The Department of Spiritual Care & Mission at St. Mary's recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of each person as we offer emotional support and spiritual aid, comfort and encouragement to patients, families of patients and hospital staff.
The Department of Spiritual Care & Mission is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral Services (CCAPS). The accreditation recognizes St. Mary’s commitment to maintaining the highest standard and quality of spiritual care and services for patients, families and staff. St. Mary’s is one of only 35 healthcare facilities in the country to earn this distinction.
A Catholic priest is available to administer the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Penance) and the Anointing of the Sick to members of the Roman Catholic faith as needed by patients, families and staff.
Two chapels are available within the medical center for quiet solitude or prayer. The Chapel of the Risen Christ is located on the second floor and can be accessed by taking the main lobby elevator. It is always open and people of all faiths are welcome.
The Convent Chapel is located on the first floor of the original East building. Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) is offered daily and is televised within the hospital on Channel 2.
Chaplains visit with patients and visitors throughout the medical center on a regular basis. You can request a chaplain visit through any staff member at any time.
Volunteers distribute Communion to Catholic patients daily. Protestant sacraments and rituals are also available upon request.
The Spiritual Care Department is enhanced by local clergy who volunteer their time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to provide pastoral care and support to staff, patients and families. The minister on call will answer pagers and phones for emergency and pastoral care issues.
Morning and evening prayer is said each day over the medical center’s intercom system. The morning prayer can also be accessed through the phone by dialing extension 1800. Relaxation music and scenic videos can be viewed in patients’ rooms on Channel 42.
The Support group “Navigating Grief” is offered four times throughout the year. This free course will consist of four classes covering various topics, including: the definition of grief, stages and expressions of grief, how to deal with grief and practical responses to grief. This is a great way to grow in a time of suffering and loss and to receive support from others going through the same difficult period.
No One Dies Alone (NODA) is an in-house volunteer program that offers the gift of presence, comfort, music, reading of poems and scripture, etc. to those approaching the end of life and have no family or support present for them.
For more information about the services listed above, call Spiritual Care at (304) 526-1188.
St. Mary's Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). The center provides Level I and Level II training in CPE.
To learn more about St. Mary’s CPE Center, click here.