In our fantasies, glory almost always consists in being famous, in standing out, in achieving a success that makes others envious, in somehow being the best-looking or the brightest or the most talented person in the room. In our fantasy, glory means having the power to actuate ourselves in ways that set us above others, even if that is for a good motive. For instance, some of our fantasies are daydreams of goodness, of being powerful enough to squash evil. Indeed, that was the messianic fantasy. Before Jesus was born, good-hearted and religious people prayed for a Messiah to come and, in their fantasy, that Messiah was generally envisaged as a worldly superstar, a person with a superior heart and superior muscles, a Messiah who would reveal the superiority of God by out-muscling the bad.

But as we see from the Gospels, real glory doesn’t consist in out-muscling the bad, or anyone else. When Jesus was being crucified, he was offered precisely the challenge to prove that he was special by doing some spectacular gesture that would leave all of his detractors stunned and helpless: “If you are the Son of God, prove it, come down off the cross! Save yourself!

But, with a subtlety that’s easy to miss, the Gospels teach a very different lesson: On the cross Jesus proves that he is powerful beyond measure, not by doing some spectacular physical act that leaves everyone around him helpless to make any protest, but in a spectacular act of the heart wherein he forgives those who are mocking and killing him. Divine kingship is manifest in forgiveness, not in muscle.

That is real glory, and that is the one thing of which we really should be envious, namely, the compassion and forgiveness that Jesus manifested in the face of jealousy, hatred, and murder.

We see this illustrated in today’s Gospel in the incident where James and John come to Jesus and ask him to give them the seats of glory at his side. Jesus takes their request seriously and does not, on that occasion, caution them against pride. Rather he asks them: “Can you drink from the cup [of suffering] that I shall drink?” In naiveté, they answer: “We can!” Jesus replies: “The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, but as for the seats [of glory] at my right hand or left, these are not mine to give.

What Jesus is saying, in effect, is this: You will taste suffering, everyone will, and that suffering will make you reflect deeply. But, it won’t necessarily make you think in the right way. Suffering can make you think in compassion and forgiveness, but it can also make you full of bitterness and anger. However only compassion and forgiveness bring glory into your lives.

Jesus defines glory very differently than we do. Real glory, for him, is not the glory of winning a gold medal, of being a champion, of winning an Oscar, or of being an object of envy because of our looks or our achievements. Glory consists in being deep in compassion, forgiveness, and graciousness—and these are not often spawned by worldly success, by being better-looking, brighter, richer, or better muscled than those around us.

We all nurse the secret dream of glory. Partly this is healthy, a sign that we are emotionally well. However, this is something that needs to grow and mature inside of us. Our secret dream of glory is meant to mature so that eventually we will begin, more and more, to envision ourselves as standing out, not by talent, looks, muscles, and speed, but by the depth of our compassion and the quality of our forgiveness.

Annual Torchlight Procession

On Thursday 28 October 2021, SPUC Scotland will hold the Annual Torchlight Procession to remember the lives lost from abortion over the last 54 years. Gathering at George Square, Glasgow, from 6pm, Rosary will commence at 6.30pm followed by the procession at 7pm to St Andrew's Cathedral, where Mass will begin at 7.30pm, Celebrant: Fr Ryan Black. All are welcome. For further information, please contact SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094

From the Archdiocese

Church establishes new independent safeguarding agency

The Catholic Church in Scotland is to create a new independent safeguarding agency which will promote "consistency, transparency and accountability."

The announcement was made by Bishop Hugh Gilbert at a national safeguarding webinar held today, attended by 450 people.

He said: “The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) will operate entirely independently of the Church. It will have its own staff and Board of Management who will work in close collaboration with dioceses and religious communities to ensure that they are able to meet national safeguarding standards."

"It will also develop a process that will provide an independent review of complaints about safeguarding practice and crucially, establish a forum in which those who have experienced abuse can contribute their own perspectives to the development of safeguarding.”

Bishop Hugh, who is President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, added: “We will shortly commence the recruitment process for the Chair and members of the Board of Management, followed by the recruitment of a Director and a Head of Safeguarding Training."

"It will take some time to establish the new agency and we ask for your patience and support while that process is underway."

He finished: “The Bishops ask for your prayers that the Holy Spirt will guide us in the selection of suitable candidates who will bring authority and credibility to the work of this new agency that will promote consistency, transparency and accountability across Catholic Church institutions in Scotland.”

Archbishop Cushley to launch synod with Mass at Cathedral

Archbishop Cushley invites you to the launch of the Synod in our Archdiocese next Sunday (17th) with Holy Mass at 3pm in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The worldwide Synod was launched by Pope Francis today (Saturday 9th) with a time for reflection. He said:

  • The protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

  • We must walk together with meekness and courage.

  • We must be a listening church: "The Holy Spirit leads us where God wants us to go, not where we want to go because of our ideas."

The theme for the Synod 2021-2023 is Communion, Participation and Mission. Find out more about the process in this Archdiocesan video -

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

Annual Archdiocesan SSVP Mass: Everyone is welcome to attend the annual Mass to mark the excellent charitable work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in our Archdiocese. It will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley at St Patrick’s in the Cowgate, Edinburgh, at 11am on Saturday 20 November.

All Souls’ Day: Holy Mass for the repose of all the faithful departed who have died in the Archdiocese in the last year, including those buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, will take place on All Souls’ Day, Tuesday 2 November, at 10am in the Cemetery Chapel at 49 Mount Vernon Road. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley.


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.


And from Eco-Congregation Scotland

Please sign the SCIAF petition today

The countdown to COP has begun and we are encouraging you to support the latest campaign from SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund). We will be sharing more from other key Eco-Congregation Scotland partners including Christian Aid and Operation Noah in coming weeks too.

In Glasgow this November world leaders have a fortnight to set us on track to solve the climate crisis. With climate change already having a devastating impact on the world’s poorest communities, time is running out.

With faith, love and courage we can heal our Common Home. But we need to come together as a global community to take bold action. The world’s poorest people are counting on us.

As Prime Minister of the host country, Boris Johnson must encourage world leaders to make three key promises: -

  • Pay to protect the poorest communities - make sure financial support is given to those impacted by climate change so they can adapt and recover;

  • Act now to stop runaway climate change - make sure world leaders commit to keeping rises in global temperatures below the disastrous 1.5°C threshold; and

  • Listen to those on the frontline of the climate crisis - make sure that people worst affected by the crisis are at the heart of the climate talks.

About this event

This year we are expanding our Challenge Poverty Week offerings and hosting webinars through the whole of October to tie it together with COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow in November. Climate and poverty are two of the greatest challenges facing the world at the moment and through these four webinars we will be exploring the links between them and looking at different ways congregations can get involved in tackling them head on. All the sessions will be facilitated by the Priority Areas staff team and involve lots of opportunity for discussion and questions.

Wednesday 6th October - now over
Our first webinar will explore the links between poverty and the climate crisis at a local, national and international level and our guest speakers will be Val Brown (Christian Aid Scotland), Stephen Curran (Eco-Congregation Scotland) and Francis Stuart (Scottish Trades Union Congress).

Wednesday 13th October - now over
This webinar will look at how we bring care for creation and desire for climate justice into our worship, including both practical resource you can use and deeper questions to consider. Our guest speakers will be Joel Payne (Resound Worship), Wendy Lloyd (Faith Communications Coordinator, Christian Aid) and David Coleman (Environmental Chaplain, Eco-Congregation Scotland).

Wednesday 20th October
This webinar will look at issues around food, with a particular focus on community food projects and how they can help address both poverty and the climate crisis. Guest speakers will include Mel Hall (Blackhill's Growing) and Jon Molyneux (Fareshare).

Wednesday 27th October
Our final webinar will focus on buildings, considering different approaches congregations can take to make sure their buildings suit the needs of their congregation and community and how to make them more sustainable. Guest speakers will include Barri Millar (General Trustees) and Scott Wham (Architect).

To register for those webinars which have still to take place, please 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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