St. Macartin's Cathedral

Rev. Chris MacBruithin

As most of our readers now know, Rev. Chris will be leaving the parish in September to take up a post as Rector of Castlerock, Dunboe & Fermoyle Parish in the  Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. A very warm tribute to him and to his wife Sarah and son Noah is printed on page 5 of the July and August parish magazine. If you don't have it to hand, it can be read on-line by clicking on this link: and August 2019.pdf 

Sarah has been a tremendous support to Rev. Chris in his work in the parish and has participated fully in many aspects of worship and parish activity.Those wishing to contribute to a presentation should use the envelope enclosed in the magazine which can then be placed on the collection plate or handed in to the office
not later than Sunday 25th August. The presentation will be made following Morning Service on the first Sunday in September. Everyone is invited to be present.

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 sings at churches and cathedrals further afield. 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, good sight-reading skills are desirable. All scholarship holders 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 028 66322917 or e-mailing

Parish Visitation

Parish visitation is taking place over the summer months. Firstly, it is an opportunity to show a commitment in Christian love to you by acknowledging your importance to God as a parishioner in this parish. You and your family matter to God, to the parish and to your fellow parishioners.
A second purpose is to make sure we have updated records in order to meet the current Charity Commission requirements and the new Data Protection regulations, and your permission to hold the same. The information about you and your family will be useful and relevant to us as we plan for the future. We hope to take a snapshot of the parish in 2019 and use the information we collect to plan how best we can further the King-dom of God in Enniskillen over the next years. A third purpose is to ask you what you can offer to the parish as a commitment to fuller and more active involvement.

The life of a parish is dynamic... continuously changing, growing, or developing characterised by energy or effective action so please help to make sure we continue with
                                                                       St Macartin's - At the Heart of the Community
                                                        Strengthening Commitment, Outreach and Christian Love

Fund Raising night - A Big Sing!

St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church Choir along with the Methodist Church Choir and the Presbyterian Church Choir will join with St Macartin’s Cathedral Choir in ‘Big Sing’ on Sunday 29th September at 7.00pm in St Macartin’s Cathedral for a fund raising night. As churches together we would like the community to gather together to raise money to assist to complete this project. This successful agreed outcome has produced a plan which integrates the existing memorial into a larger memorial which will visually connect the War Memorial to the Enniskillen Memorial, and a very fitting tribute to those lost their lives.
Target for the project is £15,000.

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 last summer, we gave 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 normally meets on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm to the Devenish Room for chat over coffee, followed by group discussion. It is now closed for the summer but should resume in September.

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 has closed for the summer and will resume in September.

Messy Church

Messy Church is for pre-schoolers and primary-aged children and their families or carers. We normally 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 contact the office, letting us know if you have special requirements such as accessibility.


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. Xplore has now closed until the autumn when it will be under new management as Rev. Chris is leaving us, as is announced above.  He has done a superb job and will be a hard act to follow! We are most grateful to Laura and Sophie Richmond who have been working with the Youth Groups and Sunday School. Your contribution and support for the clergy has been invaluable and very much appreciated. Xplore will resume again in September. Details in the Pew News and Cathedral News.

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).

The Tuesday Club ended with a most enjoyable day out on 28th May. Members assembled in the Cathedral car park where a photograph was taken by Sam Morrow. We then set off by Minibus and car to Belleek Pottery and joined by the Dean and Rev. Chris for morning coffee or tea with scones. There was time to browse in the Belleek Shop before all set off again on a delightful trip via Boa Island to the May Fly Inn, Kesh. A delicious lunch was served and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

A presentation was made by Pat Morrison to Rev. Chris on what was his last visit to the Tuesday Club before heading to Castlerock in September where he has been appointed Rector.

We hope everyone has a good summer break and look forward to welcoming back familiar, and hopefully, some new faces in 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 D of the Church League and we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.

St. Macartin’s Mixed Pairs were held on the 18 - 21 March 2019 with an entry of 91 pairs. The final were held on Thursday 21 March with eight pairs returning. After supper Gerry Vennard, Club Chairman thanked all clubs for supporting the tournament and all club members for their help all week. The final was between James and Rosemary McAnenly who played Sarah Mavitty and Stuart Cochrane and the winners were Sarah and Stuart. Dean Hall presented the prizes.
Special thanks to Scott’s Fuels

Enquries about Bowling Club 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

Congratulations to our Cub group who were runners up at the County Football Competition held in Ballinamallard recently. They received the shield for the highest scoring team with eleven goals. Well done boys!

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.

Our Mothers’ Union was well represented at the Diocesan Mothers' Union Spring Council Meeting in the Cathedral Hall on 23rd May which was preceded by a Bring and Buy sale. A large quantity of beautiful knitted and crocheted baby garments, blankets, cot mattresses and trauma teddies were presented for use in South West Acute Hospital, also blankets and twiddle muffs presented for use in the local nursing homes. These are delivered to the hospital and nursing homes by the Action and Outreach Co-ordinator Mrs Noreen Little. Everyone is wished a happy, healthy summer break before returning on Monday 9th September at 8.00pm for a night of ‘Fun and Fashion’ with Cecillia in the Enniskeen Room, St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall. All ladies are welcome to attend.

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 June 2019