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.

"Buy a Bed" Campaign
A "Huge Thank You" from Bethany Christian Trust

Because of your outstanding generosity and support for our Buy a Bed campaign, we have raised £75,000 and over £12,000 in Gift Aid towards the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre and Bethany’s winter work!

Manager of the Welcome Centre, Ruth Longmuir adds:

    "A huge thank you to everyone that has contributed to the Buy a Bed appeal this winter! The response has been amazing and we’re so grateful for your support. Each person who bought a virtual voucher is a vital part of the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre service. So far this winter, with your help, we have supported 481 different people (across the 14 weeks of operation). The Welcome Centre is not just emergency accommodation for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough, it sees many different services and agencies come together to provide wraparound support to our guests and assist them to find more suitable accommodation."

To learn more about the project go to to Bethany's website by clicking here.

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!!!

Fresh Start Warehouse to Open Again as Covid-19 Restictions are Eased

"Dear Friends,

As the "Stay at home" guideline will be lifted from beginning of April, Fresh Start will be accepting donations again on Tuesday 6th April and following this, 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).