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 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C
and the Feast Day of St Eugene de Mazenod,
founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

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.

Masses at St John Ogilvie's next weekend are on Saturday 28th May at 6.30pm and Sunday 29th May at 10.00am.
Booking is not necessary.

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

Most of the restrictions and changes to the way we celebrate Holy Mass which were introduced to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, have now been lifted. The practice now is:

Face masks: Advised but not required.


  • At the beginning of Mass and during the Entrance Hymn

  • At the Gospel acclamation and during Gospel reading

  • For the Lord’s prayer

  • For the final Blessing and Hymn

Kneeling: No kneeling during Mass for the time being.

Offertory Collection: Reinstated.

Bringing of Offertory gifts: Reinstated.

Sign of Peace: Non-contact sign (e.g. nod, bow or wave).

Holy Communion: Distributed after “Behold the Lamb of God” - come to the Altar to receive and return to your place in the church.

Weekend Masses for next 6 months: Vigil 6.30pm on Saturday and 10.00am on Sunday.

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

Sort code: 80:02:27
Account: 00126337
Name: ST JOHN OGILVIES (use block capitals)
Bank: Bank of Scotland, Corstorphine.
Mark your offertory, pledge, donation or whatever.

The Parish Newsletter now has its own page!

Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C
(15 May 2022)

1st Reading

Acts 15:1-2,22-29 - It has been decided by the Spirit and by ourselves not to burden you with any burden beyond these essentials.

2nd Reading

Apocalypse 21:10-14,22-23 - He showed me the holy city coming down out of heaven.


John 14:23-29 - A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you.

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 Readings from Father Tony

The early Church had some start-up problems. We hear of one and its resolution in today’s First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The question was in respect of pagans who wished to become Christians - must they first become Jews by circumcision and be required to observe all 608 rules of the Jewish tradition and laws.

The apostles, including Paul and Barnabas, gathered in Jerusalem and openly debated the matter. This is regarded as the first council of the Church. They came up with a compromise decree by which non-Jews were to obey some precepts of the Law but were not obliged to become Jews and not required to observe all the precepts of the Mosaic law. This decision meant that the “Jesus movement” was no longer a sect within Judaism (like the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes) but rather was on its way to becoming a world religion.

Governments and religions in the world constantly introduce new laws. The reasons are varied. It may be in pursuit of power and control or to protect individual rights. In the time of Jesus, the Jews who received the 10 Commandments had added 608 new laws. Jesus often challenged the application and interpretation of some of these laws.

Down through the centuries the Church has also increased and multiplied new laws. The Vatican II Council called by Pope John 23rd in 1963 in an effort to renew the Church, revisited some of these laws.  It usually takes over 100 years before decisions of Church Councils are fully implemented.  The gift or challenge to implement the findings of Vatican II has fallen to our generation.

Pope Francis has disturbed some comfortable fiefdoms in Rome and through the 2023 Synod hopes to progress the findings of Vatican II. There is a section in the Church which opposes the changes he wishes to introduce. I do believe their opposition is about the fear of losing control. Ninety bishops have signed an open letter cautioning about the path of German Synodality. In the Pope’s Apostolic Letter, Amoris Laetitia (the Joy of Love), he makes a valiant effort to fulfil the prayers and hopes of Pope John XXIII. The Apostolic letter is a response to the Synods of 2014/15 and is very much about a guide to Vatican II.

Pope Francis - The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) A New Commandment
A New Commandment is also the single message of Jesus at the Last Supper. Amoris Laetitia spells out this with great clarity.

  • Church law needs to be placed in pastoral and cultural perspective
  • The primacy of the individual conscience has to be respected
  • Priests and bishops, in dealing with marriage and family life, shouldn’t throw ideals at people like stones but be aware and accepting of mitigating factors:
  • The Perfect becomes the enemy of the good.
  • Women who are struggling for ‘liberation’ are doing God’s work
  • Don’t describe anyone as ‘intrinsically disordered’
  • Don’t describe any couple as ‘living in sin’
  • He’s commended, to married couples, the role of desires, emotions, feelings, passion and sexuality in marriage.
  • Sexual desire is a good thing; the erotic is a gift from God; sexual pleasure in marriage should be celebrated and nurtured.
  • People in non-traditional families, including single mothers, need to be offered ‘understanding, comfort and acceptance’.
  • He’s pointed a direction for those in second marriages to receive Communion.
  • He’s brought respect for the individual into the heart of the Church.
  • What makes sense pastorally in one country may even seem out of place in another.
  • He’s extended the net of belonging to everyone – all are welcome in the Church.

Jesus spells it out very clearly: “I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.”

We are not a Religion of the book but an organic Community/ Church which continues to reflect and grow.

Jesus tells us: “I am with you all days… I will send you another counsellor... Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.  We need to hear those words of confidence in our troubled times.”

We have had scandals in the Church. We have our world problems from wars, famine to rich getting richer and poor poorer. We can have daily tensions and misunderstandings among ourselves. We can find ourselves misunderstood, not only by "the world" - but by "the church" - the community of the followers of Christ.

The inner spirit of the church should be one of reconciliation; mutual forgiveness, of mutual compassion. We can find ourselves materially greedy, sexually weak, unforgiving, at odds with one another, ready to back-bite, to knock down, to put down.

Tradition V Traditionalist
Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.

From the Archdiocese

If you’re a nurse please consider taking part in the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 8-15 July. The pilgrimage committee is looking for a night nurse (full funding available) and nurses to join to join the medical team. Contact Claire Banks, chief nurse, on 07930 928489 for more info. There is also still space for assisted pilgrims who will have 24hr care on the pilgrimage. Helpers and hotel pilgrims are also welcome. More info at

Venerable Margaret Sinclair
The monthly Mass to pray for the canonisation of Venerable Margaret Sinclair is on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm (7 June) at St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate. 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

Corpus Christi Procession
As part of the Eucharistic renewal in the Archdiocese this liturgical year you are invited to take part in a Corpus Christi procession, led by Archbishop Cushley, at St Francis Xavier’s in Falkirk on Sunday 19 June at 3pm. Gather at the Bandstand in High Street before processing to St Francis Xavier’s Parish (around 20 min walk). This is a major event for the Archdiocese and should be a beautiful and prayerful experience (as well as a chance to be a witness to the Eucharistic Christ in public).

Family Afternoon
A Family Afternoon at the Gillis Centre takes place on Saturday 25 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm. It will include separate sessions for adults and children focusing on The Eucharist: Source of Family Love, family prayer time in St Margaret’s Chapel and family games. This event coincides with the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome. For details and registration click here.

Please see other items 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


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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