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Mass to remember dead seafarers

13th February 2014
A Mass to remember seafarers who died in two casualties in the North Sea was recently held at Gdynia’s Maritime Church in Poland. Fr Edward Pracz, Gdynia port chaplain for AoS celebrated the Mass. 
                   Families of those who lost their loved ones in the sinking of the vessels Busko Zdrój and the Leros Strength gathered for the Eucharist. During his homily, Fr Pracz expressed solidarity with the families of crew who had perished at sea and assured them of AoS’ continued support and prayers. "It is our common love for people of the sea, our faith in eternal life and our trust in God that sees us gathered here." 
                   Twenty four seafarers lost their lives on board the vessel Busko Zdrój which sank during severe weather in the North Sea on February 8 1985. Twelve years later, on the same day and month, the same waters claimed 20 crew of the bulker Leros Strength. 
                   Every year families of the deceased seafarers, including widows, children and grand children gather at the Maritime Church to pray and celebrate Mass. The church has a plaque which bears the names of the dead seafarers. During the service, a total of 44 tea lights were lit and placed in front of the altar at the church. A reception was held after Mass in the Stella Maris club.

A Mass to remember seafarers who died in the North Sea was held in Gdynia

Families of the deceased seafarers gather at the Maritime Church to celebrate Mass.