Chaplaincy Services

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”

- James 5:14-16

Pastoral Care Ministry

This chaplaincy provides various opportunities for worship services for residents of the institutions.

In Corner Brook there are regularly scheduled Eucharistic celebrations (Mass) at the Long Term Care Facility and at the Mountainview Seniors Home. Due to the nature and location of these Masses, some of those who attend are from different denominations and, with Christian charity, all are welcomed to praise God as one Body of Christ. This is especially so in those locations where the Catholic Mass is the only church service available.

Mass schedule, effective Oct.2, 2012, is:
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00am at the Long-Term Care Seniors Home
1st Thursday of the the month, 10:30am at Mountainview Seniors Home
Regularly scheduled Interdenominational Worship Services are provided as follows:
at Western Memorial Hospital every second Thursday at 4pm on the Medical Discharge Unit on the 5th floor.
at the Long-Term Care Seniors Home each Wednesday at 1:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room on the 1st floor. This service is for residents from the 3rd and 4th floors.
at the Long-term Care Seniors Home each Thursday at 1:30pm on the 2nd floor. The VAC residents from the 1st floor attend also.
at the Bungalows at the top of Wheelers Road each Thursday at 2:30pm.
The majority of ministry time involves visits to the Roman Catholic patients, both acute-care (short stay) and chronic-care (long stay) at the hospital and long-term care facilities. In this difficult time of sickness and incapacity, a smiling face, a ray of hope, and the presence of prayer and God can be so reassuring. Just knowing that the Church cares enough to be present for them spiritually often hastens their recovery. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus, there is a book of prayers available to give to each patient. A list of patients in hospital is provided daily. The sacraments of Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation, as well as Holy Communion are offered. Most patents just want a prayer or a blessing.

Thankfully a few of the religious sisters and the priests visit occasionally to help in this vital ministry. There are a few lay pastoral ministers who help out as well. We are always looking for more volunteers in this ministry. Volunteers are needed to bring Holy Communion, especially in the long-term care facilities. Also, volunteers are needed to help bring the patients from their rooms to the worship places and to return them afterwards.

For anyone interested in volunteering, training is available. Contact the cathedral parish at 634-5161.