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IOMSR Director Cameron Mitchell said the holiday celebration is now available on his Crew Matters seafarers wellness app, having been recorded at St. Nicholas Church in Monnickendam in the Netherlands by the Dutch Association of the Seafarers Mission, which is a member of the International Christian Maritime Association. (ICMA).

“With some 400,000 seafarers coming from the Philippines, we recognize how important their faith is to them, as well as to Christian seafarers of other nationalities,” Mitchell said. “So when ICMA and the seafarer charity Stella Maris approached us to broadcast the service on our app, we thought it was a brilliant idea.

“Christmas. We hope this Mass provides some spiritual comfort when so many sailors are away from home and their loved ones.”

Jason Zuidema, ICMA Secretary General, welcomed the initiative, “Seafarers can’t attend Christmas celebrations at home with family and friends, so it’s great to be able to help them bring the celebration to them. “

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