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Push the boat out!

Three seafaring organisations are pushing the boat out as they relaunch their celebrations for Sea Sunday.

Sea Sunday is a global celebration which remembers and prays for seafarers, raising funds and awareness of the work of the societies which support Merchant Seafarers and their families throughout the world.

“Every year, a number of people gather in Cardiff Bay to celebrate Sea Sunday, and this year we wanted to raise the flag a bit and make more of it,” said Father Dean Atkins, parish priest of St Mary the Virgin Cardiff and Honorary Chaplain to the Port of Cardiff.

“The work of each of the societies often goes unseen but they are doing vital work in our ports both here and throughout the world.”

The societies offer practical, emotional and spiritual support through ship visits, drop in centres and a range of support services.

Sea Sunday has been celebrated each year for more than 160 years, and this year’s Cardiff celebration takes place in Cardiff Bay at the Pierhead Building, a building steeped in maritime history.  It was once home to the Bute Dock Company and the administrative office of the Port of Cardiff.  There will be an opportunity to find out more about The Apostleship of the Sea, the Mission to Seafarers and the Sailors Society, as well as the Merchant Navy Association who have been working together for the event.

“You will be able chat to a ship visitor, and find out more about the challenges faced by those who work tirelessly to bring us the goods we rely on every day.  This year, we will also be joined by the newly appointed Mission to Seafarers’ Chaplain for South East Wales, Father Mark Lawson-Jones, and who has responsibility for several other Ports including Newport, Barry and Port Talbot,” said Fr Atkins.

With musical entertainment from the local Quayside Community Choir from Cardiff Bay, fun activities for children, and an Ecumenical Celebration, the event will be topped off with an Act of Remembrance at the Merchant Seafarers and the customary Blessing of the Sea!

The event kicks off on Sunday July 9 at 2pm, with the Ecumenical Celebration at 3pm and the Blessing of the Sea at 3.30pm.


  • A Sea Sunday Service will also be held at Barry water front (opposite Morrisons) on Sunday, July 9, at 2pm.

For further details please visit  www.seasundaycf10.co.uk

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