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 Easter 2014


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.)




Like the women who were Jesus’s disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means.  What does it mean that Jesus is risen?  It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom.  Jesus did not return to his former life, to earthly life, but entered into the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity, opening us to a future of hope.  This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness.  Because God is life, life alone, and his glory is the human being fully alive.

Pope Francis,  Urbi et Orbi message 2013.