Donegal Action for Cancer Care,
“Equal Access for Equal Need”
wish to say thank you, to you, your family and friends
who attended our
for those affected by cancer.
which took place in
St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, on Sunday 27th April, at 3pm.
It gave people an opportunity to come together to remember their loved ones, to give thanks for healing and to have hope for the future.
A service of Respect & Dignity.
DACC have put considerable thought into this service and hope that on the day each person present will benifit from it.
The 3 themes for the service are:
The Gateway Singers provided us with relevant
hymns/songs to the themes of the service.
Clergy in attendance on the day were:
Rev. Stewart Wright, Rev Stanley Stewart and
Thank you to all who took part in the different parts of the service.
Also thank you to the Gardai and Civil Defence.
Thanks to the Loreto Convent Secondary School for their help & support.
DACC hope to make this an annual service building on todays service.
Donegal Action for Cancer Care
for those affected by cancer
St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny
Sunday, 27thApril, 2008
Opening Music “Canon in D”
Brief Introduction and Call to Worship (Paddy Hume)
LeaderCome, come in faith:
Response: For our God is faithful.
LeaderCome, come with hands stretched out:
Response:For there are no barriers between us and the Christ.
LeaderCome, come, in love:
ResponseFor this is the God who moves towards us, each of us, all of us.
Let us worship God!
Please remain standing
Opening Prayer (Clergy)
Be found here with us, Spirit of God, discovered in our midst again, for we are your disciples of today, and we invite your knowing of our hopes and fears, your entering of our longing hearts.
Break down the barriers which we place between us
and your presence, for we long to be with you and
experience your grace. Amen.
Healing God, sometimes we place a veil of separation between you and ourselves.
There are many reasons for this, O God
A veil is brought down the aisle to cover the candle
It is sometimes hard for us to understand
the pattern of your healing when you respond to our prayers. Sometimes it feels as though you don’t respond at all and we worry about our lack of faith and our worthiness.
If we no longer dare to ask things of you:
Response: Forgive us, O God.
If we fear to be disappointed:
Response: Forgive us, O God.
If we would rather keep you distant
so that you cannot call us away from our illness or our guilt, because it is easier to be cared for than to take up our beds and walk:
Response: Forgive us, O God.
If we are choosing to be victims forever as a way of life,
giving power to our wounds, rather than to you:
Response: Forgive us, O God.
When we turn our faces away from the possibility of your gifts, or assume that they are ours alone:
Response: Forgive us and open our lives to your renewal and healing, O God.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Words of Assurance
Come to God in faith.
In Jesus Christ, the veil is stripped away from the love of God!
The veil is lowered and placed around the foot of the candle.
We will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, the comforter. This is the promise in Jesus Christ.
On this day, it is yours, it is ours!
Response: Thanks be to God!
Please be seated
~ Remembrance ~
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am now going to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?
Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.”
Procession of flowers
Reflection (followed by a moment of silence to remember)
Almighty God, our Father,
We firmly believe that your Son died and rose to life.
We pray for our brothers and sisters who have died in Christ. Raise them at the last day to share the glory of the risen Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn “A Clare Benediction”
~ Healing ~
A reading from the Gospel of Mark Mark 5:21-43
A Woman Healed.
A large crowd followed Jesus and pressed in on him.
Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?”’ He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’
Procession of DACC Book
Lord God, Giver of Life, source of all healing, who alone can help us grow in wholeness: we thank you for the gift of life and health, and remembering your faithful servants we ask you to guide and uphold all doctors, surgeons, hospital staff and all engaged in the ministry of healing together with those they serve, that disease and disunity may everywhere be overcome; through Christ the Divine Healer, who suffered and died, and lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit our God of Salvation, now and always.
Hymn “The Prayer”
~ Hope ~
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans (3:1-11)
Faith brings joy.
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Procession of Candle
Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days. For then we have you to lean upon. Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less. And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days, for then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends. For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak. For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness. For those who live in pain, we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing. For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company. For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope. Amen.
Hymn “You Raise Me Up”
Affirmation of Faith
Let us respond to the word and affirm our faith:
The veil has been torn away from the holy of holies. God is shown to us in Jesus Christ
and we know this God as grace.
The dimness of doubt is over our own lives,
but God has shone a new light over all creation,
the revealing light of Christ,
the healing flame of the Spirit,
the renewing sun of the Creator.
In this faith we will live in hope,
believing that we may choose to stand
within the sanctuary of a place made Godly forever by the One who walked this life with us.
Christ has died. Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Nothing can separate us from this love.
Prayers of Intercession
Let us dream of a world which is so close to God that transforming healing is possible.
What would it be like?
What would change around us?
What would change in our life?
Silence – we think of ways to share in the healing of each other.
Takes these our dreams and make them real, O God,
and create in us visions beyond that which we have yet to see.
Who around us in this day would be reaching with trembling hand to touch the Body of Christ?
Silence – we think of how to touch the trembling hand of the vulnerable around us. Let us join hands and in silence pray for each other.
O loving Jesus, we pray for all these people.
We pray that we will never betray their hopes in the love of your church.
We too come with fragile faith,
never enough to encompass your own longings for us.
Bring forth in us dependence on you, the confidence to pray, and the commitment to gather all people
nearer to your power for good.
Create in us your body of healing love,
a safe place for all who would come,
a sanctuary of transparent peace
in a groaning and painful world.
For we ask these things in faith. Amen.
Our Father . . .
DACC Address (Seamus O’Donnell, Chairperson)
Final Blessing (please stand)
We are the Body of Christ. It is towards us that the people will come for hope and healing,
believing that the healing Christ is to be found here.
Go and take up the sacred task for this day.
Let us offer each other a Sign of Peace
Go in peace and walk together with the Christ.
and may our lives be filled with faith, brave in the hope of the Spirit and close to the healing hand of God. Amen.
Final Hymn “How Great Thou Art”
We would like to thank you all
for your support and wish you well.
Address by Chairperson of DACC Seamus O’ Donnell to the people at the service.
On behalf of Donegal Action for Cancer Care I am please to welcome you all here today to St. Eunan’s Cathedral to share in this ecumenical service for cancer patients their families and friends. This is a very special service because all of us here share a very special common bond in that we have all been impacted by cancer either directly or indirectly.
Today represents an opportunity for all of us as a community to come together and support each other. Together we remember our dear departed. Together we gain strength from each other as part of the healing process. Together we derive hope in the shared belief that God will provide for us in the future
I am sure you will agree that today’s service is a reflective, emotional, and uplifting experience. It will impact on each of us in different ways depending on our stage of the cancer journey. Remember that what ever your stage, you are not alone. Remember there is strength in numbers. Remember there is strength in sharing. Remember the power of the human person to cope with adversity. The power of faith and a positive outlook is vitally important in coping with cancer.
I am reminded of Lance Armstrong, while recovering from cancer, won the Tour de France seven times. He set up the Lance Armstrong Foundation where the motto is “we unite people to fight cancer believing that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything”.
We in Donegal Action for Cancer Care, on our third anniversary, are proud to be associated with these sentiments and it is our intention to make this ecumenical service an annual event.
There are many people and groups who have worked very hard to prepare, organise and perform this very special service here today.
I would like to thank in a very special way
The choir The Gateway Singers,
The Cathedral - Bishop Boyce and Fr. Kelly
The Garda, Civil Defence, Urban Council, The Action Strategy Sub Committee of DACC,
Everyone else who helped in any way.
Everyone who helped on the day.
Not a complete list; just some that come to mind
And, a very special thanks to everyone here present, whose attendance here today, makes this service such a memorable and very special occasion.
Somebody Loves You
Somebody loves you
more than you know,
Somebody goes with you
wherever you go,
and truly cares
and lovingly listens
to all of your prayers.
Don’t doubt for a minute
that this is not true,
For God loves His
Children and takes
care of them, too.
Helen Steiner Rice