12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care 2021

April 21, 2021

“God has a weakness for the prayers of his people. Indeed, prayer is man’s greatest power.
Therefore, we must never tire of knocking at the door of God’s heart and asking for help.
For God is a relentless warrior when he is called upon to defend his people” (Pope Francis).

“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 2-8, 2021.

It is suggested that parish councils participate by organizing an at-home prayer service. Together, with members across the country, members can do what they do best—pray for palliative care and for those Canadians who have chosen home palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This information package contains a message of support from National President Anne-Marie Gorman, along with a sample “at-home” one-hour prayer service, prayers, resources and links that may be helpful in planning a day of prayer.

New this year is a webinar on palliative care entitled, “A Practical Discussion about Palliative Care in Canada.” See here for more details or to register.

Palliative Care Kit (pdf)

Palliative care webinar poster

Palliative Care Postcard

Physician’s Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross Today: Reflections on Suffering in Sickness and Dying

Ending Suffering: The Palliative Alternative

Additional resources available for use may be accessed by clicking on the links below:

World Health Organisation (WHO) Definition of Palliative Care
www.who.int/cancer/palliative/definition/en/

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
www.chpca.net

Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH)
www.virtualhospice.ca 

Video Shushwap Hospice Society