Sunday, June 11, 2017
The 2017 National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline in honour of St Margaret of Scotland will take place this year on Sunday June 11th and will follow a similar format to previous successful events, with some minor additions.
As in previous years the bus park at Pittencrieff Park, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline will be utilised for drop-off only for those pilgrims arriving by private hire bus. Local stewards (easily identifiable by the high visibility tabards worn) will be in attendance at the bus park at Pittencrieff Park from 10am to greet pilgrims and provide directions to the Louise Carnegie gates of Pittencrieff Park / Bridge Street. Bus drivers will thereafter be given directions to Leys Park Road bus park. This is where pilgrims should rejoin their buses at the conclusion of the day. A map of central Dunfermline for drivers showing the route between Pittencrieff Park and the Leys Park Road bus park can be viewed /downloaded by clicking here. A second map showing the various places of interest in Dunfermline associated with St Margaret is available by clicking here.
Those pilgrims arriving by private vehicle should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline town centre. The locations of variouse car parks in the town centre are shown on this map. It should be noted that a charge is now made to park within public car parks on a Sunday after 1pm.
No parking will be available within the grounds St Margaret's RC Memorial church on the day except for those displaying a disabled badge. Access will be permitted for drop off only.
Pilgrims should make their way into Pittencrieff Park and on to the Louise Carnegie gates, Bridge Street, Dunfermline where the local Scout movement will be providing gazebos situated to the north side of the park just inside the gates. Stewards/Guides will be in attendance at the gazebos and will take groups of approx. 20 pilgrims to nearby religious/historical sites associated with St Margaret. The tours will leave approximately every 20 minutes, dependent upon demand. Stewards will be in attendance at each of the historical sites to greet and provide assistance to pilgrims visiting. (It should be noted there is an fee to be paid to Historic Scotland to visit the Dunfermline Abbey ruins). Stewards will have guide books for sale at £1 per copy which contain information on the various historical sites and a map.
The gazebos will also be available for shelter for pilgrims in the event of inclement weather and the consumption of food. The local Scout movement will be providing hot burger rolls for sale, later in the morning/afternoon (all proceeds to the Scout movement).
PROCESSION - All pilgrims/groups taking part in the procession are asked to gather at the Louise Gates, Bridge Street, Dunfermline from 1.45pm – 2.10pm. The Scout movement will have signage for the various groups/pilgrims taking part in the procession. Pilgrims will be asked to form in groups of 100 and be interspersed between schools and other groups. This is to ensure those taking part in the liturgy of the celebration Mass gain ease of access to the church. PLEASE FOLLOW DIRECTIONS GIVEN AT THIS TIME BY STEWARDS/SCOUTS TO ENSURE THE PROCESSION MOVES OFF ON TIME AS REQUIRED.
The procession will be led by His Grace Archbishop Cushley, and the Dunfermline Pipe Band and will process via Bridge Street, High Street, East Port, Dunfermline to St Margaret’s RC Church for Mass at 3pm.
3pm MASS - Access to the Church will be by the main doors, with stewards directing pilgrims to pass-keepers, who will direct pilgrims to seating. The side door access will be for wheelchair access. The Church requires to be filled from front to rear and thereafter the sides and Lady Chapel. PLEASE ASSIST THE STEWARDS BY FOLLOWING THEIR DIRECTIONS ON ENTERING THE CHURCH. The front rows of pews within the Church will be reserved for elderly and those with restricted manoeuverability. Further rows to the front will be reserved for invited guests and those involved in the liturgy. Any pilgrims not taking part in the procession but who have remained within the church will require to move from seats at the front of the church as directed by the pass-keepers. Again please assist in following directions given at this time.
The Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Cushley and a number of the local clergy. Due to the large number of pilgrims expected for this event, access to the Church will be limited due to its capacity and the requirements for health and safety. Once the Church is full, pilgrims who cannot be accommodated will be directed by stewards to the church crypt and/or to Carnegie Hall (opposite the Church), where a live transmission of the mass will be streamed. Priests will attend at all these locations for the distribution of Holy Communion.
After the conclusion of Mass, pilgrims are again requested to follow the directions of stewards in returning to their buses at the Leys Park Road bus / car park, or to other local car parks.