Thanks for taking time to look at our web page. Saint Margaret of Scotland Church is a Catholic community of worship and service on the south side of the city of Chicago. Our church building has stood proudly on 99th Street for almost 100 years as a symbol of our rich history of faith in the Lord Jesus as we gather at the Eucharist on a daily basis. We are a diverse community of white, black and Hispanic members. We are committed to be a welcoming community. We also are very proud of our elementary school which includes a preschool, kindergarten and grades one to eight. Take time to review their web page. You will discover why we are proud of this ministry under the leadership of Mr. Kevin Powers.
The sign at the church entrance says it clearly: ALL ARE WELCOME. At the beginning of each Mass, it is my practice to say, "THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!" Our hands and hearts are open to welcome you. If you are looking for a Church family, please consider us.
-- Fr. William O'Donnell, C.PP.S.
March 31st, 2014
Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014: 7:00 p.m. Mass.
Good Friday, April 18, 2014: 7:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our
Lord Jesus Christ
Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014: Reconciliation (Confession): 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
8:00 p.m. Mass
Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.
February 10th, 2014
The 2014 St. Patrick's Day Party is March 1st, 2014. Please visit the Upcoming Events page for more information!
January 1st, 2014
Check out the Remember? page to view the Longwood Manor Athletic Association Baseball booklet from 1963!
December 2013 Christmas 2013 Schedule of Services
Masses Tuesday, December 24 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM and Midnight No 8:30 AM Mass
Wednesday, December 25 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Tuesday, December 31 4:30 PM No 8:30 AM Mass
Wednesday, January 1 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): Tuesday, December 24 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
April 22nd, 2013
Check out the Remember? page to view the Longwood Manor Athletic Association Baseball booklet from 1965!
March 24th, 2013
The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Party pictures and list of contributors are now up! Please visit the Announcements page for more information!
February 2nd, 2013
The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Party is March 2nd, 2013. Please visit the Upcoming Events page for more information!
Christmas 2012 Schedule of Services
Monday, December 24, 2012 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM Midnight (Carols begin at 11:30 PM)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
Monday, December 31, 2012 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
The 2012 St. Patrick's Day Party pictures are now up! Please visit the Announcements page for more information!
Christmas 2010 Schedule of Services
Friday, December 24, 2010 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM Midnight (Carols begin at 11:30 PM)
Saturday, December 25, 2010 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Friday, December 31, 2010 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 1, 2011 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 2, 2011 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
December 14, 15, 16 9:00 AM
Friday, December 24 9:00 AM, 5:15 PM
We will celebrate the 136th anniversary of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish at the Annual Parish Tea on October 31, 2010. Please join us at 3:00 P.M. in the gym. Light refreshments will be served.
The Class of �61 Reunion Committee is looking for long-lost classmates and needs your help. If you know of anyone who graduated in 1961, or who moved before graduating in 1961, please contact Mike Collins at 312/751-4919. The Reunion Committee is planning a reunion party sometime in 2011 to celebrate the Class of �61�s Golden Jubilee.
March 2010 Mass Schedule for Easter:
Palm Sunday Masses Saturday, March 27 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM Confessions - 9:00 AM and 5:15 PM Sunday, March 28 - 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and Noon
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, March 29, 30, & 31st 8:30 AM Confessions - 9:00 AM
Holy Thursday, April 1 The Lord's Supper - 10:15 AM and 7:00 PM Church will remain open after evening Mass for private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Good Friday, April 2 Tre Ore - Noon - 3:00 PM Stations of the Cross - 2:30 PM The Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - 7:00 PM
Holy Saturday, April 3 Confessions - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Easter Vigil Mass and Baptisms - 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday, April 4 Masses - 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and Noon
December 2009 Christmas 2009 Schedule of Services
MASSES ::CHRISTMAS:: Thursday, December 24, 2009 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM Midnight (Carols begin at 11:30 PM)
Friday, December 25, 2009 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
::NEW YEAR'S:: Thursday, December 31, 2009 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM Friday, January 1, 2010 8:30 AM
::CONFESSIONS:: December 15, 16, 17 at 9:00 AM Thursday, December 24 at 9:00 AM, 5:15 AM
St. Patrick's Day 2009 pictures are finally posted! Please click here to view them! We would like to thank those who contributed to making the St. Patrick's Day Party 2009 a success! Click here to view a list of sponsors.
Please click here to check out the list of sponsors who made this year's St. Patrick's Day Party a success. Click here to view pictures from the party.
September 24th, 2007
The annual Parish Tea will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 3 PM. We will honor long time parishioner Retired Police Superintendent Fred Rice as recipient of our annual Father Robert Sheridan Award. We will also honor Ms. Paula Conrad of Com-Ed. As always, we will give special thanks to Mr. Richard Driehaus, the incredible UPS under the leadership of Jim Winestock, Father John Smyth of Standing Tall Foundation, and Cardinal George who sends his blessings. We will also honor Sister Joellyn, who represents the best of all efforts by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and is still working today.
This year our school enrollment has reached 400 students, and we continue to provide the tools the students will need to succeed, as well as to provide a solid fountain through a Catholic education. In recent months, we have repaired the roof of the rectory and the damaged rooms therein, repainted the church, and just recently completed school repairs necessitated by the terrible flood we suffered last spring. Our gym continues to serve as an oasis for recreation and friendship in a desert of poverty and crime, again thanks to the wonderful benefactors of St. Margaret's.
This event has become a tradition through which we recognize not only our longevity (133 years!) but also an even where we celebrate those who have helped us to grow and prosper over many years.
We hope you will be able to join us. We also would appreciate your financial support to continue our work at one of the finest parishes in the city.
Yours in Christ, Father Dan
May 21st, 2006
Once again we are so happy to welcome FATHER CLAUDE SOUFFRANT, of the Society of Jesus. Father will be with us for a couple of months. His great work in the Haitian Institute and the Jesuit Community are joined together with the work of St. Margaret's. Welcome, Father, to your Chicago home once again. May God bless Haiti!
January 21st, 2006
Our upcoming St. Patrick's Party will be held on February 25th, 2006. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. we hope that you can attend. Please see the Upcoming Events page for more information.
October 2, 2005
A letter from Father Mallette on the annual Parish Tea
St. Margaret of Scotland School is in full swing for the 131st year. We have almost 100 more pupils than last year. God's poor are being served. It costs $2,500.00 to cover one pupil for one year.
The devil, through gangs and drugs, roams around seeking to ruin the lives of the young, but St. Margaret stands as a pillar of hope twenty-four hours a day. With Father John Smyth's work, through the 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. programs of our school and gymnasium, under our great home-grown Principal, Earl McKay, St. Margaret hums along with life.
On Sunday, October 30, 2005, beginning at 3:00 P.M., we will hold our annual Parish Tea. We will honor Fr. John Smyth, St. Margaret's Man of the Century and the finest priest I have ever known. We will also honor Myron Gray, Regional Director of UPS. Jim Winestock, U.S. Director of UPS, may be able to join us as well.
The 2005 recipients of The Father Bob Sheridan Award will be Maureen O'Connor and Rita Harth.
Please bring or send in a sacrifice. It will be used to aid God's poorest. Thank you!
A special letter of thanks from Father Souffrant to St. Margaret parishoners and friends:
God works through the pastor and the people of Saint Margaret to promote education in Haiti by helping start a Teachers Training Center and , later, a secondary school. Saint Ignatius School near Port-au-Prince stands as a monument to the generosity of this parish. The partnership between Chicago Saint Margaret Parish and Haiti Saint Ignatius School works nicely. For almost 20 years, each and every summer, I have been enjoying your hospitality and taking home your contributions to a second collection. This financial aid helps build a hall, the Dan Mallette Hall, to house a Teachers Training Program now called Teachers College. After training, our teachers needed employment. In order to provide employment, we started a secondary school called Haiti Saint Ignatius High School. As this education ministry was developing, came to us, in the mail a recognition certificate from the Jesuit Secondary Association School in troubled Haiti. Thank you for supporting Saint Ignatius.
February 27th, 2005
To view Mike Houlihan's recent article about
Father Mallette, which appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on February 27th,
2005, please click here.
(Thanks to Mike Houlihan for his permission to display his article.)
February 12th, 2005
Mr. Richard Driehaus sends word that once again his foundation will match dollar for dollar everything raised through the St. Patrick's Day Party. May God continue to bless this wonderful man of St. Margaret's.
September 18th, 2004
Our Parish 130th Anniversary Tea is set for Sunday, October 24 at 3 PM. Come for the Planning Meetings at 6 PM on Mondays in the Rectory.
August 8th, 2004
The 19th Annual Fr. Augustus Tolton Awards Banquet for Black Catholics is set for Saturday, October 2, 2004, from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
August 8th, 2004
Father Claude Souffrant, S.J. is back in Port-au-Prince in Jesuit Community. He received $2,000 through your generosity from his appeal and thanks everyone. He thanks us "for saving my life" as he wrote and we pray for his health and safety.
Letter from March 8th, 2004
Dear Father Dan,
A tragedy is unfolding in Haiti. I am writing to ask that you and the people of Saint Margaret say a special prayer for the Haiti people torn apart by political strife. My school has not yet been looted as it happened to the nuns living not far from me.
See you in June if I am still alive.
March 2nd, 2004
Congratulations to all involved for another successful St. Pat's Party!! Special thanks to our honored guests: Cardinal George, Father Smyth and former White Sox great Billy Pierce. A special thank you to all the volunteers who worked and helped organize this gala event. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's party!
We would also like to thank the fantastic choir that sang at the Mass preceding the party; their music filled the church with joy.
Rev. William O'Donnell, C.PP.S., Missionary of the Precious Blood, Pastor
Rev. Daniel J. Mallette, Pastor Emeritus
Mr. Kevin Powers, Principal, St. Margaret of Scotland School
Mrs. Peggy Collins, Administrative and Operations Manager
Mr. Jerry Jaterka, Organist