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

Welcome to St John Ogilvie's

This weekend we celebrate
the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

But first ............

The Ukrainian Crisis

A prayer for peace in Ukraine

O Loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world to do your Will and leave us His Peace. Through the intercession and example of our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, grant us the wisdom and humility to reflect that peace to the world. Inspire our thoughts, words and deeds to bear witness to your presence in our hearts. May your Holy Spirit fill us with every grace and blessing so that we may pursue what leads to peace for all humanity. Amen

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 take your donations direct to the warehouse and not to the church.

SCIAF Petition - Covid Vaccines

SCIAF are urging the public to sign their petition in support of fair and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

To learn more about this and to sign the petion, please click here.

Masses at St John Ogilvie's next weekend are on Saturday 9th July at 6.30pm and Sunday 10th July at 10.00am.

Weekday Mass, Monday to Friday, is at 9.00am.

A number of parishioners have asked about making their contribution to the parish via bank transfer. Here then are the bank details:

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Account: 00126337
Name: ST JOHN OGILVIES (use block capitals)
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.
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The Parish Newsletter now has its own page!

Mass Readings for 14th Sunday, Year C
(3 July 2022)

1st Reading

Isaiah 66:10-14 - Towards Jerusalem I send flowing peace, like a river.

2nd Reading

Galatians 6:14-18 - The marks on my body are those of Jesus.


Luke 10:1-12,17-20 - Your peace will rest on that man.

We cannot publish the readings here for copyright reasons but they can be found in full on Universalis.
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A reflection on today's Gospel from Father Brian Mather, OMI

(Please see for the original version.)

If Jesus had a Facebook page, would you join it as a ‘friend’? Or if he tweeted regularly would you be a ‘follower’ of his?

Asking questions like these may well sound trite and meaningless, and come across as more juvenile than anything else, and perhaps they are. However, read today’s Gospel a couple of times and then look at the questions again.

Jesus says: “If you want a comfortable life, forget it! – I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”

“If you want wealth, or possessions, or popularity, I’m not the one to follow! “Bring no money, no spare clothes, or shoes, greet no one along the way.”

“If you want to stand before others, independent and strong, sorry again! “Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you.”

Somehow, I can’t see many people rushing to subscribe to a channel promising only the things we value least!

If, by chance, you are a digital dinosaur, have no idea what Facebook is and Twitter is what you told your two-year- old “little birdies do”, then think of today’s Gospel like this:

Suppose you are a person committed to your Religion’s beliefs and values and struggle to bring your children up to share this commitment. Now suppose you read of a new charismatic figure who is making waves within your Church. He or she seems to accept most of the laws and rules of your Religion, but not all of them. And worse, the laws he or she doesn’t accept they seem to ignore!

A bit later you read that he or she has had some fairly serious disputes with your Religious leaders – priests, Bishops and even higher. And worse, he has called them hypocrites to their faces.

Now suppose your thirteen-year-old son or daughter comes and tells you that this person is visiting your Church in a few weeks and asks your permission to attend the event. “Don’t worry”, they tell you, “…it’s in the Church so it’s safe.”

When you check with other parents, they tell you that his message sounds like a journey to nowhere, and his lifestyle closer to that of a 60’s ‘hippie’, than the values of success and ambition you wish your children to embrace.

What do you do? Say ‘yes’ for the sake of peace and because you like to see yourself as open minded? or do you say ‘no’ because your child is at an’ impressionable age’ and you don’t want him or her exposed to someone who breaks Church laws (even some of them) and criticises Church leaders. “Anyway…” you tell yourself, “…what’s to say this isn’t some new cult starting up?”

Once again, the person who speaks the words of today’s Gospel is exactly the person described above. Would you really want your child listening to him speak the words of this Gospel?

For all the best reasons in the world I doubt very much if I would be allowing my child to attend such an event.

It is easy with hindsight to see the good of what Jesus said and to accept his words as being “the Word of the Lord”, … but…at the time he said them, when he was little more than an itinerant preacher, his words and actions might have seemed quite different.

In his lifetime Jesus did not have a huge number of followers. How could he? Everything he said and did was uncompromisingly challenging.

His words sounded nice…’in theory’, but in ‘real life’ they led only to weakness, being walked-on and ignored. Who wants to forgive when they can get even? Gentleness and tolerance are for losers; domination and power are for winners. Who wants to be a lamb when everyone knows the wolf always wins!

And it wasn’t just the words of Jesus either. Look at what he did: He ate with sinners and tax collectors, he spent time with known prostitutes, lepers, and outcasts. Who would want to be seen with people like these? He favoured the poor and unashamedly made them his priority. Why spend time and energy on people with no influence or who can give you nothing back?

Jesus wouldn’t have used the word but, in fact, the values he espoused and the lifestyle he lived were ‘countercultural’, meaning that they were opposed to the prevailing attitudes and beliefs of his time. Even if one liked the ideals he presented, living them, or even speaking of them would, at best, lead to unpopularity, and, at worst, lead to persecution. Pope Francis in “The Joy of the Gospel” (269) put it this way: “Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is nothing else than the culmination of the way he lived his entire life.” When everything one says and does challenge the accepted norms of society, rejection and harassment are inevitable.

The values of the Gospel were countercultural in the time of Jesus, and they are still countercultural today. There is no way of escaping it.

It is quite true that Jesus sends us out like ‘lambs among wolves’ because the attitudes of our society: ambition, success, win at all costs, materialism, power, wealth, competition, individualism, etc. are far more highly valued than gentleness, patience, peace, tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, etc.

It is also true that if Jesus was coming to give a talk in our local Church, we would be wise to consider whether we wanted to expose your teenage children to the challenges to which they would undoubtedly be exposed.

Being in our world without house or purse, or sandals or sack is not easy. It exposes us to the cruelty of selfishness, arrogance, ridicule, betrayal, hatred, or maybe worst of all, simply being dismissed and ignored by others. These are the crosses Jesus tells us we must “take up daily” if we want to follow him.

There is, however, a danger we must be extremely careful of, if we are to be authentically countercultural in the Christian sense. Historically, many countercultural groups have used ‘protest’, ‘fear’ or ‘shock’ to confront what they see as unjust or hypocritical. Rallies and protests which break civil laws can so easily be drawn into aggression or violence. We don’t need to look very far to see lots of examples of this. Some groups use ‘fear’ or even ‘terror’ to hit back at what they see as mainstream values. One need only think of the far-right, neo-Nazi groups to see this. For others, types of music, sex, drugs, extremely vulgar language or nudity are used to ‘shock’ society into seeing countercultural values. The ‘Hippie’ movement of the 60’s, the development of Punk Rock, etc. were all ways of trying to ‘shock’ society into an awareness of materialism, war and hypocrisy.

All of these are ‘dangers’, because nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus resort to protest, fear or shock when presenting his message to his hearers. Today’s Gospel makes this so clear: “Into whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this household. If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on them; but if not it will return to you.” In the longer version of the Gospel Jesus goes on to tell his disciples how to deal with rejection and opposition. They are “to shake the very dust of the street from their feet…” and leave the town.

The Kingdom of God being revealed by Jesus has no place in it for violence, aggression, fear or shock. Indeed accepting the Kingdom of God means rejecting them in all their guises.

Even peace is countercultural in a society where ‘the end justifies the means’ and being first is all that matters.

Yes indeed, Jesus sends us out “like lambs among wolves”, but he also says to us, “do not be afraid”.

A contradiction? Yes, except that Jesus himself has gone before us, his Death and Resurrection showing the victory of peace over violence, gentleness over domination, compassion over judgement, and friendship over suspicion.

Jesus is the ‘Good Shepherd’ who walks in front of, and protects his lambs. The wolves may howl and roar and prance all around us but the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of peace and joy and patience and gentleness, has been revealed in Jesus and is here to stay.

St. Paul, as usual, puts it far better than I could ever do:

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, revealed to us in Jesus.” (Romans 8:35,38)

From the Archdiocese

Synod - Archdiocesan Report

The Archdiocesan synod report has been published and a PDF version can be found by clicking here. The report will be submitted to the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. Archbishop Cushley sends thanks to all who helped facilitate and implement the synodal process in our Archdiocese.

Congratulations to Fr Josh Moir who was ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady and St Andrew, Galashiels, on 28th June 2022. Thanks to Fr Andrew Kingham, to the staff and students of the Scots College and the Beda College, Rome, and to all who helped make this a joyful celebration.

To view photos of the occasion please click here.

MA in Applied Catholic Theology
Apply now for the MA in Applied Catholic Theology. It is being offered by St Mary’s University in partnership with the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, beginning in September. Teaching is flexible and the programme is suitable for graduates of most academic disciplines. To find out more please click here.

Pro-Life Pilgrimage
A Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life, takes place at Walsingham National Shrine in Norfolk, beginning at midday on Saturday 6 August with Bishop Philip Egan. For details please click here.

And looking further ahead

Schola Cantorum sings MacMillan
This recital takes place at 7:30pm on Monday, 15 August, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. In the course of this recital at the Cathedral, Sir James McMillan, Scotland’s most distinguished composer, will discuss the relation between faith and music with Michael Ferguson, Director of the Schola Cantorum. For details, click here.

Festival Mass
Archbishop Cushley will celebrate the Festival Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral at midday on Sunday 21 August, followed by a reception in Coffee Saints café.

Venerable Margaret Sinclair
The national Venerable Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage is on Sunday 18 September. More details will follow soon. Find out more about this holy Edinburgh woman at

Relics of St Bernadette
Carfin Grotto will host the relics of St Bernadette from 24 September until 2 October, the only Scottish venue to receive the relics. This will coincide with the centenary of the Grotto on 2 October. Carfin Grotto is situated in the Parish of St Francis Xavier's in the village of Carfin, near Motherwell, and is Scotland's National Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. Visit

Please see other news items from the Archdiocese in this week's Parish Newsletter.

Free Debt Help in Scotland - Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

For over 20 years, CAP has been providing free debt help in Scotland. CAP Scotland helps hundreds of people get out of debt every year, equipping them to withstand whatever storms may come their way in the future.

All CAP services are run through local churches. Our local CAP centre is based at Holy Trinity Church in Wester Hailes serving the west side of Edinburgh, including our parish area.

CAP also run a Job Club service. The Job Club is a friendly place where clients can get practical help as they seek employment. It's a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other jobseekers, get support and gain the tools they need to find work.

For more information visit

LINKnet Mentoring (Scottish Charity Number: SC029440) is the first and the only direct mentoring organisation that is established to serve minority ethnic communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife. It was established in 2000 to serve disadvantaged ethnic minorities in their pursuit of development. Over the years thousands have taken part in various mentoring programmes, education and employment mentoring being the core programme.

For more information visit LINKnet's website by clicking here.


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.

Please continue 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.

Special Prayers to use
when you cannot attend a funeral

These Special Prayers can dowloaded as a PDF document by - clicking here.

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

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