Parish of St. John the Evangelist

      35 Brighton Place, Portobello, EH15 1LL         

Parish Priest : Fr. Jock Dalrymple

Parish Assistant : Alice Codling

Shared Parish House : 3 Sandford Gardens, Edinburgh, EH15 1LP.

St. John's and St. Mary Magdalene's (Bingham Avenue, EH15 3PT) share Fr. Jock as parish priest.

Tel : 0131 669 5447

Parish Secretary : Pauline Connarty

Tel :         0131 669 5618    Office hours : 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Thursday.
e-mail :

Use the 'Contact Us' page to find options for getting in touch or e-mail

Royal Infirmary Chaplaincy - all denominations - 0131 242 1990

Gift Aid offerings/donations can be taken out at any time during the year and is a valuable source of additional income for St. John's at no extra cost to parishioners. Read more - What is it? Declaration form & notes

Contact the office on 669 5618.

People who are seriously ill should normally be served spiritually by their local Parish Priest before going into hospital, where on admittance they should request that the Hospital Chaplaincy be informed. One of the team of chaplains will visit patients who have asked for them to be informed and arrange for a Priest to administer the Sacraments.

In case of emergency the Chaplain's telephone number is 0131 242 1995, and the Chaplaincy Team Administrator's number is 0131 242 1990

Twende Pamoja - Tanzania Links

Mike's Blog

Twende Pamoja website

Twende Pamoja magazine


Ecumenical links -

St. Philip's website.   newsletter.

St. Martin's website.

Portobello Council of Churches - contacts and info.



Archbishop Cushley’s visit to our Cluster of Parishes

(St. John’s, St Mary Magdalene’s, St Teresa’s, St Ninian’s and St. Mary, Star of the Sea)

Archbishop Cushley  will unveil his plans for the future of our archdiocese and respond to questions.

Saturday 13th of February

11am to 12.30pm

St Mary Magdalene's Church


Why not visit our parishes’ new Facebook page where there is a welcome message from Archbishop Leo to be viewed.


Monsignor James T Rae

Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist Parish

September 1980 to September 2013

Rest in Peace

Monsignor Rae died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening 15th October 2015 after recieving the Sacrament of the Sick and an Apostolic Blessing from the Archbishop.

DVDs of Mgr Rae’s Requiem Mass 

- will be available in the coming weeks, price £5. If you would like to order a copy please sign the list at the back of either church or ring Fr Jock.

The Appreciation of
Mgr James Rae
prepared by Mike Knox

Fr Jock writes: ‘With this weeks newsletter comes Mike Knox’s powerful and perceptive eulogy which he gave at Mgr Rae’s Requiem Mass last Saturday, along with the Mgr’s final reflection on priesthood

Click here to download


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA

Tueday Evenings 7.30pm in the Parish House. Contact Alice Codling (0131 657 1862) or Father Jock for for more details

Theatre Alba Leisure

Wednesdays 8 to 10pm, from the 23rd of September in St. John's church hall.

A mix of professional and amateur actors producing plays of a very high standard. No experience necessary, no auditions. See newsletter for more details.




Pilates Classes on Monday mornings 9:15am to 10:15am. Contact Fiona Macpherson.

Course 2014/15 - Supervision of Pastoral Work, at Christ Church Centre, in association with the Epiphany Group. See events page for more.

Craig Lodge Retreats - see their website.


Welcome to

St. John the Evangelist

RC Church, Edinburgh

St. John's is accessible to wheelchairs and has a LOOP system fitted for those with hearing aids.

St. John's is part of a group of parishes which are planning to work together to promote links between our parishes; maximise the use of our skills and resources; and prepare for the impact of the foreseen shortage of priests.

There is a local Catholic primary school - also St. John's, Portobello

and a secondary school - Holy Rood High School

We also support FairTrade, are part of the Portobello Council of Churches and have a relationship with a group of small Christian communities in Legho, Tanzania in Africa.

St. John's Church from Brighton Place Large image of St. John's Church

St. John's is a Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, a charity registered in Scotland - number SCO08540
Copyright © 2008 by St. John's RC Church, Portobello, Edinburgh

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