St Margaret's National Pilgrimage Cancelled

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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The 5th St. Margaret's National Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 7th June 2020.

This year's Pilgrimage will begin with a joint ecumenical service at 11am at Dunfermline Abbey, led by Rev MaryAnn Rennie, Minister of Dunfermline Abbey and Fr Christ Heenan, Parish Priest of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. The service, entitled: “Pilgrims Together: Celebrating the Legacy of St Margaret” will pay tribute to the important historical and religious figure who introduced many aspects of life still known today.

Guides from 'Discover Dunfermline Tours' will be on hand after the service in the Abbey to take people to visit local sites associated with St Margaret. Suitable for families and children, the tour will last around an hour and include St Margaret’s shrine at the east end of the Abbey, the base of Malcolm’s Tower where Margaret and the royal household lived and St Margaret’s Cave, which was her private place for prayer nearly 1000 years ago.


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. Drivers will thereafter be directed to the public car park, Leys Park Road, Dunfermline. Those pilgrims arriving by car should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline town centre. Bus drivers can follow signage for football parking to the bus park at Leys Park Road.


Parking will not be available at St Margaret’s Memorial Church - drop-off only will be allowed for those with health conditions or impairments. Pilgrims arriving by cars should utilise public car parks within Dunfermline. Please note that the car park at Tesco Superstore has a limit for 3hrs parking only. It should be noted that a charge is now made within public car parks from 1pm on a Sunday.

Public toilets are available at Chalmers Street Car Park, the Tesco Superstore and within the Kingsgate Shopping Centre.


Pilgrims taking part in the procession should arrive to form up at the Louise Carnegie Gates, (main gates), Pittencrieff Park, Bridge Street, Dunfermline from 1.45pm. The procession will commence at 2.15pm prompt, led by His Grace Archbishop Cushley, and will process through Dunfermline town centre to St Margaret’s Memorial Church for a celebration Mass. Stewards will be in attendance to form the procession order. Please be guided by the stewards in forming and undertaking the procession. Pilgrims joining the procession en-route should join at the end as the order is set at the outset. Lochgelly Brass Band and Comrie Pipe Band will be playing to provide a festival atmosphere while the procession makes its way through Dunfermline.


Numbers within St Margaret’s Memorial Church will be restricted due to the capacity of the church and to accommodate those involved in the celebration of Mass. Access to the church will be by the main doors only, and will be managed by stewards who will direct pilgrims to seats, filling the church from front to rear, commencing with centre pews, before seating in the side pews and Lady Chapel.

On capacity being reached within the church, pilgrims will be directed to the Church Crypt or to Carnegie Hall (across from St. Margaret's Church). Stewards again will manage seating arrangements. The mass celebration will be live streamed to large screens in the Crypt and in Carnegie Hall.

To comply with insurance and health/safety recommendations a designated area for wheelchair users has been allocated at the rear of the church, giving immediate access to the external ramp for leaving the building. This location however offers only restricted viewing of the altar. It would therefore be recommended that any wheelchair users attending should utilise Carnegie Hall where the designated area there provides a clear view of the large screen on which the service will be transmitted.


Stewards will accompany Priests, to various locations within the Church and to the Crypt, and Carnegie Hall for the distribution of Holy Communion. Pilgrims should remain seated at all locations until directed by stewards where to go to receive communion.


At the end of Mass, pilgrims should remain seated until the main procession, led by Archbishop Cushley has exited the church. Those pilgrims at Carnegie Hall or in the Church Crypt will be free to leave at the conclusion of the Mass. After the Mass, individuals and families are invited to come forward to receive a blessing with the saint’s relics.

Vehicles attending at Church to uplift pilgrims with health conditions or impairments will not be allowed access to the church grounds until the grounds have cleared of pilgrims.

To ensure the success of the day all pilgrims are asked to follow directions as given by stewards.

Timetable of events

11.00a.m: Pilgrims Together: Celebrating the Legacy of St Margaret.

12 noon: Guides will be available to lead groups on tours of the sites associated with St Margaret. The tours will be child friendly. Or simply enjoy all that Dunfermline has to offer.

2.15p.m: Procession with the Relic of St Margaret of Scotland leaves from the Louise Carnegie gates of Pittencrieff Park to St Margaret’s Church.

3.00p.m: Mass at St Margaret’s Church led by Archbishop Leo Cushley.