St. Macartin's Cathedral

BBC Radio Ulster - Morning Service

This broadcast from our cathedral is on Sunday 6th May at 10.15am
We were again asked by the BBC if it may broadcast our morning service and it has been a great pleasure to accept this offer. We need a good turn out of parishioners to create a good atmosphere of worship! Please note the earlier time. The congregation is asked to be seated by 9.45am.

Choral Evensong Recording

The service of choral evensong that took place in the cathedral on Sunday 15th April  is now available to view on YouTube. Click on
but if you have any difficulties, just go to, in the search box enter the words "choral evensong Enniskillen" without the inverted commas and the recording will be at the top of the list.

"Thy Kingdom Come" Prayer Initiative

In recent years, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has encouraged people to make prayer a priority in their private and public worship, and has endorsed and supported the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. This takes place every year in the ten days prior to Pentecost beginning on Ascension Day - the period when the disciples were told to pray and await the coming of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1).
We wish to join with Christians around the world to pray “Thy Kingdom Come” and we have organised a series of prayer initiatives to run between Thursday 10th May and Sunday 20th May. We do hope that you will join with us in prayer, either in the privacy of your own home, by spending time in the Iona Prayer Room, or joining us in public worship.

The Iona Prayer Room will be open daily from 10am until 7pm every day for private prayer.
We encourage everyone to just turn up and pray for 15-30 minutes. Resources will be available to help those who want a time of structured prayer.

A service of Evening Prayer in the Iona Room
This will take place every evening, except Sundays, beginning at 7.00pm.

Sunday Services
Our Sunday morning worship on the 13th and 20th May will have a special focus on prayer.

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Letter

A prayer letter outlining specific prayer points and Scripture readings will be available from Sunday 6th May and may be used by those who prefer to pray at home.

Guest Preacher

At our morning 11am service on Sunday 13th May, the preacher will be Rev Canon Peter S Wilson BA, former Canon of St Macartin’s Cathedral

Farewell Service and Presentation for Rev Olivia MG Downey M Th

This will take place on Sunday 20th May at 11.00am. The Rev.Olie will be taking up the prestigious position of Rector of St. Macartan's Cathedral Clogher.  She was a Deacon with us in Enniskillen from December 2014 till May 2015 and then Curate from September 2015 till May 2018.
Our members will find a letter inserted in this Cathedral News.


After weeks and months of preparation, the Big Day is almost upon us. Our twenty-one candidates have learned about the Church of Ireland, its mission and ministry, the contents of the Apostles’ Creed, the place of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion in our lives, and the difference it makes to live as a Christian in the world today.
We have also talked about some practicalities, like how to kneel and get up again without tripping, and the maximum amount of hair gel considering that the Bishop will lay his hand on our heads!
The last few sessions together are especially important, and we really need full attendance.

Dates for May are as follows:

Monday 7th May Day Bank Holiday Monday - No Class
Monday 14th 6.30 - 7.30 pm, Confirmation Class - the last one!!
Sunday 20th 7 pm - Pre-Confirmation Service in the Cathedral, followed by a rehearsal for the big day
Sunday 27th 11 am - Service of Confirmation, led by Bishop John

Laura and Rev Chris would like to thank parents and guardians for supporting us by bringing their young people along each week. Thank you too to our 21 candidates, who have done a super job of attending and talking an active part in all activities. We’ve had lots of fun with you, and hope to see you at Xplore in the near future.

Are you suicide alert?
Do you want to be able to help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts?
‘safeTALK’ suicide alertness training will take place in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall from
7.15pm - 10.30pm on Tuesday 29th May. On completion of this session, you will be a trained suicide alert helper. You will be better able to:
· identify people who have thoughts of suicide
· move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
· apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

To register your place please contact the Cathedral Office - only thirty places available on the course but if we exceed that number, we will hold your name on reserve and run a second training night as soon as possible. It is a shocking statistic that eighty four men commit suicide each week in the UK. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of fifty in the UK. More information can be found by clicking on:

but I have come that you might have life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10)

Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal

Bishops’ Appeal is the Church’s World Aid and Development Programme. It was set up by the Bishops of the Church in response to the commands in the Bible to bring good news to the poor and relief to the suffering. Details about the appeal can be read on pages 6-7 of the Cathedral news - but if you can't find your copy, or are not a member, remember that it can be accessed on-line from our magazines page (click here). Contributions may be placed on the collection plate or handed in at the office. For this purpose, a special envelope is included in the current magazine issued to members.

Congratulations Jayne and Jim!

We congratulate Jayne, our Assistant Director of Music and conductor of the Cathedral Choir on her engagement to Mr Jim Malcolmson and wish them every blessing in the years ahead. Jayne carries out her duties in a very profession manner and at the same time brings great joy and enthusiasm not only to the choir, but the whole congregation! Says the Dean, "I could not  describe Jayne’s work any better than in words of a very experienced musician who visited the Cathedral this month. He said “I thought that the cathedral choir's singing was both accurate and expressive, with particular attention having apparently been paid to the clarity of diction. Your conductor is plainly one of the chief causes of the disciplined approach; highly impressive!”"

(Photos of the happy couple appear on our gallery. Click on

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 programme up till the summer is as follows:
(This may change due to the cancellation of the December meeting - watch this space.)

17th May: Rev. Andrew Quill
21st June: Bishop John McDowell and Monsignor Peter O'Reilly (7pm @ The Kestrel)

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

Bowling Club

A very successful mixed pairs tournament was held in the Cathedral Hall on the week commencing 19th March 2018 with an entry of 85 pairs, one pair from as far away as Limavady. The finals were held on Thursday 22nd March with eight pairs contesting the title of mixed pairs champions 2018. The final was between Gary Brian and partner Carmel McGovern against Rodney Kelly and Jean Parkinson. Gary and Carmel won a tightly fought contest which went to a tied end. Cups and prizes were presented by Dean Kenneth Hall and Martin Armitage from Monaghan Bros, Lisnaskea. We are grateful to Scotts Fuels and Monaghan Bros for their generous sponsorship.

A photograph of the winners appears on our gallery - click on:

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. Last year, we had two groups (Established and New). These two groups combined from September, and normally meets twice a month
on the first and third Tuesdays from 7.30-9.00pm in the Devenish Room.

If you think you’d like to explore Christian faith in a relaxed format over coffee, come along! 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.

Tuesday meeting in May is on the 1st day of the month - this is the last in the present season.   All welcome!

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 programme for the rest of this school year is:

May 17th - Messy Ascension
June 21st - Messy Sports Day & BBQ


Bell Ringers

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! Due to illness and injury the Bellringers are running short of helpers. If you could assist please speak to Stephen Richmond or Jim Lucy.


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).

A close of season outing is planned for Tuesday 29th May. Members will travel initially to Granny Walsh's (Ashwoods Garden Centre) for morning coffee at about 10.30 followed by a visit to Mullaghdun Church. The day will end with a meal at Rosemary Armstrong's Guesthouse.

All enquiries about the trip, or 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

Sadly, due to lack of leaders, the Scout Troop is defunct. Beaver and Cub sections meet on Mondays at 6.30pm.
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, 'Saturday Night Live' meets from 7.00-9.00pm in the Cathedral Hall for Year 7 upwards. For more information contact Ronnie Carson: or by text to 07872900852.

Youth Fellowship

This meets from 9pm till 10.30pm on Saturday nights and is for year 10 upwards. Its emphasis is securely on faith-building.


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.

Xplore takes place on Monday 30th April, from 6.30 - 8.30 pm in the Upper Room. It is open to all Confirmation candidates and others in Years 9-12. At this meeting, we are having a pre-Confirmation party to celebrate all that we have learned along the way. If you are already confirmed, you are welcome to come along to celebrate with us. There will be party food, games, music and more!

Feel free to bring a friend. It’s especially fun to catch up with the Confirmation Class of 2017! If you have any questions, or to let us know about special requirements (dietary, accessibility), email Rev Chris at

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 April meeting was Visitors’ Night held in the Enniskeen Room. Dean Hall opened the meeting with a reading and prayers and extended a warm welcome to all the visitors especially the guest speaker, local historian and genealogist Frank Roofe. We enjoyed an evening looking back at the history of our county town with Frank who has a great local knowledge. He entertained us with his pictures and stories about growing up in Enniskillen. A superb supper was served and the meeting closed with the Mothers’ Union prayer.

The Mothers’ Union Area Service is on Friday 11th May in Magheracross Parish Church at 8.00pm.
The Annual Outing is on Monday 14th May and is to the Killyhevlin Hotel for a meal. Please meet at the Killyhevlin at 7.30pm. If transport is required, please contact a committee member. Thursday 24th May is The Spring Diocesan Council meeting in the Cathedral Hall at 8.00pm, preceded by a "Bring and Buy Sale", commencing at 7.00pm.

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 30th April 2018