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Sea Sunday Celebrations
Below are some ways Sea Sunday was celebrated across the UK and further afield. Tell us how your parish celebrated Sea Sunday. Send us some photos and text and we'll put them up on this webpage. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
St Kessog's, Balloch, Scotland
Amazing support and collection from parishioners and supporters - a total of £710. Huge thanks to Fr McGrorry and parishioners of the church.
St John the Baptist, Uddingston, Scotland
We had a lovely welcome for our Sea Sunday appeal. Huge thanks to Fr Dominic and parishioners for their kind generosity. Many thanks also to our supporters - former Stella Maris Clyde port chaplain Deacon Richard Haggarty, Clare Colvin and Margaret Smyth for their amazing efforts.
St Stephen's, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Scotland
Stella Maris was well-received when we visited St Stephen’s parish in Dalmuir, Clydebank to celebrate Sea Sunday which raised almost £1,100. Fr. Aidan Martin welcomed the seafaring charity at each Mass over the course of the weekend of 18/19 January as we prepare to mark our centenary just a few miles further west in Glasgow in September and October of this year. First-time speaker, Mary Travis, spoke at the Vigil Mass on Saturday night. Mary said, “It was a privilege to be part of this Sea Sunday and try to help make a difference to the lives of seafarers.” Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, said, “We would like to thank Fr. Martin and all the parishioners of St Stephen’s for making us feel welcome and for their marvellous support.” Thanks to supporters Mary, Jim Timmoney, Margaret Smyth and our other volunteers for their commitment in raising awareness about AoS in an area which is rich in ship-building history. One active parishioner has also offered to knit hats in the near future.
St Patrick's Dumbarton, Scotland
Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) kicked off what promises to be a momentous year as we celebrated our first Sea Sunday appeal of the New Year in St Patrick’s, Dumbarton, Scotland. Jim Timmoney, who is the parish contact there, spoke at all four Masses over the course of last weekend with parishioners taking the time to respond generously. Read the story here.
2019 Sea Sunday Celebrations
St Aloysius Garnethill, Glasgow
It was wonderful to celebrate Sea Sunday at St Aloysius Church Garnethill in Glasgow over the weekend. Huge thanks to everyone for their generous support, especially long-time supporter and parish contact Gina Lowe.
St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley
Huge thanks to all at St. Mirin's Cathedral in Diocese of Paisley for supporting our Sea Sunday appeal. Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur and supporter John Hood was the church to share about our work supporting. seafarers.
Blessed John Duns Scotus, Glasgow
Our Scotland Development Officer Euan Mc Arthur received a warm welcome from the amazing parishioners and parish priest, Fr Edmund Highton OFM of Blessed John Duns Scotus, Glasgow. Glasgow is the birthplace of AoS and it will be the venue of our 25th World Congress in October 2020 which marks the start of our Centenary celebrations next year.
The crew of OOCL BELGIUM in Montreal were delighted when Stella Maris Canada Episcopal Promoter Bishop Thomas Dowd celebrated the Sea Sunday on board the ship. Huge thanks to Fr Andrew Thavam, our Montreal port chaplain for organising Mass.
St Mary’s Lochee, Dundee, Scotland
Huge thanks to Fr Mark Cassidy and the wonderful parishioners of St Mary’s Lochee Dundee for making Sea Sunday so special. A total of £618 was collected.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Stella Maris Abidjan port chaplain Fr Celestin Ikomba led the Sea Sunday celebration in the Ivory Coast city, which included Mass on board and with the local port community. A strong focus was the Stella Maris Centenary next year, 2020, which will kick-off with the World Congress in October in Glasgow.
St Patricks, Hayling Island, Portsmouth
On Sea Sunday, our AoS flag flew alongside the White Ensign (representing the Royal Navy) and the Red Ensign (representing the Merchant Navy) at St. Patrick’s Church on Hayling Island within the Diocese of Portsmouth.
Richards Bay, South Africa
Fr Bongani Xulu, Stella Maris port chaplain in Richards Bay took a goup of seafarers to church for Sea Sunday.
St Joseph's Clarkston, Scotland
Our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur spoke at the Masses in the Renfrewshire parish. He met Jamie Meenan a former fisherman from Campbeltown, where Euan also comes from. Jamie use to own a boat named Stella Maris!
In Montevideo, Stella Maris Port Chaplain Fr Tamar Frandy celebrated Mass on board for the crew of MSC Antigua and later took them for lunch at Punta Carretas Shopping Centre.
Westminster Cathedral, London
Anne McLaren, our Senior Regional Port Chaplain for North East England & Humber gave appeal talks at the Masses. AoS head office staff were also on hand to hand our prayer cards, donation envelopes and other material.
St John the Baptist, Barrhead, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea were humbled by the generosity of parishioners from St John the Baptist Church, Barrhead, Scotland recently as Sea Sunday raised a wonderful total of £1,108. Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, and volunteer John Hood covered all four Masses in the Paisley Diocese parish and were given a warm welcome by Fr. Joseph Burke and all who attended over the course of the weekend. You can read the full story here.
St Joachim. Carmyle, Scotland
A wonderful Sea Sunday at the parish where our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur spoke at the Masses and afterwards to parishioners. They're seen here wearing hats donated for seafarers. Thank you everyone!
St Ninian's, Knightswood, Scotland
Great team work from our Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur, and supporters - Capt John Hood and Margaret King - resulted in an amazing collection at the parish, more than £1,000 (excluding gift aid). Huge thanks to Fr Francis and the wonderful parishioners for their overwhelming kindness.