The theme of Support Life Sunday on 10 October is “Supporting and honouring health carers.” This year’s focus acknowledges the work of health carers, including family carers and health professionals, who are on the front line in supporting and protecting life.
The change of name and focus to Support Life Sunday recognises that we need to move beyond political debate or legal argument and extend to active, practical support for people facing a range of life challenges at the beginning of life, throughout life, and at the end of life.
Health carers are currently under intense pressure because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as experiencing the impact of recent changes to New Zealand’s abortion and euthanasia legislation. Health carers are also witnesses to the ongoing impact on health and life of poverty, exclusion, attitudes towards disabilities, and addictions.
This year, health carers in various roles share their stories. Kathleen Field, Hospital Chaplain at Palmerston North Hospital is one of those who speaks about her experiences. Read her story here.
Pope Francis has acknowledged and thanked health carers in many statements throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s Support Life Sunday resources share the stories of health carers who are examples of people who support life in their homes, jobs and careers. Each of our parishes and communities has many such examples. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and support those who support life.
Resources available at https://www.catholic.org.nz/resources/support-life-sunday-2021/