For many people, faith is a vital part of their everyday lives. The need for pastoral and spiritual guidance and understanding often grows during a hospital stay. Pastoral services can be an important part of your treatment and recovery.
Physicians, nurses, and the rest of your health care team combine their talents and knowledge to serve you. The spiritual component of the healing process complements the state-of-the-art medical care you receive at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.
Pastoral Services is committed to serving all patients, their families, staff and volunteers at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, regardless of faith or creed. Professional Chaplains assist with coping strategies and provide support to those in distress. Our team can provide: counseling, a caring presence, rituals , and advocacy.
A chaplain is glad to help when you:
- are thinking about the meaning of life
- want someone to pray with you
- are facing surgery or procedures
- want to connect with a minister priest, rabbi or faith leader
- when there are family members who are worried about loved ones that are sick
- when you just cannot think of a reason, but just want to talk to the Chaplain
and you may want to call on the chaplain:
- when there is a loss
- when you are feeling lonely
- when there are feelings of helplessness
- when you feel your faith is tested
- when there are feelings of fear or doubt
- when you feel out of control
- when there is worry
- when you want someone to talk to other than family members
You may call on a chaplain when you find a need to consult with someone about any issue or personal concern. Remember it does not have to be a "religious" question, it can be about most anything. Chaplains are available to provide confidential consultation and spiritual support to patients, families and staff members.
To Request a Chaplain:
Chaplains are available for you daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. - Monday to Friday & 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sundays.
- From inside the hospital, call the Pastoral Services Office at extension 3170
- Ask your nurse for assistance, or Dial "0" for the operator who will locate a chaplain for you
Relationships With Your Clergy and Pastoral Visitors From The Community
We work closely with community clergy and pastoral visitors who minister to their parishioners or congregants in the hospital. If you indicate your denominational preference and your specific parish or congregation when you are admitted to the hospital, we will notify your church or synagogue or mosque of your hospital stay if you so desire.
Meditation and Worship in the Interfaith Chapel
With its beautiful stained glass windows you will find Hôtel-Dieu-Grace’s Chapel located north of the Ouellette St. Elevators end of the building towards Erie St. A place for quiet meditation and prayer, the chapel is open between 8am and 8 pm daily Catholic Mass is celebrated Monday – Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The chapel also is utilized for special services throughout the year.
There is a Multi-faith Prayer Room on the 5th Floor of the hospital ( Room 546) available for all patients, visitors and staff for prayer and quiet meditation.
For friends, family members and loved ones of patients who have died during a four month period of time, memorial services are held three times a year on a weekday evening. Families will receive notification in the mail of the upcoming date and time of the service.
Eucharistic Ministers distribute communion to Roman Catholic patients Monday to Friday on designate units. Each Sunday a team of Eucharistic Ministers distribute communion throughout the hospital. Should you have specific requests please feel free to contact our Pastoral Services department at Ext. 3170 to speak with a Chaplain.
HDGH Hospital respects the diversity of beliefs and stands by your right to religious freedom and privacy.