St. Macartin's Cathedral

Last updated 1st March 2024
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For people of faith in these difficult times, listening to Christian music, or better still, watching it being performed online, is very uplifting - a real spiritual experience. During the Coronavirus crisis, we introduced a page carrying links to music videos which we hope will be a blessing to all. You can access the page by clicking HERE
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During 2021, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal released funds to support Covid relief efforts in India and also in Haiti following a devastating earthquake.  And now the crisis in Ukraine has displaced numerous refugees in need of support by relief agencies and the Bishops' Appeal seeks urgent donations to go towards such humanitarian work. Individuals and parishes are invited to contribute to support these and other efforts.   Taxpayers in the U.K. can give more help by “Gift Aiding” donations. For more details and to read a special press release, click on the Ukrainian flag here.

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The Dean Writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends all around the world,

After a cold winter here in the northern hemisphere, February eventually gives way to March. March turns into April, and
bulbs start to appear and to bloom. Trees begin to bud. A crisp freshness fills the air, and you feel a sense of newness
of life. Everything comes to life again. There is seemingly no better time than the energizing season of spring. As the
days become longer, it is a time of transition, of looking forward to summer. And although this season of
regeneration may be incredibly refreshing after a long winter, do you fully appreciate spring - and use the time to recharge?

As God’s creation comes back to life after dormancy, spring is a great opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty. Also, take time to reflect on God’s handiwork.  Enjoy the flowers of all sizes, shapes, colours and fragrant scents. There is much about God’s creation that can be enjoyed and explored during the spring. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, spring can be a time to prioritize. Spring is
naturally when one should think about starting anew.

We have just witnessed the end of the Epiphany Season and the beginning of Lent. At Candlemas we remembered that we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light simply by trusting in Christ – the Babe of Bethlehem. However, that is only the beginning of the work that Christ wishes to complete in us. We are now to cooperate with Him by allowing His
faith and hope and love to expand within and among us. We are created for fellowship and friendship with God, we are given responsibilities as a worshipping community to care for God’s world live righteously in it and to care for one another as we grow in faith. The resources available
to you during Lent are an invitation to continue to grow in faith. To people within our own parish, I would encourage you to:

Use the daily Bible Readings through Lent on the Lord’s Prayer.
Come to our Pilgrim course on ‘What is the Bible and how we should read it.’
Attend our weekly Lenten Services on Wednesdays (7.30pm) and Thursdays (11am).

As the Body of Christ throughout the world, we need to be deeply interconnected so that we can encourage each other in faith; help each other persevere in the face of challenges; broaden and deepen our understanding of the Christian life, so that we can live the Gospel more faithfully. The promise that carries us from Christmas into Lent is that God changes hearts; that God forgives; that God renews every aspect of our life. As one of our Collects states:

‘Almighty God, in Christ You make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of Your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known Your heavenly glory.’
Lent offers the invitation to return to God in a very deliberate way and be transformed by His grace. For in the returning, we are healed and through the healing we are renewed.

As Lent can be a time for a ‘fresh start’ and ‘new approach’ please make every effort to attend church on Sundays and mid-week, and if you have not been out for while, your minister, pastor or priest, wherever you are in the world, would be delighted to see you!

Wishing you many blessings.

Sunday Services 9.00am – 11.00am – Mid Week Service Every Thursday 11.00am – Holy Communion. Lenten Services Every Wednesday at 7-30pm

Our mid-week evening Lenten services commenced with the one on Ash Wednesday 14th February at 7.30pm, and will be followed by a service of Compline at the same time every Wednesday, through till 20th March. Daily (except Saturday) services will commence on the 25th March. All will be streamed live on-line, but it would be lovely to see lots of people attending in person! To view each one live, if you can't be there, or to see the recording afterwards, just click on the appropriate icon.

What is Compline? Well, it's not a food supplement and has nothing to do with giant machines used to harvest corn! No, the ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.
Lenten Services
This Mothers' Union special service featured well known hymns and various readings, prayers and choral pieces. There was also be a Project Review in which Rev Rebecca Guildea, Rector of Garrison, Slavin, Belleek and Kiltyclogher spoke about a "Mums in May" Project. The recording will be on this page for a few days and afterwards in the archives (link below). Just click on the picture to view.