APOSTLESHIP of the Sea port chaplains and ship visitors are increasing their efforts to support the lives of seafarers at Easter with practical help and also at this time the chance to celebrate their faith at the height of the liturgical year.
Wojciech Holub, Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplain for Tilbury and Thames is aware that for seafarers any festive period is much like any other working day – the only difference being that their separation from family and friends and from their faith can be even more difficult to bear than usual.
Over Easter the Apostleship of the Sea will be actively visiting merchant ships and providing seafarers with a chance to celebrate their faith, attend the Easter liturgies in a local parish if they wish, providing faith resources such as scripture booklets like Bible Alive and prayer cards and also some Easter cheer in the form of Easter Eggs generously donated by the local community.
Wojciech has in the past few weeks been supporting Ukrainian and Russian seafarers as the crisis in Ukraine shows no signs of easing. He has been offering pastoral care as well as practical help including providing internet connection for crew to contact their families back home. . Many are anxious about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones, more so when they are away at sea during Easter.