St. Macartin's Cathedral

An Inniskilling War Poet

Corporal Frank Ledwidge was a war poet during the Great War and was serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at
Passchendaele in July 1917 when he was killed by a stray shell. He was born to a poor family in Slane, Co Meath,
and his father died when Frank was four years old.  His mother struggled to raise him and his younger brother. As a
child, he had talent for rhymes and as a young man, was recognised as a gifted poet.  He left school when he was
fourteen to work on the roads and help his mother, but he continued to write and his poems were published in local
papers. He was a nationalist and joined the Irish Volunteers.  When Redmond asked the volunteers to enlist in the
British Army, Frank joined up.  He was a good soldier and served in Gallipoli and the Balkans.  Later he was sent to
the Western Front where he was killed one hundred years ago.

The Inniskillings Museum is holding a concert in St Macartin’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen on
Thursday 20th July at 7.30pm to celebrate his life and work.  There will be readings of his poetry and music inspired
by his work will be performed by Matthew Murphy and Lauren Coulter.

Fans of the BBC drama "Line of Duty" will be interested to know that one of the readers will be Adrian Dunbar who
plays Superintendent Ted Hastings in the popular series.
                                                                   The concert is free and everyone is welcome.

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 visits churches and cathedrals further afield, to sing. 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 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 028 66322917 or emailing

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 is making provision for the burial of ashes in the Cathedral grounds. Plans are now at an advanced stage, Anyone who would like to make a donation towards this fund is welcome to do so.

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!


Choir Practice

The choir consists of individuals encompassing a range of voices from a broad spectrum of age groups, who share a love for music and worship to God. It is a particularly friendly and welcoming group, who enjoy both the singing and camaraderie afforded by being part of the choir. In addition to parishioners, a number of choir members come from beyond the parish and contribute to the life of the choir. They are much appreciated for doing so. The choir is always keen to welcome new members, particularly those who can contribute to the Bass and Tenor sections. The choir sing at the 11am service each Sunday morning, meet for practice fortnightly on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month, and occasionally sing at other special services. The choir joins together for an annual Christmas dinner, and also take up opportunities to participate in choral experiences such as the recent Festal Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin which many choir members attended in November. If you are interested in joining, please contact the office to check the date of the next choir practice.


All children are asked to attend church with their families.  Sunday School begins in church at 11.00am then continues in the Cathedral Hall from around 11.20.

Sunday Lights leaders

Extra leaders are required to keep "Sunday Lights" running smoothly over the coming weeks. Anyone interested in helping out (on a rota basis) will be most welcome. Please contact the office.

Messy Church

Messy Church is one of our key ministries to children and families. It has been impacted this year by the work on the Cathedral Halls, but with the work complete to our beautifully renovated venue, we hope to get it going again more regularly.

Our next Messy Church event is yet to be announced.

From September, we will return to having Messy Church 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

Bell Ringers

Fewer than a dozen parish churches in Northern Ireland 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! Please contact Stewart Scott, telephone 6632 4375.


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).

This has closed for the summer. The autumn session will commence on Tuesday 26th September at 2pm.

All enquiries about Tuesday Club, please, to Eleanor Lynn (6632 4603).

Bowling Club

This meets twice on Wednesdays  10.30am - 12.00 noon and 7.30pm - 10.00pm but is suspended over the summer.

Badminton Club -

Thursdays: 8.00pm - 10.30pm.

Scouts and Guides

Mondays: Cubs: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Beavers: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Scouts: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Tuesdays: Rainbows: 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Brownies: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Guides: 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Xplore Movies - 7.00pm - 9.00pm (as arranged)

Xplore -

On 1st April, Saint Macartin’s hosted the last diocesan Xplore event of the year. Over sixty young people and their youth leaders attended, including a good number of our own Confirmation candidates.
The theme for the evening was Gentleness and Self-Control, part of a series on the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23).
On arrival, Laura had transformed the porch into a Hot Chocolate Bar. Never have fancier hot chocolates been served! Popping candy was a favourite topping. Laura warmed up the crowd with a number of messy games before Nathan Blair and Band led us in a time of worship.
Our invited speaker was Rev Suzanne Cousins from the Moville Group of Parishes in Donegal. She explored the meaning of gentleness in particular before suggesting how young people might apply Bible teaching in their own family, school and social lives.
We had the chance to respond to God’s Word to us at a number of multi-sensory prayer stations, before the pizza arrived and we said our goodbyes.
Many thanks to all who helped make the night a success.

Mothers' Union

This 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 MU was well represented at the Spring Council which was held on 25th May in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen where knitted/crocheted  garments were presented for use in the SWAH also blankets and twiddle muffs for use in local nursing homes. There was a presentation made to Diane Whittaker for all her work in the Diocesan Secretarial post, with all good wishes for her retirement. Liane Armstrong has now been welcomed into the post.

Note for your diary

A new season and new programme begins with an
Open Night on Monday 11th September - a night of “Fizz and Fashion.” 

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 3rd July 2017