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 Lent 1
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.