The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart,
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.