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Chaplaincy

Providence's Mission and Values compel us to care for the whole person—spirit, mind and body. Professional chaplains offer spiritual care to all who are in need. They are board certified with theological and clinical training to help patients cope more effectively. Chaplains maintain confidentiality and provide a supportive context in which patients can discuss their concerns.

Sacred Heart’s clergy and lay chaplains offer:
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural and multi-faith realities
  • Respect for patients’ spiritual or religious preferences
  • Understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and their caregivers
  • Knowledge of health care structure and dynamics
  • Accountability as part of a professional patient care team
  • Accountability to their faith groups

Contact a Chaplain

Reasons to call a chaplain include:

  • Spiritual/religious support: Do you have a need for a religious/cultural ritual or spiritual support?
  • Death/significant loss: Have you recently experienced loss or received a disheartening diagnosis?
  • End-of-life questions: Do you have questions regarding advance directives, withdrawal of life support, other ethical issues?
  • Distress: Are you or a loved one in distress (experiencing pain, tears, anxiety, sense of hopelessness or meaninglessness, not able to engage in your health care plan or struggling to cope with changes)?
  • Life changes: Are you or a loved one likely to experience significant alterations in your lives related to health condition or disturbances in the family/support system (e.g. loss, conflict, distance, domestic violence)?

Catholic Mass and Sacraments

Catholic mass is celebrated in the Main Floor chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Mass times for neighborhood parishes are posted on the chapel door. Mass is broadcast from Immaculate Heart Retreat Center through Sacred Heart’s television services. Check your patient TV guide for times and channels.

Catholic Mass

Catholic mass is celebrated in the Main Floor chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Mass times for neighborhood parishes are posted on the chapel door. Mass is broadcast from Immaculate Heart Retreat Center through Sacred Heart’s television services. Check your patient TV guide for times and channels.

Catholic sacraments including reconciliation, anointing and viaticum can be provided. Volunteer eucharistic ministers distribute Holy Communion (daily). Please call 474-2296 for either the priest or one of the chaplains if you wish to receive sacraments.

Visiting Clergy

It is very important for some patients to be supported by their own faith or cultural communities. Sacred Heart welcomes clergy, cultural representatives and pastoral visitors from faith communities to visit patients upon their request.

Registration form for parking: Please download and complete this form, and then mail it to the address provided. Your congregation will receive up to four identification badges which also serve as your free parking pass in Medical Center garages.

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient Visitors are volunteers from the community with a heart to serve and support our patients. Their primary role is to offer a compassionate presence to patients—especially those patients without family for friends. They assist with tasks such as filling water buckets, providing warm blankets, and refreshing coffee. For more information, contact the Program Educator at (509) 474-2297.

To volunteer to provide Holy Communion to patients, call Volunteer Services for more information: (509) 474-3166.