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Sacred Heart Hospital's Pastoral Care staff offers spiritual and emotional support to patients regardless of religious beliefs. Patients may receive Holy Communion.  A priest or chaplain is on call 24 hours for you and your family. The Chapel is open at all times to people of all faiths. Mass is celebrated Monday – Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  Holy Day Masses may vary; please inquire at the Information Desk. All Masses and Liturgical services may be viewed on Channel 56. Chapel service times are posted outside the Chapel doors.  Morning prayer is prayed over the loudspeaker daily.

Pastoral Counseling
The Pastoral Care staff is available to you and your family to offer spiritual aid, encouragement, and comfort. Sacramental and professional confidentiality will be maintained. If you need to talk to a member of the Pastoral Care staff, please call:

  • Father John Hilferty - 610-776-4513
  • Chaplain Carolee Gifford – 610-663-3357

The Sacrament of Christian Anointing
The Anointing of the Sick, first mentioned in the letter of James, is a Sacrament of Faith. It strengthens the faithful in their times of illness and advanced age and enables them to join their pain and suffering to their Lord and Savior. The seriously ill patients suffering from severe injury, trauma, or heart disease; individuals in intensive care or those preparing to undergo major surgery; and the aged are encouraged to request this Sacrament. The Sacrament of Christian Anointing and the Sacrament of Reconciliation may be administered by the priest any time of the day when informed by the nursing personnel or a member of the Pastoral Care team.

The Bible
There is a bible in every patient’s room.  If you need any further spiritual resources, please let your chaplain know.

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