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Pupils touching prayer for seafarers

15th February 2017

Seafarers were firmly in the thoughts of pupils when Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) made a return visit to St Patrick's Primary School, Kilsyth as part of Catholic Education Week. 
              After initially presenting at the St Andrews and Edinburgh Diocese school back in October, AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur was invited back by head teacher Kris Thomas to talk to three more classes. 
              A thought-provoking morning was rounded off when pupils from P3/2 responded by producing their own prayer under the supervision of class teacher, Mrs Parkinson, before giving it to Euan as a token of their appreciation. 
AoS Development Officer Euan McArthur with pupils of St Patrick's Primary School Kilsyth
             
It reads as follows:
 
              Our Prayer for Everyone at Sea: 
              Dear Jesus, 
              Please bless everyone working at sea.
              Please protect them from storms and bad weather. 
              Protect them from injuries and harm. 
              Help their employers treat them fairly and with respect. 
              Help them return to their families safe and well. 
             

              Amen 
Euan Mc Arthur (right ) with head teacher Kris Thomas             
     
        Euan said: "The children's prayer was touching. It showed they obviously care about the plight of seafarers and their faith is very important to them." 
              Head teacher Mr Thomas said: "We're delighted to welcome back Apostleship of the Sea as the pupils really enjoyed learning more about their work. It fits in very well with Catholic Education Week." 
              Mr Thomas is also organist at St Joseph's Church, Stepps where Sea Sunday will take place for the first time in early May.