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Carols by Candlelight

17th December 2013
Our Aberdeen port chaplain Doug Duncan and his team recently organised two carols services to help support AoS’ ministry with victims of the recent Philippines typhoon. The first carols event was held at St Peter’s Catholic Church on the 7th of December while the second was held at St Columba’s Catholic Church on the 15th of December. 
               Almost 200 parishioners from the two parishes and from nearby churches were treated to beautiful carols, as well as sandwiches, mince pies and mulled wines. A good time was had by all. 
               Members of the Filipino choir from St Columba’s Catholic Church were out in full force to lend their voices. Choirs from other churches participated as well, making it a truly ecumenical celebration. 
               Approximately £2,000 was raised from both the services. Doug said all donations would go towards AoS’ work in helping long-term rebuilding efforts in the affected areas. Across Great Britain and worldwide, our port chaplains are continuing to assist Filipino seafarers and fishing communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan as well as crew working on cruise ships
               AoS has seafarers’ centres all over the Philippines from which practical and pastoral support is being provided. Our network of centres around the world are providing free telephone cards, internet access and other material goods such as rice, dried foods, children’s clothes, toiletries and drinking chocolate to seafarers and their families. 
              Thank you all of you who attended the services and who gave so generously!

The Filipino choir from St Columba's Catholic Church singing at the carols service
The Filipino choir at the service held at St Columba's Catholic Church.  

The carols services held at St Peters Catholic Church
The carols service held at St Peter's Catholic Church.