Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea

Stella Maris Mass 2018

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) held a Mass to commemorate the Feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Bede’s Church, South Shields on September 19.

The main celebrant was Bishop Séamus Cunningham. Mass was well-attended by AoS Senior Regional Port Chaplain (Northeast England and Humber) Anne McLaren, AoS Tyne Port Chaplain Paul Atkinson, AoS ship visitors, supporters, head office staff and local parishioners.

AoS North Tees ship visitor Mary Ward was commissioned during Mass. As a ship visitor Mary goes on board ships to provide a warm welcome, a listening ear and practical support to seafarers arriving at ports in the Diocese.

Bishop Séamus reminded all present about the vital ministry AoS provides seafarers, of reaching out to those on the margins.

A huge thank you to Fr Michael Weymes from St Bede’s for the warm welcome and the other clergy at Mass Fr John Gibbons, Fr Thaddeus Jose and Monsignor Ronnie Brown, former AoS trustee.

Apostleship of the Sea 2018

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