St. Macartin's Cathedral
If anyone would like to donate flowers, fruit or vegetables, please do so tomorrow or Tuesday.
Harvest Thanksgiving Services
Our annual Harvest Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 8th October at 11.00am. The special guest preacher at this service will be The Very Rev Niall Sloane, Dean of Limerick. At 7.00pm we will have another opportunity to thank God in our Harvest Festival. Much like the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, this service will give us an opportunity to reflect on inspiring hymns and readings but with a Harvest theme. Refreshments, as well as apple tarts with fresh cream, will be served in the Cathedral Hall following the service. All are warmly welcome to attend both services.
Bell ringing practice will resume on Wednesday 4th October at 7.00pm and continue weekly. If you would like to help with bell-ringing please speak to any ringer or contact the Cathedral Office. You will be very welcome.
Mid Week Service
Thursday 5th October 11.00am – Holy Communion
Sunday 17th September - The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
9.00am – Holy Communion
11.00am – Morning Prayer
Mothers' Union: Christian Care for Families.
Our next meeting is 9th October at 7.30pm, when Peter Scott from RNLI will be our speaker. Afterwards we will have a Bring & Buy sale, so please bring something along for the sale and don’t forget your purse for that wee bargain! All are welcome.
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. At St Macartin’s Cathedral, 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.
St Macartin’s Mothers’ Union Officers
Branch Leader: Jenifer Johnston
Secretary: Sally Masterson
Treasurer: Maud Shaw
Overseas Representative: Valerie Watson
Committee Members: Stephanie Hall, Christine Halpin, Stephanie Hamilton, Hazel Hunter, Avril Kee, Estelle Latimer, Margaret Owens, Susan Spratt and Jeanette Wilson
Fermanagh Churches Forum
Fermanagh Churches Forum are having their Autumn Seminars in the Presbyterian Bridge Centre, East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, beginning on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm with speaker Ms Catherine Scott, Learning and Access Development Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
Further dates are:
Thursday 19th October with Dr Mark O'Donnell, Head of Pastoral Programmes, Sanctuary of Saint Patrick, Lough Derg.
Thursday 26th October with Rev Greg Alexander, Minister, Darling Street Methodist Church, Enniskillen
Thursday 16th November Dr Johnston McMaster, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. The Theme is Identity and Belonging.
The latest edition of the Diocesan Magazine is available. Copies have been named and left in the Cathedral porch. Please collect.
Connect Fermanagh is based in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen and is an organisation which connects lonely people with volunteers who provide a telephone befriending service which provides support to individuals feeling lonely or isolated across Fermanagh. They seek to promote positive wellbeing for those they call, help them feel connected to their community, valued as citizens, and prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation. They wish to recruit both service users and volunteer callers. For more information please contact Breige McRory on 663203230, 07949954512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If any families have children or adults not baptised, please speak to the Dean. If desired a private baptism can be arranged for adults and older children.
St Macartin’s Cathedral History Books
These are available from the Churchwardens in the Vestry immediately after services or from the Cathedral Office, and still at the launch price of £20 per book.
St. Macartin's Knitting Group - “The Knitwits”
This is open to anyone who would like to knit socks - learner and experienced knitters are equally welcome. Yarn, needles, sock pattern and guidance will be provided. For further information contact Claire Holmes: email@example.com
This popular club meets in the Cathedral Hall. The Sock Club starts at 2pm and the general group at 3pm, ending at 5pm. New knitters are welcome – as are male knitters!
Erne Flower Arranging Society
Erne Flowers meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Eniskeene Room, Cathedral Hall. Annual membership is £35 per year, visitors £10 per night. The next meeting is on Wednesday 6th September. New members are very welcome..
Tuesday drop in
Every Tuesday afternoon from 2.00 to 6.00pm, the Hilliard Room in the Cathedral Hall will be open, where people can chat, study, read the newspaper, knit, and drink tea and coffee, saving money by reducing energy usage in our homes. You are welcome to make use of the tea
and coffee making facilities in the adjacent kitchen. On the last Tuesday of each month, the Tuesday Club will meet in the Hilliard Room at 2.00pm, and you would be welcome to join them.
If you have the talent and interest, you can help to 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. Each year, commencing in September, St Macartin's offers up to ten Choral Scholarships; ideally at least 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of this programme is £6,300 as the students get £630 each towards the cost of the singing lessons. If you would like to support this very worthy scheme donations would be very welcome.
We would appeal to parishioners to let us know if you are unwell - or if you know someone who is unwell. We can arrange some form of contact to be made, depending on what is possible at that time. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our prayer list, as the clergy will remember you in their personal devotions and during the intercessory prayers at our services. If you know of someone who would value this service, 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.
Please let us know if you are admitted to hospital. We can arrange some form of contact to be made, depending on what is possible at that time. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our prayer list, as the clergy will remember you in their personal devotions and during the intercessory prayers at our services. Do not rely on the hospital system to inform the clergy, as this may not happen.
Help or queries
Should you require anything please contact the Dean (028 6632 2465), the Curate Assistant (028 6625 1256), or the Parish Secretary (028 6632 2917).
Sunday Lights and Café (formerly known as Sunday School)
Sunday Lights and Café, uses interactive and creative forms of learning to help the children learn about the Christian faith (telling Bible stories, discussion, songs, games, and crafts). Children leave for their own activities after the singing of a family hymn during the 11.00am service, and will attend and take part in monthly Family Services.
Sunday Lights Leaders
There is still room for people who are interested in taking on this role on a rota basis
Family Services (usually the last Sunday of the month at 11am)
The key to understanding these services is thinking about them as “family time” (the family of the Church), not as time for the children with the adults present. It is an all-age time - all are welcome to attend these services!
Messy Church is held on the third Thursday of each month from 4.00-6.00pm. Dates are 19th October, 16th November and 21st December. The September date is combined with a Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th September (see below).
The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child. Now that we’re in a new school year, we are looking forward to meeting new
friends! So 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
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 (whether church members or not) 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.
St Macartin’s Cathedral History Books
These are available from the Churchwardens in the Vestry immediately after the service or from the Cathedral Office, and still at the launch price of £20 per book. These would make ideal gifts for family members and friends, especially those who were baptised, confirmed or married in the Cathedral, and for those who have had relatives buried from the cathedral.
Would you like to read a lesson at the 11.00am Sunday morning services on a rota basis? If so, please contact the office to add your name to our list.
Knit and Natter
Enniskillen Library hosts a Knit and Natter session every Wednesday from 2.00-3.30pm. If you like to knit or crochet, and love to chat, come and join the fun!
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 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.
Daily Hope is a free phone line of hymns, prayers and reflections for those who don’t have access to the internet at home. Just call 0800 804 8044 from a UK mobile or landline and select your preferred option.
If you are a subscriber, your copy will be available in church on Sundays or Thursdays, orcan be collected from the Cathedral Office during the week. If you used to purchase your copy in Eason’s Bookshop, spare copies (£1.50) will also be available in the Cathedral back porch or from the Cathedral Office.
Mid Week Holy Communion Thursdays at 11.00am
A Service of Holy Communion is held each Thursday at 11.00am. Those who usually attend the early Sunday morning and Sunday evening services should consider (if not working) attending the Thursday service, as it is much quieter than the 11.00am Sunday morning service. The 7.00pm services can no longer be held to comply with the recommended guidelines.
Do you have a Prayer book in your home? If not you should have! We are a Prayer Book church and the Prayer Book should not just be on those shelves at the back of the church for use on Sunday, but there should be a copy of a Prayer Book in every home. Everything in it is biblically based and it is a vital tool to every-day living, for daily prayer, and for nourishment and for enriching our daily walk with God. As you leaf through the Prayer Book you will find services and prayers for daily use, and for every situation and worry in life. It is a marvellous resource so use it! Copies are available from the Cathedral Office for £20.00 and would make an ideal Christmas gift!
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.
Cathedral Garden of Remembrance
With the increased number of people choosing cremation, the church has created a Garden of Remembrance at the back of the building. 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'.
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 email@example.com
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 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!
The Tuesday Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in the Cathedral Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!
The next meeting is on Tuesday 26th Septe
This takes place on Wednesday evenings in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm (but check before attending!). New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne.
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 Wednesdays 7.00-8.00pm and new ringers will be warmly welcomed to send out the call to worship on Sunday!
Everyone is welcome for fun and fellowship. For more information, contact Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.
Entries and general enquiries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.
Beavers will recommence on Monday 2nd October from 6.30 pm to 7.45pm. This is for all children aged 6 to 8 years.
Cubs will recommence on Monday 2nd October from 6.30 pm to 7.45pm. This is for all children aged 8 to 10 1/2 years.
SCOUT GROUP REGISTRATION
The scouts will resume on Monday 2nd October from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. This is for all young people aged 6 to 15 years and they will join a worldwide organisation of over 300 million members preparing young people to develop as active members of their Community. They will take camping and outdoors to a new level and for some to an international level. For all sections the gaining of badges and awards is a large part of the programme and there is the opportunity to gain the Chief Scouts’ award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Rainbows meet on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. This is for all girls aged 4yrs to 6yrs and they will enjoy learning new games, craft work and going on outings as well as making new friends with other Rainbows in Fermanagh.
Brownies meet on Tuesdays. This is for all girls aged 7yrs to 10yrs (P6) and they will enjoy completing badge work, going on outings, craft work, participating in joint activities with other Brownie units throughout Fermanagh and going on Pack Holiday.
Guides meet on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for all girls aged 10years (P7) to 15years and they will enjoy completing badge work, completing Duke of Edinburgh award, craft work, camp holidays and taking part in activities with Guides throughout Fermanagh and Northern Ireland.
Meets on the laqst Tuesday of the month in the Hilliard Room from 2pm. Next meeting is on 31st October. New members are welcome, and we especially want to encourage men to come along and enjoy the fun and fellowship! Come and meet other parishioners - a good friend could be someone you have yet to meet.
St Macartin’s Bowling Club re-entered the Churches League and with this new found enthusiasm we are appealing for new members, men, women, boys and girls to join in the fun and fellowship of bowling. It is an excellent means of socialising and meeting new friends. Wednesdays from 10.30am-12.00 noon (Morning Bowls) and 7.30-10.00pm (Evening Bowls).
Last updated 30th September 2023