Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea is encouraging its supporters and well-wishers to make an in-memory donation so that its ministry supporting seafarers continues in the years ahead.

Every November, Apostleship of the Sea celebrates a special Mass for supporters who left legacy gifts in their Wills and for everyone for whom they received in-memory donations.

“Apostleship of the Sea invites anyone to make an in-memory donation, regardless of whether they are a previous supporter,” said Alastair Emblem, Apostleship of the Sea Legacy and In-Memory Officer.

“If you give Apostleship of the Sea the name of your relative or friend who has died (either recently or in the past), the departed will be included in prayers at Mass during the week. They will also be included in the special annual Mass of Remembrance next November.”

Apostleship of the Sea sFr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, was one of the co-celebrants of last year’s Mass.

He said, “When a loved one dies, it can be comforting to celebrate their life by helping others in their memory. Apostleship of the Sea carries out a wonderful ministry of spiritual, pastoral and practical help to seafarers from all over the world.  So making an in-memory gift to them, or leaving a legacy in someone’s memory, is a wonderful way of keeping alive the values of departed loved ones.”

Alastair adds, “You can also set up a tribute fund for others to contribute to, in memory of your loved ones, and include memories and pictures of them on a special website, free of charge.”

Leaving a legacy to Apostleship of the Sea in memory of a loved one is a very special way of ensuring their values live on. Details can be found on the Apostleship of the Sea Legacy Page at www.bit.ly/aoslegacy.

Apostleship of the Sea has produced a poignant video which shows why leaving a legacy helps ensure its ministry supporting seafarers can continue in the years ahead. The film can be viewed by going to the Apostleship of the Sea on Film Page: www.bit.ly/aosfilm or a free DVD can be sent by post.

Sympathy cards are available to buy on its Online Shop www.bit.ly/AoSshop.

For further details contact Alastair Emblem, Legacy and In Memory Officer, Apostleship of the Sea, 39 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1BX. Tel: 0207 901 1931.

The Hallam Ascent group who meet monthly at St Francis of Assisi Church, 277 Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SD are collecting men’s clothing – hats, gloves, jumpers, fleeces, socks and scarves – for the Apostleship of the Sea throughout November. Please leave at the back of the church in the narthex.  For more information about the group, visit http://hallamascent.weebly.com.

Mount Saint Mary’s Pupils Learn About Shipping and Apostleship of the Sea’s Work with Seafarers

Students from Mount St Mary’s College were introduced to the world of global shipping from the grounds of their school by Catholic charity, Apostleship of the Sea.

Apostleship of the Sea national director, Martin Foley presented a talk during assembly at the school on 7 September. He spoke about the sea and the lives of seafarers which touch many aspects of the national curriculum and are a fundamental part of Great Britain’s heritage.  The children also learnt about how Apostleship of the Sea supports seafarers welfare and faith needs.

Foley said, “We rely on the sea for many things and up to 95% of the goods we use or consume in the UK arrive by sea. There are some 100,000 ships at sea crewed by more than 1.5 million seafarers.  It is a world that is often so close to children from seaside trips and ferry crossings, but relatively unknown to them.”

Apostleship of the Sea, through its network of port chaplains across Great Britain, helps seafarers, from providing them with WiFi connection and telephone cards so they can contact home, to supporting their spiritual needs such as attending Mass.

Fr Simon Ellis, the school’s director of chaplaincy who organised the talks, also serves as a chaplain on board cruise ships, and has supported seafarers working on cruise vessels.

Schools are encouraged to download Apostleship of the Sea’s range of resources which can be found at http://apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/resources-schools.

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Pictured above are Martin Foley, Apostleship of the Sea national director (back left) and Fr Simon Ellis, Mount St Mary’s director of chaplaincy, with pupils of the school.