St. Macartin's Cathedral
Enniskillen


Confirmation
Confirmation will take place on
Sunday 3rd March at 11.00am. 

Adult Confirmation
A private Adult Confirmation Service will be held in St Macartin’s Cathedral on the eve of Ascension Day,
Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm. If you are not Confirmed and would like to be, please contact the Dean or the Curate.

Daily Reading for Lent - The Lord's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer takes you on a 40-day journey through the prayer Jesus taught his followers - one which continues to shape the lives of Christians across the world.  Booklets are still available for £3.00 at the back of the Cathedral or from the Cathedral Office.

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 Lord’s Prayer 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 but can be used by anyone at any stage of their Christian journey.

The Pilgrim Course (What is the Bible and how should we read it)
Pilgrim is a teaching and discipleship resource that helps inquirers and Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Following the practice of the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer with quotes from the Christian tradition throughout the ages, Pilgrim assumes little or no knowledge of the Christian faith. Individuals or small groups on the journey of discipleship in the Anglican tradition can use Pilgrim at any point.

The Bible: What is it, how was it given to us, and how should we read it? These six sessions combine simple prayer, Bible reflection and time for questions and reflection. By the end of the six sessions, it is hoped that participants will have learned how to make reading the Bible a part of everyday life, with the ability to read, pray, and listen to what God might be saying, allowing the words to change each participant.

The course began in the Hilliard Room, Cathedral Hall, on Tuesday 20th February from 7.30pm - 9.00pm and will continue fortnightly thereafter on the same day and at the same time.  A warm welcome awaits you, and refreshments will be served at each session. We look forward to journeying with you.
The next meeting will be on the 5th March.

Wednesday 28th February
7.30pm - Compline

Supper at Six
“Supper at Six” is a monthly meal in the Cathedral Hall, which is open for all. You are welcome to make an anonymous voluntary contribution, but are under no obligation to do so.
The next meal is on the 28th March

Midweek Service
EveryThursday @11.00am - Holy Communion

World Day of Prayer
In Enniskillen Methodist Church on
Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Coffee Morning
The Trefoil Guild, invite you to a coffee morning on
Saturday 2nd March between 10.00am and 1.00pm in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall. The proceeds are to Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer Charity and Trefoil funds. All are very welcome.

Vestry
There will be a meeting of the Select Vestry on
Monday 4th March at 8.00pm in the Hilliard Room.
Sunday 3rd March
- The Third Sunday in Lent

9.00am – Holy Communion 
11.00am – Holy Communion -
Confirmation Service

Lenten Project – Mission Focus - Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund
One of the aims of Mothers’ Union is ‘to help those whose family life has met with adversity’. The Mothers’ Union Relief Fund is founded upon this principle. It enables grassroots Mothers’ Union members to be a source of hope in their local communities when emergencies strike, wherever they find themselves in the world. When an emergency situation suddenly destabilises family life – either natural disaster or man-made conflict – local Mothers’ Union groups can receive a grant from the Relief Fund which helps them provide support to meet the most urgent needs facing communities.

In many area the Mothers’ Union act as the health service, the social service and as the education service have trained project workers in many spheres! This Lenten Season we as the Parish of Enniskillen are going to support this vital work.
Please take a Lenten Box or a Gift Aid Envelope and return it during Holy Week.

Fermanagh Churches Forum Lenten Lunches
FCF invite you to lunch in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall on
Wednesday 28th February at 12.30pm. Lunch will be followed by a short talk entitled ‘Wisdom for Lent’ and discussion. Further lunches will take place on 6th March in the Bridge Centre, Presbyterian Church Hall and 13th March in the St Michael’s Parish Hall Community Centre (at Mount Lourdes gates) also at 12.30pm.


Messy Church
Messy Church is open to all children of Primary School age or younger and their parents and guardians. The next Messy Church will be held on
15th March To ensure there are enough resources, and food for participants, you must contact Gwyneth Blair by email at gwyneth.blair@gmail.com or 07753522324 as soon as possible. Participants must complete a registration form.

Messy Church is held on the third Thursday of each  month from 4.00-6.00pm. The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child. Now  that we’re in a new school year, we are looking forward to meeting new
friends! So 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 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 (whether church members or not) 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
Set-up/tidy-up
If so, please contact the office, letting us know if you have special requirements such as accessibility.

Tuesday Club
Meets on the last Tuesday of the month
in the Hilliard Room from 2pm. New members are welcome, and we especially want to encourage men to come along and enjoy the fun and fellowship! Come and meet other parishioners - a good friend could be someone you have yet to meet.We look forward to the second meeting of 2024 on 26th February at 2.00pm in the Hilliard Room.

Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI)
FRCI are now running courses for the REAP programme formerly ASPIRE. Not Working and looking to move into work or education in 2024? To check if you are eligible for this FREE support contact the REAP programme on 02866326478 for further information.

Coffee Morning

The Trefoil Guild, invite you to a coffee morning on
Saturday 2nd March between 10.00am and 1.00pm in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall. The proceeds are to Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer Charity and Trefoil funds. All are very welcome.

Sunday Lights and Café (formerly known as Sunday School)
Sunday Lights and Café, uses interactive and creative forms of learning to help the children learn about the Christian faith (telling Bible stories, discussion, songs, games, and crafts).  Children  leave for their own activities  after the singing of a family hymn during the 11.00am service, and will attend and take part in monthly Family Services.

Sunday Lights Leaders
There is still room for people who are  interested in taking on this role on a rota basis

Family Services (usually the last Sunday of the month at 11am)

The key to understanding these services is thinking about them as “family time” (the family of the Church), not as time for the children with the adults present. It is an all-age time - all are welcome to attend these services!

St Macartin’s Cathedral Parenting Wellness Group
The next meeting will be announced soon.

To confirm your attendance or to ask any questions please send a message to Linda Kingston on 07342045474.

Bell Ringers

Bell ringing practice takes place on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. If you would like to help with bell-ringing please speak to any ringer or contact the Cathedral Office. You will be very welcome.

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. At St Macartin’s Cathedral, 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. All welcome.

St Macartin’s Mothers’ Union Officers
Branch Leader: Jenifer Johnston
Secretary: Sally Masterson
Treasurer: Maud Shaw
Overseas Representative: Valerie Watson
Committee Members: Stephanie Hall, Christine Halpin, Stephanie Hamilton, Hazel Hunter, Avril Kee, Estelle Latimer, Margaret Owens, Susan Spratt and Jeanette Wilson

Diocesan Magazine.
The latest edition of the Diocesan Magazine is available. Copies have been named and left in the Cathedral porch. Please collect.

Connect Fermanagh
Connect Fermanagh is based in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen and is an organisation which connects lonely people with volunteers who provide a telephone befriending service which provides support to individuals feeling lonely or isolated across Fermanagh. They seek to promote positive wellbeing for those they call, help them feel connected to their community, valued as citizens, and prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation. They wish to recruit both service users and volunteer callers. For more information please contact Breige McRory on 663203230, 07949954512 or email info@connectfermanagh.org.

Holy Baptism
If any families have children or adults not baptised, please speak to the Dean. If desired a private baptism can be arranged for adults and older children.

St Macartin’s Cathedral History Books
These are available from the Churchwardens in the Vestry immediately after services or from the Cathedral Office, and still at the launch price of £20 per book.

St. Macartin's Knitting Group -
“The Knitwits”
This is open to anyone who would like to knit socks - learner and experienced knitters are equally welcome. Yarn, needles, sock pattern and guidance will be provided. For further information contact Claire Holmes: claire.holmes4@gmail.com

This popular club meets in the Cathedral Hall. The Sock Club starts at 2pm and the general group at 3pm, ending at 5pm. New knitters are welcome – as are male knitters!

Erne Flower Arranging Society
Erne Flowers meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Eniskeene Room, Cathedral Hall. Annual membership is £35 per year, visitors £10 per night. The next meeting is on Wednesday 6th September. New members are very welcome..

Tuesday drop in
Every Tuesday afternoon from 2.00 to 6.00pm, the Hilliard Room in the Cathedral Hall will be open, where people can chat, study, read the newspaper, knit, and drink tea and coffee, saving money by reducing energy usage in our homes. You are welcome to make use of the tea
and coffee making facilities in the adjacent kitchen. On the last Tuesday of each month, the Tuesday Club will meet in the Hilliard Room at 2.00pm, and you would be welcome to join them.

Choral Scholarships

If you have the talent and interest, you can help to 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. Each year, commencing in September, St Macartin's offers up to ten Choral Scholarships; ideally at least 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 enniskillen@clogher.anglican.org. The cost of this programme is £6,300 as the students get £630 each towards the cost of the singing lessons. If you would like to support this very worthy scheme donations would be very welcome.

Parish Visiting

We would appeal to parishioners to let us know if you are unwell - or if you know someone who is unwell. We can arrange some form of contact to be made, depending on what is possible at that time. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our prayer list, as the clergy will remember you in their personal devotions and during the intercessory prayers at our services. If you know of someone who would value this service, 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

Please let us know if you are admitted to hospital. We can arrange some form of contact to be made, depending on what is possible at that time. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our prayer list, as the clergy will remember you in their personal devotions and during the intercessory prayers at our services. Do not rely on the hospital system to inform the clergy, as this may not happen.

Help or queries

Should you require anything please contact the Dean (028 6632 2465), the Curate Assistant (028 6625 1256), or the Parish Secretary (028 6632 2917).


St Macartin’s Cathedral History Books

These are available from the Churchwardens in the Vestry immediately after the service or from the Cathedral Office, and still at the launch price of £20 per book. These would make ideal gifts for family members and friends, especially those who were baptised, confirmed or married in the Cathedral, and for those who have had relatives buried from the cathedral.

Lesson Readers

Would you like to read a lesson at the 11.00am Sunday morning services on a rota basis? If so, please contact the office to add your name to our list.

Knit and Natter
Enniskillen Library hosts a Knit and Natter session every Wednesday from 2.00-3.30pm.  If you like to knit or crochet, and love to chat, come and join the fun!

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 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.

Daily Hope

Daily Hope is a free phone line of hymns, prayers and reflections for those who don’t have access to the internet at home. Just call 0800 804 8044 from a UK mobile or landline and select your preferred option.

Diocesan Magazine
If you are a subscriber, your copy will be available in church on Sundays or Thursdays, orcan be collected from the Cathedral Office during the week. If you used to purchase your copy in Eason’s Bookshop, spare copies (£1.50) will also be available in the Cathedral back porch or from the Cathedral Office.

Mid Week Holy Communion Thursdays at 11.00am
A Service of Holy Communion is held each Thursday at 11.00am. Those who usually attend the early Sunday morning and Sunday evening services should consider (if not working) attending the Thursday service, as it is much quieter than the 11.00am Sunday morning service. The 7.00pm services can no longer be held to comply with the recommended guidelines.

Prayer Books


Do you have a Prayer book in your home? If not you should have! We are a Prayer Book church and the Prayer Book should not just be on those shelves at the back of the church for use on Sunday, but there should be a copy of a Prayer Book in every home. Everything in it is biblically based and it is a vital tool to every-day living, for daily prayer, and for nourishment and for enriching our daily walk with God. As you leaf through the Prayer Book you will find services and prayers for daily use, and for every situation and worry in life. It is a marvellous resource so use it! Copies are available from the Cathedral Office for £20.00 and would make an ideal Christmas gift!

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.

Cathedral Garden of Remembrance

With the increased number of people choosing cremation, the church has created a Garden of Remembrance at the back of the building. 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'.

Adoption

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 anne.ohagan@familycaresociety.co.uk

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!

Choir Practice


This takes place on Wednesday evenings in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm (but check before attending!).
New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne.

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 Wednesdays 7.00-8.00pm and new ringers will be warmly welcomed to send out the call to worship on Sunday!

Bowling Club
Everyone is welcome for fun and fellowship. For more information, contact Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.
Entries and general enquiries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.

BEAVERS
Beavers meets on
Mondays from 6.30 pm to 7.45pm.  This is for all children aged 6 to 8 years.

CUBS

Cubs  meets on
Mondays from 6.30 pm to 7.45pm. This is for all children aged 8 to 10 1/2 years.

SCOUT GROUP REGISTRATION
The scouts  meets on
Mondays from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. This  is for all young people aged 6 to 15 years and they will join a worldwide  organisation of over 300 million members preparing young people to develop as active members of their Community.  They will take camping and  outdoors to a new level and for some to an international level.  For all sections the gaining of badges and awards is a large part of the programme  and there is the opportunity to gain the Chief Scouts’ award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

RAINBOWS
Rainbows meets on
Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. This is for all girls aged 4yrs to 6yrs and they will enjoy learning  new games, craft work and going on outings as  well as making new friends with other Rainbows in Fermanagh.

BROWNIES
Brownies meet on
Tuesdays 6.30 to 7.45pm. This is for all girls  aged 7yrs to 10yrs (P6) and they will enjoy completing badge work, going on outings, craft  work, participating in joint activities with other Brownie units throughout  Fermanagh and going on Pack Holiday.

GUIDES
Guides meet on
Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for all girls aged 10years (P7) to 15years and they will enjoy completing badge work, completing Duke of Edinburgh award, craft  work, camp holidays and taking part in activities with Guides throughout  Fermanagh and Northern Ireland.

BOWLS
St Macartin’s Bowling Club re-entered the Churches League and with this new found enthusiasm we are appealing for new members, men, women, boys and girls to join in the fun and fellowship of bowling. It is an excellent  means of socialising and meeting new friends.
Wednesdays from 10.30am-12.00 noon (Morning Bowls) and 7.30-10.00pm (Evening Bowls).
Last updated 27th February 2024
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