“Sea Sunday” 2013

I continue to be amazed at the breadth of (liturgical) informations online, opening up worlds I knew nothing about.  Today, July 14th — the second Sunday in July — is Sea Sunday, a “time of remembrance, prayer and also celebration to thank the people of the sea for the service they render to the world community,” according to the message of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People published on the Vatican website.

Who knew?  (And I write as someone whose parish is in a shoreline town; our sanctuary is graced by two ship replicas hanging from the ceiling in the side Chapel).

The Catholic Church, I found out, also has a specific ministry to seafarers, the Apostolate of the Sea, founded in 1920.  According to the Vatican website, there are an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million seafarers sailing the world ocean today.  Pope Frances, earlier this week, lifted up in a poignant visit to the island of Lampedusa the fate of African migrants and refugees fleeing by boat to the European coast.  “Sea Sunday” is for them, too.  I only wish someone would also lift up the suffering of the world ocean itself and of its many inhabitants, all imperiled by rising sea-levels, intensifying storm activity, coastal erosion, waste pollution, over-fishing, etc.  More information can be found on the Oceana website at http://www.oceana.org/north-america/.

A Blessed Sea Sunday to all!




  1. St. Nicholas of Myra and Saint Brendan the Navigator are the two major patron saints. But wait, there’s more…
    •Anthony of Padua
    •Brigid of Ireland
    •Christina of Bolsena
    •Clement I
    •Eulalia of Barcelona
    •Francis of Paola
    •John Roche
    •Julian the Hospitaller
    •Michael the Archangel
    •Nicholas of Tolentino
    •Nuestra Senora de Guia
    •Our Lady, Star of the Sea
    •Our Lady of Guidance
    •Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    •Our Lady of Solitude
    •Peter Gonzales
    •Phocas the Gardener
    •Torpes of Pisa

  2. The UK Apostleship (rather than apostolate) of the Sea was originally founded in Glasgow in 1922. I would think most UK Catholics would have heard of it since most if not all dioceses have an annual collection to support its work.

    1. @Paul Inwood – comment #3:
      Indeed, in our Merseyside parish we had a second collection while that magnificent “Eternal Father strong to save” was sung with huge gusto and many a broad grin.

  3. Ron,
    I thought for a moment you had left out St Elmo, who once kept preaching despite lightning striking next to him. I would have stopped, and reconsidered my whole life, but St Elmo persisted, so sailors have invoked for protection from lightning and the eponymous St Elmo’s fire.

    But then I realized Elmo is a contraction of Erasmus, under which name you listed him. (which brings to mind the later Erasmus and Elmer Fudd, a delightful connection for my wandering mind)

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