Cathedral marks World Suicide Prevention Day
An ecumenical service of remembrance and hope was celebrated in the Cathedral on Friday 9 September to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
During the service, a large candle with the letters HOPE was carried forward to the sanctuary and lighted by Rhona Kelly, founder of the Soroptimists in Mullingar. The congregation, which included many families from Westmeath and Longford, lit candles in memory of their loved ones.
Luke Dempsey spoke about the services that are available in the local community to help people who are struggling with worries and depression. He also referred to some of the signs which may help families to identify people who may be at risk.
The service was conducted by Fr Padraig Corcoran (CC Mullingar). Among the other clergy present were Rev. Alistair Graham (All Saint's Church), Rev. Stephen Lockington (Presbyterian), Fr Tom Gilroy PP Kinnegad), Fr Declan Smith (PP Taghmon) and Fr Tom Healy (Adm Longford Cathedral).
Also taking part in the service were representatives of the HSE, Living Links and members of the Mullingar Town Band, together with Gerard Lillis, Helen Hassett and John Smith.
Present in the photo (above): Fr Padraig Corcoran, Sharon Penrose, Katriona Molloy, Nicole Penrose, Helen Hassett, Sarah McCormack, Teresa O'Sullivan, Lena Shaw, Luke Dempsey and Rev. Alistair Graham.
Each person was given a memorial candle and a copy of the following "Prayer for Suicide Prevention":
"Lord, help me to take one day at a time, not modelled by the past of afraid of the future.
Shelter me from the anxieties of the unknown and help me to put aside all fearful thoughts and imaginations.
In times of need, enlighten me to see that help is near and give me the strength to reach out and let someone know.
Let there always be someone there to help me.
Lord of my today and tomorrow, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me that you and I together can't handle. Amen."