"Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such deeds you will be loved." (Sirach 7:35)
The Pastoral Visit
Pastoral Care focuses on people's needs from a spiritual and theological perspective in order to help create an optimum climate for healing of body, mind and spirit. Scripture, prayer, sacraments, listening, counseling and the provision of a loving presence are offered to patients, families, and staff alike as they journey through crisis and illness.
The chaplain collaborates with priests assisting with pastoral care and facilitates volunteer pastoral care workers and visitors.
In times of sickness, people often find themselves pondering the meaning of life, inwardly searching for answers, for peace, for wholeness, for God. The Pastoral Care Visitor provides the patient with an opportunity to voice his/her anxieties, fears and hopes, and helps him/her to look at them from a spiritual perspective.
It is the hope and prayer of the Pastoral Care Team that those ministered to will experience the love and compassion of our God.
Pastoral Care seeks to provide that spiritual dimension to help patients find meaning and purpose in what's happening, by allowing expression of their fears, concerns, and needs to a listening and understanding heart. In doing so, Pastoral Care attempts to bring that healing presence which is so often needed and wanted.
Sandra Kary, Executive Director of Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan wrote a series of articles about the health care system in 2011, for the Prairie Messenger under the banner of Catholic Connections (a provincial committee that gathers to network and discuss the common concerns and celebrations in both ministries). To read any of these articles, just click on the title below.