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Blog 9 - 6th July 2017

I don’t think that I am cut out to be a blogger! It’s months since my last posting and I, a confirmed technophobe, have to admit that this dalliance with modernity is not as successful as our webmaster would have hoped.

Lots has happened since my last post. The Pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret on the 11th June was a great success. Despite the uncertain weather, well over 1,000 people made the journey to Dunfermline to honour St Margaret, visit the places associated with her in the town, walk in procession with her relics and celebrate the Mass of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, a fitting Feast day to honour her who dedicated her Church in Dunfermline to the Trinity. Many people worked tirelessly to ensure that the day was a success. Thanks to them for all of their efforts. Next year, the Pilgrimage will be on the 10th of June, 2018.

There was no rest after the Pilgrimage and the following Saturday, 24 of our young parishioners received Holy Communion for the first time. Again the Church was packed and the work of so many people ensured a fitting and worthy celebration: prayerful, reverent and relaxed, a very happy day for all concerned. Thanks to all who worked so hard, particularly our School staff and parish catechists.

A big disappointment came when the Heritage Lottery Fund informed us that our application for funding to assist with major fabric repairs needed on the Church had been unsuccessful. I cannot stress how much work the Fabric Committee put into this application. We are applying to other funding bodies and will consider a second application to HLF when we meet with our architect this coming week. We did present a strong application but just missed out on achieving funding. But onwards and upwards: the show will go on and St Margaret’s will continue to be a strong visible reminder of the presence of Christ at the heart of our community.

We have four weddings in July and August; a visit from the young people of the Syro Malabar Community in August to celebrate Mass here and visit the places associated with St Margaret and a pilgrimage group walking from Edinburgh to St. Andrews staying in the hall overnight at the beginning of August. I am heading off to Lourdes on the 20th July as chaplain to the West Fife Across group; three of our Senior Altar Servers are travelling as helpers and Tom Condie is the group leader. Please be assured of our prayers for you all in Lourdes.

I’ll try not to leave it so long until my next blog!