In his Lenten message this year, Pope Benedict XVI, calls us to reflect on justice, on how each person can be given their ‘rightful due’. The port chaplains of the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) will be taking up this call on Ash Wednesday.
Seafarers are often unable to get to Mass and throughout the year miss many feast days in the Church calendar. Research by the International Transport Workers’ Federation Seafarers’ Trust (ITF) shows that seafarers recognise their spiritual needs are just as important as their physical welfare, and the inability for them to practice their faith often has a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
The Apostleship of the Sea enables seafarers visiting the UK to attend services and visit places of worship. For Catholic seafarers they arrange Mass onboard or off ship, provide faith resources, help to celebrate important feasts, allow access to the sacraments and help seafarers feel they are fulfilled spiritually.