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Praying for seafarers

On Thursday 26th September, a Mass will be offered to pray for and remember seafarers at Our Lady of the Assumption in Soho at 7pm. This Mass is being organised by Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), a part of the Bishops Conference of England & Wales which provides spiritual and practical support to seafarers calling at ports in the diocese and throughout Great Britain.

Recent events involving the capture and detention of ships in the Middle East have piled stress and anxiety on seafarers who are just going about doing their jobs. Such incidents not only affect the seafarers but also their families back home who are worried about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones working at sea.

Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplains and ship visitors go on-board ships to meet seafarers at their place of work and offer assistance, including organising Mass on-board, providing counselling, bringing Bibles and rosaries, and helping them keep in contact with their families back home.

‘It is vital that we continue to pray for seafarers and their families, and we ask for the intercession of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, for them and for the work of Apostleship of the Sea,’ says John Green, AoS Development Director.

In 2020, Apostleship of the Sea will celebrate its centenary and plans are underway for the hosting of the charity’s 25th World Congress in Glasgow next year.

All are invited to come along to the Mass.

Please contact Roland Hayes for further information at roland@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk or 078 8789 3763