“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” (Lk 18:1).
Until we are certain that good palliative care is available to everyone, members must pray fervently that this mission is achieved. Constant changes or threats to changes to medical assistance in dying (MAiD) are frightening, and the vulnerable are feeling threatened rather than cared for. We must work to alleviate that threat so that all may live out their natural lives in accordance with God’s word.
“12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care” was chosen to run simultaneously with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week, May 7-13, 2023.
It is hoped that more councils can meet in person, taking precautions as they see fit. With that in mind, the “12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care” Kit can be used as a parish project, inviting all to join in a day of prayer for this important topic. For those not yet comfortable meeting in person, praying in your home is also an acceptable use of this kit. Any day during the week of May 7-13 can be assigned as your 12 hours of prayer.
This kit contains a message of support from National President and Chairperson of International Relations Fran Lucas, along with prayers, resources and links that may be helpful in planning a day of prayer.
This year, there will be two webinars on palliative care. The Ontario Provincial Council is providing a webinar on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care on May 8th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT. Register through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national webinar will be on Accompanying on the Journey, presented by Mary-Anne Parker, an end-of-life researcher working with the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association. This webinar will be on May 13, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. CDT. Register at register.gotowebinar.com/register/5402834542918873181.
Click the link below to download the “12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care” kit.