Around a dozen women and men gathered in the rectory in Ballymagorry, on Wednesday afternoon, for a special Service of Holy Communion for Widows and Widowers.
The Service, which was followed by afternoon tea, was the brainchild of the Rector of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong, Rev Canon Paul Whittaker. It was one of two such services held at the Rectory this week, as part of the Parishes’ pastoral care, and the events were co-hosted by Canon Whittaker’s wife, Carol.
The Services were very moving experiences for all those present. At each one, a candle was lit and the name of each of those present’s partner was read out individually.
Canon Whittaker says he hopes to make the Services an annual feature of pastoral care and outreach in Leckpatrick and Dunnalong.