Pastoral Care Overview

"Directed to the spiritual needs that are often appreciated more deeply during times of illness, pastoral care is an integral part of Catholic health care."
    — Part II Introduction, Ethical and Religious Directives

Inspired by the essentiality of pastoral care, CHA stays abreast of the changing landscape of health care and identifies challenges and opportunities for delivering spiritual care in new and creative ways. Catholic health care is committed to providing holistic care in whatever setting care is being delivered. Working through its Pastoral Care Advisory Committee and collaboratively with board certifying groups, CHA is committed to integrated spiritual care and robust staffing and certification of chaplaincy. For more information about pastoral care activities, please contact Carrie Meyer McGrath, CHA Director, Mission Services.


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Specific to Pastoral Care, CHA has multiple resources offering guidance on Sacraments:
Guidelines for Sacramental Celebrations
Created with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, these guidelines offer practical ways to ensure the safe delivery of compassionate pastoral care, the appropriate provision of sacraments and safe chapel spaces for caregivers, patients and families.

Reminder of the Fundamentals for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Questions and Answers Regarding Sacramental Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic
These documents provide basic information on the Sacrament of Anointing from Canon Law and the Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, as well as the March 20, 2020, Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Plenary Indulgences. There is also a practical Q and A document to help guide the practice of chaplains in these areas. Both of these documents were reviewed and approved by the USCCB Office of Divine Worship.

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"It’s more than a directive that drives Catholic health care to pastoral and spiritual care. It is the underpinning human anthropology that calls us to cherish and attend to the full humanity of those we serve and those we work with. I stand in great awe and respect of the professional pivot that is going on, as mentioned above not only from patient more directly to associates, but also from in person to virtual or telephone. Our spiritual care providers are learning on the fly and they are soaring and bearing up so much of our ministries. There is a reason Catholic health care places such a priority on spiritual care, and the chaplains are demonstrating it right now."

— Carrie Meyer McGrath, CHA Director, Mission Services

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