Our Parish, St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, is a gracious and innovative parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. Having been empowered by grace, we have established a friendly, warm, loving and welcoming community of God's People from different parts of the world. We celebrate the Word and Sacrament for the spiritual sustenance of our faithful and strengthening of our parochial family.
Since we intend to spread the Good News of Christ everywhere, renewing and upholding our relationship with Christ and all parishioners has been our daily task; because "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain" [Psalm 127:1]. True Kingdom growth comes from an outpouring and overflowing of our relationship with Jesus, in response to His amazing gift of grace we receive though His death on the cross and the relationship we have with Him as our resurrected Lord.
Thus, we aspire to uphold a “community focused” parish. Coming together to worship, learn and pray and support each other is important, indeed vital, if we are to grow those deeper roots.
We can’t “Make Jesus Christ Known” if we simply remain in our church building or stay only within our parish groups. Our Lord Jesus has declared thus, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” [Matthew 28: 18-20]. In Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells us Jesus’ parting words: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” [Acts 1: 8].
Therefore, our desire to “Make Jesus Christ known” flows from our deeper relationship with God and openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who protects our oneness as a family and guarantees our parochial mission in the world. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit and then to start witnessing for Him (through their words and actions) in the very places they were in, as well as sending others further afield to spread the Good News of His death and resurrection.
We believe that we should be engaging as fully as possible with our local community, to build bridges, to love our community and to show that love in practical ways. If we are deepening our roots in God, our love for Jesus will be evident in all that we do and say, and the Good News of Jesus will spread “across the bridges”, meeting and joining God where He is already at work.
Taken from: St Margaret’s of Scotland PPC Strategic Development Statement 2020-2025