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Pause for Hope

 October 6th saw a packed church in St Teresa’s Possil for an ecumenical gathering of prayer for all touched by cancer. Founded in 1998 and already celebrated in various English cathedrals, this was the sixth Scottish celebration of Pause for Hope an initiative of Professor Ray Donnelly, Noel’s brother, a retired professor of surgery in Liverpool.

The Glasgow gathering included patients, families, carers, medical and scientific support workers, all gathered to take time out in prayerful mutual support. The evening was introduced by Professor Donnelly and was prepared by Sister Loyola and facilitated by the Knights of St Columba with Noel providing reflective harp music during the moving ceremony of candles. Patricia McGlinchey conducted the East End Deanery choir throughout the evening as well as giving a beautiful solo rendering of Schubert’s Ave Maria.

Prayers were led by people with cancer or their representatives and by national ecumenical leaders. Archbishop Phillip’s letter of support indicated his desire to lead the service next year.

With the final blessing, Fr Tommy Hendry sent us all off for tea and mutual support with his usual positive and joyful sense of God’s loving presence in whatever lay ahead in our journeys together

Blessing: Noel’s setting of ‘May the Lord bless and keep you..’