Our Mission

We are a diverse, urban, Catholic parish. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and the example of our patroness, we are called to be a vibrant voice and beacon of the Catholic faith in our neighborhoods. We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and action by:

  • Praying and celebrating as a Eucharistic community
  • Educating children and adults to live a full Christian life in today’s world
  • Serving others with unconditional generosity
  • Living just lives and working for a more just society

Welcome from Father O'Toole

In the past seven years, St. Margaret of Scotland Church has grown by almost two hundred families. With more than 800 households and close to 500 children in our full-time school, this rapid development caught the attention of the demographers in the Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning.  Looking at our statistics, they reported to us that of the 171 territorial parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Margaret of Scotland ranks first in the combined category of parish attractiveness and retention.

To explain “parish attractiveness,” St. Margaret has been increasing the percentage of parishioners from outside its boundaries.  In 2008, 39% of our parishioners came from outside the boundaries.  Today it is 49%.  And “parish retention” is about holding on to registered families.  In this regard, St. Margaret is one of the very few parishes in the Archdiocese that is increasing the percentage of Catholics living in our boundaries that are “retained” as parishioners – from 53% in 2008 to 61% in 2017.

What do all these figures indicate?  To me, they prove that more and more people are finding a good spiritual home at St. Margaret of Scotland and have a desire to remain connected.  I hope this is your experience of our faith community where “we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and action.”  I invite you to explore our website and make a choice to get more involved in our growing, vibrant parish!

Yours in Christ,
Reverend Matthew O’Toole
Pastor

St. Margaret of Scotland By the Numbers

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Years as a Catholic parish in the heart of the city of St. Louis ZIP codes represented within our vibrant parish community
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ZIP codes represented within our vibrant parish community
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Ministries and organizations (and growing) to get involved with
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Baptisms in 2017-- the most in our parish since 1967
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Choir members contributing to a dynamic liturgy environment
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Patroness, St. Margaret of Scotland, that inspires us to be a beacon of the Catholic faith

Mass Schedule

Saturday 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM
Monday - Friday 6:30 AM
School Mass 8:00 AM Friday (School Year)
Holy Days and Holidays Please Refer to Bulletin
Reconciliation Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

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History

History

St. Margaret of Scotland Church was birthed on Christmas Day 1899 by founding pastor Father John J. O’Brien
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Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Meet the staff at St. Margaret of Scotland.
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Get Involved

Get Involved

We are grateful for your willingness to serve and to share your friendship here. 
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Have a question or comment about the St. Margaret of Scotland parish community? We’d love to hear from you!

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