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Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services is committed to serving all patients, their families, staff and volunteers at St. Mary’s General Hospital, regardless of faith, spirituality or creed. A Chapel and Spiritual Reflection Centre are located on the 3rd floor and are available to all patients, visitors and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How We Can Help

The Spiritual Care Team can assist with coping strategies and provide support to those in distress. Our diverse team can provide counselling, a caring presence, rituals and advocacy.

Our Services

The Spiritual Care office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please note some services are limited at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Urgent requests for Spiritual Care support is available after hours at St. Mary’s.

To access any Spiritual Care service, call the hospital switchboard (dial ‘0’ from an internal phone or 519-744-3311 from an outside line), or directly 519-749-6578 ext. 1175.

Each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for patients and their families.

Each Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Resurrection Chapel.

For next-of-kin of patients who have died during a three month period of time. Memorial services are held in March, June, September and December on Tuesday evenings.

Eucharistic Ministers attend and distribute communion to Roman Catholic patients Monday to Friday on designate units. Each Sunday a team of Eucharistic Ministers distribute communion to all the units.

Supervised Pastoral Education

As part of the St. Joseph’s Health System, Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) at St. Mary’s is offered in collaboration with other member organizations in Guelph, Hamilton, Brantford and Dundas. Beyond a diversity of supervisory staff, this system-wide approach affords our students placement sites ranging from acute to long-term, complex care, palliative to psychiatric, with many specialized centres of clinical practice and research. For more information about our SPE Program, please visit St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s SPE program page.