The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) is a Catholic mission for seafarers which cares for the spiritual well-being, social needs and requirements of seafarers from all parts of the world. It's members visit over 1700 ships on the north and south side of the river each year.
With the quick turnaround of a ship, often less than ten hours from arrival to departure, it is very difficult for many seafarers to contact their families, receive the sacraments of Mass and Reconciliation, and obtain medical help or counselling in times of death in the family or marriage breakup. Unfortunately the port is an industrial area, concerned chiefly with the movement of cargo. As a consequence very little attention is given to the crew member, the human person on board, and they can suffer a great deal of stress, loneliness and anxiety.
AOS ministers to all, including sacramental ministry to the 35% of seafarers who are Catholic. AOS buses bring seafarers to the Wynnum Centre which opens 15 hours a day, 6 days a week, staffed by 30 volunteers from nearby parishes. The Centre provides telephone and Internet resources helping seafarers maintain contact with their families.
Stella Maris has an online presence for Seafarers http://www.stellamaris.asn.au
The helpline for Seafarers is 07 3890 2436.