News from Gladstone20 July, 2023
Star of the Sea reaching out to the Community of Seafarers
Mercy Associates Sisters of Mercy
Aspire to live and share the compassion of God as expressed in the Scriptures, and the vision and charism of Catherine McAuley. Armed with this vision Annette Rowe and her troop visited the Community of Seafarers on 3rd June, to show support and learn firsthand about Gladstone Seafarers.
Some eye openers from Seafarers, about the things we take for granted:
- Being able to take their shoes off and stand on the grass.
- Being able to reach out to family with their devices on the WIFI available at the centre.
- Receiving parcels that were sent from home a few months ago.
- A father and daughter meet up after 16 yrs as their ships had come alongside.
These are evidence of God’s grace at work in our lives as we grow our faith and strengthen our community.
Our wonderful priests Fr Andrew and Fr Ashwin visit the seafarers and help them make contact with other parishes in times of need. I am sure the seafarers feel guided by the hand of God in their lives.
Safe Guarding Sessions
We take Safe guarding seriously and the sessions were meaningful, interactive and many doubts were laid to rest. The group of volunteers in Our Lady Star of the Sea parish were pro-active, in asking pertinent questions and sharing their concerns. We feel proud to be an active member of this parish.