Spiritual Care - Services
Because of COVID-19, many Church Services and Gatherings have been postponed. Please contact Spiritual Care at 519-646-6100, ext 66029 to confirm events are happening.
St. Joseph's Hospital
At St. Joseph’s Hospital, spiritual care is provided by either referral or request as spiritual or emotional concerns arise. Often, this comes in relation to receiving a new diagnosis, living with chronic disease or when trying to find meaning during transition or loss.
- Celebration of Life – COPD Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- COPD Rehab education (“Green Programming”)
- Monthly Roman Catholic Mass
- Meditation in the Multi-Faith Prayer room at 12:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
This chapel is located on the 2nd floor of St. Joseph's Hospital, off the main corridor of Zone E. This chapel, built by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded the hospital, is protected as a heritage site.
- Roman Catholic masses are held the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 pm.
Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care
Spiritual care practitioner supports residents, family and staff through difficult times, including admission, crisis, loss or impending loss, ethical decisions, religious rites, and services.
• Prayer and rosary group (English and Portuguese)
• Guided meditation
• Poetry and Spirit group, other reflective spirituality formation groups on occasion
• Hymn sing
• Church services
Celebration of Life Service
This service honours the lives of the residents, staff and family members who died in the past year. It offers spiritual and emotional care to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved one and are in the midst of their grief process.
Our Lady of Hope Chapel
This chapel is located off the Town Square beside the auditorium on the main floor of the Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.
• Roman Catholic Masses on Wednesdays at 10:15 am and Sundays at 10:45 am.
• Service of Benediction on Wednesdays, preceding the Mass at 10:00 am
• Ecumenical service, led by various members of the community clergy, on Friday mornings at 10:44 am
• Lutheran Eucharistic Service held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:40 am
Parkwood Institute’s Main Building
A team of spiritual care practitioners support those in Complex Care, Palliative Care, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics and Veterans' Care programs. Meditation group is held every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 am to12 pm in the 5th Floor Chapel.
Hymn sing is held every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. For those who are not able to attend, the program can be viewed on in-house TV, channel 78.
Special services are celebrated throughout the year such as World Day of Prayer, Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas.
Weekly spirituality groups are also offered.
The Sacrament of the Sick is available upon request either individually or communally.
Celebration of Life Service for patients of all programs who passed away at Parkwood Institute are remembered in a twice-yearly service, which is held in the spring and fall.
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, located in the Western Counties Wing, offers a warm and inviting sacred space for people to gather for communal worship or individual reflection and prayer. It is also used for funerals and other services.
Services in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd
- Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 9:45am For those who are not able to attend, service can be viewed on in-house TV, channel 96.
- Ecumenical Service is held every Sunday at 2 pm. For those who are not able to attend, service can be viewed on in-house TV, channel 96.
- Hymn Sing is held every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. For those who are not able to attend, the program can be viewed on in-house TV, channel 78.
The Multi-Faith Chapel located on the fifth floor, is designed to affirm the beauty and wonder of life with an arc of windows flooding the room with natural light, and providing a beautiful view of the sky and gardens.
- Meditation group is held every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 to 11:45 am.
There are a variety of services available to residents, patients, staff and visitors throughout the year at Parkwood Institute. In addition to Roman Catholic mass celebrated every Sunday, community congregations take their turn leading ecumenical services in the Parkwood Auditorium. One well known tradition, established for over thirty years, is the Hymn Sing. This musical program of hymns and inspirational songs is led by volunteers in collaboration with the Spiritual Care Department.
There are also special services celebrated throughout the year such as Memorial Services, Celebration of Life services, World Day of Prayer, Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. The Sacrament of the Sick is available upon request either individually or communally. The Spiritual Care staff help facilitate the celebration of rituals and worship from a variety of faith backgrounds upon request.
Qualified chaplains work in a multitude of ways. They offer spiritual care to patients and families during hospitalization and residency, staff support, serve as advocates for patients and residents and serve as a link between the hospital and local faith communities
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care
The Spiritual Care Department is located on the main floor (level 2) just off of the downtown area. It includes the Chapel of Hope as well as a Multi-Faith Prayer Room.
Spirituality and Hope Groups
- Hope Group (spirituality discussion) is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
- Guided meditation and labyrinth walks are offered on Fridays at 11 a.m.
- A floor labyrinth is available for quiet reflective walking.
- An English translation of the Qu'ran as well as a prayer mat are available.
- The "Wall of Hope" displays a variety of patient, staff and family artistic reflections related to spirituality. This is found in the spiritual care lobby area, and is available for anyone to display their artistic talent.
- A large outdoor labyrinth is available for meditative walking (between Parkwood Institute’s Main Building and the Mental Health Care Building).
- Hymn sings are held on units G2 and H2 on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.
- Weekly spirituality groups are offered on various units.
The Chapel of Hope, is located in the Mental Health Care Building on the ground floor. The chapel and multi-faith prayer room are open 24/7 and patients, staff, and volunteers are welcome to use the space for personal reflection or prayers, and to walk the labyrinth in the prayer room floor.
Also, there are weekly opportunities available to attend ecumenical services and Roman Catholic communion and guided meditation.
Smudging is also available upon request within the multi-faith prayer room.
Services in the Chapel of Hope
- Ecumenical chapel services are held every Thursday at 11 am
- Roman Catholic Communion services are held every Sunday at 1:30 pm
Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care
At Southwest Centre, spiritual care is provided through the following programs:
- Weekly spirituality groups
- Roman Catholic sacramental and pastoral ministry on request
- Monthly smudging ceremony
- Weekly hymn sings
- Special church services as announced
The Chapel and Multi-Faith Prayer Room are located on level 1 and are open 24 hours a day. Patients, staff, and volunteers are welcome to use the space for personal reflection or prayers, and to walk the labyrinth on the prayer room floor.
- Roman Catholic Communion, the fourth Friday of the month, 1 p.m. in the Chapel with Sr. Mary
- Church Service, second and fourth Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
- Smudging, first Wednesday night at 6 p.m.