Seagoe Parish Magazine.
EV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.
W. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,
People's—J. G. GRACEY, J.P.
CLERGY WILL DEEM IT A FAVOUR
IN CASES OF SICKNESS THEY ARE
CALENDAR FOR MARCH.
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."
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
Holy Communion at 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer and Holy Communion
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
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
THE PAROCHIAL HALL, EDENDERRY, on
THURSDAY, MARCH 7th, at 8 p.m., when an
address will be given by the Rev. E. J. Mackie (Chile).
SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVINGS.
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.
DISTRICT SERVICES FOR MARCH.
Drumgor—Sunday, March 10th, at 3 p.m.
Bocombra—Thursday, March 14th, at
Hacknahay—Sunday, March 31st, at 3.30 p.m.
HACKNAHAY SUNDAY SCHOOL
(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
ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT.
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.
MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES.
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.
GENERAL EASTER VESTRY.
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
NEW RECTORY BUILDING FUND.
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.
SIDESMEN FOR MARCH.
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.
THE CHURCH ARMY MISSION.
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.
SERVICES—THE PARISH CHURCH.
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
MORNING PRAYER—Sundays and Chief Festivals,
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.
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