The work of Apostleship of the Sea port chaplains and ship visitors makes a positive difference to the lives of seafarers at Easter by giving them a chance to celebrate their faith at such an important time in their spiritual year.
Seafarers bring us 95% of all the goods we use and consume. However, as we enjoy the fruits of their labour, seafarers are often trapped inside their ships in port or at sea, many miles from home – out of sight and out of mind. Indeed, for seafarers any festive period is much like any other time of year – the only difference being that their separation from family and friends and from their faith can be even more difficult to bear than usual. This is where the Apostleship of the Sea’s work becomes vital, by actively visiting merchant ships and providing seafarers with a chance to celebrate their faith, attend Mass if they wish, providing faith resources such as rosaries and prayer cards and also some Easter cheer in the form of Easter Eggs generously donated by the local community.
Seafarers turn to the Apostleship of the Sea at Easter for pastoral and practical help – even on Easter Sunday itself. Recognising that seafarers are often unable to practise their faith fully while at sea, Apostleship of the Sea teams make every effort to take those seafarers who wish to Mass, or arrange to have Mass celebrated onboard; so that seafarers can experience Easter as the important religious festival it truly is.