Huge thanks to our Catenian friends who made generous donations towards Apostleship of the Sea's (AoS) work supporting seafarers.
We were given a generous donation of £1,400 by the Fleet Circle of the Catenians. At a dinner meeting on 14th June, Circle President Mike Mitchell presented the cheque to Alastair Emblem, a member of the AoS fundraising team.
AoS had been chosen as the 2016-17 President’s Charity thanks to Mike’s long time support for the charity, prompted by the fact that his wife Anne comes from a family with many seafaring connections.
Thanking the Catenians for their generosity, Alastair commented that the gift would make a significant contribution to the work of the charity, for example it could pay for enough fuel to enable a port chaplain to visit 330 ships and minister to 7,000 seafarers.
After recounting a recent incident of an AoS chaplain comforting the grieving crew of a ship whose captain had died during a voyage, Alastair concluded by asking those present to remember the work of AoS in their prayers and, if possible, also in their Wills.
Meanwhile, in Tyne, our port chaplain Paul Atkinson received a £500 cheque from David Byrne, president of the Tyne Circle during their annual dinner.
Many thanks also to Sheffield Catenians for their generous donation of £200. Paul Helliwell, Catenian president, presented a cheque to Fr Colum Kelly.