Seagoe Archives

Mar 1940


Mar 1940

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

MARCH, 1940.


EV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.

W. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,

Lower Seagoe.


Rector's—S. McCORMICK.

People's—J. G. GRACEY, J.P.





March 3rd—4th Sunday in Lent.

Preacher at 11.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.—Rev. J

I. Lea, B.A.

March 6th—Mid-week Lenten Service at 8 p.m.

March 7th—Missionary Meeting in Edenderry

at 8 p.m.

March 10th—5th Sunday in Lent.

Monthly Service in Drumgor at 3 p.m.

March 13th—Mid-week Lenten Service at 8 p.m.

March 17th—6th Sunday in Lent.

St. Patrick's Day.

March 18th—Monday before Easter. Service in Church

at 8 p.m.

March 19th—Tuesday before Easter. Service in Church

at 8 p.m.

March 20th—Wednesday before Easter. Service in

Church at 8 p.m.

March 21st—Thursday before Easter. Service in

Church at 8 p.m.

March 22nd—Good Friday.

Morning Prayer at 11.30 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.

March 24th—Easter Day.

March 28th—Annual General Easter Vestry.

March 31st—1st Sunday after Easter.


With this month's issue of Seagoe Parish

Magazine we enter upon another year in

its long and useful history, and once again

we take the opportunity of expressing our

grateful thanks to those who help by giving

advertisements. Without advertisements it

would not be possible to print it at all, as

the 2d per copy for which it is sold barely

meets half the cost of printing. We hope that

our readers when on their shopping rounds

will support as far as they can, the shops whose

advertisements appear in the Magazine.

We are grateful, too, to Mr. E. Mitchell

and the members of the C.L.B. for their

help in distributing it each month. Owing

to war conditions in the printing trade it

has not always been possible to have it

printed in time for distribution as early

in the month as we would have liked. This

explains why on a few occasions recently

it appeared rather late. To obviate this

we will try and go to Press earlier in

future, but sometimes it may be difficult

to avoid and we hope that our readers will

understand and not expect too much in

these difficult times.

The cost of paper and printing has risen

considerably owing to the war, and if the

Magazine is to pay its way every available

copy must be sold each month—at present

there are about 30 copies unsold each month.

It should not be difficult to find 30 new

readers for 1940, and it would be a great

help, if those who take the Magazine would

encourage new readers. If you know of anyone

who would like a copy each month give the

name and address to Mr. E. Mitchell, Seafield,

Lurgan Road, or to one of the clergy and

arrangements will be made for a distributor

to call each month.

1940 will be a critical year, so while

thanking those who have been regular

readers in the past, we appeal for their

continued support. A parish magazine

plays a useful part in our parochial life

both as a permanent record and as a

means for disseminating information.

Holy Week Services.

Beginning on Monday, March 18th,

there will be a service each evening in the

Parish Church at 8 p.m., up to and including

Good Friday evening. The addresses will

centre round the Cross of Christ and its

bearing on modern life. Here is an

opportunity for us to meditate once again

on this stupendous fact and to test our

lives by its standard. For St. Paul the

Cross was "the power of God unto

Salvation." It can be the same for us if

only we would hear its message and

appropriate for ourselves its power. In these

times of perplexity, when the human race

is being rent asunder by the forces of evil,

we cannot afford to shirk the issues with

which Calvary confronts us. Only at the

foot of Christ's Cross can we find release

from our sins, a realization of the invincible

love of God, which is stronger than death

and sin, only there can we be assured that

God, and those who are on God's side, can

never be defeated. It speaks to us of: -

“All our redemption cost,

All our redemption won;

All it has won for us the lost,

All it cost Him, the Son."

Good Friday.

Morning Prayer at 11.30 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.

The collections on Good Friday will, as

usual, be in aid of the Church of Ireland

Jews' Society.

Easter Day.

Holy Communion at 8 a.m.

Morning Prayer and Holy Communion

11.30 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.

All communicants are earnestly requested

to be present at the Lord's Table on Easter

Day. For the Christian it is a day of glad

thanksgiving, and the Holy Communion

service is the thanksgiving service instituted

by our Lord Himself. It is the Resurrection

which transforms the Cross from a tragedy

into a triumph. If Christ had not risen St. Paul

said: "Your faith is vain, ye are yet in your sins";

"but thanks be to God, which giveth us the

victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." If

there had been no Easter Day, how utterly

without hope we would be. Death and the

grave, until Christ rose, were for men full

of gloom and despair. For the Christian

they are robbed of their terror, they

mean not the end of all things but a new

beginning, a passing into fuller life in

Christ's nearer presence. Easter fills us

with hope for the future, but it also has

just as vital a message for us in this life -

He who was crucified and died, lives and

we can have His presence to strengthen

and guide us here and now. He invites

us to come to Him that He may refresh

and strengthen us for the battle of life.

It is He, who says "This do in remembrance

of Me."


The monthly meeting took place in Seagoe

School on Thursday, February 8th, when an

appropriate address was given by Captain Tatnall, C.A.

The next monthly meeting will take place in


THURSDAY, MARCH 7th, at 8 p.m., when an

address will be given by the Rev. E. J. Mackie (Chile).


Two of these annual functions took place

recently at Levaghery and Drumgor. In the

unavoidable absence of the Rector, the Rev.

W. F. Hayes presided at Levaghery, where

after a short programme tea and games, the

prizes were presented by Miss Bradshaw.

At Drumgor the prizes were presented

by Mrs. Appelbe, after tea and the usual

popular games a very pleasant evening

was brought to a close.

We are grateful to the superintendents

and teachers in these Sunday Schools for

their steady and devoted service. Both

halls are in good repair and have been

greatly improved by the addition of new

forms with backs.


Drumgor—Sunday, March 10th, at 3 p.m.

Bocombra—Thursday, March 14th, at

8 p.m.

Hacknahay—Sunday, March 31st, at 3.30 p.m.



(For year ending Dec. 31st, 1939.)


Sunday Collections £2 3 6

Harvest 3 2 6

Classes 1 0 0

Rent 3 9 4

Concert 2 6 6

Balance from 1938 7 14 8

£19 16 6


South American M. Society £1 0 0

Prizes 4 6 6

Forms 2 3 6

Rates 0 19 0

Coal, oil, repairs, etc. 3 5 0

Caretaker 0 15 0

Balance in hand 7 7 6

£19 16 6


It is hoped that the financial report for

the year ending Dec. 31st, 1939, will be in

the hands of parishioners before Easter.

We are glad to note that it shows a decided

improvement in the state of our parochial

finances. They are now in a healthy position

but if this happy state of affairs is to continue

our W.F.O. envelops must be sent in regularly.

Any parishioner requiring a set of envelopes

can have them by applying to Mr. J. H. Twinem,

Hon. W.F.O. Secretary.



During Lent there is a special intercession

service each Wednesday in the Parish Church

at 8 p.m. It is a pity that so few think it worth

their while to attend. Never in the world's

history was there a greater need for those

who profess Christ’s name to join in prayer

that God's will may be done, His name

hallowed, his Kingdom come. We need to

pray for ourselves that we may be shown

what God's will is and given the strength to

do it; we need to pray for our country and

its statesmen and for all in authority, for the

overthrow of evil and for the re-establishment

of a true and lasting peace in the world. We

know not what may lie ahead, there must be

many set-backs, disappointments and heavy

burdens, but if we link ourselves to God in

prayer, the worst that the future holds in store

will not find us unprepared.

The Overseas Work of the Church.

During the month of March there will

be two special preachers, who will deal

with Missionary work. On March 3rd at

both services in the Parish Church the

preacher will be the Rev. J. I. Lea, B.A.,

C.M.S. Secretary, Belfast. At these two

services Lenten self-denial envelopes will

be available, in which an offering can be

placed for the work of the Church

Missionary Society. These envelopes will

be given out on Sunday, March 3rd, and can

be placed in the boxes in the Church porch

or put on the plate on Sunday, March 10th.

There are many calls on people's generosity

in these days, many of them are pressing,

but there is a danger that we will allow

these to crush out of our minds the prior

claim of the extension of Christ's Kingdom

amongst those, who know Him not. In our

own parish there are pressing needs to be

met, but this is no excuse for being selfish

or self-centred. There are misguided people,

who would say that it is waste to send money

abroad when there is so much need at home.

This is a fatal mistake, the kind of a mistake

which Judas made, when he criticised Mary

for giving expression to her love for Christ by

anointing him with the precious ointment.

"Less for Christ; more for the Poor," "Less

for foreign missions, more for the Church at

home," are false and misleading mottoes.

The more we give to Christ, the more we

will give to the poor; if we are stingy with

Christ there is very little likelihood that

we will be generous to others. No church

or parish ever suffered because they

supported generously the work of the

Church in foreign fields, the reverse is

true the Church that tries to help the

missionary cause is never hard pressed to

find money for its home work. If men and

women refuse to help Christ in extending

His Kingdom abroad, there is not much

hope of their supporting His Kingdom at

home. The individual or the parish that

turns a deaf ear to the missionary appeal

is spiritually dead.

On Thursday, March 7th, in the Parochial

Hall, Edenderry, at 8 p.m., under the

auspices of the Mothers' Union there will

be a meeting, which will be addressed by

the Rev. E. J. Mackie, who has worked in

Chile under the South American Missionary

Society. This should be of special interest to

us in Seagoe as the South American

Missionary Society has always been well

supported by this parish. This meeting will

be open to all parishioners and their friends

and a good attendance is requested.


The annual General Easter Vestry for

this parish will meet in THE PAROCHIAL

HALL, EDENDERRY, on Thursday, March

28th, at 8 p.m. All registered vestrymen

and vestrywomen are entitled to attend.

The main function of this annual meeting

is to elect a Churchwarden and twelve

members of the Select Vestry for the

ensuing year.


The Hon. Treas. for the above gratefully

acknowledges the receipt of the following

subscriptions since our last issue.

Mr. George Connolly, Carne £0 3 0

Mr. Wm. Simpson, Carne 0 2 0

Mr. E. R. Betty, Margretta Park 1 0 0

Mr. Wm. Sherman, Carrickblacker Road 5 0 0

Miss Marshall, Shaldene, Bridge Street 1 0 0

£7 5 0

Already acknowledged £589 18 1

Total £597 3 1


Since the commencement of the year

attendances in Church on Sundays have

been poor; this no doubt is partly due to

inclement weather conditions and the

prevalence of influenza and colds. Now

with the approach of spring weather and

the early introduction of summer time,

which will lessen considerably the length

of the "black-out" period in the evenings,

it is hoped the congregations will improve.


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens,

Messrs. Wm. Hutchinson, W. R. Sherman

J. Stephens, J. Ward.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. J. Walker, A.

Kirke, Wm. Hewitt, J. McLaughlin, D.

Allen, H. Ellis.


From Sunday, Feb. 18th, a ten-day series

of Evangelistic Services are being conducted

in the Parochial Hall, Edenderry, by Captain

Atkinson and Capt. Tatnall. We are grateful

to the Seagoe Christian Endeavour Society

for their help in advertising these services.

From Sunday, March 3rd, at 8.30 p.m. a

similar series of services will be held in

Carne Hall, after which the van will proceed

to a neighbouring parish.

The Church Army Captains have kindly

undertaken responsibility for the addresses

at the mid-week Lenten Services in the

Parish Church on Wednesdays during their

stay in the parish.


We are sorry to have to record the passing

from our midst of Mrs. Craig, Levaghery,

and Mr. John Sandford, Lylo. Mrs. Craig,

though not in robust health for some time,

was up and about as usual. Her Home-call

came quite suddenly. She will be greatly

missed in her home; she was loved and

respected by all who knew her.

Mr Sandford came to reside in this parish

some years ago, and though he remained a

member of St. Mark's Parish until the end

he did not forget his duty to Seagoe.

To the bereaved we express our sincere

sympathy and pray that God in His mercy

will comfort and sustain them in their



"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."

4th February—William Samuel, son of Thomas

and Mary Ryans, 5, Carrickblacker Avenue,



"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

6th February—Alice Jane Craig, Levaghery, aged 72 years.

7th February—John Sandford, Lylo Hse., aged 74 years.


HOLY COMMUNION—1st Sunday after Morning

Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals

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 thank offering. (See Book of

Common Prayer.)

MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,

11.30 a.m.

EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m.


Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.

Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.

Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.


BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS—10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial

Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry

Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra

MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.

GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced

G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

SEAGO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.

SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL—9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.

MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the 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 £1, Professional £l. 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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