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40 Days For Life

Once again it is time to begin our support of Life by participating in the “40 Days for Life” program. It will begin on Ash Wed., Feb. 10th and end on Sun., March 20th. You can participate as easily as offering extra prayer to your day; picking days to fast for the intention of preserving the sanctity of all life; visiting and praying at any of the Abortion Clinics; participation in any peaceful vigils being held; donating to and/or volunteering at the local Pregnancy Center; etc. If interested in more information, please speak to Cathy Hahr, our Parish Pro Life Representative.

Did you know…over 57 million innocent babies have lost their lives since the 1973 passage of Roe vrs. Wade, which legalized abortion in our country! Abortions are being performed on Tuesdays & Thursdays in our neighboring town of Pensacola weekly. Please come to the “Life Chain.”

Pope Francis has announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. The Catholic Church calls all to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!, as pope Francis has cited.

This Holy Year commenced on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy.'

The Diocese of Pensacola Tallahassee has selected key parishes as "Holy Door" sites in which faithful can and should pay a visit to the Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacles of each parish. Our parish, St. Margaret's of Scotland has been chosen as one of those special parishes. Bishop Parks has established a Plenary indulgence for each parish that one visits as a "Holy Door" to God's mercy. Perhaps seeking the local priest to hear your confession would be an opportunity for many of us.

Plenary Indulgence for The Year of Mercy (8 December 2015-20 November 2016)

Those who make a pilgrimage to and pass through the Holy Door/Door of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome or any of the other Papal Basilicas in Rome; Any Shrine or Jubilee Church in which the Door of Mercy is open; or The Holy Door in every Cathedral or church designated by the Diocesan Bishop. In the Diocese of Davenport, the following are designated as pilgrimage churches:

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart - Pensacola
Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More - Tallahassee
Basilica of St. Michael - Pensacola
St. Patrick - Apalachicola
St. Dominic - Panama
St. Mary - Ft. Walton Beach
St. Margaret of Scotland - DeFuniak Springs
St. Anne – Marianna

“It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.”

The sick and the elderly who are unable to go on pilgrimage may receive the Jubilee Indulgence by “[l]iving with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial [and] receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication.”

Those who are incarcerated, “may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons.” The Holy Father adds: “May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”

Those who perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. (“Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one.”)

The deceased. The Holy Father reminds us that we may gain the Jubilee Indulgence not only for ourselves, but for the deceased as well. He states: “…as we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, thus we can, in the great mystery of the Communion of Saints, pray for them, that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude.”

Once they have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indul-gence, in addition to the usual conditions, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father.” Taking into con-sideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”).

Definition of and Conditions for an Indulgence
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1471)
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”

From the US Catholic Catechism for Adults (p. 244)

“Every sin has consequences. It disrupts our communion with God and the Church, weakens our ability to resist temptation, and hurts others. The necessity of healing these consequences, once the sin itself has been forgiven, is called temporal punishment. Prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and other works of charity can take away entirely or diminish this temporal punishment. Because of the fullness of redemption obtained for is by Christ, the Church attaches to certain prayers and actions an indulgence or pardon, that is, the full or partial remission of temporal punishment due to sin. Christ, acting through the Church, brings about the healing of the consequences of sin when an individual uses such a prayer or engages in such an action.”

Conditions for Gaining a Partial Indulgence
Be baptized, not excommunicated, and in a state of grace.
Have the intention of gaining the indulgence (including being contrite)
Perform the work or offer the prayers as described

For the Year of Mercy— May be obtained more than once per day.
Conditions for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence

In addition to the above:
Exclude all attachment to sin
Three conditions:
Go to sacramental confession
Receive Eucharistic Communion
Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father
May only be obtained once per day.

If any component is lacking, the indulgence will be partial.

From Norm 20: A single sacramental confession suffices for several plenary indulgences but receiving Communion and praying for the intention of the Holy Father are re-quired for each indulgence. While the three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the indulgenced work, it is fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day.

Examples of Indulgences The Four General Concessions (or Grants)
A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who:

while carrying out their duties and enduring the hardships of life, raise their minds in humble trust to God and make, at least mentally, some pious invocation;

led by the spirit of faith, give compassionately of themselves or of their goods to serve their brothers in need;

in a spirit of penance, voluntarily abstain from something that is licit for and pleasing to them; and

in the particular circumstances of daily life, voluntarily give explicit witness to their faith before others.

Indulgence at the Point of Death
Among the Specific Concessions or Grants (#12) is the Indulgence grant-ed at the time of death, which reads:

§1 A priest who administers the sacraments to someone in danger of death should not fail to impart the apostolic blessing to which a plenary indulgence is attached.

§2 If a priest is unavailable, Holy Mother Church benevolently grants to the Christian faithful, who are duly disposed, a plenary indulgence to be acquired at the point of death, provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their life time; in such a case, the Church supplies for the three conditions ordinarily required for a plenary indulgence.

§3 In this latter case, the use of a crucifix or a cross in obtaining the plenary indulgence is commendable.

§4 The faithful can obtain this plenary indulgence at the hour of death, even if they have already acquired a plenary indulgence on that same day.

§5 The catechetical instruction of the faithful should ensure that they are duly made aware and frequently reminded of this salutary benefaction of the Church.

For details regarding the norms that regulate Indulgences, as well as for a listing of Indulgences, see the Manual of In-dulgences (English translation © 2006 USCCB).

This posted Monday, December 07, 2015

Rev. Rick Dawson Welcome Fellow Sojourner in Christ, to the website for St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, DeFuniak Springs, FL. and Blessed Trinity Catholic Mission, Bonifay, FL. Both of these fine Parish Families are located in the far northwest section of the Florida Panhandle. Though small in numbers because of their rural locations, each is a vibrant group dedicated to increasing and expressing their faith in Jesus Christ as His disciples through the Catholic Church. And because each of them has their own unique character, they offer opportunities for growth by sharing the talents and treasures with which God has blessed each Community!

If you will be traveling our way, please take the opportunity to stop in and meet these wonderful people. Come and worship with us, then stay awhile and let us get to know you a little better. We will be awaiting your visit and greet you with the enthusiasm of family visiting once again. Safe travels and God's abundant blessings!

Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Rick Dawson

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This is The Faith, by Canon Francis Ripley Are you someone who wants to know your Catholic Faith better, would like to learn more, draw yourself closer to Truth/God, or someone who is new to the Faith and would like to explore what Catholicism really is? If your answer is yes to any of those, then begin here.

Our Bishop Parks has called for a “Church Fully Alive.” The first step for a church to be fully alive is to Know The Faith. If you know the Catholic Faith well enough to invite others to the Faith, God bless you. If you feel somewhat uncertain, then allow our parish website and the posted information to bring you closer to God and His church. Jesus did not say to Peter, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my churches. He has but one Church, one divinely established my Him and carried on by the succession of Apostles, an unbroken chain. There is no other church that can declare such.

You may feel challenged due to the very challenges the Catholic Church faces with abuses and scandals. Throughout her history it has be such. After all, Christ said I have come for the sinner, those who need a physician. What we can do is know the faith, the fullness, the richness of the church's teachings. It's doctrines and dogmas are truth, as handed down to us by men influenced by the Holy Trinity. Such are the treasures of the truth. Christ said the truth will set you free.

You can start by purchasing the book by Canon, Francis Ripley, “This is the Faith.” Read it, contemplate it. Use the additional material on the Outline page of the parish website. Come to our RCIA classes if you can, ask questions and learn about the One True Faith.

Be sure to visit the page God's Love. On this page you will be presented with hours of material to help build your faith, renew your faith, or simply explore your faith.

If you simply would like to hear and learn more about Biblical History, then begin here and be prepared for hours of entertaining informative learning experience.

Pope Francis' First Encyclical on Faith

Receiving Communion as has been done for centuries -
The Reason, Respect for God, Reverence, Every Knee Shall Bend.

In these times of troubles within the world, lives are falling apart, people are filled with worry and distress. There is a patron saint for these causes and cures. St. Dymphna (pronounced Dimf-nah), whose National Shrine of is located on the grounds of St. Mary Parish in Massillon Ohio, is the patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders. Although many have never heard of St. Dymphna, she is becoming increasingly popular during these days of worry, fear and anxiety. Then, too, there are few people in the world who are not at some time or another troubled with their nerves.

Prayers to St. Dynphna for intercession:

By now everyone in the parish knows about the Parish Quilt Ministry. All ladies and even men are invited to join in this ministry. You can do as little or as much as you like and contribution to the ministry can come and any variety of ways. The prayers and sacrifices that have been made both during and after have resulted in remarkable miracles. Miracles of healing and revelation. Whether you have time to offer, talent, material, or a few dollars please don't hesitate to step forward when you hear the gentle whisper of God's voice in your heart. Just as Jesus never said no to those asking His help, so too these ladies never say no. What an inspiration to God's ministry of saving souls.

Right to Life
The Catholic Church has expressed her position on Life since the time of Christ. Humanae Vitae The Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Paul VI on the regulation of birth, 25 July 1968 fully outlined the church's position in modern times.

St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church is lead in this ministry by Cathy and Jeff Hahr. They and our church works with other Christian denominations within our community and county. If you have a calling from the Holy Spirit to help in any way for the respect and preservation of life, please contact Cathy and Jeff at 850-892-7176.

They take donations of baby cloths, maternity clothes and any baby items, furniture such as cribs, high chairs, strollers, etc. Once received they take them to the Pregnancy Support Center (892-7400) on Highway 90 next to the Regions Bank. The center uses funds received from the "Choose Life" license plates to assist women who chose adoption for their child.

Each May our church conducts an annual collection of diapers (all sizes), which will be given to the pregnancy center. Please consider being part of this drive. There is no reason for any life to be terminated.

If anyone is in a situation of crisis, please do not despair. There is hope and there is help. Call Cathy at 892-7176, or the Pregnancy Support Center at 892-7400, or Life, Inc 850-862-9020, or the Family Life Center in Fort Walton Beach at 850-243-5800. They can and will help. Also, Catholic Charities 850-244-2825 will assist in adoption arrangements. You can also call toll free 1-800-848-LOVE (5683) who will direct you to the nearest pregnancy resource center.

The first Sunday in October is "Pro Life Line Chain." Please consider giving a few hours of your time to show support for all life during this special time. For more information, please contact Cathy at 892-7176 for the time and place.

Resources for help with a troubled pregnancy or after abortion healing, please visit this link.

158 babies are aborted/killed every hour of every day. You don't have to let that happen. There is help, there are answers. A life may be in your hands.

The following short videos bring the truth of what is happening to the human race world wide.

Episode 1: Population Control

Episode 2: Pro-Abortion Violence

Contraception is one of the greatest threats to civilization today. Although it is a moral evil of the highest order, it is practiced and promoted in virtually all classrooms, universities, and even from the pulpits of churches and cathedrals. It has influenced our entire culture - from entertainment to crime to marriage and family life. Wherever we look in the modern world, contraception's ugly hand has been lain on our formerly Christian society.

The Catholic Church has always opposed contraception as a moral evil, although individual Catholics - some of them in mitres and collars - have not. Please use these resources to learn more about the evils of contraception and how you can fight it.

Contraception Talks by Dr. Martin L. Brenner, SSL

See the video that is changing coutless minds about abortion.

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Please save your cancelled stamps and deposit them in the envelope at the vestibule of the church. This mission helps aid to secure funds to support the unborn.

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St. Margaret of Scotland Cathoic Church
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church
How to find us:
247 U.S. Highway 331 North
North of Rt 90 on Hwy 331
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 590
Defuniak Springs, FL, 32433

Phone: (850) 892-9247
Fax: (850) 892-2065

Sunday Church Bulletin / .PDF format
Masses & Events Schedule

  • Before Mass or appointment
Holy Days and Vigil:
  • Mass 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Mass 11:00 a.m.
  • Mass 6:00 p.m. Spanish Celebration
  • Pastoral Council Meeting 4th Sunday after 11:00 Mass
  • Mass 8:30 a.m.
  • SMCCW Meeting (1st Mon. after Mass)
  • Latino Youth Group Meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • Parish Cenacle Prayer Meeting 9:30 a.m.
  • Prayer Quilt Group 10:30 a.m.
  • RCIA Instructions 7:00 p.m.
  • Religious Education Class 6:30 p.m.
  • Mass 6:30 p.m.
  • Choir Practice 7 p.m.
  • Mass Friday 8:30 a.m.
  • Adoration Holy Hour 1st Friday after Mass
  • Senior Covered Dish Lunchoen Last Fri. 12:00 p.m.
  • Painting Craft Club 10:00 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent 6:30 p.m.
  • Card Game Night 2nd & 4th wk 7:00 p.m.
  • Mass 5:00 p.m.
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
How to find us:
2331 Hwy 177A
Rte 4 Box 643
Bonifay, FL 32425

Phone: (850) 547-3735
Fax: (850) 547-7477

Sunday Church Bulletin / .PDF format
Masses & Events Schedule

Holy Days and Vigil:
  • Mass 6:30 p.m.
  • Before Mass or appointment
  • Choir practice 8:15 a.m.
  • Mass 9:00 a.m.
  • Coffee/Donuts or Breakfast following Mass
  • Communion service 9:00 a.m.
  • Communion service 9:00 a.m.
  • Ladies Circle Gathering 9:30 a.m
  • AA Meeting 8:00 p.m.
  • Mass 5:30 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • Dinner in Parish Hall follows
  • Pastoral Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • Communion service 9:00 a.m.
  • Communion service 9:00 a.m.
  • Eucharistic Adoration - 1st Fridays Noon - 3 p.m.

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