Seagoe Archives

Oct 1939


Oct 1939

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

OCTOBER, 1939.


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

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

Lower Seagoe.


Rector's—S. McCORMICK.

People's—J. G. GRACEY, J.P.





October 1st—17th Sunday after Trinity.

October 8th—18th Sunday after Trinity.

October 12th—Mothers' Union Meeting at 3.30

October 15th—19th Sunday after Trinity.

Children's Service at 3 p.m.

Harvest Festival, Parish Church

11.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

October 16th—Harvest Festival, Parish Church, at

8 p.m.

October 18th—St. Luke.

October 22nd—20th Sunday after Trinity.

October 28th—St. Simon and St. Jude.

October 29th—21st Sunday after Trinity.


Sunday, Oct. 1st, at 3.30 p.m.: -

Bocombra, Preacher, the Rector.

Carne ,, Rev. W.F. Hayes

Monday, Oct. 2nd, at 8 p.m.: -

Bocombra, Preacher, Rev. H. A. Lillie, B.A.

Carne ,, Rev. G. A. Boulger, M.A.

Sunday, Oct. 8th, at 3.30 p.m.

Drumgor, Preacher, Rev. T. H. Frizelle, B.A.

Levaghery ,, Rev. S. J. Warner, B.A.

Monday, Oct. 9th, at 8 p.m.

Drumgor, Preacher, Rev. G. F. G. Mann, M.A.

Levaghery To be announced.

Sunday, Oct. 15th—Parish Church.

Holy Communion at 8 a.m.

Morning Prayer 11.30 a.m. Preacher, Rev. Parr, M.A.,

Rector of Banbridge.

Children's Service at 3 p.m.

Evening Prayer 6 p.m. Preacher, Rev. R. White, M.A.,

Trinity Church, Belfast.

Monday, Oct. 16th

Parish Church, at 8 p.m. Preacher, Rev. Canon Taylor,

M.A., Lisburn.

Sunday, October 22nd: —Edenderry, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, October 23rd: —Edenderry, at 8 p.m.


We print below a statement from his Grace the

Archbishop of Armagh on the present international

conflict, in which he stresses the need for all Christians

at the present time to play their part in the fight for

liberty, justice and a lasting peace against the forces of

evil and paganism embodied in Hitlerism, which for

many years has kept the world in a state of crisis):

“The long suspense is over, and our country is at

war. There is no need, where a nation is united as it

has rarely been united before, to justify our going to

war further than to say that all that the free peoples

of Europe hold dear is at stake, and that if Hitlerism

prevails freedom and justice and truth as we know

them will be crushed. War has been forced upon us;

in spite of our ceaseless efforts to avert it, and now

it lies with us to use our firmest efforts to bring it to

a victorious ending.

“We and our Allies are prepared as we were not in

1914. But for all that, we must be under no allusions

as to the gravity of what this war will mean for us.

It will entail loss, human and material; suffering and

sorrow, disturbance of home life, anxiety, and perhaps

privation. For the men in the fighting forces, who

stand between us and a ruthless enemy, it involves

hardship and separation for all, and for many of them

death or wounds or disablement. We need to pray that

God will have them in His keeping, both outwardly in

their bodies and inwardly in their souls. We need also

to pray and strive that we of the civilian population

may fight the spiritual battle which lies before us with

the same determination as we know they will show

in the field. For we who are to stay at home need

courage even as they do. We need the moral courage

which does not shut its eyes to difficulties, but looking

steadily at them, refuses to be downcast or pessimistic.

The courage we need is courage of heart and mind, and

this courage we must, obtain or strengthen through

prayer. "What time I am afraid; I will trust in God."

“The man or woman who looks only on the black

side of things is a public danger. It is the business of

each one of us to hearten and cheer those amongst

whom we live. The will to faith and courage is the

debt which every individual owes to the community.

And where we believe our cause to be the cause of

truth and right, what more natural than that we should

ask God continually to give not only outward victory

to our arms, but that inward strength to our hearts

which will enable us to endure with steadfast patience

and to stand undaunted against all those shocks which

test a people's morale to its depths?

"The Church's duty at this crisis is, as ever, to

minister to human souls; to point them to God the

source of all help and power, so that they may through

Him be strengthened against faithlessness and fear,

discouragement and restlessness.

"If by their ministrations in public and in private,

the clergy set themselves to the steadying of people's

minds and the stiffening of their resolve by leading

them to lift up their hearts to God, they will be

serving the community in the most practical and

effective way. Hands will not be weak, while hearts

remain strong.


“September 8, 1939."


Owing to the A.R.P. black-out at night it has been

necessary to alter the hour of the Evening Service to

6 p.m. since September 17th. We are glad to see that

this change has not interfered with the attendance.

The Select Vestry are taking steps to have the windows

screened, and until further notice the hour of Service

will be at 6 p.m. This will enable us to have daylight

for some time when setting out for Church, and on

the other hand it will enable worshippers to be back

at home in good time when the dark winter evenings

set in.

Now that considerable trouble and expense has been

incurred in making the Church conform to lighting

restrictions, it is hoped that an increasing number of

our people will attend the Sunday evening Services.

It may mean slight adjustment in hour of the evening

meal in the home, but at a time of national emergency

it is not too much to expect that our people will

cheerfully make the best of and overcome

inconveniences that comparatively speaking are slight.


This popular annual Service will take place on

Sunday, October 15th. Holy Communion at 8 a.m. and

11.30 a.m.

The preacher at the Morning Service at 11.30 a.m.

will be the Rev. T. Parr, M.A., Rector of Sea Patrick.

There will be a Children's Service at 3 p.m.

At Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. the preacher will be

the Rev. R. H, White, M.A., Rector of Trinity Church,


On this Sunday there will be a special collection for

Church Expenses, and it is hoped that every parishioner

will make a thank-offering in the special envelopes

which will be supplied and return it at one of

these services.

On Monday evening at 8 p.m. the collection will be

for the Dublin University Mission to Fukien, and the

preacher will be an old Seagoe curate, the Rev. Canon

Taylor, M.A., Rector of Lisburn Cathedral. Canon

Taylor was curate of Seagoe from 1905-1907, and many

of his old friends will be glad of the opportunity of

hearing him again.

The Church will be decorated on Saturday afternoon,

October 14th, at 2 p.m., and gifts of corn, flowers

etc., will be greatly appreciated and should be left at

the Church on Saturday morning. Those who are free

to do so, should come along on that afternoon to help

with the arrangement of them.

The Harvest Festival Services should have a special

significance this year. The month of September has

been one of the best for years, thus enabling the harvest

to be saved in good condition.


The opening meeting took place on Tuesday, 14th

September, in Seagoe School at 7 p.m. The Rev.

G. Kerr, of Mullabrack, had kindly promised to give

an address but he was unable to travel owing to lighting

restrictions. There was a splendid attendance of

members and it was agreed to hold meetings in future

on the second Thursday afternoon of each month, as

it is not feasible to "black-out" the school windows.

The next meeting will be on Thursday afternoon,

October 12th, at 3.30 p.m., in Seagoe School.


We are grateful to Mr. E. Mitchell for his help in

making the windows of the Parochial Hall light proof.

This will enable the organisations which meet here

during the winter to carry on as usual. It has been

done with plywood, which makes the use of daylight

possible during the day, as the shutters are removable.

It is hoped that those attending the Sunday Harvest

Service in the Hall on October 22nd, will contribute

generously to the collection to help to defray the cost

of the material.

The hall is looking well now that it has been

redecorated on the inside, and the members of the

committee are to be congratulated on having these

very necessary renovations carried through.

A most successful "Beetle Drive" was held in Mrs.

Vance's Cafe on Tuesday, September 26th, in aid of

the Renovation Fund, and close on a hundred people

had a most enjoyable evening's fun. Mr. E. Mitchell

acted as M.C., and at the conclusion the Rector called

on Mrs. Mitchell to distribute the prizes. The winners

were: —First lady, Miss M. B. Gracey; 2nd lady, Miss

W. Mullen; first gent, Miss S. Maginnis, who was playing

as a gent; 2nd, Mr. David Allen; "booby" prize, Miss

Somerville; travelling prize, Miss Ward.

The Rector thanked all present for their support

and kindness in coming, and Miss I. Atkinson, Hon.

Sec. of Hall Committee, for her help in organising it.


Sunday, October 1st, has been set apart as a day of

special intercession for the Nation and for peace. This

will be observed in Seagoe Parish Church in an

appropriate manner.


Their many friends in Seagoe extend to Mr. and

Wilson their sympathy in their indisposition.

Mr. Wilson is undergoing treatment in Belfast which

we hope will prove beneficial to him. Mrs. Wilson is

in Lurgan Hospital as a result of a fall. She is

progressing as well as can be expected.


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. D.

Allen, J. Gee, H. Ellis, Foster Shanks.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. N. Campbell, Wm. Hewitt,

Wm. Neill, G. Nixon, J. M'Laughlin, Holmes White.


We regret having to record the passing from our

midst of three parishioners in the last month. William

Henry Harrison had served in the Army during the

last War and had been in failing health for some

time and he bore his trying illness with fortitude and

patience. Mrs. Simpson died rather suddenly after a

brief illness. Arthur Campbell came to reside in

Seagoe Parish a few years ago after serving the

Richardson family faithfully for many years. To the

bereaved we extend our sympathy and pray that in the

days to come they may be strengthened and comforted

by Him who says, "I am the Resurrection and the life."


The Hon. Treasurer for the above fund gratefully

acknowledges the receipt of the following subscriptions

since the publication of the previous list in the August

issue of this Magazine: —

Mr. George Connolly, Carne £0 3 0

Mr. William Simpson, Carne 0 2 0

Mrs. A. Hoy, Bridge Street 0 10 0

Mr. G. Leake, Seafield 0 10 0

Mrs. E. Walsh, Tamnifiglasson 0 10 0

1 15 0

Already acknowledged £538 3 7

Total £539 18 7


The annual Church Lads' Brigade Conference which

was to have been held in Seagoe on September 9th was

cancelled owing to the national emergency. However,

it is the wish of the leaders of this useful Church

organisation for boys that its activities should continue

unbated for the welfare of our lads in spite of war-time


The Seagoe Company has already opened for the

winter session, and judging from the fine turn-out of

members on the opening night a successful year's work

is anticipated.


At the public meeting in Portadown Town Hall on

Thursday, September 28th, there were many

representatives of Seagoe Parish present. The need for

help in providing hospital supplies for the wounded

and comforts for the soldiers was stressed.

After both Services on Sunday, October 1st, in

Seagoe Church there was a retiring collection for this

very worthy object.


"Neither prayer to God nor the appeals of man to

Hitler have been able to avert the tragedy of a

European war. Evil has temporarily had its way, for

it has shown in the actions of Hitler that it will not

yield to anything except force. And the time has come

when persecution, aggression, and disregard of the

pledged word must be put down by force, terrible

though the result will be in terms of suffering and

human life.

"The moral issue which Hitler's policy has raised is

clear enough: either the democracies were to tolerate

the disregard, and eventual disappearance, of principles

fundamental to Christian civilization, or else they

must make a firm stand against the Nazi Government

of the Third Reich to root out, at whatever cost, those

forces that have consistently violated the sanctity of

human life and freedom. The conditions that Hitler

was planning to bring about in Europe were a very

denial of the rights which the Christian revelation

has shown to be the possession of man. On Sunday

morning, September 3rd, the world watched Hitler

recklessly plunging into war without making an effort

to avert the indescribable woe that he is bringing upon

his people and his fellow-men. But Hitler has shown

no respect for the brotherhood of man, and the tyranny

which he has displayed in his own country he would

extend beyond its borders as far as ambition and his

bombers would lead him.

"We have a good conscience. We have been compelled

to meet force with force in defence of right, but we

need to take care now of the peace which we fight

to secure. War, though it may, and we pray it will,

be effective in checking evil, is negative in its effects,

and we need to take thought for the peace that must

one day come. Upon what Christians do and think

now depends not only the success of our arms, but also

the preservation of civilization and the eventual

attainment of just peace. If we can preserve the spirit

that has united and inspired the people of this country

in these last anxious days, we shall make a contribution

as great as any Christian State can make at the present time

towards establishing the Civitas Dei in some measure on


"The ceaseless petitions for peace and for the rule

of justice in Europe must be accompanied by a

reaffirmation of faith in the providence of God. The

faith of many is likely to be sorely tried in the near

future and men's hearts may feel like failing for fear

of what is coming upon the earth. It is for the Christian,

always led and encouraged by the Church, to assert

the truth of the love of God and His ultimate

Sovereignty even though the foundations of the earth

seem out of course. So far there is, thank God, no

ill will, still less hatred, towards the people of Germany,

and we can distinguish between a people who are as

peace-loving and humane as ourselves and their rulers

who have deceived them and abused their trust. This

spirit of charity and understanding must be maintained

if Christian principles are not to be disastrously weakened

in the conflict. Above all we must preserve our own

spiritual integrity. The clear conscience with which we

embarked upon the war must not be tainted by

self-righteousness, nor by that false national pride

which only prolongs bitterness among nations. These

are the things that Christians are especially charged

to maintain when panic, hatred, and mass emotions

can do terrible damage to man's spiritual life. And

each in his own way, we do not doubt, will set an

example to his fellows in service, fortitude and


"God will judge the man whose insensate wickedness

and ambition have brought us to the desolation of war,

and let loose a rain of human destruction upon Europe.

But because the forces against which we contend are

evil, we need not fear, for no power on earth can separate

us from the presence of God. Pain and suffering beyond

human reckoning have come to mankind, but the outcome

of the physical, as of the moral, conflict is not in doubt.

Above all stands God to wham we return with penitence

renewed and prayer. The fundamentals for which we strive

are perishable. The victory for them was won at Calvary.

(From the "Guardian.")


"Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

Sept. 1st—Alexander Fleming, 286 Obins St., Portadown,

and Christina Sloan, 145, Bridge Street, Portadown.

Sept. 26th—Victor Grattan. Danesfort, Avenue Road,

Lurgan, and Elizabeth Jane Irwin Lyness,

Tamnifiglasson, Portadown.

Sept. 27th—William Henry Best, Gobhan Cottage,

Upper Seagoe, Portadown, and Margaret Atkinson

Robinson, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

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

from their labours."

11th Sept.—William Henry Harrison, Levaghery, aged

60 years.

12th Sept.—Sarah A. Simpson, Bright Street, Portadown,

aged 70 years.

21st Sept.—Arthur Campbell, Knock, aged 74 years.

(Interred in Knocknamuckley).


"Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

3rd Sept.—William James, son of Thomas and Eva

Benson, Drumnacanvey.

3rd Sept.—Doreen, daughter of Thomas and Eva

Benson, Drumnacanvey.

31st July—Thomas John, son of Thomas and Agnes

Jane Dunlop, Killicomaine (Privately).

16th Sept.—Robert Gordon, son of James Henry and

Emma England, Kernan.


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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