Parish of St. John the Evangelist

      35 Brighton Place, Portobello, EH15 1LL         

Parish Priest : Fr. Jock Dalrymple

Parish Assistants : Mike Knox; 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 : Dorothy Dickson

Tel :         0131 669 5618    Office hours : 11am to 5pm Mon, Tue, Fri.
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

Wednesday Word for adults Year 1
Palm Sunday Gospel Readings
5th Sunday of Lent Gospel Readings
4th Sunday of Lent Gospel Readings
3rd Sunday of Lent Gospel Readings
2nd Sunday of Lent Gospel Readings
1st Sunday of Lent Gospel Readings
8th Sunday of the Year Gospel Readings

Twende Pamoja - Tanzania Links

Mike's Blog

Twende Pamoja website

Twende Pamoja magazine


Ecumenical links -

St. Philip's websitenewsletter.

St. Martin's website.

Portobello Council of Churches - contacts and info.


Hot News

Holy Week services - see newsletter p1

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Tuesday, 15th April at 7pm.

Lenten Opportunities

St. John's
Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays after the morning service.
Divine Mercy Devotions on Fridays 3pm to 4 pm.

St. John's & St. Mary Magdalene's
A choice of 5 "Gospel Joy" Lenten house Groups - see newsletter for more info.

In the Diocese

"Gospel Joy" lectures at 7pm each Friday at Gillis College from 14th March - this week Archbishop Cushley on 'Renewing our Gospel Joy'.

Beyond the Referendum - series of talks at the Lauriston centre starting Wednesday 19th March at 7:30pm. For more info click here.

Legion of Mary will also hold a day retreat on Saturday, April 12th starting 10am at St. Catharine's Convent, Lauriston.

Healing Mass on Tuesday, April 22nd at 2:30pm. Tea & home baking in the hall afterwards.

Fresh Start need duvets, tea towels, tumbler glasses, lamps & radio alarm clocks. Please contact Justice & Peace.

Hunger for Justice and Online petitions - see events page.

Enquiry Group - If you know of anyone who wants to know more about being a Catholic or wants to find a way of making contact again, all will be warmly welcomed. Please contact Fr Jock Dalrymple on 669 5447 or Alice Codling on 657 1862 or email

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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