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Stella Maris Mass held in Glasgow

21st September 2016

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) returned to its spiritual home as they marked a special occasion with their annual Stella Maris Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Tuesday, 20th September in honour of seafarers and their families worldwide. 
              More than 100 supporters, ship visitors and parish contacts gathered near to the banks of the River Clyde for the Mass which was celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. 
              Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran as the charity's former Bishop Promoter.
              The evening Mass came in the same week as the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea, the patron saint for seafarers whom AoS have supported both practically and spiritually since its formation in the city in 1922. 
              Joining Archbishop Tartaglia on the altar was AoS' Port Chaplain for Clydeport, Deacon Joe O'Donnell, who works closely with seafarers visiting these shores and further afield, many of whom experience hardships along the way and are comforted amid the reality of being away from loved ones for as much as nine months at a time. 

Archbishop Tartaglia celebrated AoS Stella Maris Mass in Glasgow
Photo copyright: Paul McSherry

              In his homily, the Archbishop praised the work of all those who assist in helping seafarers cope with the uncertainty and harshness which a life as sea invariably brings and spoke of how fitting it was being in Glasgow. 
              A memorable feature of the evening was the commissioning by Archbishop Tartaglia of Deacon O'Donnell and dedicated ship visitors Arnold Cezar and Mary Wheeler for their work in attending to the many needs of seafarers which vary from day-to-day on arrival upon our shores. 
              The Archbishop said: "I would like to thank the Apostleship of the Sea for their mission and ministry to seafarers up and down the country. 
              "I thank them also for being here and bringing the mission of the Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris - back to its origins here in Glasgow. 
              "I know that you are going round the different dioceses throughout Scotland which is a great thing as it further spreads the good news of your work. 
              "So God Bless you all and thank-you for being such a fine Catholic charity and one which takes care of seafarers." 

AoS port chaplain and ship visitors commissioned by Archbishop Tartaglia
Photo copyright: Paul McSherry

              Afterwards, a large number of those in attendance retired to the nearby Eyre Hall where they enjoyed some light refreshments, and took the opportunity to find out more about the work of AoS here in Scotland, with many volunteering their services to ensure the charity's mission continues long into the future. 
              AoS Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, expressed his sincere thanks on behalf all at AoS to for attending, some of whom had travelled long distances, and for their support throughout the whole year, before Deacon Joe told how AoS are currently supporting a young Romanian fisherman who's in hospital in Glasgow after suffering a life-changing brain injury while working in Campbeltown, Argyll.

Stella Maris Mass held in St Andrew's Cathedral Glasgow
Photo copyright: Paul McSherry

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