St. Macartin's Cathedral

Important Upcoming Services

Sunday 9th September at 11.00am  - Bird of Paradise Ministries in Rwanda (BPMR)
Bird of Paradise Ministries is a Christian, non-profit organisation which is committed to provide the basic needs of shelter and care to the elderly of Rwanda. Founder, Rev Jerome and his wife Mary will be visiting us to speak of his mission work in Rwanda. Please make every effort to attend and a special collection will be made towards providing the basic needs of shelter and care to the elderly of Rwanda.

Sunday 16th September at 11.00am - St John Ambulance Service
The Lord Prior, Sir Malcolm Ross (the third most senior individual within the Order) will attend the service along with Her Majesty's representative for Co Fermanagh, The Viscount Brookeborough KG (Knight Commander of the Order in Northern Ireland, the fifth most senior office).

Sunday 23rd September at 11.00am Back to Church Sunday
Family Service and Dedication of New Window and Bell Ringing Plaque followed by Tea, Coffee, Juice and Chat.

Annual Parish Boat Trip

This trip aboard the Kestrel (kindly granted by Stephen Nixon) will depart from Killyhevlin Jetty at
5pm sharp on Monday 17th September, stopping at the home of Ivan and Avril Kee for refreshments, followed by a three couse meal in the Killyhevlin Hotel. Subscription is £25 each, limited to 45 persons. Book at the Cathedral office on 66322917 or Ivan Kee on 07768000167.

First Enniskilling Scout Group

A new scouting year commences in September. More leaders are needed for all sections - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. If you would be willing to help out, please contact George Irvine on 07864889672 or Bob Rowley on 07871743763.

Choral Scholarships

If you have the talent and interest, you can help form an integral part of St. Macartin's Cathedral Choir, Enniskillen, and benefit from our new choral scholarships. The Cathedral Choir sings at the weekly Sunday morning service at 11.00am, and occasionally at additional services throughout the year. Once or twice a year the choir visits churches and cathedrals further afield, to sing. Recently these have included St. Macartan's Cathedral in Clogher and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

Each year, commencing in September, St. Macartin's offers up to eight Choral Scholarships; ideally two of each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass). It is useful, but not essential, for potential Choral Scholars to have relevant experience of singing in a choir, for example a church, school or community choir. For all Scholars, good sight-reading skills are desirable. All Scholars are obliged to take lessons from an approved professional vocal tutor of their own choice, or from the Cathedral's designated vocal tutor, Mr David Robertson.

Application forms can be requested from the Cathedral Office by telephoning 02866322917 or emailing

Cathedral History

Sam Morrow would like it generally known that it is proposed to produce a detailed illustrated history of Enniskillen Parish and St Macartin’s Cathedral. In order to create interest, the inclusion of photographs will be most important. This is an appeal to parishioners and those associated with the cathedral for photographs of people and events associated with the church and its organisations over the past centuries. Photographs considered to be of interest in relation to cathedral and its people should be given to Mrs Rennick in the cathedral office where details will be recorded. After scanning, the photographs will be returned to their owners.

Cathedral Roof

Parishioners will be aware that the roof of the cathedral, which is a Grade A listed building, has been giving rise to problems in recent years. There is the very obvious damage to the plasterwork in the south west corner of the nave beside the Pokrich stone, which has been caused by ingress of rain water. Slates are constantly falling off which may allow rain water to enter the roof space. Falling slates also give rise to serious health and safety risks which may cause personal injury. In stormy conditions, the slates can be observed moving on the roof. A preliminary survey has been carried out which has confirmed the worst fears. Major expenditure will be required on the roof. A recent investigation has indicated a woodworm infestation which may require the replacement of some of the roof timbers.

The last major expenditure on the cathedral roof was in 1960 when a re-roofing project was undertaken. It is not surprising therefore that, after a period of 57 years, major works are once again required. This will be an expensive project which will involve elaborate scaffolding. Slates will have to be removed and stored carefully, damaged timber will need replacement, other timbers will require treatment, and insulation will need to be upgraded. Slates will then have to be replaced using durable nails. The opportunity will also be taken to replace damaged stonework and faulty gutters, downpipes and lead valleys. It is most likely that internal redecoration of the cathedral will be required when the roof project is complete.

It is difficult to estimate the cost of the work at this stage other than to say that it will be substantial. Professionals will need to be employed to carry out detailed surveys and prepare specifications for the work to be undertaken. Only then will it be possible to estimate costs accurately.
The possibility of obtaining grant aid or other financial support will be explored fully. If grant aid is obtainable, then the procedures laid down by the funding bodies will have to be followed rigidly. In the meantime, we can be sure that substantial financial support from parishioners will be needed to enable the essential work on the cathedral roof to be carried out. A major effort will be required to raise the necessary funds for this vital work.

The Cathedral Men‘s LIFE Group

Our hope is to regularly bring together all the men of the parish for an evening of fellowship, activities, and a guest speaker. For further information, contact Gordon Jackson, Karl Saunders, Ewan Richmond or David Graham.

The Cathedral Men’s Life group completed their year with a boat trip on the MV Kestrel to Devenish Island on Thursday 21st June. Our guest speakers were Monsignor Peter O’Reilly and Bishop John McDowell, who both shared a little about ‘My Life My Faith’. We were joined on the trip by men from St Michael’s Parish Enniskillen.

This has been the first year of the Men’s Life Group and we have had a variety
of guests including:
? former curate Rob Clements who spoke at our Men’s Harvest Supper;
? our own John Graham talked about his life and faith in war, having served in the Falklands and Iraq;
? the Rev. Andrew Rawding shared with us about his life as a serving soldier, Royal Navy Chaplin, and his work with suicide awareness;
? the Rev. David Cupples spoke of his 670 miles walk along the Camino de Santiago;
? science teacher Noel Johnston who explained why he believes in creation.

As well as a visit to the Bible Comes to Life Exhibition, we also briefly heard from:
? our own Parishioners: Ewan Richmond, Gordon Jackson, George Irvine and Trevor Stevenson who each told us a little about their life
and their faith;
? Sam Morrow gave us a history lesson on the Cathedral building;
? organist Glenn Moore explained why ‘Be thou my Vision’ was his favourite hymn and then we all joined in song as he played it for us;
? David Nixon talked to us about human trafficking in and around Co. Fermanagh.

We are grateful to all our guest speakers and all who participated, as well as the many men who turned up for fellowship and to listen to our guests.

                                                     .... the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart [1 Samuel 14]

Old Pound Coins

The old one pound coin has gone out of circulation. Many of you will still have some in your pockets or purses! The bank will still accept, them but rather than make a trip there, you could if you wish, donate them to the Cathedral Fabric Fund. A glass jar is available in the Cathedral Porch to make your donation which will be very much appreciated.


The Crèche Room is available during Sunday Services to any parents or guardians of small children. We love having babies and toddlers in the Cathedral with us, but we understand that at times you might prefer to use the Crèche Room, at the top of the stairs from the back porch. We are interested to know it there would be demand for a Crèche Service during the l l.00am Sunday Service. This would operate on a rota basis, allowing adults with children below Sunday Lights age (primary school age) to leave little ones in the care of designated crèche leaders.
If this service would make it easier for you to worship with us on Sunday mornings, please express your interest by emailing Rev Chris on or calling the Curatage on 66228059.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Would you like to walk where Jesus walked and see the places we read about in church each Sunday?  We are gauging interest in the Parish in a one-week Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2018. The itinerary would include Nazareth and Bethlehem, associated with Jesus' birth and childhood, as well as other spots around the Sea of Galilee where our Lord ministered. Then, a few days in and around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, including the Mount of Olives, Temple area, and the Via Dolorosa from Gethsemane towards the site of Christ's trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
A pilgrimage can bring the Bible to life and be an exciting opportunity for renewal within a parish.
The cost will be around £1895 per person. This includes flights to Tel Aviv, all internal transfers and travel by coach, full board, tour guides, entrance fees to sites, and gratuities. Late November is a comfortable time to travel in the region, not too hot and not too busy, and gives us time to get saving.
If interested, please email Rev Chris at If there is enough interest, we will arrange for an information evening.

The Car Park

An extended car park, accommodating an additional 30 cars, is an extremely valuable addition in the island town of Enniskillen where parking space is at a premium. Access to the car park is limited to those who are authorised to use it - otherwise it would become a free public car park. Entry and exit from the car park is controlled by barriers. The access barrier is activated by car users who possess an activation fob. The issue of these fobs is being carefully controlled and is only be available to parishioners and others authorised by the select vestry. There is be a £25 charge (£250 for non-members) for each fob (renewable yearly) which not only reflects its cost but also includes an allowance to cover anticipated maintenance. The car park barriers are open for all regular church services, including weddings and funerals. It is also open in the evenings to accommodate the many organisations which use the facilities for evening events.

Cathedral Garden of Remembrance

With the increased number of people choosing cremation, St Macartin’s Cathedral needed to make provision for the burial of ashes in the Cathedral grounds. A Garden of Remembrance at the back of the Cathedral has been created and was dedicated by the Bishop on Sunday 17th September after the morning service. You can see a memorial stone there on which will be engraved names of committals and also  a summer seat for relatives to have a private and quiet area in which to remember. This may be of particular interest to certain parishioners who may be willing to help finance this project. It may also be of interest to former Cathedral parishioners who have moved away from the area (maybe overseas and large cities where cremations are more common) and may want the Cathedral grounds to be the resting place for their ashes. Please make this widely known and donations would be gratefully received towards this project - ‘The Cathedral Garden of Remembrance Fund'.

Thursday Morning Services

We hold these services generally every week throughout the year (30ish minutes), followed by a cup of tea/coffee and rather sinful biscuits! There are now up to 30-40 attending each week.  We are encouraging parishioners who may be in Enniskillen shopping on Thursday mornings to drop in for this short service - a mid- week pause and praise with God!


Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking to recruit adoptive families for babies and young children. For a free information pack, please contact it on 028 71368592 or 028 90691133, Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, or e-mail

Donations in lieu of flowers

The Church can benefit greatly from donations made in lieu of flowers at the time of a death or the anniversary of a death. Please keep this in mind, and we acknowledge with grateful thanks all who have contributed in this way in the past.

Bible Reading Notes

Copies of Our Daily Bread (Bible Reading Notes) are available free of charge at the back of the church. Please take one and you will find an order form included so that you can order them direct by post to your own home. These will make the reading of the Bible easy, enjoyable, interesting and even relevant to every day life.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119

Presentation Hymnals

Presentation editions of the Church Hymnal are an ideal gift for confirmations or for special seasons in the Church calendar, including Christmas. Bound in soft burgundy leather cover and with gilded pages, it contains over 700 hymns - but the light pages ensure that the book itself is not overly bulky. The edition is now on sale for the reduced price of £10 until next Easter. It is an offer not to be missed!



This is our adult formation group. it is a relaxed, cafe-style night where we can get to know each other a bit better and explore our Christian faith. Some Pilgrim members like to speak a lot, and some prefer to sip coffee and listen. Some are reasonably sure about things and others are still thinking. The format is open and welcoming, and every opinion is respected. There is space for people at all stages of their Christian journey.

If you think you’d like to explore Christian faith in a relaxed format over coffee, come along when it resumes after the summer break. Pilgrim is  suitable for people who are just considering Christianity, who are new to the faith or returning after a ‘break’, as well as people who are already regular worshippers wishing to drill down deeper into what the Church says and does.

Choir Practice

This takes place on alternate Wednesday evenings in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm. New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne to find out the date of the next practice.


Our Sunday Lights/Sunday Lights Café year ended on Sunday 29th April.  Thank you to all involved and to the parents for bringing their children to church. It would be nice if we had a higher percentage turn out each Sunday! A special thank you to all the teachers and helpers. We as a church appreciate the time and effort of those who prepare and teach. The new season will begin again on
Sunday 23rd September, but in the meantime please continue to attend Church. (All children are asked to attend church with their families.) Sunday School "in open season" begins in church at 11.00am, then continues in the Cathedral Hall from around 11.20. 

Messy Church

Messy Church is one of our key ministries to children and families. Messy Church does "just what it says on the tin". lt's Church, so we meet together  and worship God through Bible stories and songs. And it's messy! There‘s always glue and glitter, food and fun.  Messy Church is open to all children of primary school age (but younger children are also welcome) and their parents and guardians. The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child.

Even if you’ve never been before, even if you or your children aren't parishioners of the Cathedral, you are very welcome to join us. Messy Church takes place on the third Thursday of each month. However, this will require more helpers!
Could you help with:
Music and singing
Crafts and activities
Basic food preparation and serving
If so, please e-mail Rev Chris at  If you have special requirements such as accessibility and would like to let us know beforehand, Rev Chris is your man!

Messy Church is open to all primary school age children. New friends are welcome, whether you go to a different church or to no church!

The last meeting in this school year was on 21st June when a good time was had by all on bouncy castles - even the occasional ageing adult!

Additional temptations were candy-floss, a barbeque and a visit from the ice cream man.


Bell Ringers

Bell ringers across Britain will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November - a project called "Ringing Remembers"
which is why we are specially appealing for people to join our team. You will:

Be part of a unique nationwide project to honour the 1,400 bell ringers lost during the First World War
Learn a new skill that is both a sport and an art, social, a mental exercise and good for focus and fitness
Be part of a local community and connect with an ancient British tradition
Have the opportunity to ring with others across the UK on 11 November, marking the centenary of the Armistice.

Join the campaign today by volunteering as a Bell Ringer. So that we can count you as one of the 1,400 Ringing Remembers ringers please contact Stephen Richmond, Jim Lucy or any of St Macartin’s Bell Ringers or the Cathedral Office.

Fewer than a dozen parish churches in Northern lreland have towers with peals of eight or more bells where campanologists can exercise their skill. Enniskillen is one of these, and the peal of ten bells is rung in changes each Sunday and on special occasions. Practice takes place Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm and new ringers will be warmly welcomed to send out the call to worship on Sunday!


Crèche facilities are available during the main Sunday morning service. Parents of babies and children who are not of Sunday School age are welcome to leave their little ones in the Parish crèche and be confident in the knowledge that they will be safe and well looked after by a team of volunteers who have been trained under the Church of Ireland‘s Safeguarding Trust Policy. If you can help with the crèche, on a rota basis, please put your name on the list in the porch.

Tuesday Club (for our members over the age of sixty - meeting on the last Tuesday of the month).

The last meeting before the summer break was on Tuesday 29th May. The season ended with a most enjoyable outing. Members met on a glorious sunny morning in Granny Walsh’s Café for tea and coffee. We then made our way to Mullaghdun Church. A warm welcome awaited us from the church wardens and Rector, Rev Canon Geoffrey Bridle. The Rector conducted a lovely shortened Biblical form of Holy Communion and Healing Service. Leaving the service, George Carson presented everyone with a History of Mullaghdun and a list of Incumbents, a gesture which was much appreciated. The group then proceeded to Rosemary Armstrong’s Arch House B&B. Rev Chris said grace before all enjoyed a delicious meal. An opportunity to purchase ‘goodies’ was welcomed.

Wishing members a happy, healthy summer break and looking forward to seeing you all for a new season which begins on 25th September.

All enquiries about Tuesday Club in general  (including transport), please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).

Bowling Club

This meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon and Wednesday evenings 7.30 to 10.00pm. The club is in Section C of the Church League and we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.

Enquries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.

Scouts and Guides

1st Enniskilling Scout Group: A new scouting year will commence in September. More leaders are needed for all sections - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. If you would be willing to help out in any section please contact George Irvine 07864889672, Bob Rowley 07871743763 or any leader.
Mondays: Cubs: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Beavers: 6.30pm - 7.45pm;
Tuesdays: Rainbows: 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Brownies: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Guides: 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Youth Club

The Cathedral Youth Club is now defunct, but if anyone is interested in resurrecting it, please contact the office..

Youth Fellowship

This was linked to the Youth Club so it also is defunct for the time being.


Xplore is a relaxed, café-style venue for young people in Years 10-12. We want the young people of St Macartin’s to feel they belong to the wider church family, to know that they are valued, and to have a safe space to ask questions about faith as a teenager and young adult. We meet in the Upper Room (youth wing) of the Cathedral Halls. It is held in the Upper Room and is open to all Confirmation candidates and others in Years 9-12. Feel free to bring a friend. It’s especially fun to catch up with the Confirmation Class of 2017 and 2018! If you have any questions, or to let us know about special requirements (dietary, accessibility), email Rev Chris at
It is currently suspended till the autumn.

Xplore Movies - 7.00pm - 9.00pm (as arranged)

Mothers' Union: Christian care for families.

Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs, challenging relationships and communities. Our members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4.1 million members in 83 countries, what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level. In St Macartin’s we aim to have a warm welcome for all and endeavour to assist in the work of the Church both in Enniskillen and overseas. We support the work of Messy Church and see this as a vital outreach to young families in our community! Please come and join us.

The MU Festival service was held in Magheracross Parish Church on Friday 11th May. Jenifer Johnston presented £2,521 to the Mothers’ Union Overseas Appeal. This was raised through the Lent appeal for which Mothers’ Union wish to thank all those who gave so generously. The evening finished with a beautiful supper.

Members and friends spent an enjoyable evening in the Killyhevlin Hotel on Monday 14th May for the annual outing. Following a beautiful meal there was a lively, fun and lighthearted competition organised by branch leader Stephanie Hamilton. A presentation was made to Rev Olie Downey with good wishes for her ordination on 24th May in Clogher Cathedral.

Our Mothers’ Union was well represented at the Diocesan Mother’s’ Union Spring Council Meeting in the Cathedral Hall on Wednesday 23rd May, preceded by a “Bring and Buy sale. A large number of beautiful knitted and crocheted baby garments, blankets and trauma teddies were
presented for use in South West Acute Hospital, also blankets and twiddle muffs for use in the local nursing homes. These are delivered to the hospital and nursing homes by the Action and Outreach Coordinator, Mrs Noreen Little.

A Date for your Diary:

Coffee morning in the Cathedral Hall on
Saturday 11th August hosted by Clogher Diocesan Mothers’ Union. 10.00am -12 Noon. All proceeds in aid of Mums in May.

Members are wished a happy, healthy and safe summer break and we look forward to meeting again for a new season on
Monday 10th September 2018.

Parish Visiting

Can you help us? The Clergy and Diocesan Pastoral Assistant are always around the parish making visits but they may not be in the right place at the right time. If you are unwell, feeling neglected or just lonely, please ring Beth in the office and one of the clergy will be delighted to call. If you know of someone who would value a clerical visit or if a parishioner has had a close bereavement please also inform Beth in the office. It is not recommended that you tell one of the clergy at the Cathedral door on a Sunday morning for there is every possibility they could forget in the midst of shaking hands with 300 people! A little written note handed to them is a safer option.

Hospital Visiting

If you or a member of your family are admitted to any hospital including the South West Acute Hospital, and you would like a visit can you please inform the Cathedral Office or a member of the clergy? Do not rely on the hospital system to inform the clergy as this may not happen. This month for example a parishioner was four weeks in a Belfast hospital and five weeks in the South West Acute Hospital before her name appeared on a hospital list and the clergy were alerted of her hospitalisation! The clergy may well be on the same ward visiting other parishioners and not be aware of a parishioner in another room!

Last updated 29th July 2018