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Catholic Maritime Ministry of Mobile to celebrate Mass, hold memorial for people of the sea May 22

MOBILE — The nation has set aside May 22 to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. The nation has a long history in the maritime industry and 90 percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea.
On Wednesday, May 22, the Catholic Maritime Ministry of Mobile (Apostleship of the Sea) will celebrate the Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea with a Mass in honor of the ministry’s patroness Mary, Star of the Sea. Mass is at 12:10 p.m. at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile and all are invited to attend.
Following Mass, those in attendance can board the Perdido Queen for lunch and a brief memorial for people of the sea who have passed away over the past year.
The Catholic Maritime Ministry of Mobile will also participate in the Propeller Club’s 22nd Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook-Off at Cooper Riverside Park from 5-8 p.m. May 17. The cookoff recognizes National Maritime Day, a day annually set aside to recognize America’s maritime industry, and especially those who serve at sea. Admission is $15.
On a national level Bishop Brendan Cahill, the Bishop promoter of the Apostleship of the Sea, will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on May 18.

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