Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) held a Mass in St Mary Immaculate Church, Falmouth, to pray for seafarers and mark the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, on September 22nd.
In his homily, Fr Brian Kenwrick, said that AoS “shows the love of Jesus and Mary to seafarers who are far from their homes and separated from their loved ones”.
“Even when seafarers have reached the safety of the shore, the security of harbour, they often need help, support and guidance.
“For them, there is the Apostleship of the Sea which witnesses to the Gospel by offering help, supporting seafarers, helping them in so many ways, spiritual, practical and material.”
The Mass was attended by AoS supporters, volunteers, parishioners, and four seafarers from the ship Dan Swift.
John Pinhay, AoS Falmouth & Fowey port chaplain and Ann Donnelly, AoS Plymouth port chaplain, were commissioned at the Mass, along with two volunteer ship welfare visitors.
Fr Brian said AoS has shown great commitment to seafarers, and through its work, the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed to seafarers and the love of Mary, Stella Maris, shared.
“On this feast we are reminded that all Christians, whether we be seafarers or not, can call on the help of our Blessed Lady. She will guide, support and direct us through our journey.
“Our Blessed Lady will help navigate us through the stormy waters of life until we reach the safety of her beloved son, Jesus.” (Read Fr Brian's homily here)
After Mass, a reception was held at the parish hall where refreshments were served, and those who attended got to hear more about AoS’ work.
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