Pupils from St Peter's Catholic Primary School in West Ridge, Sittingbourne, Kent recently learnt about how Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplains live out the seven Corporal Works of Mercy in their ministry supporting seafarers.
AoS London Officer Roland Hayes gave an assembly at the school using AoS’ new Year of Mercy Schools Resource, produced with the help of Catholic writer Greg Watts.
The resource provides real-life and specific examples of how the charity’s chaplains live out the Catholic faith by providing spiritual and practical support to seafarers in need.
Seafarers are responsible for bringing up to 95% of the goods consumed in Great Britain, from mobile phones to bananas and cars to fridges.
In one example under the ‘Clothing the naked’ section in the resource, AoS Director of Development John Green says, “A number of Catholic parishes around the country support our work by providing seafarers with woolly hats, socks and other clothing. These items might seem unimportant, but if you are at sea in freezing weather, they can really make a difference.”
Many parishes in Great Britain have been supportive of AoS’ work through its annual Sea Sunday appeal, which will be held on July 10th this year.
Collections from the appeals are used to help provide welfare as well as pastoral and other material support to seafarers.
The Year of Mercy Schools Resource can be found here http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/resources-schools