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Seafarers Sunday

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The work of seafarers and Catholics across the country who provide spiritual, social and material support for them will be celebrated throughout the Church in Australia on July 14.

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The annual Sea Sunday Appeal shines a light on the work of one of the Catholic Church’s international agencies, the Apostleship of the Sea, which attends to the welfare of seafarers in many ports around Australia and elsewhere through Stella Maris centres and chaplaincies, including the Seafarers Centre at Taperoo.

Stella Maris chaplains, volunteers and staff visit to speak to ships’ crews, offer friendship, arrange Mass and attend Mass with them, listen to their needs, and provide internet access so they can contact their families. Hospitality is also offered within Stella Maris centres, providing an important break from work routines on board.

“There are a million seafarers on the high seas, and that’s why the work of Apostleship of the Sea is absolutely vital to caring for seafarers who are often doing it hard, and working under enormous pressure,” said Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

“That’s why I commend to you, whether you have a commercial sea port in your diocese or not, to support the essential mission of the Apostleship of the Sea.”

For more information and to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, visit www.aos-australia.org

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