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.
Annual Harvest Mass 2018
This year’s Annual Harvest Mass was held on the weekend of 29/30 September with the theme of "Passing on our Planet – God’s Gift to Us". We celebrated in traditional St John Ogilvie's fashion with parishioners generously giving gifts of fresh and tinned food for those who may need it (see more photos on Home page). Some of the tinned food will be held in the parish for those who call for something to eat for themselves and their families, and the remainder, along with the fresh food, will go to St Catherine's Convent where they feed 200 homeless people each day. Thank you parishioners for your continued support of this project.
Fair Trade Stall: Thanks to everyone who very generously supported the Fair Trade Stall on 25th/26th August. Total sales amounted to £280.50 making a real difference to real families. Many thanks.
Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrating The Canonisation of Oscar Romero – 14th October: Oscar Romero who was Archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated while saying Mass in March 1980, killed out of hatred of the faith. He was declared a martyr by the church and beatified in May 2015. Archbishop Romero will be canonised by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday 14th October 2018. This event will be marked by our Archdiocese with a Mass of Thanksgiving in St Patrick's Church, Cowgate Edinburgh on Sunday 14th October at 4.30pm to which you are invited. After Mass there will be a discussion on our response to refugees and migrants. Do we delude ourselves about Scotland's welcome? See notice board for details or speak to a member of the JPIC team.
SCIAF - Share the Journey Exhibition - Wednesday 10th October - 9th November 2018: SCIAF are displaying a photographic exhibition in St. Patrick's church, Cowgate, depicting the plight of refugees and migrants with stories from Rohingya Refugees. The church will be open 8.00am-6.00pm every day during the above dates. Details are displayed on the JPIC notice board at the back of the church.
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.
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.
Last Year's Walkers
Fresh Start Sponsored Walk: Team St John Ogilvie could not take part in this year’s sponsor walk, but parishioners were invited to sponsor the Fresh Start Staff Team instead. A total of £300, including a donation, from the parish, was sent to Fresh Start to support their work.