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

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

As part of its involvement in the wider Justice and Peace community, our Parish Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group participates in local and national events. The members of the Group also encourage other Parishioners to participate through bringing to their attention the various events and campaigns in which J&P bodies are active.

The main way that these events and other activities are brought to the attention of the Parish is through the weekly Parish Bulletin and via the J&P notice board at the back of the church. Our Parish J&P Group members also keep Parishioners up to date with what is happening on the J&P front through discussions after Mass and at other times.

But we thought Parishioners might find it helpful to have an additional source of J&P information via the Parish website.

JPIC Group: The Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation Group invite you to consider joining the group. New members are required and would be very welcome. If you are interested or would like to find out more about the group please speak to either Fr. Tony or Trish Muirhead.

Parish Food Cupboard: JPIC Group have agreed to take responsibility for the management of the parish food cupboard including purchasing the stock and stock rotation.

From Bethany Christian Trust

Looking for a present with purpose? Consider Buying a Bed this Christmas.

For the fourth year, we are launching our Buy a Bed campaign where you have the opportunity to help provide one person, who would otherwise be sleeping rough this Christmas or winter, with access to the support of the Welcome Centre.

For every £21 you donate through this campaign, the Welcome Centre will provide a person with a warm bed, hot food and individualised support to move on into more permanent accommodation.

In return, you will receive your choice of a physical or e-card that you can gift to your friends or family members as an ethical Christmas present or as a keepsake for yourself.

This year we’ve created a new gift card for you to personalise with your own message, and we also have colouring-in activity to include if this gift is for a child.

Your gift could mean the difference between someone having to sleep rough and sleeping overnight in a warm and safe space.

Thank you sincerely for your generous support.

Best wishes,
The Bethany Team

Some Good News from Fair Trade

Fair Trade Shop, Portobello - Yes, it's open again!: Some very good news from the people at Fair Trade - the Fair Trade shop at 52-54 Portobello High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA is now open again. Opening hours are Monday - Friday between 10.00am and 12 noon and 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We are unable to have the Fair Trade stall at the church because of the Covid-19 restrictions but if you are in Portobello, why not vist the Fair Trade shop. When we choose to purchase Fair Trade products it means that the farmers who grow or produce the product benefit from the safety of the Fair Trade Minimum Price. By working together in co-operatives, small-scale farmers can help each other and grow better quality products. This in turn allows the farmers to provide better care and education for their families. You can make it happen - choose Fair Trade!

Creation Time – Greenpeace Campaign: As you are probably aware, single use plastic is choking our oceans and killing our sea life. Greenpeace invite you to join their "Shoppers Revolt" campaign and let the supermarkets know that we have had enough of pointless plastic by simply returning your plastic packaging to your local supermarket's customer service desk. If enough of us take this simple action the supermarkets will realise that their customers care about the environment do not want this packaging. There are alternatives and by increasing the pressure on the supermarkets the big bosses have the power to make the change to protect our planet.

And here's the proof that it works!

Yes we have no bananas ..... with plastic wrapping!!

Sainsbury have ditched the plastic bag on their Fair Trade organic bananas and replaced this with a paper band. A small step forward but a start - result! But more still needs to be done!!!

From Fresh Start

With the festive season now upon us, we launch this year's Cookers for Christmas appeal.

As we move out of the pandemic and into happier times, many people are still experiencing the challenges that come with the journey out of homelessness and into their new tenancy.

At Fresh Start, we want to ease these burdens and ensure everyone can have a joyful festive season this year. By providing essential white goods, we hope that we can help turn a house into a home and give people the means to be able to host their very first Christmas dinner in their new home.

To donate to our Cookers for Christmas campaign please click here.

Fresh Start Warehouse is Open Again

"Dear Friends,

Fresh Start are be accepting donations Mondays-Thursdays 9-4pm, NOT on Fridays.

We do still ask that social distancing is adhered to, masks are worn at all times and donations are placed inside the building at the door for staff to collect and take into the body of the warehouse.

We will be taking all donations for Starter Packs with the exception of pillows, duvets, cushions.

Please do not donate ‘bric a brac’, since we need to pay to dispose of items we cannot use in our Starter Packs. Attached (click here) is a list of items we will accept for Starter Packs and food items for Fresh Start Pantry.

We look forward to a steady return to normality!

Best wishes and kind regards,
(Fresh Start)

Please do not bring your donations to Fresh Start to the church but take them direct to Fresh Start warehouse at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 4BR (Tel: 0131 476 7741).