St. Macartin's Cathedral

Easter General Vestry

Wednesday 21st March at 8.15pm (after the Midweek Lenten Service).  All are welcome to attend but only registered Vestry Members are eligible to vote.

Home Holy Communion for Easter

Any housebound parishioners wishing to receive Holy Communion for Easter please contact Beth in the parish office (6632 2917). Those who received Holy Communion before Christmas will automatically be on the list and will be contacted to arrange a suitable time.

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. Grants are sent quickly to equip the local Mothers’ Union to respond as fast as possible to meet these needs, using local resources. By equipping our members to respond right at the heart of the affected region, we are often one of the first agencies to deliver effective relief.
Mothers’ Union works with communities that are vulnerable to either conflict or climate change to prepare for potential disasters. In South Sudan, prior to the outbreak of conflict in 2013, the Mothers’ Union and the Church were trained in disaster preparedness. When the conflict broke out, many congregations on the Ethiopian border mobilised their members and together, they walked to Ethiopia to safety. In Tanzania, the Mothers’ Union in 2015 in the Diocese of Tarime helped families create kitchen gardens to ensure that families can survive through drought periods. The Dioceses in the Central belt of Tanzania are exploring how to compensate for the lack of rainfall that leads to poor crop growth and famine.
In many area the Mothers’ Union acts as the health service, the social service and as the education service. It has 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 and return it during Holy Week.

‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ (2nd Corinthians 9:7)

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

This newly formed organisation had its first meeting in the form of a Harvest Supper in Saddlers Restaurant on Thursday 5th October. Those attending gave a warm welcome to the speaker, our former curate Rev Rob Clements. The next meeting was on Thursday 9th November when  the main speaker was Brigadier John Graham (Rtd.), his subject being  "Life & Faith in War", Sam Morrow delivered a presentation about the cathedral's early history and Ewan Richmond spoke about his faith.

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 programme up till the summer is as follows:
(This may change due to the cancellation of the December meeting - watch this space.)

12th April: Rev. David Cupples
17th May: Rev. Andrew Quill
21st June: Bishop John McDowell and Monsignor Peter O'Reilly (7pm @ The Kestrel)

                                                     .... 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.


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 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 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

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!



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. Last year, we had two groups (Established and New). These two groups combined from September, and will meet twice a month
on the first and third Tuesdays from 7.30-9.00pm in the Devenish Room.

In February, we rounded off our six-part exploration of ‘Church and Kingdom’. Over the past months, we’ve thought about prayer, Sabbath, generosity, relationships, generosity and tending creation. Quite a lot for us to keep thinking about and put into practice!
On March 6th, we begin a new series. If you think you’d like to explore Christian faith in a relaxed format over coffee, come along! 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.

Dates in March are Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 20th.  All welcome!

Choir Practice

This takes place each Wednesday evening in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm. Practices will resume on Wednesday 6th September following the summer recess. New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne.


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.

Messy Church

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  If you have special requirements such as accessibility and would like to let us know beforehand, Rev Chris is your man!

This month, we learn about St Patrick. Why do people wear shamrock? What happened to all the snakes in Ireland? Why do we remember him today?
Come along to the Cathedral Halls from
4-6 pm on Thursday 15th March, for singing, crafts, games, food and fun! New friends are always welcome.

The programme for the rest of this school year is:

Mar. 15th - Messy St. Patrick’s
Apr. 19th - Messy Earth Day
May 17th - Messy Ascension
June 21st - Messy Sports Day & BBQ


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! Due to illness and injury the Bellringers are running short of helpers. If you could assist please speak to Stephen Richmond or Jim Lucy.


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).

Rev Chris opened the January meeting with a reading of Psalm 8 and prayers. A few minutes silence was observed to remember Iris Thompson, a member who died on 10th January 2018. A new member, Joan Haw, was warmly welcomed. The speaker was Andrew Humphreys from N I Water. He gave a detailed and interesting talk on the procedures required before drinking water reaches its destination and also on what we can do to prevent sewers blocking. Each member received a ‘Water is Precious’ bag with information on using and saving water. Members contributed to a collection for Water Aid and a cheque for £100 has been donated. The next meeting was on 27th February when Norma Ferguson from Chest, Heart and Stroke was the speaker. There will be no meeting in March as it is Holy Week.

All enquiries about Tuesday Club (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 C 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 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March with the Final on Thursday 22nd March 2018 in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall at 8.00 pm sharp.
Entries 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

Youth Club

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: 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.


Twenty of our young people continue to prepare for Confirmation this spring. We are working on our portfolios - a folder containing evidence of what we’ve learned along the way. This portfolio will contain work sheets, posters, project work and other evidence that each candidate is ready to be confirmed. So when the Bishop asks the Cathedral clergy during the service ‘Have these persons been carefully prepared in their understanding of the Christian faith?’, we can look at the portfolios as evidence and answer ‘I believe they have.’

During January and February, we watched The Incredibles in two parts. On the first night, we talked about how the various characters were un-happy and frustrated because they couldn’t be themselves and do the type of work they wanted to. Then we thought about our own future hopes and dreams, including how to make career choices, and we wrote a letter to our future selves.
On the second night, we watched the second half as we thought about spiritual gifts. The various characters in the movie have super powers, but in order to defeat the baddie ‘Incrediboy’ they have to work together as a team, using their talents together to help each other. Likewise, God has made us all differ-ent and given us different gifts. In order for the Church to be healthy and effective, we all need to work to-gether and use our gifts to help each other.
In Confirmation Class, we have learned so far about the structures of the Church of Ireland (not an easy thing to comprehend!), and crucially that all baptised people are part of the Church, not just people with plastic col-lars and titles! Now in March, we start thinking more about what it means for us to be active members of our Church and how to find our place within it.


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.

As we approach Holy Week and Easter, we have no Xplore this month, but here are some other dates for your diary:

Monday 19th Bank Holiday - No Class
Monday 26th Holy Week - no class but we encourage our young
people to attend Holy Week services during this ‘Week of Weeks’.

Feel free to bring a friend. It’s especially fun to catch up with the Confirmation Class of 2017! If you have any questions, or to let us know about special requirements (dietary, accessibility), email Rev Chris at

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.

Our February meeting was opened by the Rev Chris with a reading and prayers. A beetle drive followed, organised by branch leader Stephaine Hamilton as part of our “All Sorts” Activity night. We then moved into the main hall for bowls kindly set up by Gerry Vennard and various other games, including Connect 4 and Jenga. Most people took part, some were happy to just sit and watch. Violet Vennard and Maud Shaw gave their expert advice on the bowling. A lively and enjoyable evening was had by all and a number of prizes were distributed. The meeting closed with a prayer from Mary Sumner Resources and The Mother’s Union Prayer.

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 February 2018