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

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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.


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.


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

St John’s Church Open Day

St. John’s Church will be open on Saturday 7 November from after 10.00am Mass till 1 pm – coinciding with the market in Brighton Park - in order to offer passers-by the chance to enjoy a few moments of quiet reflection and to light a candle. This initiative responds to Pope Francis’ stated desire that churches should be open and not merely ‘museums’. To welcome visitors, we would like a team of volunteers doing one-hour stints from the end of 10.00 am Mass till 1 pm – two welcomers in each one-hour block. If you are free to help, please put your name on the sheets at the back of the church.


Baptism Preparation Course

7.30 to 8pm Thursday 22nd and 29th of October. 2 Evenings of preparation for parents. Please register with Fr Jock

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.


Archbishop Leo Cushley's letter communicating Pope Francis' decision on Cardinal O'Brian

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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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