AoS chaplain celebrates Mass for typhoon hit seafarers

The work of Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplains supporting seafarers affected by Typhoon Haiyan has been highlighted on ITV News. Immingham port chaplain Fr Colum Kelly has written a personal sharing about his ministry with Filipino crewmembers who arrive at the port, after months at sea, to news about the devastating storm. 
           Many of them had not heard about the typhoon until they came ashore. A lot of them have lost their homes and are desperate to get in touch with their families back home.
           Fr Colum celebrated a Mass for seafarers on Wednesday night at Immingham port, and invited the the local Filipino community to join in. 
“The whole purpose of the mass tonight is to bring seafarers off their ships to mix with the local Filipino community, so they know that there are people who are able to stand by them and share in their grief and tears,” he writes in a blog on ITV News. 
           An estimated 60 per cent of seafarers who arrive at ports in Great Britain are from the Philippines, and the majority are Catholic. You can read Fr Colum’s blog by visiting this link.

Seafarers and the Filipino community celebrate Mass at Immingham port
The Filipino community joined seafarers for a Mass at Immingham port.