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Old November 21st, 2007, 06:29 PM
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I found a document on the Vatican's web site that is of great significance for all cruisers who are members of the Catholic Church. The primary thrust of the motu proprio Stella maris is a reorganization of the maritime apostolate, which coordinates the assignment of Catholic chaplains to the maritime community, including chaplains aboard the ships of some cruise lines. Nonetheless, Section 2 of the document grants special canonical privileges to everybody who has ever taken a cruise vacation. Unfortunately, I don't know many pastors who are aware of this. In fact, I was so surprised by the broadness of the document's definition of the term "seafarers" ("those actually on board merchant ships or fishing vessels, and all who for whatever reason have undertaken a voyage by ship" -- emphasis added) that I took the precaution of verifying it with a canon lawyer before posting this information! Note, also, that all "seafarers" are automatically "maritime personnel" and "people of the sea" as defined therein.

After defining these terms, Section 2 of this document goes on to grant the following special privileges.

1. If you have ever been on a cruise vacation, you may fulfill your "Easter Duty" at any time of year. (And many of us will continue to do so at the Easter Vigil....)

2. If you have ever been on a cruise vacation, you are not bound by the laws of fast and abstinance. The document does, however, "advise" (1) substitution of another work of piety when taking advantage of this dispensation and (2) observance of both, as far as possible, on Good Friday in memory of the Lord's passion.

3. On 02 August, you may obtain a plenary indulgence, either for the living or the deceased, by praying the Lord's prayer and the Creed for the intentions of the Bishop of Rome in an established oratory (chapel) aboard ship or, aboard a ship that does not have an established oratory, before a sacred image such as a crucifix, an icon, or a statue or picture of a saint.

4. On 02 November, you may obtain a plenary indulgence for the deceased in the same manner.

Unfortunately, many chaplains assigned to cruise ships also are not aware of this.

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Old November 21st, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Well, I'm Catholic.....nobody informed me!!!!

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Old November 23rd, 2007, 06:42 PM
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Well, I'm Catholic.....nobody informed me!!!!
Well, I informed you.

So I guess that I'm now officially "nobody"???

Well, at least I know where I stand....

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Old November 25th, 2007, 08:57 PM
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This has nothing to do with the bible
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Old November 25th, 2007, 10:01 PM
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I'm almost as far from Catholic as you can get, but I think it's nice that you posted this information for those who are. I'm sure, whether they post or not, they'll understand what you are saying , and will appreciate your information.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 02:36 PM
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Norm, you have too much time on your hands.

I will be happy to pass this along to my fellow parish cruisers.
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I recently took a cruise on a Costa ship. I chose Costa because they have a chapel with daily Mass. On this occasion, the chaplain didn't materialise. I was still able to attend Sunday Mass on shore. However, I have notified Costa that I won't be troubling them in future. Other cruise lines are cheaper and provide better service.
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Old October 11th, 2015, 05:55 AM
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You know, before we resurrect threads from years ago........

I got excited seeing a post by Norm, from whom I haven't seen a post in years. Followed by a response from Melody......

My favorite United States Navy buddy, and one of my favorite NOLA buddies.

Perhaps we should check the dates of threads before adding to them. When these things are approaching a decade old, we should consider starting something new.

Norm, my old USN buddy, how about we check in once in a while?!

Melody, I missed you in NOLA a while back, and miss your wit here every day. Sweet dreams my friend.

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