Ware - The community is invited to attend an interfaith service of prayer, music, and reflection for those touched by cancer to be held on Sunday, November 2, beginning at 2:00 pm at All Saints Church, 17 North Street in Ware. The service is sponsored by the Baystate Regional Cancer Satellite Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and All Saints Church.
“This event is for all who have been touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, friends, and family, and will offer a special time of reflection, prayer, support and fellowship for all,” said Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker at the hospital.
“A community of faith is an important partner in life and a powerful ally in times of crisis, change, joy, sorrow, or illness,” said Sister Angela Deady of All Saints Parish. “Coming together as a faith-filled community can help to diminish feelings of isolation and loneliness and provide those in need with hope, comfort and strength.”
St. Onge noted that Reverend Mark Stelzer, Ph.D., will be the key note speaker at the Celebration of Hope and Healing. Reverend Seltzer is the College Chaplain and Associate Professor of Humanities at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Springfield; he also serves as on-call chaplain for Baystate Medical Center.
The special event will include music led by local musicians, the Brimfield Area Master Singers, Inc. and organist and performer, Barry Mongeon. Dr. Charles E Cavagnaro III, President, Baystate Health Eastern Region and Dr. Mohammed S. Ahmed, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Baystate Health Eastern Region and Chief Medical Officer of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Medical Practices Eastern Region will also participate at this special event.
Following the service, refreshments will be served in the parish hall where there will be an opportunity to meet with clergy, the staff of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, friends and neighbors. The Celebration of Hope and Healing is funded by Walk of Champions. For more information regarding this service, please contact the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital at (413) 967-2241.