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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,
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
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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: http://www.scborromeo.org/prayers/dymphna.pdf
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a Catholic perspective on politics and culture? See this web site for interesting and up to date views.
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