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Catholic Health Care

February 11, 2018
World Day of the Sick

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Catholic health care has been an integral part of the Church’s pioneering and evangelizing ministry in southern Alberta that precedes the founding of the province.  Inspired by the charisms of religious congregations, many of these Catholic health ministries continue to enrich the lives of Albertans today bringing important spiritual and ethical dimensions to our health care system.
 
Our Catholic ministries are a vital part of the Church’s response to the needs of our aging population, providing healthy environments and services to help seniors flourish as active and vibrant contributors to our community, as well as care for those who face the difficult challenges that come with declining health.  I am extremely grateful for the work of our parish pastoral care volunteers and the Catholic organizations such as Father Lacombe Nursing Home and the Covenant family of providers – Covenant Health, Covenant Care and Covenant Living.
 
As providers of hospital care, seniors’ care, outreach services and palliative care, our Catholic health providers continue the healing ministry of Jesus upholding the sacredness of life and honoring the vital link between spirituality and healing as women and men follow their calling to serve each other with compassion and respect.
 
In recent years, Covenant Care and Covenant Living’s service to our Diocese has grown. Since 2013, Covenant Care has expanded its supportive living and hospice care to three sites in Calgary—Holy Cross and St. Marguerite Manors located in the Evanston neighborhood, and St. Teresa Place in the Redstone neighborhood. In the past year, Covenant Living has also established a retirement living community in Calgary at Evanston Summit with suites and apartments for seniors. These are welcome additions to our Catholic community.

Pope Francis in his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick writes, “… the work of Catholic religious congregations and dioceses and their hospitals is aimed not only at providing quality medical care, but also at putting the human person at the centre of the healing process…”

I encourage you to visit and learn more about these caring communities that live out our Catholic faith and tradition with fidelity and compassion.  Let us keep healthcare leaders, caregivers, and the people they serve in our prayers.

Yours in Christ,


† Most Reverend William T. McGrattan, D.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary

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World Day of the Sick

In his Message for this year’s World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis looks to the Cross of Christ for redemption from suffering and to Mary as Mother of the Church, a mother who looks out for all her children. The Pope’s example of practical accompaniment of the sick, the dying and the elderly is shown in his frequent visits to hospitals, seniors’ homes and in his loving attention to the sick and people with disabilities who come to his weekly audiences. Accompanying and encountering the sick are watchwords of his ministry of mercy, and an example of how Mary looks after her children. We, too, can support the sick through many different organizations and in many varied ways:

  • We can work politically to ensure that our health care and social service systems will focus on not only direct medical services, but will also strive to improve the social determinants of health.
  • In order to optimize infant and child healthcare and to be intentional about disease prevention as life begins, we can make political demands in their interests.
  • We can also support the claims of those employed in health care and social services who are overworked or underpaid.

From the Catholic viewpoint of improving the common good, we must ask whether our national budgetary provisions for health care are sufficient? If not, are those who are more financially secure willing to pay more so that others may benefit, beyond accepting an already somewhat heavy tax burden?

We are becoming more aware of regional injustices, even at the level of not having clean water available – in Canada! In 2018! We know this need not be, so we are challenged to respond.

  • Some will be called to take political and social action to improve our health systems on behalf of the sick, as above.
  • Some are called to be of great practical assistance to the sick, the frail and the elderly. volunteering in hospices, in hospitals and long-term care homes.
  • Some participate in athletic and other events to raise awareness for specific charities and causes, at the same time persuading other people to support those causes financially.
  • Many people are involved professionally in responding to the needs of the poor, the homeless, the elderly, those with addictions and so on, and many give their time and talents in other ways – financially, personally and spiritually through donating, volunteering, praying and raising awareness through their personal witness and commitment.

At an international level, Canada contributes large amounts in government aid to many countries and organizations, and many of us do so in a smaller way, through financial support of organizations that help medically and socially.

  • Instead of birthday gifts, we can ask for a well (or part of one!) to be built in a developing country; we can ‘send’ friends some goats, pigs or chickens – redirected, of course, to a family who will benefit directly from them.
  • We can send medical supplies and educational materials through organizations such as Chalice, based in Nova Scotia, while many hospitals such as St. Joseph’s in Hamilton send medical teams with suitable supplies to help in countries in need, in this case, Haiti

We can be inspired by many local examples of accompanying and encountering the sick in the spirit of Pope Francis. Here are a few examples that have struck me recently:

  • In the Archdiocese of Québec, teams of two are going out to visit the sick, the lonely and the vulnerable – all people who need our special care and attention, even more so in today’s world.
  • I have a priest friend who started to visit the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, making himself available for conversation to anyone who would like to chat. Being ‘listened to’ is a great gift, and another form of accompanying the sick.
  • I just heard recently from two sisters I know who have left their full-time careers to look after their other sister with early signs of dementia, in order to keep her at home in her own surroundings and involved in family life as long as possible.

We all know parish nurses who look after the elderly, the housebound and the sick in their local areas and who include prayer, a spiritual dimension and parish ‘talk’ in their visits, which many homebound people miss.

I am sure there are countless examples we can all give of how we accompany and encounter the sick, and Pope Francis reminds us that the prime example is Mary. She stood at the foot of the Cross, sorrowing no doubt, but she was THERE, accompanying Jesus to the end. Aware of this, it is natural that we should turn to her for encouragement in our accompanying and encountering those who need it support!

Mary, Help of the Sick, pray for us!

Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD
Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute


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Diocese of Calgary Catholic Health Care Facilities

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Calgary Facilities

Children's Hospital, 288 Shaganappi Trail NW

Foothills Medical Centre, 1403 - 29 St NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Ephrem Kardouh (403) 205-0121 Pager
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Gabriel Arihi (587)703-0848
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Michael Storey (403) 703-5407 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Peta Collings (403) 944-1681 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Fran Duffy (403) 944-1681 Bus

Peter Lougheed Centre, 3500 - 26 Ave NE

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Tewelde Paulos (403) 370-2089 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Jos Tom (403) 479-1019 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Wendie Pilkington (403) 943-4947 Bus

Rockyview General Hospital, 7007 - 14 St SW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Terry Connolly (403) 219-4462 Pager
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Tewelde Paulos (403) 370-2089 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Micheline Pare (403) 943-8750 Bus

South Health Campus Hospital, 4448 Front St. SE

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Clauber Lima (403) 796-7296 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Jack Teunissen

 

Nursing Homes in Calgary

Agecare Glenmore, 1729 - 90 Ave. SW (403) 253-8806 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Mass Coordinator: Susan Duckett  

AgeCare Lake Midnapore, 500 Midpark Way SE (403) 873-2600 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Rita Gerwing (403) 254-6878 Parish (St. Patrick's)

AGECARE Walden Heights, 250 Walden Drive SW (403) 873-2600 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Rita Gerwing (403) 254-6878 Parish (St. Patrick's)

Bethany Care Centre, 916 - 18A St NW (403) 284-6023 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Pius X Parish (403) 289-3602 Parish, 

Bowcrest View Nursing Home, 5927 Bowness Rd NW (403) 288-2373 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Bowview Manor, 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW (403) 288-4446 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746 

Brentwood Nursing Home, 2727 - 16 Ave NW (403) 289-2576 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Care West - Colonel Belcher Care Centre, 1939 Veterans Way NW (587) 287-3937 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Nathan Siray
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Care West - Glenmore Park, 6909 - 14 St. SW (403)258-7650 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinators: Gill & Gwen Fagnou 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bonaventure Parish (403) 278-7556 

Care West - Royal Park, 4222 Sarcee Rd SW (403) 240-7475 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Catherine Peet 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish (403) 243-2680 Bus

Care West - Signal Pointe (Dementia) 6363 Simcoe Rd SW (403) 240-7950 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Elaine Brackenbury 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Holy Name Parish (403) 249-7764 

Cedars Villa, 3330 - 8 Ave SW (403) 249-8915 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Mike Fitzsimmons 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

Chinook Care Centre, 1261 Glenmore Trail SW 

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Anthony's Parish (403) 252-1137

Clifton Manor, 4726 - 8 Ave SE (403) 272-9831 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Marie Muyers 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Holy Trinity Parish (403) 272-1258

Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre - Care West, 722 - 16 Ave NE (403) 230-6937 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Yvonne Hayne (403) 700-7470 Cell

Revera Evergreen, 2220 - 162 Ave SW (403) 201-3555 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rita Gerwing 
  • Roman Catholic Contact:  St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Fr. Lacombe Nursing Home, 332 - 146 Ave SE (403) 254-6282 Bus

  • Site Pastoral Care Coordinator: Cassandra Coster 
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rosalie Cote Vandermmer
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403)254-6878

Garrison Green - Care West, 3108 Don Ethell Blvd SW (403) 944-0100

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Catherine Peet 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 243-2680

George Boyack Nursing Home, 1203 Centre Ave NE (403) 267-2750 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (403) 265-7926

Holy Cross Manor, 70 Evanspark Manor NW (587)230-7070 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: De-Anne Richter: (587) 230-2708 Direct Line

Mayfair Nursing Home, 824 Collicut St SW (403) 252-4445 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Mary Sylven 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Gerard’s Parish (403) 253-2251

McKenzie Towne Care Centre, 80 Promenade Way SE

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Albert the Great Parish (403) 257-6054 Church

Millrise Place, 14911 - 5 St SW (403) 410-9155 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rita Gerwing 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Revera Evergreen, 2220 - 162 Avenue SW (403) 201-3555 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Albert the Great Parish (403) 257-6053 Church

Royal Park - Care West, 4222 Sarcee Rd SW (403) 240-7475 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Catherine Peet 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 243-2680 

Shawnessy Lodge, 30 Shannon Pl SW (403) 256-4036 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rita Gerwing 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Southwood Care Centre, 211 Heritage Way SE (403) 252-1194 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Cecilia's Parish (403) 252-2790 Church

Spruce Lodge, 1055 Bow Valley Dr. NE (403) 266-2630 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Terry Connolly (403) 219-4462 Pager

Staywell Manor Village, 174 Ypres Green SW (403) 242-4688 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish (403) 243-2680

St. Marguerite Manor, 110 Evanspark Manor NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: De-Anne Richter (587) 230-7070 Bus (587) 955-9788 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Caroline Johnson (403) 275-2240 Church

Wentworth Court, 5717 - 14 Ave SW (403) 686-8777 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Nidia McIntosh 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

Wentworth Manor, 5709 - 14 Ave SW (403) 686-8777 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Nidia McIntosh 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

Hospices within Calgary

Agape Hospice, 1303 - 8 Ave NW (403) 202-6588 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591

Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail SW (403) 252-0141 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Anthony's Parish (403) 252-1137

Dulcina Hospice, 110 Evanspark Manor NW (587) 230-5639 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Giovanni Di Vincenzo 
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Caroline Johnson 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Ascension Parish (403) 275-2240 Parish

Rosedale Hospice, 920 - 7A St NW (403) 284-5195 Bus

  • Site Chaplain: Darrin Parkin (403) 289-5195 EXT. 332
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591

Sarcee Hospice - Care West, 3504 Sarcee Rd SW (403) 685-6460 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish (403) 243-2680

Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Dr SE (403)255-4969 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Freda Abday 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Cecilia's Parish (403) 252-2790

 


Health Care Facilities Outside Calgary 

LETHBRIDGE

Lethbridge Regional Hospital, 960 - 19 Ave South, Lethbridge (403) 388-6024 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Alphonse Narisetty (403) 952-7581 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Annella Wehlage 

St. Michael's Health Centre, 1400 - 9 Ave South, Lethbridge (403) 382-6400 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Alphonse Narisetty (403) 952-7581 Cell

St. Therese Villa, 253 Soughgate Blvd, Lethbridge (403) 332-5300 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Sr. Josephine Keyzer 

MEDICINE HAT

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (403) 529-8000 Bus

  •  Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Francis Tran (403) 977-4656 Cell 

St. Joseph's Home for the Aged (403) 526-3818 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Francis Tran (403) 977-4656 Cell

BLACK DIAMOND

High Country Lodge Retirement Home, 707 Government Road, Black Diamond (403) 933-4028 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4697 Home
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Church, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

Oilfields General Hospital, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond (403) 933-2222 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4687 Home 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Church, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

Rising Sun Nursing Home, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond  (403) 933-2222 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4697 Home
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

BANFF

Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff (403) 762-2222 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Hospital Contact: St. Mary's Parish (403) 762-3450

CANMORE

Canmore Hospital, 1100 Hospital Place (403) 678-5536 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Margaret Bleakney 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Sacred Heart Parish (403) 678-5022

COCHRANE

Big Hill Lodge, 98 Carolina Dr. (403) 932-6422 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Margaret Ellenbroek 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Mary's Parish (403) 932-2944

Bethany Care Centre, 302 Quigley Dr.  (403) 932-6422

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Martha Stocker 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Mary's Parish (403) 932-2944

HIGH RIVER

High River Hospital, 560 - 9 Ave SW, High River (403) 625-2200 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Site Chaplain: Virginia Battiste
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Francis de Sales Parish (403) 601-3886
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Luella Wojcik (403) 652-7291

Medicine Tree Manor, 815, 9 Street SW, High River (403) 652-3104 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Luella Wojcik (403) 652-7291

OKOTOKS

Foothills Country Hospice (403) 938-3122 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Ron Nelson 
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 938-3122
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World Day of the Sick

This year the Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of World Day of the Sick instituted by St. John Paul II in 1992. On this 25th anniversary, we return to the grotto at Lourdes, where the first World Day of the Sick began. Pope Francis in his message for World Day of the Sick this year reminds us that, “Like Saint Bernadette, we stand beneath the watchful gaze of Mary. The humble maiden of Lourdes tells us that the Virgin, whom she called the Lovely Lady, looked at her as one person looks at another. Those simple words describe the fullness of a relationship. Bernadette, poor, illiterate and ill, felt that Mary was looking at her as a person. The Lovely Lady spoke to her with great respect and without condescension.

This reminds us that every person is, and always remains, a human being, and is to be treated as such. The sick and the those who are disabled, even severely, have their own inalienable dignity and mission in life. They never become simply objects. If at times they appear merely passive, in reality that is never the case.

After her visit to the Grotto, thanks to her prayer, Bernadette turned her frailty into support for others. Thanks to her love, she was able to enrich her neighbours and, above all, to offer her life for the salvation of humanity. The fact that the Lovely Lady asked her to pray for sinners reminds us that the infirm and the suffering desire not only to be healed, but also to live a truly Christian life, even to the point of offering it as authentic missionary disciples of Christ.

Mary gave Bernadette the vocation of serving the sick and called her to become a Sister of Charity, a mission that she carried out in so exemplary a way as to become a model for every healthcare worker. Let us ask Mary Immaculate for the grace always to relate to the sick as persons who certainly need assistance, at times even for the simplest of things, but who have a gift of their own to share with others.”

This year, we also thank Bishop Henry for all his support and leadership in the Health Care Ministry within our diocese. Bishop Henry has been at the forefront of many ethical and moral debates in health care in our province, always advocating for respect for human dignity from the womb to the tomb. Bishop Henry has been a guiding beacon of insight and light in sometimes the darkest of times, when human dignity and life were challenged to the max.

Our Health Care Apostolate of the Diocese has been immensely blessed with Bishop Henry’s support in continually providing designated priest chaplains to Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat for Pastoral Care of the sick, elderly and dying. The department also has enjoyed much support in allowing us to provide ongoing training and education for all our staff and volunteers in the diverse areas of holistic health care.

Thank you Bishop Henry for your unwavering support and guidance since your arrival as our Bishop in 1998! On behalf of all of us in the Health Care Apostolate, God bless you and keep you in your retirement years.

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World Day of the Sick 2017

Message of our Holy Father, Pope Francis for the 25th World Day of the Sick

Dear brothers and sisters,

On 11 February next, the Twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick will be celebrated throughout the Church and in a special way at Lourdes. The theme of this year's celebration is "Amazement at what God has accomplished: 'The Almighty has done great things for me...'" (Lk 1:49). Instituted by my predecessor Saint John Paul II in 1992, and first celebrated at Lourdes on 11 February 1993, this Day is an opportunity to reflect in particular on the needs of the sick and, more generally, of all those who suffer. It is also an occasion for those who generously assist the sick, beginning with family members, health workers and volunteers, to give thanks for their God-given vocation of accompanying our infirm brothers and sisters. Read more


Downloadable resources

Pope Francis' message (in French, click here)

download Prayer Cards

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