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Knights of Columbus Chapter Supports Samaritan Hospice Patients
Created by hospice on 12/14/2010 12:42:57 PM


Since the beginning of the Church, Catholic families have assembled a Table of Blessing for their loved ones who were gravely ill at home.

To honor that tradition, Via Lucis – the Samaritan Hospice Ministry for Catholic Patients and Families – has developed a Spiritual Support Kit for Samaritan chaplains to offer to each Catholic patient and family served by the hospice. The kit contains items of spiritual significance and tradition for Catholics at the end of life.

The special kits were made possible through generous donations from individuals and organizations.

Each spiritual kit, contained in a clear Lucite box, includes: a standing bedside crucifix donated by the Sacred Heart League; a Rosary from the Vatican blessed by Pope John Paul II and donated by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John; a Holy Water bottle; two Holy cards with a Lucite stand and a Catholic Devotional prayer book. The Holy cards were donated by the Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council No. 1179 of Mt. Holly, Paris Business Products and a Burlington County donor who wishes to remain anonymous. They include a Prayer before the Cross, a Prayer of Healing and
A Final Blessing: Prayer Upon the Death of Your Loved One. 

Marge McGinley, parish administrator at Sacred Heart, Mt. Holly and a member of the Via Lucis Committee which conceived the kits, said, “The Via Lucis Committee hopes that this lovingly assembled selection of sacramentals will help Samaritan’s Catholic patients and families find hope, grace and the solace of prayer as they support each other on their sacred journey.”

Pictured here: Marge McGinley, pastoral administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Mt. Holly and a member of the Via Lucis Committee, debuts the Spiritual Support Kit containing items of significance and tradition at the end of life to Grand Knight Jeff Romano, Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council No. 1179 of Mt. Holly whose group donated funds to help create the kits. Through generous community support, Samaritan Hospice now offers these kits to Catholic patients and families receiving Samaritan’s hospice care.