Seagoe Archives

Sept 1941


Sept 1941

Seagoe Parish Magazine.



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

REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., 14, Margretta Park, Portadown.








September 7th—13th Sunday after Trinity.



September 9th—Monthly meeting of Mothers' Union at 7.30 p.m.

September 14th—14th Sunday after Trinity. Monthly Service in Drumgor, 3 p.m.

September 17th—Ember Day.

September 19th—Ember Day.

September 20th—Ember Day.

September 21st—15th Sunday after Trinity. St. Matthew.

September 28th16th Sunday after Trinity. Harvest Thanksgiving

Service in Hacknahay, at 3.30 p.m.

September 29th—St. Michael and All Angels.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Hacknahay, at 8 p.m.


We hope that all our parishioners who can possibly

do so, will make a special effort to come to God's House

on Sunday, September 7th, which is being observed

throughout our Country and Empire as a day of special

intercession for our land and the cause for which

we are fighting. This day has been chosen because

it is the Sunday nearest to the anniversary of the

outbreak of the present war, and so it will remind us,

among other things, of the fact that we are entering

on the third year of this bitter conflict. It is fitting,

as we begin to face the third year, that we should do

so on our knees in humble supplication to Almighty

God for His continual help to us and to those who are

allied with us, in the days that lie ahead, and, while

asking for future mercies, let us not be unmindful of

those we have already received, let us mingle with our

humble petitions hearty thanksgiving for the

wonderful deliverance He has so far given to us.


(We print below a letter sent recently to the

Archdeacons and Rural Deans throughout the United

Dioceses, as it states very plainly the urgency and

the need for parishes, which have escaped the awful

horrors of bombing, to lend a helping hand to those

who have sustained grievous loss by the destruction

of, or damage to buildings and the scattering of their

congregations) :—

Diocesan Offce,

10, May Street, Belfast,

23rd July, 1941.



My Dear Friends,

Some weeks ago I wrote to the incumbents and

Curates in charge and suggested that an effort should

be made, in every parish, as soon as convenient, to

give relief to the parishes in Belfast that suffered

and are still suffering sorely from the recent air

raids. I now appeal to you who are the Church's

leaders in the United Diocese and Rural Deaneries.

I plead for your cooperation which would, I believe,

be greatly welcomed and would, I feel certain, prove

most fruitful. It will be for you and me to see that

every parish shall be given an opportunity of having

a share in building up again things that were thrown

down, and bringing together again in the worship

and service of the Church many thousands who were

torn from their homes and parishes.

In the main we shall have to think of two kinds of

loss. First there is the loss consequent on the damage

done to, or the total destruction of churches and

church buildings. But more serious is the loss

consequent on the dispersal of very large numbers of our

people. Through that dispersal the Church's work

has been in large measure disorganised or indeed

paralysed over a great part of the City. For some

time the difficulty of carrying on and meeting

necessary expenditure including the payment of

assessments will be beyond the power of several of the City

parishes. It was such considerations that led me, in

a recent letter, to recommend the establishment of a

Church Maintenance Fund. Towards the task of

rebuilding where rebuilding may be recommended as

vital, we may hope to get some grants, or loans or

easy terms from Central sources. But, in the main,

we shall have to depend on ourselves whether we

think of reconstruction work or of Church Maintenance.

There, in a few words, is the call. No particular course

is dictated to you. Different methods

may well be chosen in and for different areas, e.g.,


special collections carefully prepared for, on particular

Sundays, or house to house efforts by Parish

Committees, or the adoption by Rural Deaneries of

particular City Churches, to help those Churches to pay

their assessments, or to meet other expenses. I know

that at least one Rural Deanery was advised to adopt,

for the duration of the war, one of the largest and

poorest of our City Parishes, one, too, which suffered

heavily in the recent raids. There are, alas, several

parishes where the need is as great. Assistance given

now would prevent the breaking of the Church's lives

where the Church's witness was never more essential

than it is to-day and would also help to forge new

links between city and non-city parishes with

possibilities of spiritual enrichment for all. I am confident

that you will do your part and give such a lead as

the times demand. By God's grace let us all so quit

ourselves that what is now a day of adversity may

prove to be a day with rich blessing in it for our

Church and Country.

I am,

Yours sincerely,


On Sunday, September 7th, envelopes for this

urgent need will be distributed and should be returned

on the following Sunday with an offering from

you worthy of the need and as a thank offering for

the fact that we in this area have escaped the destruction

which has fallen so heavily on our brethren in the

City of Belfast.


All our Sunday Schools will reopen on Sunday,

September 7th, and parents are asked to see that

their children turn out on that day.

The two morning Sunday Schools commence at 10.15

a.m., the afternoon ones at 3 p.m.


The Men's Bible Class will reopen on Sunday,

September 7th, in the Orange Hall, Bridge St., at 10.15

a.m. This is open to any man or boy who cares to attend.

We feel many more than at present, of the

younger men and lads of our parish might attend.


Please note that the Rev. W. F. Hayes has changed

his address to 14, Margretta Park. At present he is

spending, and we hope enjoying, a well earned



The Rev. W. F. Hayes addressed the members on

Tuesday, August 12th.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 9th, at 7.30 P.m.

in Seagoe School


The Late George Matchett, of Derryvore, in his

will bequeathed £50 “ to the Rector for the time being

of Seagoe Parish Church to be devoted to the upkeep

of the said Church." This has already been lodged

with the Parochial Hon. Treasurer and it will be

invested in the near future so that the parish will have

the interest annually in perpetuity. This generous

bequest speaks well of the forethought and interest

which Mr. Matchett had in the Church's welfare in

this parish, and we hope many others will make like

provision when they are settling their affairs for the

time when they can no longer help by their presence,

so that their name will be kept in remembrance in

the annual financial report.


Twice recently a subscriber returned a contribution

of 3d or 4d in a blank envelope without name or number.

Of course, when this happens, it must be understood

that money returned in this way cannot be acknowledged

in the annual financial report, as there is

no possible means of identifying the donor. If by

any chance you mislay temporarily your regular set

of W.F.O. envelopes and want to send in your

contribution put it into an envelope but make sure you put

your name on it and it will be credited to you in the

ordinary way.


Please do not use 1939 or 1940 envelopes in the year

1941. This also makes confusion and adds considerably

to the already heavy burden of our Hon. W.F.O.

Secretary in opening the envelopes and checking and

entering up the amounts in the ledger.


The Church Missionary Society Great Annual Rally

will take place this year in the Wellington Hall on

Saturday afternoon, September 27th, at 3.30 o'clock.

The programme will be a particularly interesting one.

Our old friend the Archbishop of Dublin is coming,

and Miss Elizabeth Forsythe, of the Central Tanganyika

Mission will speak about the work overseas.

Arrangements have been made also to present the

new C.M.S. moving picture " Go and do thou likewise."

It is hoped that the plan of holding the meeting on

Saturday afternoon instead of during blackout hours

will commend itself to all friends and that there will

be a record attendance. Admission will be by ticket,

to be obtained through the clergy of the parish.

Owing to limitations of space, children under fourteen

cannot be admitted.


We were delighted to see the name of Thomas A.

Gracey, Killicomain, in the list of Junior Scholarships

awarded recently by the Co. Armagh Education

Committee. We hope this is only the beginning of' greater

successes for him in future.


Preliminary Provisional Announcement about dates, etc.

The following are the dates suggested for the various

Harvest Festival Services this year:—

HACKNAHAY—Sunday, sept. 28th, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29th, at 8 p.m.

CARNE—Sunday, October 5th, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, October 6th, at 8 p.m.

BOCOMBRA—Sunday, October 5th, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, October 6th, at 8 p.m.

LEVAGHERY—Sunday, October 12th, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, October 13th, at 8 p.m.

DRUMGOR—Sunday, October 12th, at 3.30 P.m.

Monday, October 12th, at 8 p.m.

PARISH CHURCH—Sunday, October 19th, 11.30 a.m., 7 p.m.

Children's Service at 3 p.m.

Monday, October 20th, at 8 p.m.

EDENDERRY—Sunday, October 26th, at 3.30 p.m.

Monday, October 27th, at 8 p.m.

The collections at the district services will be allocated

as in previous years, one at each for the local

hall or Sunday School, and one for the South

American Missionary Society.

At the Parish Church Services the Sunday collections

will be in aid of the General Expenses Fund of

the Parish, and the weeknight collection will be in

aid of the Dublin University Mission to Fukien.

One of the local clergy will preach on the Sunday

afternoon at the district services, and a special

preacher will be procured for the Monday evening in

each place. This rule will simplify the difficulty in

providing special preachers.


The Hon. Treasurer for the above gratefully acknowledges

the receipt of the following subscriptions:


Mr. Wm. Simpson, Carne £0 2 0

Mr. H. Gordon, Ballinacorr 0 2 6

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Costello, Carne 0 10 0

Mr. George Connolly, Carne 0 3 0


£0 17 6


On Saturday, August 23rd, the members of the choir,

about thirty in all, went by train for an outing to

Warrenpoint, accompanied by the organist, Mr. N.

Hamilton. By all accounts they enjoyed themselves

thoroughly, and were lucky in having for their trip,

one of the very few really fine days in August. At

present they are practising hard at the Harvest Festival music.


Morning prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs. D.

Sherman, Thos. Ryans, Harold Watters, J. R. Reid.

Evening Prayer—Messrs. Holmes White, Cecil

Kirkpatrick, Thos. Gracey, Wm. H. Best, Wm. Neill,

Geo. Nixon.


The neighbouring parish of Shankill, as well as the

whole neighbourhood, has suffered a severe loss by

the death of Mr. S. P. B. Smith, A.R.C.O., organist

for very many years of Shankill Parish Church. Mr.

Smith was well known in very many parishes, besides

his own, for he was the popular and highly successful

musical director of the Choir Festival, which was

an annual event greatly looked forward to, each year,

until it's abandonment owing to the outbreak of war.

During his visits to the different choirs he gave much

help by his advice, encouragement and criticism, the

latter which was always given in a way that evoked

a kindly response. Possessed of a genial and kindly

personality, he will be greatly missed in the whole

neighbourhood, where he was widely known and respected.


Seagoe Morning and Afternoon Sunday Schools held

their picnic on Saturday afternoon, August 9th, at

Seagoe School. Owing to the rain it was not possible

to avail of the field so kindly offered by

Killicomaine; however, the school yard,

bicycle shed as a shelter, proved a good

enabling various competitions and games

in the open. Mr. E. Mitchell and Mr. R.

Scott, with the help of the teachers, did everything possible to

make the event a success. The catering was done

by Messrs. Davidson.

The children attending Bocombra are asked to at-

tend at Bocombra Church Hall on Saturday, September 6th, at 3 p.m.


" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

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

August 3rd—Deborah Mulvina Morrow, daughter of

William John and, Marjorie Anna Costello, Carne.

August 3rd—Francis David, son of David and Ellen

Dowd, 4, Levaghery Gardens, Portadown.

August 3rd—Thomas Henry, son of Thomas Henry

and Elizabeth Webb, 26, Watson Street, Portadown.

August 10th—Foster, son of Flight Sergt. Foster and

Ruth Shanks, Ivy Cottage, Cottesmore, Rutland.


" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from

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

from their labours."

12th August—Letitia Burrell, Lisniskey, aged 76 years.

13th August—Matilda Hamilton, Cranagill, Annaghmore, aged 27 years.


Leititia Burrell was in very poor health for a number

of years and it was a relief to her to be called

be with her Lord, "where there is no more pain."

Matilda Hamilton had been living in the parish of

Annaghmore since her marriage a few years ago; her

death in Lurgan Hospital was a tragic blow to her

husband and parents. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved.






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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.

SEAGOE 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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