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.


Make Fairtrade products your choice when you shop at the supermarket or at your local store. And did you know, you can also now buy Fairtrade products online.


Or you can visit the Just World shop here in Edinburgh - see below.

Visit the Just World Shop

The Just Word Shop, Portobello at 52-54 Portobello High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA is open Monday - Friday between 10.00am and 12 noon and 2.00pm and 4.00pm. In the absence of the Fair Trade stall at the church 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!

Plastic, plastic, plastic: 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!!!

Important Information from Fresh Start

We are delighted to announce that we are accepting donations again from this Monday, 30th October! The first phase of our warehouse renovations have been completed and we are looking forward to opening our doors again and filling the warehouse with lovely goods to help people make a home for themselves. We are open for donations Monday to Thursday 9-4pm, and Fridays 9-1pm.

Please note that donations of approriate goods should NOT be brought to St John Ogilvie's. Your donations should be taken to the Fresh Start warehouse at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR. Tell them you are from St John Ogilvie's. You can ring them first on 0131 476 7741.

The Ukrainian Crisis

Fresh Start have been asked to produce more Starter Packs for Bethany who are helping Ukrainian families to settle here, in Edinburgh. They therefore urgently need donations of the following items:

Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, single and double bedding (no duvets or pillows please), blankets, throws, towels, curtains, cleaning, toiletries and food items, and small electrical items such as toasters, kettles, microwaves, hand blenders/mixers long-life food items.

All donations should be taken to the warehouse on Monday – Thursday between 9am-4pm. Please mark on any food donations "Fresh Start Pantry".

The Fresh Start warehouse is located at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 4BR.

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).

Justice and Peace Scotland

Please also visit the Justice and Peace Scotland website where you will find details of events and campaigns - click here.