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

Welcome to St John Ogilvie's.

This Sunday we celebrate the
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

A wee reminder: Masses next week are on Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 10.00am. Booking is still necessary and bookings should be made by Thursday 28th October 2021. Booking requests should be sent to .

Agnes Rennie

It is with much sadness that we announce the death on 20th October 2021 of Agnes Rennie, mother-in-law of Maurice Dougan. Agnes lived in the Calders and later in Baberton Mains. Our sympathies go to Pat and the rest of the family on the loss of a mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. Many of our parishioners would have known Agnes and we ask them to remember her and her family in their prayers

May she Rest in Peace

Mass Readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(24 October 2021)

1st Reading

Jeremiah 31:7-9 - I will guide them by a smooth path where they will not stumble.

2nd Reading

Hebrews 5:1-6 - You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.


Mark 10:46-52 - Go; your faith has saved 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 from Father Tony
on Mission Sunday

(30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

If the pandemic has taught us anything, then it is perhaps the realisation that we all need one another. During the past 19 months many of us will have found that we have grown closer to our family, our friends and our neighbours.

There are lots of stories of people helping others in their street with whom they had never really had a conversation until lockdown. Somehow, adversity also inspired us to find more ways to contact one another. Even our grannies have become experts at using an iPad. Sadly, many people died, and our hearts and prayers go out to those families who did not have the chance to have a proper funeral, a proper chance to grieve together. Looking back though, there are many things we have to thank God for: the support of others, the chance to at least attend Mass online, the opportunity to pray more and to reflect on what is important in our life.

Today’s first reading speaks of God’s promise to deliver his people from exile; and the responsorial psalm is a thanksgiving for having been brought home. What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad”. The idea of looking back and looking forward is contained in the theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year’s World Mission Sunday: We cannot remain silent about what we have seen and heard. This phrase is taken from the Acts of the Apostles and it is the response of St. Peter and St. John when they were forbidden to preach the Good News. The apostles and disciples in the early Church lived with Jesus. They witnessed the miracles, heard him speak and saw at first-hand his death, resurrection and ascension. They were then led by the Holy Spirit to go out to the whole world to proclaim what they had seen and heard. That has continued for the past 2,000 years so that now the Church is present in every country and in every culture. An essential part of the life of the early Church and in the centuries which followed was how different communities helped one another. Missio – the Pontifical Mission Societies – is the Pope’s charity, and our charity, to enable all of us in today’s Church to share what we have with one another and particularly to help those who are in need. Through Missio, the Catholics of Scotland have built the first churches in mission countries, helped feed and educate children, helped nuns and religious set up clinics and hospitals and enabled young men and women to enter the priesthood and religious life. World Mission Sunday is the one day during the year when Catholics worldwide can demonstrate solidarity with one another, when we can show that the Church is a family and is a way of acknowledging how we need one another through financial support and prayer. Among the projects we are being asked to help fund this year is a project for young people in Fiji in the Pacific Ocean and another to help children in Papua New Guinea. These places have been chosen because, as well as being places where the poverty is extreme, these islands are also under severe threat from climate change. You can read more about these places in the Missio magazine available last week and today. We cannot remain silent about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20) Missio Scotland.

Pope Francis sees a direct link between climate change and poverty. We can, he says, only care for our planet if, at the same time, we also care for those who are poor in our world. In some ways the pandemic has been a test for us to start seeing a different way of living together in our "common home". This will be part of the message from Pope Francis at the COP26 meeting on climate change which will take place in Glasgow next month. Our donations to Missio Scotland over the past year supported the poor parishes and communities in Africa, Asia and South America which have had to struggle with the pandemic without the vaccines or medical care that we have here in Scotland. On this World Mission Sunday, we are afforded an opportunity to continue our donation to the Propagation of the Faith, your donation is at the disposal of Pope Francis. He invites us to give what we can and to pray for a better and safer world for all of us.

Bethany Christian Trust

Looking for a present with purpose? Consider Buying a Bed this Christmas.

For the fourth year, we are launching our Buy a Bed campaign where you have the opportunity to help provide one person, who would otherwise be sleeping rough this Christmas or winter, with access to the support of the Welcome Centre. For every £21 you donate through this campaign, the Welcome Centre will provide a person with a warm bed, hot food and individualised support to move on into more permanent accommodation. In return, you will receive your choice of a physical or e-card that you can gift to your friends or family members as an ethical Christmas present or as a keepsake for yourself. This year we’ve created a new gift card for you to personalise with your own message, and we also have colouring-in activity to include if this gift is for a child.

Your gift could mean the difference between someone having to sleep rough and sleeping overnight in a warm and safe space.

Thank you sincerely for your generous support.

Best wishes,
The Bethany Team

Annual Torchlight Procession

On Thursday 28 October 2021, SPUC Scotland will hold the Annual Torchlight Procession to remember the lives lost from abortion over the last 54 years. Gathering at George Square, Glasgow, from 6pm, Rosary will commence at 6.30pm followed by the procession at 7pm to St Andrew's Cathedral, where Mass will begin at 7.30pm, Celebrant: Fr Ryan Black. All are welcome. For further information, please contact SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094

The Catholic App” is your smart Catholic companion that helps you find Mass, Confession, churches and more in Scotland and London. Download the app for iPhone/iPad or Android by searching for “The Catholic App, Musemantik” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The latest newsletter from Eco-Congregation Scotland has information about lots of COP26 related events and activities that you can get involved in. Click here to see the newsletter

From the Archdiocese

Church establishes new independent safeguarding agency

The Catholic Church in Scotland is to create a new independent safeguarding agency which will promote "consistency, transparency and accountability."

The announcement was made by Bishop Hugh Gilbert at a national safeguarding webinar held today, attended by 450 people.

He said: “The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) will operate entirely independently of the Church. It will have its own staff and Board of Management who will work in close collaboration with dioceses and religious communities to ensure that they are able to meet national safeguarding standards."

"It will also develop a process that will provide an independent review of complaints about safeguarding practice and crucially, establish a forum in which those who have experienced abuse can contribute their own perspectives to the development of safeguarding.”

Bishop Hugh, who is President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, added: “We will shortly commence the recruitment process for the Chair and members of the Board of Management, followed by the recruitment of a Director and a Head of Safeguarding Training."

"It will take some time to establish the new agency and we ask for your patience and support while that process is underway."

He finished: “The Bishops ask for your prayers that the Holy Spirt will guide us in the selection of suitable candidates who will bring authority and credibility to the work of this new agency that will promote consistency, transparency and accountability across Catholic Church institutions in Scotland.”

Archbishop Cushley launches synod with Mass at Cathedral

Archbishop Cushley marked the beginning of the Synod process in our Archdiocese with Holy Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on 17 October 2021.

In his homily he explained the three themes of the Synod - communion, participation and mission. (Click here to read the Archbishop's homily.)

He said: "As we pray for the success of the upcoming Synod, the Holy Father asks us to be faithful to our communion; to open our hearts and our minds to his Spirit and his Word; and to train ourselves for mission, spiritually, intellectually and morally.

"Then we will be ready to participate worthily and maturely in the renewal of the Church of Christ that we all of us long very much to see."

Sr Anna Marie McGuan, the Archdiocesan synod delegate for the Synod, spoke at the end of Mass, calling for us to put Jesus, "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6) at the centre of the process as we seek to do His will for the Church.

The theme for the Synod 2021-2023 is Communion, Participation and Mission. Find out more about the process in this Archdiocesan video -

Dementia: Hope on a Difficult Journey: An event for those supporting friends or family with dementia will be held at the Gillis Centre, Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, from 2-4pm on Saturday 6 November. A talk will be led by Dr Adrian Treloar, and there will be a chance to share experiences before a time of prayer in St Margaret’s Chapel, onsite. Light refreshments will be served. The event is organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage and Families Commission. To register please click here

Annual Archdiocesan SSVP Mass: Everyone is welcome to attend the annual Mass to mark the excellent charitable work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in our Archdiocese. It will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley at St Patrick’s in the Cowgate, Edinburgh, at 11am on Saturday 20 November.

All Souls’ Day: Holy Mass for the repose of all the faithful departed who have died in the Archdiocese in the last year, including those buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, will take place on All Souls’ Day, Tuesday 2 November, at 10am in the Cemetery Chapel at 49 Mount Vernon Road. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Cushley.


And from Eco-Congregation Scotland

Please sign the SCIAF petition today

The countdown to COP has begun and we are encouraging you to support the latest campaign from SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund). We will be sharing more from other key Eco-Congregation Scotland partners including Christian Aid and Operation Noah in coming weeks too.

In Glasgow this November world leaders have a fortnight to set us on track to solve the climate crisis. With climate change already having a devastating impact on the world’s poorest communities, time is running out.

With faith, love and courage we can heal our Common Home. But we need to come together as a global community to take bold action. The world’s poorest people are counting on us.

As Prime Minister of the host country, Boris Johnson must encourage world leaders to make three key promises: -

  • Pay to protect the poorest communities - make sure financial support is given to those impacted by climate change so they can adapt and recover;

  • Act now to stop runaway climate change - make sure world leaders commit to keeping rises in global temperatures below the disastrous 1.5°C threshold; and

  • Listen to those on the frontline of the climate crisis - make sure that people worst affected by the crisis are at the heart of the climate talks.

About this event

This year we are expanding our Challenge Poverty Week offerings and hosting webinars through the whole of October to tie it together with COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow in November. Climate and poverty are two of the greatest challenges facing the world at the moment and through these four webinars we will be exploring the links between them and looking at different ways congregations can get involved in tackling them head on. All the sessions will be facilitated by the Priority Areas staff team and involve lots of opportunity for discussion and questions.

Wednesday 6th October - now over
Our first webinar will explore the links between poverty and the climate crisis at a local, national and international level and our guest speakers will be Val Brown (Christian Aid Scotland), Stephen Curran (Eco-Congregation Scotland) and Francis Stuart (Scottish Trades Union Congress).

Wednesday 13th October - now over
This webinar will look at how we bring care for creation and desire for climate justice into our worship, including both practical resource you can use and deeper questions to consider. Our guest speakers will be Joel Payne (Resound Worship), Wendy Lloyd (Faith Communications Coordinator, Christian Aid) and David Coleman (Environmental Chaplain, Eco-Congregation Scotland).

Wednesday 20th October - now over
This webinar will look at issues around food, with a particular focus on community food projects and how they can help address both poverty and the climate crisis. Guest speakers will include Mel Hall (Blackhill's Growing) and Jon Molyneux (Fareshare).

Wednesday 27th October
Our final webinar will focus on buildings, considering different approaches congregations can take to make sure their buildings suit the needs of their congregation and community and how to make them more sustainable. Guest speakers will include Barri Millar (General Trustees) and Scott Wham (Architect).

To register for those webinars which have still to take place, please click here.

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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