St. Macartin's Cathedral

Please note that information about the planned events on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November appears on this website's home page.

Calling all  parishioners aged 60 and above: A Date for Your Diary

Please keep free
Tuesday 11th December for the 60+ Christmas Party. All senior parishioners are invited for Christmas Dinner with the Dean in the Main Hall. Dinner will be served at 7.00pm. Hope you can come!

Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

Put some of your Christmas into a shoe box - and send it to a child in need! When you start planning your Christmas
this year, why not plan to share some of the joy and fun? For hundreds of thousands of desperately needy children,
there will be no Christmas coming at all in 2018 - unless you send it to them in a shoe box. Our Mothers' Union are
involved in this project each year, so let us all as a parish support them in this very worthy cause. Operation Christmas
Child is a project run by Samaritan's Purse International, a Christian relief and development charity. Last year
1.1 million needy children in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa received shoe boxes from children,
families and individuals in the UK.
The shoe boxes are given unconditionally, regardless of nationality, political background or religious beliefs. So - how do you send Christmas to a child in a shoe box? It's easy! Simply take an empty shoe box, wrap it in gift paper (lid and box separately) and fill it with toys, educational supplies, hats and scarves and other items that will bring joy to a child's life. You also need to include £5.00 'Shipping' donation per shoebox, to cover UK transportation, overseas shipping, distribution and promotion, with any surplus going to the work of Samaritan's Purse. If you would like to contribute, there are fliers full of ideas of what to buy - plus a label to stick on the front of your box available in the church porch or contact any member of the Mothers' Union or the Churchwardens for more in-formation. Please bring your wrapped and filled shoe box to church
on or before Sunday 18th November. Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

                                                                  400th Anniversary Service

There will be a service of Choral Evensong on
Sunday 4th November at 3pm in St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen to mark the 400th Anniversary of the opening of the Free School of Fermanagh in Castle Balfour, Lisnaskea.The school moved thirty years later to a site near the Cathedral and became Enniskillen Royal School and, after another 100 years, moved to Portora Hill. The Portora Board helped to found Enniskillen Royal School for Girls which later became the Collegiate.The Service will celebrate the Royal tradition of education in Fermanagh and the potential for Enniskillen Royal Grammar School to carry forward this Royal strand, enriched by the traditions of both Portora and the Collegiate. The Right Reverend David Chillingworth, Former Primus of the Church of Scotland and a former pupil of Portora Royal School will be preaching. He was also a choir boy in St. Macartin’s Cathedral.
All are welcome to attend.


The high quality arts provision that is the trademark of The FLive Festival continues on
Thursday 8th November
in St. Michael's Church at 8.00pm

"Sounds Sacred" is a celebration of hymns and sacred music including "How Great Thou Art", "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "Faith of Our Fathers" and many more of our best loved hymns.

The Fermanagh Brass Ensemble is made up of some of the finest brass players from Tyrone and Fermanagh with principal brass players
from Roughan Silver band, Strabane Brass Band, Churchill Silver, Laganvale and percussionists from The Ulster Orchestra.

The Ensemble will be playing a series of specially commissioned arrangements by Bob Quick.

The vocal magic is supplied by renowned Soprano Gerarda McCann and Baritone Keane Davison.

The icing on the cake is the magnificent St. Michael's organ played by soloist Stan Matthews.

Fermanagh based conductor Charles Fyffe is the Musical Director. He has recently returned to his native Ballinamallard and in addition to taking up a teaching post in Omagh Academy, is the newly appointed conductor of Strabane Brass Band.

Come and enjoy the fantastic acoustics of St. Michael's Church, your favourite hymns, fabulous singing, the magnificent organ and the
power of the Fermanagh Brass Ensemble.

Tickets are available on the night and at the Ardhowen box office.


A Confirmation service will be held in the spring of 2019 for young people of school year 9 and above. Those who expect to be confirmed should regularly attend church with their families. There is no logical sense in being confirmed if you are not a regular attendee at church! Application forms for Confirmation are available in the Parish Office for those who wish to be confirmed.

If you are a young person in Year 9 or over, and would like to be confirmed in 2019, forms are available from the Cathedral Office. Please collect and return them as soon as possible.

The first Confirmation class takes place on
Monday 26th November, from 6.30-7.30 pm in the Upper Room of the Cathedral Hall.  This introductory night is a good chance to meet the Dean, Laura and Rev. Chris, as well as the other candidates.

Confirmation is much more than a formality.  It involves making promises to God to follow Christ as an adult member of the Church.  This is why we devote several months to preparation.  It is really important to attend all classes, as well as Xplore nights and regular Church services.

There will be two more classes this year, on
3rd and 10th December.  We start back in the New Year on Monday 7th January
We are excited to meet you!

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 02866322917 or emailing

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 the summer, we have given 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!



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.

This autumn we are following a course called ‘Surprised by Hope’.  Anglican bishop Tom Wright has developed these materials to help Christians think about what heaven looks like, what happens when we die, and what it means when we say ‘He will come again to judge the living and the dead.’ Even if you don’t normally go to Pilgrim, we think you’ll enjoy thinking about these big questions!  If you know someone who might benefit from the course, invite them along.  It’s a good way to encourage people to get back into church.  It’s open to people of all Christian traditions and none.

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.

Course Dates:
6th and 27th November  7.30 - 9.00pm in the Devenish Room, Cathedral Hall.

Christmas Gathering:
11th December

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.


Messy Church

In October, Messy Church started back for another year of fun and games, singing, messy crafts and activities, and food. At that meeting, we said thank you to God for all the harvest gifts. 

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 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!

                                                                          Messy Church Programme 2018-19
4.00-6.00 pm in the Cathedral Hall
                 The next Messy Church is on Thursday 15th November
                                                                                             20th December
                                                                                 (no Messy Church in January)
                                                                                               21st February
                                                                                                21st March
                                                                         April – no Messy Church (Easter Holiday)
                                                                                                  16th May

Bell Ringers

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 - 2-4pm).

The Dean opened the first meeting of the new season with scripture readings and prayers. The speaker, Alan Crooks from the Policing and Community Safety Partnership was introduced. Alan gave members an account of why and when the PCSP was formed. With the aid of slides a most informative insight into its aim was explained. Alan gave each member a bag, telling us that the contents were  aimed at keeping us safe, and explained how to deal with various situations. Tea was served bringing the meeting to a close.

The next meeting is on 30th October at 2.00pm in the Hilliard Room when Carol Dunwoody from Enniskillen Foot Clinic is the speaker.

New members are welcome to join our regular participants for an afternoon of good advice, fun, food and fellowship.

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 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.

In September we stated that St. Macartin’s Bowling Club was in Section C of the Church League. This is incorrect; it is now in Section D and for this error we apologise.

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


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. 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

In October, Xplore met not once but twice!  First, we had a ‘Big Saturday Night In’.  We watched and sang along to The Greatest Showman while Laura and Alana pampered us at their nail bar and ice cream factory.  Rev. Chris was persuaded to wear a face mask - that’s why he looks so much younger this month!
Later in October, we had a walk in the dark around the Cathedral and the graveyard.  This raised a number of questions, such as, What does the Bible say about ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night?  What should young Christian people do about Halloween?  What should we really be scared of? Even after some scary stories, once we talked a bit about the things we fear, we realised that with God beside us, we never really need to be afraid.

Next Xplore: Movie Night
Monday 19th November, 7-9 pm in the Upper Room (Cathedral Hall) - bring your friends!

Monday 17th December - Christmas Party 7-9 pm

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 Dean opened the October meeting in the Hilliard Room on the 8th with a reading and prayer. A Bring and Buy sale followed in aid of the Mums in May. There was a great variety of merchandise on display and a brisk sale was quickly concluded. Stephanie Hamilton, Branch Leader, introduced Ms Clare McDermott from Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, our guest speaker on “Recycling and Waste Management”. The Council encourages all residents to separate their waste at source using the coloured bins provided. We were given labels detailing the exact waste for each bin and a calendar showing days and dates for collection. There is also a service to collect large and bulky items up to three times per household per year and a service to help disabled people who are unable to leave their bins at the roadside. An interesting and informative evening was enjoyed by all. The meeting was concluded with the Mothers’ Union prayer.

The next meeting is on
Monday 12th November with Rev. Charles Eames, Diocesan Chaplin for Mothers Union.

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 October 2018