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

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Welcome to St John Ogilvie's
Special Website Page.

We have created this Special page to give our parishioners access to the liturgy during this time when public Mass has been suspended due to the spread of the caronavirus.

The page provides links to the liturgy for each Sunday, a reflection on the Gospel, some prayers and "virtual daily Mass" from St Francis Xavier's, Falkirk.

Sunday 5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday

The Catholic Church in Scotland is joining with other Churches in Scotland in inviting Christians across the country to join in prayer tonight, Palm Sunday evening, at 7.00 pm.

Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country are taking part in this joint prayer.

The churches have issued a letter that reads:
As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer. We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 5th April, which is Palm Sunday.

A Prayer for This Time

Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us, We give you thanks.

For the enduring presence of your love in this world, We give you thanks.

For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day, We give you thanks.

On this day, We hear the Gospel words that speak of hope, We hear the cry: Hosanna! We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise, We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

On this day, We journey in hope as we trust in your promise.

Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come, We are conscious that we share in the life of the world. We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us, And of those from whom we are apart. Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.

Lord, we are conscious of others, Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society, And upon whom we now depend.

We pray for them:
For delivery drivers and posties, For refuse collectors and cleaners, For police officers and care workers. Protect them and keep them safe.

For nurses and doctors, For scientists and surgeons, For midwives and ambulance drivers, Protect them and watch over them.

For those who govern on our behalf, For those who make decisions that impact upon us all, For all who shape our common life, Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. And grant us faith to journey into the week to come, assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.


A Christian Response to Coronavirus

The first is the move from "I" to "we". This is a frightening situation that we face together. The common good — the good of us all — must be given first place; within the common good, we will find our own good. That is a very Christian virtue.

The second is an attitude of concern and compassion. Even if we must be isolated in our own homes or workplaces, modern communications allow us to stay in touch in a way impossible before. This is a great benefit. But, we need to choose to stay in contact, perhaps with a greater frequency so that people don’t feel abandoned.

The third is a respect for truth. In recent years, the truth has suffered in public discourse, giving rise to a horrible expression, the post-truth era. In these days, we need to pay attention to science and medicine and less attention to opinion-makers and rumours. A society without truth cannot last. Today, right now, we need truth more than ever before.

Lastly, as Christians, we can pray. We can pray in particular for scientists, medical personnel and politicians. These are wonderful people with a huge job of work before them. As we pray for ourselves and our families and friends, we pray too for all who look after the common good.


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.

And we are asked 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.

News Items

Please see the readings for Sunday 5 April, Palm Sunday, (scroll down to Sunday Readings panel) then read Fr Tony's Homily which he has provided as a reflection on the Gospel - The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

On a "normal" Palm Sunday we would process outside around the car park singing "Hail Redeemer, King Divine". This is not possible this year. But you may still want to sing "Hail Redeemer". You will find the music here. Click the back arrow when the music finishes.

We are hoping to be able to publish a Homily each week during this time when Mass has been suspended. And just so that you don't forget what Fr Tony looks like, here is a picture of him.

The outbreak of Covid 19 virus in Scotland demands from all of us a response which recognizes the serious threat to all people, especially the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, and our duty of care to them. Having given due consideration to the words of the First Minister (on 23 March), we, the Bishops of Scotland, agree that our churches should be closed during this period of national emergency for the common good. There will be no celebrations of baptism or marriage but we will continue to offer prayers for those who have died and for their families who mourn their passing. The Church is not only a building but the people of God at prayer wherever they may find themselves. We encourage all Catholics and all people of faith to pray unceasingly in their homes for our nation at this time in particular for our political leaders, our health care professionals and all those suffering from the virus. May this lived Lenten experience lead us to new life and healing at Easter.

During Holy Week, St Mary's Star of the Sea will be streaming a full programme of Mass and other services on its Facebook page. The programme is detailed below.

An Important Message from Fr Oliver Barry OMI

Dear friends,

We hope this message finds you safe and well. We invite you to take a few moments to view a video message of hope and support from Fr Oliver Barry OMI, provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate here in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

You can view the message on our website by clicking here.

We would like to assure you that the Oblates are here to support and accompany you, and to pray with you and for you at this time. We invite you to join us online over the coming days and weeks in prayer, community and solidarity.

God bless,

The Oblate Communications Team


As we follow the Government's Guide Lines we are no longer able to receive goods donations and are having to purchase ALL items for our Starter Packs. If you are able to help us by making a financial donation, in lieu of actual goods, so we can continue purchasing items for our vital packs then we would be extremely grateful. You can donate on our Just Giving page by clicking the Donate button.

As ever, a huge thank you to everyone who has and continues to support us at this difficult time.

St John Ogilvie's Bonus Ball suspended from 29th March. If you have paid in advance your credit will be carried forward in the Parish Account until the reinstatement of the Bonus Ball after Scotland has been declared free of coronavirus.

Streaming Live from St Mary's Star of the Sea
Holy Week Services

Join Fr Martin and Fr Irvin as they journey through Holy Week:

Palm Sunday Mass at 10:30am
Monday-Wednesday Rosary at 11:20am followed by Mass at 12noon
Monday, Prayerful Reflection on God’s Forgiveness 7pm
Tuesday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Morning Prayer at 10am
Holy Thursday Evening, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm
Good Friday, Passion of Our Lord at 3pm
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil at 7pm
Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30am.

Press button to go to Facebook page and when there click "Follow"
scroll down a bit until you see "St Mary's Star of the Sea, Leith is live now".
then in the controls at the bottom of the video click "Live"
Do this around the starting time of the service.

Mass Readings for Palm Sunday, Year A
(5 April 2020)

1st Reading

Isaiah 50:4-7 - I did not cover my face against insult: I know I shall not be shamed.

2nd Reading

Philippians 2:6-11 - Christ humbled himself but God raised him high


Matthew 26:14-27:66 - The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full on Universalis.
Click button to go to Universalis.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

A Homily from Fr Tony

Two processions entered Jerusalem on a spring day at the beginning of the week of Passover, the most sacred week of the Jewish year. Christians celebrate this day as Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. With its climax of Good Friday and Easter, it is the most sacred week of the Christian year.

One was a peasant procession, the other an imperial procession. From the east, Jesus rode a donkey down the Mount of Olives, cheered by his followers, waving Palm Branches. Jesus was from the peasant village of Nazareth, his message was about the kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice, love, peace, of compassion, mercy, forgiveness. A kingdom described in Matthew’s beatitudes, where blessedness, happiness is found not in money, power, but in peace, mercy, gentleness. Jesus’ followers came mainly from the peasant class. They had journeyed to Jerusalem from Galilee.

On the opposite side of the city, from the west, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor entered Jerusalem at the head of a column of imperial cavalry and soldiers. Jesus’s procession proclaimed the kingdom of God; Pilate’s proclaimed the power of empire. The two processions embody the central conflict of the week that led to Jesus’s crucifixion. Pilate’s military procession was a demonstration of both Roman imperial power and Roman imperial theology. It was the standard practice of the Roman governor to be in Jerusalem for the major Jewish festivals in case there was trouble.

Imagine the imperial procession’s arrival in the city. A visual display of power: cavalry on horses, foot soldiers, leather armour, helmets, weapons, banners, golden eagles mounted on poles, sun glinting on metal and gold. The marching of feet, the creaking of leather, the clinking of bridles, the beating of drums. The eyes of the silent onlookers, some curious, some awed, some resentful.

Pilate’s procession displayed not only imperial power, but also Roman imperial theology.

Jesus rides the colt down the Mount of Olives to the city surrounded by a crowd of enthusiastic followers and sympathizers, who spread their cloaks, strew leafy branches on the road, and shout, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

The meaning of the demonstration is clear, This king, riding on a donkey, will banish war from the land—no more chariots, war-horses, or bows. Commanding peace to the nations, he will be a king of peace. Jesus’s procession deliberately countered what was happening on the other side of the city. Pilate’s procession embodied the power, glory, and violence of the empire that ruled the world. Jesus’s procession embodied an alternative vision, the kingdom of God.

The Passion narratives include many people beside Jesus.
For example, in the garden of Gethsemane we hear not only about Jesus, but a lot of time is spent on the disciples.
Where would I be in the Passion Story?

I don’t presume I would be faithful.

There are so many characters in this passion story – disciples, friends, betrayers. I can recognise bits of myself in each of them.
Where do I stand?
Listen to the story of the Twelve, of Jesus’ disciples and followers. Theirs is a tale of leaving Jesus, denying and betraying him.

The different reactions of people:

Some were indifferent to Jesus – Pilate - Washes his hands;

Peter loves Jesus but is weak and scared;

Chief priests want him out of the way;

Soldiers mock and make fun on him;

The women (Mary Magdalene and others) are present at a distance, unlike Peter and the chosen disciples who flee.

Joseph of Arimathea asks for the body for burial and Mary of Magdala and others see where it is buried.

The Pagan centurion recognises Jesus as Son of God in his dying.

Where do I fit into the story of the passion?
The Kingdom of God or the Roman Empire?

During these difficult times you may want to "attend" a streamed Mass from St Francis Xavier Church, Falkirk.

Mass Times at St Francis Xavier's

12 noon
13.30pm (Polish Mass)
19.00pm (Evening Mass)







Other places where you can find Mass

St Mary's Star of the Sea - See Holy Week Services above.

Click a button to find a recorded Masses
First, a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Cushley,
and second, a Polish Mass

(I hope this doesn't constitute a "mass gathering"!)

Lent 2020

Stations of the Cross

During Lent we have Stations of the Cross on this website.

Click the button below to go to Stations.

Please also visit the Archdiocesan website for up-to-date information from the Archbishop.

Here is a little "taster" from the Archdiocesan website.

Archbishop Cushley today (23 March) highlighted on national radio how people are rising to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic with "acts of selfless love".

He spoke on BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, to discuss how examples of good deeds and self-sacrifice are providing inspiration to millions of people across the world.

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