The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart,
Edinburgh, Scotland.

Here you will find information about us including Mass timesParish contacts, our history, forthcoming events at the church and also how to find us.

We are located in Lauriston midway between the Grassmarket and Tollcross – on the edge of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. The Church building dates from 1860. The Priests and Brothers of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have served here in the centre of Scotland’s capital city since the parish was started in 1859. We are part of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

As well as being responsible for the parish, the Jesuit Community does a variety of other work.

Download the latest parish newsletter in PDF format here: Bulletin Palm Sunday


Holy Week & Easter:  Service Times


Monday 14th April

The usual times for Masses and confessions:

Masses 7.45am, 12.30pm, 5.45pm; confessions from 12.00-12.25pm

 Tuesday 15th April             Masses and confessions at the usual times

 Wednesday 16th April        Masses and confessions at the usual times


Holy Thursday, 17th April

Sacrament of Reconciliation               12:00 – 1:00pm

Mass of the Lord’s Supper                 6:30pm

At this Mass, everyone in the congregation will be invited to have their feet washed: please come prepared!

Vigil at the Altar of repose                 until 9:00pm


Good Friday, 18th April

Children’s Stations of the Cross         11:00am

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion             3:00pm

Stations of the Cross ‘son et lumiere’ 8:00pm


Holy Saturday, 19th April

No confessions, no exposition

The Easter Vigil (Mass of Easter)       8:30pm


Easter Sunday, 20th April

Masses:                                                7:45am, 10:45am, 8:00pm


Easter Monday, 21st April

One Mass only:                                   12:30pm

(With confessions from 12 noon.)


of the Cross

every Friday in Lent
12 noon and 6.15pm*

*5.15pm on First Fridays







Fully living out our Baptism means not becoming hardened to the situations of degradation and poverty that we meet as we walk the streets of our cities and towns.  There is the risk of passively accepting certain types of behaviour and of not being struck by the sad realities that surround us.  This normalisation for convenience of behaviour that is un-Christian anaesthetises the heart! Lent comes to us as a providential moment for changing course, for recovering our capacity to react when faced with the reality of evil that always challenges us.  Lent should be lived as a time of conversion, of personal and community renewal, through drawing closer to God and confident adherence to the Gospel.  In this way, we are able to look upon our brothers and sisters and their needs with new eyes.

Pope Francis,  Ash Wednesday audience, 2014.