Memorial Walk - November
During the first week of each November, in the Octave of All Saints', we offer a Liturgy of Remembrance for all those who have died at sea. The observance begins at the Center where all gather for a prayer in our chapel, then all walk a few blocks down to the waterfront, where Fr. Tony, Pastor Vern, or others on our staff read a litany of maritime casualties, praying for those who have departed this life. The liturgy concludes with Fr. Tony casting a memorial wreath into the sea. All then return to the Center for a light lunch.
Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinner For Seafarers
On both of these holidays, our center provides a tasty, home-style, traditional dinner for seafarers who may be far from home and in-town seafarers in need who frequent our center. Food is prepared in the early afternoon and is served throughout the afternoon and early evening for any who are transported to our center or otherwise drop in.
Ditty Bags - December
As winter descends on our city, we are especially mindful of the dangers and loneliness seafarers face during what is intended to be a festive time. As a special ministry to them, the Catholic Seafarers' Center asks parishes from around the Archdiocese to collect a variety of items like toiletries, playing cards, socks, wool caps, snacks, pens, and greeting cards. A team of volunteers meets periodically throughout the month of December to assemble these items into "ditty bags" - small cloth bags with string ties - that are delivered in large groups to officers on the ship for distribution to the crew. Sailors are always very glad to receive these wonderful presents from Catholics in Seattle.