Earlier this month, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Palliative Care launched its much-anticipated toolkit for parishes. The free-of-cost resource is entitled Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care.


The toolkit seeks to offer support and formation for parishioners with faith communities to assist them when faced with the illness and death of loved ones, particularly through the lens of palliative care, faith and Compassionate Communities.

The release of this project took place via webinar on November 15 and 16, 2021, and was enthusiastically received by over 300 participants. The public now has free and open access to all high-quality and easy-to-use instructional material at The toolkit is available in both French and English. All material, including video files, social media images and posters for promotions, are available for direct download.

Four years ago, the CCCB Joint Ad hoc Committee on Palliative Care was formed as a response to the increasing complexities surrounding end-of-life matters in Canada, and brought together various partners expert in that field. The partners included Pallium Canada, Dominican University College, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Canada.

Link to access Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative care