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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 Teresa, Newarthill, Scotland
Apostleship of the Sea made many friends on their recent visit to St Teresa Newarthill, and none more so than Parish Priest Fr. Bill Bergin. Volunteer Gerry Bradshaw and Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, spoke at both Masses in the Motherwell Diocese parish and raised £431.45 on the weekend of September 8 & 9. Thank you Fr Bill and everyone for your warm welcome and generosity. See the full story here.
St Joseph's Church, Portsmouth
Jack Nisbet, our parish contact in St Colman's with St Paul's in Portsmouth was invited to speak on Sea Sunday this year at St Joseph's Church. The children from the parish made lovely thank you cards for seafarers. Here are photos of some of the cards. The combined collection from the churches did very well. Parish priest, Fr Joe, soon sadly to be moving on, was extremely supportive, as were the ladies who run the children's liturgy. Huge thanks everyone!
Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London
Our Development Director John Green was delighted to share about our work on their Sea Sunday. By coincidence the priest for the Vigil Mass was visiting from Alabama where AoS continues to support the crew of a detained ship.
St Robert Bellarmine, Glasgow, Scotland
Our first Sea Sunday for 2018! We held a successful Sea Sunday appeal in St Robert Bellarmine, Glasgow as parishioners heard how the World Congress would be held in their city in just over two years’ time. Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, spoke at 4pm Vigil Mass and 10am Sunday Mass at the rejuvenated parish on the south side of the city which raised £540 for AoS. Parish Priest, Fr Jim Dean, said, “It’s great to hear the World Congress is coming to Glasgow in 2020. “Apostleship of the Sea is a very important charity. We should be proud of its roots here.” Thank you Fr Dean and parishioners for your wonderful generosity and support.” Well done!
Our Lady & St Philip Neri, Sydenham, London
AoS Development Director John Green spoke at Masses in the parish where he received a warm welcome from parishioners and parish priest.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, Glasgow
Sea Sunday was celebrated in Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald where parishioners rallied to raise £1,355 for Apostleship of the Sea. Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, spoke at three Sunday Masses while volunteer Tim Keohane spoke at the Vigil Mass in the Glasgow parish which is in close proximity to the Banks of the River Clyde. Parish Priest, Fr David Wallace, said, “It’s very important we remember all those who work for a living at Sea. That’s why we give Apostleship of the Sea our full support.” Euan said, “We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes parish for their generosity in supporting Sea Sunday.”
St Joseph's, Billingham, County Durham
Seven guys from the Sigas Silvia berthed at Conoco Phillips on North Tees requested to go to Mass. This was the 6:30 evening Mass on Sea Sunday. Our Tees Port Chaplain Peter Barrigan and his team were happy to oblige and were all given a great welcome from Fr John Butters and his parish. Volunteer Ship visitors Hugh and Mary Ward attended and had just delivered 20 boxes of Toblerone onto the ship which the guys purchase to take home to loved ones. Rev Fr John Butters, continues to be a great supporter of AoS over many years, often saying Mass for the seafarers, and his three Churches have always been generous to the seafarers. 94 years-old Monica is Mary's cousin and a regular attender at the church. Peter and his team of volunteers, between them, both North and South of the Tees managed to speak at 25 Masses.
St Mungo's, Glasgow
Our Senior Regional Port Chaplain Rev Joe O'Donnell preached at the weekend Masses. Many thanks to everyone for your kind support.
St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School, Farnham, Surrey
The talented pupils from the school produced prayers and pictures for Sea Sunday and for distribution to seafarers. Here are some of their beautiful work.
St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow
Sea Sunday was a big success in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, close to the banks of the River Clyde where the charity was founded almost 100 years ago. Volunteers Peter Cox and Clare Colvin covered all four Masses and their sterling efforts were rewarded with an extremely generous collection of £1,440. Clare said, “I really enjoyed speaking for AoS for the first time. The parishioners were very welcoming and interested in the charity’s work.” They heard how a Croatian seafarer was given practical and spiritual assistance earlier this year by Deacon Joe O’Donnell, Senior Regional Port Chaplain, after being badly burned while working on an oil tanker in Grangemouth before being taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. On Thursday, 20 September at 5.15pm, the annual Stella Maris Mass takes place in St Andrew’s Cathedral, when Archbishop Tartaglia is the main celebrant.
Westminster Cathedral, London
It was great to see the AoS flag flying above the Cathedral. AoS Bristol Port Chaplain Fr Noel Mullin preached at the Sunday Masses on Sea Sunday. As always parishioners and visitors alike showed their support and were uplifted by the homily and gave generously in suport of AoS work with seafarers. Our new Chair of Trustee Simon O'Toole read at one of the Masses, and office volunteer Emilie was on hand to distribute leaflets adn gift aid envelopes to those who wanted them. (In photo). Huge thanks to the clergy who have been so supportive of our work.
St Mary's, Greenock
Apostleship of the Sea’s message was well-received during Sea Sunday at St Mary’s Church in Greenock. Close to the Port of Greenock, parishioners of St Mary’s responded to talks from Captain John Hood and Scottish Development Officer, Euan McArthur, on how the charity has been helping Seafarers who’ve endured tough times in Scotland. £753 was raised from the two Masses in the Inverclyde parish as well as some offers of practical assistance to help those at Sea. Parish Priest Fr Boyle said: “Apostleship of the Sea are an extremely important organisation. We’re very happy to welcome them to St Mary’s and hear about the work they do.”
On Sea Sunday, the church dedicated to the Holy High Apostles Peter and Paul was consecrated in the port city of Yuzhny (Odessa region) by the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Svyatoslav Shevchuk. During liturgy we remembered and prayed for seafarers, their families and all who support them.
Our Lady & St Joseph, Dalston, London
Great work by our trustee Helen Brennan who ensured the Sea Sunday message was delivered at the church.