"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit." 

Romans 15:13


12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care

May 4, 2017


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

At the Catholic Women's League 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. 

Activities in our Diocese:

Please join us in person or in prayer. 

St. John the Baptist CWL
at their church on High Street, New Glasgow
Thursday, May 4, 2017

9 am: Mass followed by Rosary recitation.

5pm: Physicians’ Way of the Cross

6pm: Pot Luck Supper

7pm: Video Presentation Dr. Nuala Kenny, Medically assisted death challenges for Christians today.

8pm:  Closing Prayer Service for Caregivers.

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys CWL
at their church on Cabot Street, Sydney
Thursday, May 4, 2017

7 am: Rosary

8 am: Stations of the Cross

9 am: Rosary

10 am: Stations of the Cross

11 am: Speaker - Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino

11:45: Speaker - Lynnette Sawchuk, RN

12:30: Lisa Campbell (Palliative Care volunteer)

1:15: Debbie Lewis (Women of Peace and Hope)

2 pm: Hospice Palliative Care Society

3 pm: Rosary

4 pm: Stations of the Cross

5 pm: Rosary

6 pm: Mass with Fr. Bill Burke


Resources and Links:

CWL National website:


Invitational Video:


Downloadable documents (PDF format): I

nformation and resources package

Palliative Prayer Card

Petition in English

Petition en francais

Links to Organizations: 

World Health Organization definition of palliative care

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)

Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH)      


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