12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care

“Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer.” – Pope Francis

At the November national executive meeting, it was decided to once again call upon this power of prayer through 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4, 2017. This is designed to take place as a powerful lead-in to the National Hospice Palliative Care Week of May 7 to 13, 2017, (organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) as a profound witness to the sanctity of human life.

It is hoped that all members will find some way to support this day of prayer, either on May 4th or on a day during the week of May 7 to 13. The prayer can take place within a parish church, a home or elsewhere. Participation may include a large congregation, a few friends or solitary prayer at home. The 12 hours can be designed around local schedules.

In this “care kit” of information, there is a message of support from National President Margaret Ann Jacobs and an Information and Resources package in PDFs, which includes a press release, planning and promotion guides, information and links to palliative care resources, prayer resources and a petition (French and English versions) for circulation.  

An invitational YouTube video is available on the national website as a lead-in reminder of the Day of Prayer.

The care kit can be found here.

Additional resources:

·         “A Physician’s Way of the Cross” (pdf) (word) (html)

·         Printable Petitions

English Petition; English Instructions

French Petition; French Instructions                                                                             

·         Poster                                                                                                                                

Thank you to the many people who were involved in the creation of this care kit. It has been our pleasure to work with you and to work on this project for the League.

Fran Lucas, National First Vice-President and Chairperson of Education and Health

Becky Kallal, Sub-Committee Chairperson