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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea Is Set For May 22

 
May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON—The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated May 22. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States, which has been celebrated since 1933 to recognize merchant mariners and others in the maritime industry.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland, retired bishop of Savannah, Georgia and Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) promoter, encourages dioceses to mark the national day by remembering the men and women of the sea in homilies and by including special petitions during Mass. For Masses celebrated on May 22, the text for the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, is encouraged.

"Mariners serve the needs of human kind in quiet and unobtrusive ways. These hardworking men and women contribute to global economic vitality. The nature of the industry requires their absence from home and family for many months without a break. Their labor and sacrifice make possible our access to the goods of the world," Bishop Boland said.

Bishop Boland will celebrate a Mass in observance of Maritime Day on Saturday, May 18, at 12:10 p.m., in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The Mass is sponsored by the AOS national office and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Ninety percent of the world's goods are transported by sea and the waterways. There are approximately 1.2 million seafarers worldwide in 10,000 commercial ships and maritime vessels.

AOS is a worldwide Catholic maritime ministry that offers spiritual and practical assistance to seafarers, fishermen, their families and all those who work and travel by sea and the waterways. In the United States, AOS chaplains, associates and volunteers carry on this ministry in maritime ports in 50 dioceses.

The USCCB established the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea in 2005 to encourage Catholics to support and pray for merchant mariners, seafarers, fishermen, port personnel and others in the maritime industry.

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Keywords: National Day of Prayer, mariners, people of the sea, seafarers, fishermen, maritime industry, maritime ports, maritime ministry, merchant marine, Bishop J. Kevin Boland, USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Apostleship of the Sea, AOS, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

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