St. Macartin's Cathedral

Booklet of Reflections for Lent

Join our 2019 Lent Pilgrim journey with Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes

Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes invites you to explore the unexpected and often challenging vision Jesus sets out in this crucial part of his teachings. Each day provides you with a short reflection on a Bible reading, an invitation to pray and a suggestion of how you might respond to the Beatitudes' challenge to live as God intends, both as an individual and in community.
The Pilgrim Journeys booklets are ideal daily companions for anyone seeking to grow in the Christian faith. They can be used by anyone at any stage of their Christian journey. Written by Bishop Steven Croft, each booklet offers forty short daily Bible reflections, prayers, and suggestions for how you might respond to Jesus’ teachings in your own life. Collect your copy from the Cathedral Office or from the Church Porch - a donation of £2.00 would be appreciated.

CMSI and Lenten Project

St Macartin’s Cathedral
Guest Preacher - Diocesan Reader: Karl Saunders
Sunday 3rd March at 11.00am

Karl is well know to us in St Macartin’s having been a Select Vestry Member for many years and through his work with Sunday School. This is the launch of the Sunday School CMSI Lenten Project which focuses on the work of the Church in Nepal as it cares for those on the margins of society.

Collection boxes will be available in the Cathedral porch 

Easter General Vestry

This will take place on
Monday 1st April at 7.30pm in the Hilliard Room. All are welcome to attend but only those who are registered and contribute a minimum of £50 per year are eligible to vote for candidates wishing to serve in the Select Vestry.

The Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland

A talk on this subject, due to be delivered in February by the Bishop, has had to be postponed till a later date.


In February we had a table quiz to revise what we have learned so far about baptism and confirmation, our church, the Prayer Book and special times and seasons. Team Katrick were the winners, with ‘Kenny’s Dean Team’ in second place. Well done to everyone for doing well!

Classes continue on Monday 4th and Mon 11th March.

We take a break on Monday 18th March for the St Patrick’s weekend, and Xplore is on Monday 25th.

The Service of Confirmation will be on
Sunday 19th May at 7.00pm led by Bishop John McDowell. Confirmation rehearsal is on Sunday 12th May at 7.00pm.

Confirmation is much more than a formality. It involves making promises to God to follow Christ as an adult member of the Church.  This is why we devote several months to preparation.  It is really important to attend all classes, as well as Xplore nights and regular church services. There is no logical sense in being confirmed if you are not a regular attendee at church!

Choir Concert.

An evening of musical fun and inspiration, staged by our own choir, will take place in the cathedral hall on
Friday 29th March at 7.30pm. Subscription is £10, with the proceedings going to the Fabric Fund.

Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander Exhibition and Service

Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander, hymn writer and poet was wife of William Alexander who was Bishop of Derry and who became Archbishop of Armagh. An exhibition featuring her work will be held on
Saturday 9th March from 11.00am - 4.00pm  and on Sunday 10th March from 2.00pm - 8.00pm  At the morning service at 11.00am and evening service at 7.00pm on the latter day, Mrs Alexander’s famous hymns - 'Once in Royal David’s City', 'There is a Green Hill Far Away' and  'All Things Bright and Beautiful' will be sung.

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.

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.


Over the summer, we have given the old crèche room a make-over.  We’ve got new furniture, toys, a dressing up box, baby changing facilities and more. The PrayGround is NOT there to keep little ones out of earshot!  We love having babies and toddlers in the service with us.  We honestly don’t mind a bit of noise – in fact, ‘if there’s nobody crying, the church is dying!’ The PrayGround is there to make it as easy as possible for families with small children to attend church together. Feel free to come and go as you need.  You can follow the service over the speaker, and make it to Holy Communion. For children too young to attend Sunday Lights, or occasional little visitors not registered for Sunday Lights, activity bags are available from the porch on your way in. They contain colouring, reading and other material to keep younger members occupied.

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.

"Our Daily Bread" Bible Reading Notes

Each Sunday all three readings from the Revised Common Lectionary are printed on a Parish Bulletin. The Psalm and Collect are also listed. Make sure you get this sheet each week (If for some reason you are not out - get someone to take one for you). Please keep it and use one of the readings or psalm each day throughout the week with your private prayers.

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 and have them sent directly by post to your own home. These will make the reading of the Bible easy, enjoyable, interesting and 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!



Our adult formation group continues on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Dates until Easter are:

Tuesday 5th March,
Tuesday 19th March
Tuesday 2nd April.

We don’t meet during Holy Week, but participants are encouraged to attend the
Holy Week Services at 7.30pm.

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.


This continues every week from around 11.20am when members leave the main morning service at which all are expected to attend.

Messy Church

Messy Church is for pre-schoolers and primary-aged children and their families or carers. We meet on the third Thursday of the month, 2-4 pm, in the Cathedral Halls.

Messy Church is one of our key ministries to children and families. It 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!

Remaining dates for Messy Fun before the summer recess:

21st March
April - no Messy Church (Easter Holiday)
16th May


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!


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 - 2 - 4pm).

There was no Tuesday Club meeting in January due to snow. The next meeting on 26th February at 2.00pm in the Hilliard Room is a talk on ‘Living with Dementia.’ Then on 26th March there will be a talk on ‘Mental Health and Well-being with speaker Davina Coalter.

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 D of the Church League and we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.

St Macartin’s Annual Mixed Pairs Tournament will take place on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March with the Final on Thursday 21st March in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall at 8.00 pm sharp.

Enquries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.

Scouts and Guides

1st Inniskilling Scout Group
We need more leaders. If you would be willing to help out in any section please contact George Irvine 07864889672 or Bob Rowley 07871743763 or any of the leaders.

Mondays: Cubs: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Beavers: 6.30pm - 7.45pm;  Thursdays: Scouts 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Tuesdays: Rainbows: 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Brownies: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Guides: 6.30pm - 7.45pm
Thursdays: Scouts:  6.30pm - 8.00pm


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 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

All young people in Years 8-12 are invited to Xplore.
We meet on Monday 25th March from 7.00-9.00pm. Check the Instagram group for more details.

Please remember to bring your registration form if you haven’t done so already. Confirmation candidates, remember that you agreed as part of your registration to attend Xplore monthly as part of your preparation!

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.

On 11th February the meeting in the Hilliard Room was opened by the Dean with a reading and prayers. The speaker was the Rev Paul Thompson from Derryvullen North & Castle Archdale Parish, who gave an interesting talk on his eighteen years as Prison Chaplain in various prisons in England and Wales. Rev Thompson is a native of Armagh. He joined the prison service as a Chaplain after he was ordained and described the service as challenging but also rewarding. His pastoral work included the prison staff and their families as well as inmates. The service is multi-cultural and all faiths have to be catered for. Usually a representative from a different faith leads each service. Many of the prison officers come from a military or navy background. Generally they don’t stay in the service for long, so the staff is constantly changing due to high levels of stress and intimidation from the prisoners inside, and families outside. Smuggling in illegal substances and mobile phones is an everyday occurrence and staff have to be on high alert at all times. Rev Thompson answered a number of questions and told some amusing and disturbing stories about some of the characters he encountered during his time as Chaplain. Catering arrangements were made for the meeting to be held in the Cathedral Hall on Thursday 28th February to explore the MU theme for 2019 - Listen, Observe and Act in step with God. After supper the meeting closed with the Mothers’ Union prayer. The next meeting is on
Monday March 11th with Delightful Desserts.

Womens World Day of Prayer

Takes place on
Friday 1st March at 8.00pm in Enniskillen Presbyterian Church.

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 25th February 2019