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Spiritual Care Services - St. Cloud Hospital

Spiritual care services

We are a Catholic, regional hospital whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for the people we serve in a manner that reflects the healing mission of Jesus. Spiritual and emotional support is available to you when you are:

  • Experiencing an emergency or stressful time. Facing a difficult decision.
  • Needing a friend to listen to a personal problem.
  • Anticipating surgery.
  • Coping with long-term illness.
  • Feeling abandoned.
  • Experiencing the birth of a child.
  • Dealing with loss or grief.

Hospital Chapel

All are welcome to the hospital chapel, located on the first floor between Center and Lakes entrances. The chapel remains open at all times. Anyone wishing to pray privately is welcome to do so.

Communion

Catholic patients: Holy Communion is distributed daily.

Protestant patients: Holy Communion is brought to patients by a Protestant Chaplain upon request.

Catholic Mass

Catholic Mass

Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.
Saturday 4 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

If you would like a visit from a chaplain, priest, pastor or your faith leader, please ask your nurse to contact the Spiritual Care department or dial “0” for assistance.

Our Staff

Our staff consists of Catholic priests, Protestant pastors, Catholic sisters, and lay chaplains who visit patients and respond to referrals from patients, nurses, physicians and other staff. The majority of our staff are certified through either the National Association of Catholic Chaplains or the Association of Professional Chaplains.

We are available to listen, to reflect, and to offer prayer and support as part of the healing process for our patients and their families. A Catholic priest is available to administer the Sacrament of the Sick and Reconciliation. A Protestant pastor also is available.

Spiritual Care volunteers are assigned throughout the hospital to visit patients, and offer spiritual support, prayer, and Holy Communion daily to patients and family members.

Parish Nurses

Parish Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health. Parish nursing focuses on health promotion within the parish as a whole, a family or an individual, based on standards of care and performance outlined by the American Nurses Association. Learn more about by visiting the Diocese of St. Cloud web site

End-of-Life Decisions

Beginning the Discussion...

Advances in medical technology today extend life and cure many diseases. Yet the potential benefits also may bring difficult choices for patients and families. You may feel confused about your options for certain medical treatments. At the end of life, you may fear you will have to endure painful and expensive treatments. Or you may fear you will not receive the care you need.

As your health declines, medical decisions often become more difficult. We hope this booklet will help make end-of-life decisions easier. You will need to consider how medical care will affect your life, comfort and death.

We suggest after reading this booklet, you discuss these matters with your family, doctor, clergy or other informed persons. These people should be aware of your wishes to assist you in decision making.

Download the End-of-Life Decision Making booklet (PDF)

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." - Henry Ellis

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