AoS lives out Works of Mercy

Schools in Westminster Diocese now have access to a new set of schools resources focussing on the Jubilee Year of Mercy produced by Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and Catholic writer Greg Watts.
             The presentation gives pupils a unique and interesting view about how AoS port chaplains live out the seven Corporal Works of Mercy in their daily ministry with seafarers. 
             It provides real-life and specific examples of how the charity lives out the Catholic faith by providing spiritual and practical support to seafarers in need. 
             Seafarers are responsible for bringing us around 95% of the goods we buy and consume, from iPads to bananas and cars to fridges. 
             In one example under the ‘Giving Alms to the Poor’ section in the resource, Martin Foley AoS national director says that sometimes AoS is called upon to provide financial help to seafarers. 
             “Typically this happens when members of a crew haven’t been paid by the ship’s owner.  This also seriously affects their families, who rely on the money seafarers send home to buy the basics for daily life.” 
 Cardinal Vincent Nichols with Apostleship of the Sea Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub
Cardinal Nichols with AoS Tilbury port chaplain Wojciech Holub

             Many parishes in Westminister support AoS’ work through its annual Sea Sunday appeal held every July. Collections from the appeals are used to help provide financial as well as pastoral and material support to seafarers. 
             The easy to use and engaging Year of Mercy resource gives students the opportunity to learn about the world of shipping and seafarers and how AoS is helping support seafarers. 
             John Green, AoS Director of Development said, “The subject of the sea and the lives of seafarers touches many aspects of the national curriculum and is a fundamental part of this country’s heritage.” 
             He added, “Churches across Great Britain also pray for and remember seafarers every year on Sea Sunday, and AoS is the national maritime agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales.” 
             Cardinal Vincent Nichols who visited the port of Tilbury in Essex in 2015 to see the work of AoS said, “When families sit around a table together it’s important to think about where the food that they are eating comes from, where the chairs they are sitting on come from, where the building materials from their houses come from. Nearly all of it arrives by ship.” 
             The resources can be download and used for free by going to this link