Shetland has become a popular destination for cruise ships, being a convenient port of call for cruises between Norway, the Faroes and Iceland. Last year about 60,000 passengers put in at Lerwick Harbour and the parish extends a warm welcome to all visitors. You will normally find the church unlocked. The presbytery is next door.
In June there is an annual yacht race between Bergen and Lerwick. Last year about 40 Norwegian boats took part.
We also welcome fishermen on the pelagic boats, some of whom are regular visitors on their way back from the Shetland fishing grounds to Irish home-ports.
Apostleship of the Sea
The Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) has a particular pastoral concern for members of the crew in any sort of difficulty.
The Catholic chaplain for ports in North-East Scotland (including Shetland) is Mr Douglas Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org +44 7757042722
We welcome the passengers and crew of the following ships due in the next four weeks:
Saturday, 21 April. STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL, from Bergen, returning to Bergen.
Wednesday 2 May. BLACKWATCH, from Bergen, departing for Liverpool.
Friday 4 May. STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL, from Bergen, returning to Bergen.
Monday 7 May. CELEBRITY ECLIPSE, from Akuseyi, departing for Cork.
Thursday 10 May. EXPEDITION, from Kirkwall, departing for Bergen.
The Lerwick Harbour website, link below, gives weekly updates on ship movements: