I would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone in St Macartin’s Cathedral who contributed to my presentation of a cheque and a basket of beautiful flowers for my wife Ethel. I would also like to say thank you to all those who brought gifts, telephoned, sent cards and letters of good wishes for the future. Thanks is also extended to Dean Kenneth Hall and the Select Vestry for their kindness and generosity.
Choral Evensong Recording
The service of choral evensong that took place in the cathedral on Sunday 15th April is available to view on YouTube. Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvUYEtdCrnY&t=4007s but if you have any difficulties, just go to YouTube.com, 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.
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 May 2018 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. 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 group will complete the season with a boat trip to Devenish Island on Thursday 21st June. Our guest speakers are Monsignor Peter O’Reilly and Bishop John McDowell, who will both share a little with the theme, ‘My Life, My Faith’ It is very much hoped that we will be joined on the trip by men from St. Michael’s Parish Enniskillen. The trip leaves the Round O at 7.00pm on the MV Kestrel and anyone interested in coming along should contact Karl Saunders (tel. 028 66 328994 or e-mail email@example.com).
.... the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart [1 Samuel 14]
Old Pound Coins
The old one pound coin has gone out of circulation. Many of you will still have some in your pockets or purses! The bank will still accept, them but rather than make a trip there, you could if you wish, donate them to the Cathedral Fabric Fund. A glass jar is available in the Cathedral Porch to make your donation which will be very much appreciated. Crèche
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 editions of the Church Hymnal are an ideal gift for confirmations or for special seasons in the Church calendar, including Christmas. Bound in soft burgundy leather cover and with gilded pages, it contains over 700 hymns - but the light pages ensure that the book itself is not overly bulky. The edition is now on sale for the reduced price of £10 until next Easter. It is an offer not to be missed!
This is our adult formation group. it is a relaxed, cafe-style night where we can get to know each other a bit better and explore our Christian faith. Some Pilgrim members like to speak a lot, and some prefer to sip coffee and listen. Some are reasonably sure about things and others are still thinking. The format is open and welcoming, and every opinion is respected. There is space for people at all stages of their Christian journey.
If you think you’d like to explore Christian faith in a relaxed format over coffee, come along when it resumes after the summer break. Pilgrim is suitable for people who are just considering Christianity, who are new to the faith or returning after a ‘break’, as well as people who are already regular worshippers wishing to drill down deeper into what the Church says and does.
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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ('SUNDAY LIGHTS' - FORMING FAITH IN CHILDREN)
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 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 email@example.com. If you have special requirements such as accessibility and would like to let us know beforehand, Rev Chris is your man!
Messy Church is open to all primary school age children. New friends are welcome, whether you go to a different church or to no church!
The last meeting in this school year is:
June 21st - Messy Sports Day & BBQ
We hope the weather is nice, because we’re having a ‘silly sports’ day, and there may be a bouncy surprise … what could that be!
Bell ringers across Britain will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November - a project called "Ringing Remembers"
which is why we are specially appealing for people to join our team. You will:
Be part of a unique nationwide project to honour the 1,400 bell ringers lost during the First World War
Learn a new skill that is both a sport and an art, social, a mental exercise and good for focus and fitness
Be part of a local community and connect with an ancient British tradition
Have the opportunity to ring with others across the UK on 11 November, marking the centenary of the Armistice.
Join the campaign today by volunteering as a Bell Ringer. So that we can count you as one of the 1,400 Ringing Remembers ringers please contact Stephen Richmond, Jim Lucy or any of St Macartin’s Bell Ringers or the Cathedral Office.
Fewer than a dozen parish churches in Northern lreland have towers with peals of eight or more bells where campanologists can exercise their skill. Enniskillen is one of these, and the peal of ten bells is rung in changes each Sunday and on special occasions. Practice takes place Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm and new ringers will be warmly welcomed to send out the call to worship on Sunday!
Crèche facilities are available during the main Sunday morning service. Parents of babies and children who are not of Sunday School age are welcome to leave their little ones in the Parish crèche and be confident in the knowledge that they will be safe and well looked after by a team of volunteers who have been trained under the Church of Ireland‘s Safeguarding Trust Policy. If you can help with the crèche, on a rota basis, please put your name on the list in the porch.
Tuesday Club (for our members over the age of sixty - meeting on the last Tuesday of the month). The last meeting before the summer break was on Tuesday 29th May. Members travelled to Granny Walsh's (Ashwoods Garden Centre) for morning coffee, followed by a visit to Mullaghdun Church. The day ended with a meal at Rosemary Armstrong's Guesthouse.
Wishing members a happy, healthy summer break and looking forward to seeing you all for a new season which begins on 25th September.
All enquiries about Tuesday Club in general (including transport), please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and 2018! If you have any questions, or to let us know about special requirements (dietary, accessibility), email Rev Chris at email@example.com.
Xplore Movies - 7.00pm - 9.00pm (as arranged)
Mothers' Union: Christian care for families.
Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs, challenging relationships and communities. Our members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4.1 million members in 83 countries, what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level. In St Macartin’s we aim to have a warm welcome for all and endeavour to assist in the work of the Church both in Enniskillen and overseas. We support the work of Messy Church and see this as a vital outreach to young families in our community! Please come and join us.
The MU Festival service was held in Magheracross Parish Church on Friday 11th May. Jenifer Johnston presented £2,521 to the Mothers’ Union Overseas Appeal. This was raised through the Lent appeal for which Mothers’ Union wish to thank all those who gave so generously. The evening finished with a beautiful supper.
Members and friends spent an enjoyable evening in the Killyhevlin Hotel on Monday 14th May for the annual outing. Following a beautiful meal there was a lively, fun and lighthearted competition organised by branch leader Stephanie Hamilton. A presentation was made to Rev Olie Downey with good wishes for her ordination on 24th May in Clogher Cathedral. Members are wished a happy, healthy and safe summer break and we look forward to meeting again for a new season on Monday 10th September 2018.
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.
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!