"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.
Wascana Rehab Sunday at 10:30 am in the chapel Mass / lay service every Friday from September to June at 1 pm in the chapel
Pasqua Hospital Sunday at 11 am
Volunteers visit patients on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to bring them Communion and offer the support of their faith community.
There is a Mass every Sunday at 11 am.
If you have any questions about Roman Catholic Spiritual Care at the Pasqua or would like a priest to visit for the Sacrament of the Sick or Reconcilliation, please contact Lorraine Fahlman . In the case of an emergency, phone 766-2222 and ask to have the Roman Catholic Chaplain paged.
Are you called to visit the sick, elderly or homebound?
“Ministry of Care Training” (sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina) is open to all faith communities. This one-day program is an introduction to those who would like to know more about being a Spiritual Care Visitor within a health care facility but also valuable for parish/church home and nursing home ministry. The workshop will occur Saturday, September 9, 2017 – please contact Karen Ziegler at 306-766-5991 or Susan Askin at 639-625-7092 for further information or for a registration form.
THE POSITION: An ethicist, working with and for Catholic faith-based facilities in Saskatchewan, guided by the Health Ethics Guide (2012) and the ethical teaching of the Catholic Community. He/she is also responsible for the standards of ethical practice as set out in common law and common ethics within society. Six key priorities have been identified: support and guidance in ethical decision making; ethics education; ethics consultation / mentorship; ethics committee support; ethics guideline and policy development; and organizational ethics.
This position will be dedicated to the faith-based institutional members of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan in urban and rural Saskatchewan (some travel will be required). The ethicist is based out of St. Paul’s hospital and functions within the context of the Mission Integration team of SPH. The ethicist leads Catholic health care facilities in the ongoing development, implementation, evaluation and integration of an...
“Christ has no body now but yours, no hands no feet on earth but yours,” these words by St. Teresa of Avila best describe the work of Christ currently being done by the dozens of volunteers who work with the Chaplains in the Archdiocesan of Regina. These dedicated people from parishes across Regina bring the Gospel, the Eucharist, and a friendly ear to the aged, sick and dying. You will find them in the halls of Pioneer Village, Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital, the Regina General and Pasqua hospitals. Most volunteers are retired or semi-retired and want to be of service to their church and it’s people. They are caregivers in every sense of the word.
In appreciation of their efforts Archbishop Don Bolen said, “Thank you. You are the presence of the church in the lives of the sick and the suffering. You touch hearts one by one, day by day and today, because of the laws encouraging people who are ill to take their own lives, you are more important than ever.”
Archbishop Bolen spoke... Read More
I have recently received several communications expressing concern about the supposed decision of the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories to deny funerals to anyone who has died by assisted suicide. The decision is often portrayed as cold and heartless and even as a pastoral abandonment of a suffering family at a very difficult time. Many people express deep hurt and anger over this decision.
After hearing people's concerns, my first question is, “Have you read the document, or just the media reports?”
Fellow Catholics, if you learn anything from this episode, let it be this: whenever the media reports something about the church that makes you confused or frustrated, check the sources.
While some media outlets have been more careful than others, it is certainly fair to say that the impression most Canadians have is that the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have pronounced that no one who has died by assisted suicide will be permitted a...
The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) is another casualty of the provincial government’s revenue problems; it’s $85,000.00 grant will not be paid this year. “That’s about a third of budget,” said outgoing President Theresa Jelinski as she addressed CHAS’ October 20, annual meeting held in Moose Jaw.
The group received the news October 3, three months after the beginning of it’s new fiscal year. “We will have to be creative to replace that funding,” said incoming President Chris Donald in an interview with the PM. CHAS Executive Director Sandra Kary said the organization will approach the government and request at least the first quarter payment be restored. “We feel that money is still owed to us in all fairness.” Kary said the options are to increase revenue or cut costs. “We may have to do a bit of both,” said Kary. She noted the conference theme is Hope Floats, “so we’re quite hopeful that we’re going to find a way...
SANTA MARIA SENIOR CITIZENS HOME CELEBRATES END OF ONE PROJECT AND BEGINNING OF ANOTHER.
REGINA…..It took 18 months and about $180,000.00 and Santa Maria Senior Citizen Home’s oldest section is now more modern with new furniture and new windows. The windows are not only new and venting they are lower so residents can see outside while in bed or sitting in chairs. A reception was held in the home’s main floor entrance and gathering area September 14 to celebrate the end of the project.
Santa Maria was built in 1968 by the Regina Archdiocese with sponsorship from the Knights of Columbus. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Pembroke operated the facility until 1985. They continued to live in residence and provided pastoral care services until 1998. The Sisters of Our Lady of Missions moved into the residence following the departure of the Sisters of St. Joseph and continue to help with pastoral services.
Dear Members and Friends of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan:
Please consider this your invitation to the Compassionate Healers Masses, held in each of the three dioceses in Saskatchewan.
This fall marks the hosting of the 11th year in Saskatoon, and 10th in PA and Regina. We are fortunate to have the Bishop of each Diocese presiding at each Mass.
Please know that although the Eucharist will be celebrated for those of the Catholic faith, the invitation to this mass has been extended to all who support and serve in the healing ministry of Christ.
Please circulate this invitation to any of your contacts that you think might appreciate this gathering. Also attached are posters (specific diocese & all locations) that you might want to print and post in your facility, parish or place of work.
For your information, here are the dates and locations throughout the province.
The 73rd annual convention of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan will be held October 20-21, 2016 in Moose Jaw.
Our first keynote, Dr. David Kuhl, will help us to reflect on ways in which healthcare professionals can bring hope to the relationships in which they serve while meeting the challenges of an increasingly complex healthcare system. He will be followed by Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, who will provide a theological reflection on hope, exploring its deeper origins and the role it plays in our lives. Finally, we are privileged to have the opportunity to hear Mark Pickup, who has advanced multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair dependent, share the story of his journey from despair to hope as he found meaning through his Christian faith.
In addition to these three keynote speakers, we will be hosting a World Cafe. In these sessions, participants will be asked to explore a set of questions at their table before visiting another table to hear their...