St. Macartin's Cathedral
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
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The Church of Ireland - part of the Anglican Communion
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(last updated 30th September 2014)
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If you have any comments you can use the form on the "Contact us" page. St. Macartin's Church of Ireland Cathedral has a prominent position in the main street of Enniskillen, the largest town in County Fermanagh. The church has a long and distinguished history, much of which you will find on this website. If you know details that we haven't recorded, tell us and we will publish them!
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THE DEAN WRITES:

Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,


It is hard to believe that the Summer has gone, and that we now are in the midst of the  Harvest
Thanksgiving Season! Hymn 42, ‘Good is the Lord, our heavenly King’, is  based on Psalm 65
and sums up the meaning of giving thanks to Almighty God. The hymn tells us that God blesses us abundantly in so many ways. King David in Psalm 65 reminds us of how much God gives to the people of the earth.

God blesses us through many things, and we must consider that the things we have are a blessing from God. He has also given us the beautiful things that we see in creation to know that He exists. We are able to look at the mountains and the seas and know that there is natural power in this world. The earth is accomplishing God’s purpose. God’s love is so great that these things were placed here so we would know that there is a powerful Creator and one who hears our prayers. His love extended more than that, God gave His Son, that through faith in Him, we can not only enjoy the present but that we can come to that final harvest-home and share the joys of eternal life.

So at this Harvest Season may we take time to reflect and to enjoy all that God has given us? Harvest Thanksgiving means nothing until you give back to God the gratitude due to Him. We need to offer thanks by singing to and about Him, praying to Him, giving all you have to Him including your talents, abilities, possessions, opportunities and most importantly your presence in His Church. We need to commit ourselves to be His faithful disciples, and never take God for granted.

                                     Good is the Lord, He gives us bread; He gives His people more,
                                     By Him their souls with grace are fed, a rich, a boundless store.

May you know the love of God in your life!

Yours very sincerely,
Kenneth R J Hall

 
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Come ye thankful people, come, raise the sound of Harvest Home!


Good is the Lord, He gives us bread; He gives his people more,
By Him their souls with grace are fed, a rich, a boundless store.

(Scroll down for details of our harvest services and activities.)
                                                HARVEST SERVICES

Friday 10th October 8.00pm -  Preacher: Rev. Catherine Simpson

Sunday 12th October 11.00am - Preacher: The Venerable Cecil Pringle

Sunday 12th October 7.00pm - Preacher: The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin

Our Thanksgiving for Harvest will take place this year over the weekend of 10th-12th October. The weekend will be filled with activities and will begin with a special service on Friday evening with a liturgy and music geared towards younger people. There will be a talk by a former student from our 2014 Mission Team, Rev Catherine Simpson. Catherine is a gifted speaker and, as always, will have something very relevant to say to us. This service is open to all, both young and not so young and there will be snacks for those who stay around afterwards.

Sunday morning will bring us our main Parish Harvest Thanksgiving when the preacher will be the former Archdeacon of Clogher, the The Venerable Cecil Pringle. The Choir will, as always, have special music prepared for the harvest and the whole parish is invited to make this one of the biggest and best services of the year as we come to give thanks for all the goodness and mercy we have received at God’s hand.

The service on Sunday evening will be a Community Harvest Thanksgiving when everyone from across the town is invited to join in the familiar hymns and prayers of thanksgiving. The preacher at this service will be a very well known former Bishop of Clogher and now Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson Please encourage and invite your friends and neighbours to come along and make this a truly memorable occasion.


                                         CATHEDRAL OPEN DAY

Each year a great deal of work and effort is invested in decorating the cathedral so beautifully and colourfully for the Harvest Thanksgiving and yet these decorations are only seen briefly by those attending the services. In order that more people can see and enjoy the harvest decorations this year, the Cathedral will open on Saturday 11th October for visitors to come along and view the Harvest decorations. Everyone is welcome to visit during the day or attend any of the services.

                                         HARVEST BREAKFAST

All parishioners are invited to our special Harvest Breakfast anytime from 8.00am - 10.00am on Sunday 12th October. The breakfast is free of charge however anyone wishing to make a donation can do so for our Harvest Appeal. This is designed for parishioners to have breakfast before or after the 9.00am service or before the 11.00am service. Please do take up the offer and meet and have a chat with fellow parishioners. Please complete the enclosed reply slip and return it as soon as possible.


                                        HARVEST APPEAL 2014

Jesus said, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ (Luke 10:2). In Christian service there is no resting, God has work enough for everyone. Don’t just sit back and watch others work - look for ways to help. Help practically, prayerfully and financially.

Harvest Time is an opportunity to pause and think of all the goodness God provides for us in our daily living. Many things that are readily at our hands are taken for granted in this day and age, without a thought given to the provider, not to mention the number of things we accumulate or waste.

Here is an opportunity to give thanks to God in appreciation of His goodness to you. {parishioners will find enclosed with their copies of Cathedral News a Harvest Appeal envelope. Please contribute what you can financially afford and bring it to church, as you make that extra effort to come to God’s House to give thanks for His goodness and loving kindness.

                                ‘FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER’ - 2nd Corinthians Ch 9 verse 7