Seagoe Parish Magazine.
REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Carrickblacker Ave.
REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
Rector's—JOHN H. TWINEM.
THE CLERGY WILL ESTEEM IT A FAVOUR IF
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE INFORMED
CALENDAR FOR MARCH.
March 1st—Service in Bocombra, at 8 p.m.
6th—1st Sunday in Lent.
8th—Mothers' Union Meeting.
9th—Lenten Service in Parish Church at 8 p.m.
10th—Social Evening in Bocombra Church
Hall at 7.30 p.m.
13th—2nd Sunday in Lent.
Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.
16th—Lenten Service in Parish Church at 8 p.m.
17th—St. Patrick's Day. Holy Communion at
8 a.m. Shamrock Tea in Edenderry Parochial Hall.
20th—3rd Sunday in Lent.
23rd—Lenten Service in Parish Church at 8 p.m.
25th—Jumb1e Sale in Edenderry Parochial Hall
at 7 p.m.
27th 4th Sunday in Lent.
Service in Hacknahay at 3.30 p.m.
30th—Lenten Service in Parish Church at 8 p.m.
My Dear Friends,
This issue is the first number of the thirty-third
year of Seagoe Parish Magazine, and I am glad to say
that the Magazine year just ended has been a successful one.
This success is due to three factors, viz.—
(1) Advertisements, (2) the distributors, (3) its readers;
and I would like to refer to these in turn. The proprietors
of the local business houses have been very
kind in supporting us with their advertisements; without
their help we could not run our Magazine. I hope
our readers will remember this when on their shopping
rounds and as far as possible support those, who support
us, this is the least we can do and is the best way
of thanking them. Then there are our distributors—
Capt. Mitchell and the members of the C.L.B., all of
Whom voluntarily have given of their time and energy
to this very important side. At the beginning of last
Year Capt. Mitchell undertook this responsibility in
the spirit " The C.L.B. will do this job well or not at all."
I believe it has been well done. To Capt.
Mitchell and the members of the C.L.B. who help him
we say " Thank you." The Magazines now reach every
corner of this extensive parish regularly, and there
are no bad debts. I hope our readers will do their
bit to help the distributors by either paying in advance
for the year or quarterly; it is not fair to the
distributors to take a Magazine and not pay for it.
Last of all we are grateful for the support from our
parishioners and friends, who take this Magazine
month by month. There are still copies unsold each
month and we hope, during the coming year every
available copy will be used up. Do you know any
parishioners in your neighbourhood who are not yet
regular readers? Here is a chance to help us by asking
them to buy one each month, and if they consent
give their names and addresses to the distributor. A
parish Magazine is an invaluable asset for (I) it helps
our people to take an intelligent interest in what is
going on in their parish, (2) it is an effective method
of disseminating announcements, (3) it is a record,
which can easily be preserved, and when the Editor
and his readers will have passed beyond the bourne
of space and time and are forgotten, the Magazine
will be history and perhaps future generations will
read with interest the happenings there recorded, (4)
The inset called " Home Words" is interesting and contains
a varied selection, from household tips to well
written articles dealing with the spiritual life.
There is another matter to which I would like to
refer, that is the approach of the season of Lent. This
begins on Ash Wednesday; it leads up to Good Friday,
when we think of the Cross when God in Christ
stooped to the lowest to raise us from death and sin
to new life and hope.
The call of Christ comes to each one of us particularly
at this time to examine our lives afresh in the
light of the Cross. When we do this we cannot be
satisfied with things as they are. What can we do
to help ourselves? We can, it is true, do nothing of
ourselves, but by coming closer to Christ we can be
made new and better men and women. I can do
all things through Christ who strengtheneth me,"
said St. Paul, and this is still gloriously true, for Christ
never changes. But Christ will not help us unless we
seek His help. We must come to Him daily privately
in prayer, so that His Holy Spirit may enlighten, guide
and strengthen us to know and do His will. But that
is not enough, there is no such thing as a private
Christian life, " no man liveth unto himself." Christ
It is not only
says to us " ye shall be my witnesses."
the clergy who are meant to do this, each Christian
must do it too. I think the best sermons are not those
from the pulpit but those from the everyday lives of
It is very easy to criticise the
parson's sermon, but do we ever ask ourselves what
kind of a message am I giving to people by my life?
Would it not benefit each one of us between now and
Good Friday to give a little extra time in looking at
our lives and comparing them with God's standard of
Life as we have it plainly revealed in Jesus Christ.
Could you not make an effort now to put things right,
if you have got slack about Public Worship. There
.are far too many of our people, and you may be one
of them, who can go to town to do their business, or to
a social or a public meeting where there is excitement
.and yet when Sunday comes a feeble excuse satisfies
them and keeps them away. You may not think so, but
what you are doing is simply this—you are proclaiming
publicly by your indifference that you do not consider
God and the things of God of much importance, that
doing your shopping and going to the pictures and
attending political or social meetings are far more
important in your eyes. You will say " Oh, I wouldn't
dream of preaching that," but that is what you are
doing if you think Sunday is just, a day to lie in bed
and a good opportunity to study the " Soccer" results
of the previous Saturday, or to peruse the unhallowed
doings of pagan men and women whose sordid and
unhappy lives are laid bare for your amusement by
some Sunday papers. God put you first by dying for
you on the Cross, can you afford to treat Him as if
He doesn't care about what you do or how you live
your life? Answer this question honestly in the light
of the Cross. On Sunday evenings there are many
empty seats in Church, is your seat one of these?
You cannot be neutral to-day, you are either witnessing
for Christ or against Him. By remaining at home
on Sunday from God's House for no other reason than
that you can't be bothered going is a definite refusal
to witness for your Master. And so I close this letter
with the prayer that each one of us may strive afresh
at this time to see our lives in .the light of God's
countenance so that we may see the sin of indifference
and all our other sins, which are hindering the more
effective coming of the Kingdom of God in our midst.
For not until we see our failures and sins and acknowledge
them to God will He pardon them and give
us power to live as His children.
Your Sincere Friend and Rector,
JOHN W. APPELBE.
Commencing on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, and
on each of the following Wednesdays in Lent there
will be a mid-week Lenten Service in the Parish
Church at 8 p.m.
The mid-week Services in Edenderry will be discontinued
during Lent, but we hope to see those who.
attended these Services in the Parish Church instead.
The Rector hopes to preach a course of sermons on
the Sunday evenings in Lent, commencing on Sunday
evening, March 6th, on the " Ten Commandments and
On Ash Wednesday morning, March 2nd, there will
be a Penitential Service at 11.30 a.m.
THE PARISH FINANCIAL REPORT.
We hope to have this in the hands of subscribers
early in March. This year, to save printing expense,
we are not putting Hall and Sunday School accounts
into the Financial Report. These will appear in the
Parish Magazine instead.
The Financial Year for this Parish ends on Dec.
31st of each year, so that it is impossible to include
in this report W.F.O. contributions, and annual subscriptions
to the Sustentation Fund received after the
accounts were closed. This means that late contributions
cannot be acknowledged until the report for
1938 is published next year.
On Sunday, Feb. 13th, the Ven. A. G. Hannon, M.A„
Archdeacon of Dromore, preached at the monthly
Service in Drumgor and prior to the Service he dedicated
the organ recently acquired. The Archdeacon
congratulated the superintendent and teachers on
their enterprise in procuring an instrument which will
serve a useful purpose in the Sunday School and at
the monthly Service. The large congregation present
appreciated the short recital given by Mr. Donald
Anderson, Lurgan. During the service he played the
organ. At the service also Mr. W. D. Morrow sang
the " Lost Chord" as a solo. Mr. Wm. Hutchinson read
We are glad to know that the Sunday School teachers
and superintendent have purchased a ping-pong
table for the young people's amusement during the
THE MOTHERS' UNION.
The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe School
on Tuesday, February 8th, when Mrs. McClure. of
Tartaraghan Rectory, gave a most helpful address.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March
8th, at 7.30 p.m., when the speaker will be Mrs. Perrott
of Grange Rectory.
It is desired to acquaint all those who have so generously
promised subscriptions to the above fund, that
the following Collectors have been appointed in the
several districts as follows
District : Collector.
Eden Avenue Mr. Thomas Stanfield.
Carrickblacker Ave. Mr. Ernest Mitchell.
Bridge St. from Joseph St. Willie Best.
Bridge St. from Joseph St. Mr. George Leake.
Carrickblacker Road Mr. Foster Shanks.
Bachelor's Walk Mr. J. R. Reid.
Margretta Park Mr. W. A. Casey.
Town Residents South of River
Breagh, Knock, Ballymacrandle Messrs. Magennis and McCormick.
Ballyhannon Mr. J. H. Twinem.
Ballinacorr Mr. G. Price.
Balteagh Mr. J. G. Gracey.
Bocombra, Lisniskey Mr. W. White.
Knockmena Mr. George Wilson.
Carne, Tamnificarbet Mr. A. Kirk.
Drumgor Mr. T. Gracey.
Drumnagoon Mr. Moses Gilpin
Kernan Mr. Gee.
Killycomaine Mr. W. G. Best.
Levaghery H. Ellis and W. Gibson.
Lylo Mr. James Twinem.
Tamnifiglasson Mr. T. Martin.
Seagoe Lower Mr. Wm. Neill
Derryvore Mr. Wm. Neill
Seagoe Upper Messrs. Joe Hynes and David Allen.
Tarson and Carne Mr. W. M'Kinney.
The work of collecting the subscriptions will commence
during the month of March. We are indebted
these gentlemen for undertaking the job, and it is
hoped that subscribers will appreciate their services
by making their task as light as possible.
NOTICE RE HALLS.
It is very important that no meetings, socials, etc.,
held in any Hall or School in Seagoe Parish without
the consent of the Rector, and the Hall Trustees.
Some of the buildings are insured for restricted use,
and grave risks are taken, when the proper authorities
are not consulted. In future this rule must be strictly
The annual Sunday School prize-giving socials commenced
on Feb. 3rd, in Levaghery, when, after tea was
served by the teachers, a short programme was given
by some of the pupils which was much enjoyed. Mr.
David Allen also did conjuring tricks and baked a
sponge" cake much to the amusement of all present.
Then games were played until it was time to go home.
On Thursday, Feb. 10th, a similar function took
place in Edenderry, when the Morning and Afternoon
children were combined for the occasion. Tea was
served to the large party of children present. Next
the Rector, assisted by Mr. E. Mitchell, showed an
interesting set of lantern slides entitled If I lived
in India." (The lantern was very kindly lent by St.
Mark's Parish, and we are grateful to Mr. Taylor for
his trouble in coming to fix it up in the Hall). Then
Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Joseph Hynes gave us a turn
of "Jumping Joey," at which the shrieks of the children
were an indication of their appreciation. The
usual games ended the evening.
Thursday, Feb. 17th, was Drumgor's turn. After
tea, some of the junior pupils recited and sang in professional
style. Then came the old-time games, which
never seem to lose their appeal.
The prizes were handed on each occasion by Mrs.
Appelbe. The Rector, who presided at Levaghery,
Edenderry and Drumgor, expressed his sincere thanks
to the several superintendents and their loyal band
of teachers for their splendid work during the past
year, and congratulated them on the nourishing state
of their Sunday Schools. He also stressed the importance
of the work, stating that a child does not
attend simply to win a prize but to learn about Jesus
Christ, so that he or she may serve and love Him
well; the Sunday School is the training ground for
worship in Church, and the teachers should encourage
their children to form the habit of regular Church
attendance while still at the Sunday School.
This annual event took place in Edenderry Parochial
Hall on Friday, January 28th. A full house enjoyed
a splendid concert. The proceedings commenced with
selections from the Seagoe C.L.B. Band and a Chorus
by the Cadets and Training Corps. The following
artistes contributed—Messrs. W. D. Morrow, T. Richardson,
Cooper and Laverty, W. Donaldson, Pte. C.
Mitchell, Lt. J. Hynes, Messrs. Rowe and C.
Barnhill, T. Leeman and Sam Crabbe. The Misses A.
Mitchell, M. Taylor, Hanna Sisters, McDougall and
McNally, all of whom gave of their best.
Miss T. Wilson acted as accompanist.
At the conclusion the Rector thanked all those who
had made the concert a success, the artistes and the
audience. Mr. Sinton replied on behalf of the artistes.
The singing of the National Anthem brought the
evening to a close.
The passing from our sight of three parishioners is
recorded in this issue. Mildred Campbell was in her
early infancy; the Saviour who once said " Suffer the
little children to come unto Me," has called her to
Himself before her pure soul was soiled by the sorrow
and sin of this world. Mrs. Dickson has been granted
the rest she so often prayed for, long years of weakness
did not dim her strong faith in the Love and Power
of her Master. Mr. Cordner, in spite of his great age,
maintained his physical and mental faculties almost
to the end; he was a good Christian man. To the
bereaved we extend our deep sympathy and pray that
they may be enabled by God the Holy Spirit
with St. Paul, " Thanks be to God Who giveth
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and
them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
Feb. 2nd—Bertram Noel, son of Valentine and
Carville, Collens's Row (Privately).
Feb. 6th—June, daughter of Samuel and Jane Elizabeth
Liggett, 13, Levaghery Gardens.
" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest
from their labours."
Feb. 4th—Mildred Campbell, Balteagh, aged 9 months
Feb. 17th—Frances Jane Dickson, Tamnifiglasson aged 74 years.
Feb. 17th—Thomas M'Murray, Crossmacaughley Portadown, aged 84 years.
Feb. 21st—Thomas Cordner, 4 Seafield, Upper Seagoe, aged 86 years.
Amount already acknowledged—£60 13s 6d.
10/- —Mrs. James Allen, Mr. C. S. A. Twinem,
Joseph M'Lough1in, Mr. S. J. Hall (Cordova), Mr. J. G,
Gracey, J.P., Mr. Gee, Mr. J. H. Twinem.
5/- —Miss McCombie, Mr. Willie Neill, Mr. Thomas
Ruddell, Mr. John H. Wilson.
2/6—Mr. R. H. Best, Mrs. Campbell.
Total—£65 8s 6d.
We would like to apologise to Mr. Geo. Leake, whose
name appeared as Locke in our last list of 10/- subscriptions.
I would like personally to thank all those who have
helped so loyally to get together this amount. (J.H.T.)
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM—1st Sunday of each Month at 4
p.m., and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice to be given; Two Sponsors at least are required.
The father and mother must be present. Churchings
are held at each Baptism Mothers are expected
to bring a thankoffering. (See Book of Common
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
11 30 a m.
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 pm.
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3-30 p,m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.
Edenderry—Services as announced.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10-15 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10-30 a.m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne,
MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7-30 p.m.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall
on Tuesdays and Fridays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School
alternate Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL, 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licenses are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hanon, Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings FEES—BY License Labourers 5/—, Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers 15/-, Professional £1. By Banns 5/-. FUNERALS will be
attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given.
SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay
FEES FOR CERTIFICATES – BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non residents); MARRIAGE 3/7
An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases.
It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the arrival of new Church families in the Parish.
A copy of the Magazine will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.
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