Pastoral Care is the unconditional caring response to the lonely, shut-ins, the sick and dying to meet their spiritual needs, being respectful of their own religious beliefs and practice. This course will introduce you to the basic visiting skills for visiting in the health care facilities or parish.
Pastoral Care Course Start-up Information
7 Thursday Evenings
May 3 to June 14, 2018
St. Cecilia's Parish
321 - 90 Ave SE, Calgary
TENTATIVE Course Outline
- Session 1: Theological Reflections & Overview of Pastoral Care
- Session 2: Pastoral Care skills; Patient in Care Act, boundaries and Elder Abuse
- Session 3: Prayer & spirituality; Ministry to the Elderly & Elder Abuse
- Session 4: Eucharistic Ministries to the Sick; Elder Abuse; Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
- Session 5: Death & Dying; Loss & Grief
- Session 6: Caring with Compassion
- Session 7: Confidentiality & Screening; Catholic Health Ethics Guide
Course cost is $50.00. Registration is on first-come basis. You must be able to attend the first session. All other sessions are also mandatory, however, they can be made up if you have to miss one. Your course binder and your receipt will be issued at the first class. Please bring something to write with to the sessions.
You can register in two ways:
1) Register & PAY online here. You will also need to complete the Pastoral Care Education Registration Form. You can download it from the second box on the right. It can be returned by one of the methods indicated on the form.
2) Via Mail. Use the Pastoral Care Registration Form and send it in with a a cheque for $50.00 payable to "RC Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary" to the address below.
Thank you for your interest in Pastoral Care Education. Please remember to submit your manual Registration Form to complete your registration.
For more information contact Alicia at 403-218-5501, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in Furthering your Pastoral Care Education?
If you are interested in furthering your Pastoral Care Education but find it difficult to attend a college or university, CPSP.org offers online programs that could be just what you are looking for. The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) has been in existence since 1995. CPSP is an international, theologically-based covenant community dedicated to "Recovery of Soul."
CPSP offers credentials such as:
- Diplomate in Pastoral Psychotherapy
- Diplomate in Pastoral Supervision
- Pastoral Counselor
- Associate Pastoral Counselor
- Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain
- Board-Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain
- Clinical Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care
- Associate Hospice & Palliative Care
- Clinically-Trained Minister
For more information, visit www.CPSP.org
Please note: this program is not a substitute for the prerequisite Diocesan Pastoral Care Course that enables parishioners to partake in Pastoral Care within the Diocese of Calgary.
With an impending retirement, we often pause to take stock of our accomplishments. Leaving a legacy is about life and living; creating meaning in our lives. How do you live a full and meaningful life? Each of us answers that question differently.
One legacy that we are very grateful to Bishop Henry for, and that will live on for many years to come, is St. John Vianney in Providence Care Centre. This is a unique care centre that provides medical and health care services for senior adults and retired priests in a home-like setting which encourages relationships, independence and dignity through spiritual, physical, social and recreational programs.
Like all the neighbourhoods in Providence Care Centre, the priests living in St. John Vianney have developed a community they call their own; a place to enjoy their meals; their own personal suite furnished with special mementoes that form their legacy; several gathering areas for social time; a small dedicated chapel; and access to all that Providence Care Centre has to offer.
On January 11, 2017 Bishop Henry imparted a blessing on Providence Care Centre, and all in attendance. More than 100 guests took part in the moving ceremony. Now that the Providence Care Centre is complete and fully operational, the push now shifts toward the fundraising efforts to build a chapel at the northeast corner of Providence Care Centre, looking out on the beautiful Fish Creek Provincial Park.
As Bishop Henry enters retirement, he will be remembered for the legacy he created at Providence Care Centre. It will live on for generations to come.
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.
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
For Catholic Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, Chiropractors, Chaplains, Pastoral Care Workers, etc.).
The committee meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. An annual general meeting for all members takes place in the spring.
The mission of the Society is to promote and foster Health Care Professionals' personal and professional growth in the Spirit of Christ and to bring that Spirit to all those under their care.
Societal goals include the provision of a forum for Catholic Health Care Professions within which they can examine the provision of care in our society. Through personal formation, they can bring the Spirit of Christ into the context of their practices and build a framework of care. This framework will incorporate the teaching of the Catholic Church into daily professional practice.
The CCMA is open to and inclusive of all Health Care Professionals including physicians, nurses, clinical counsellors, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, clergy especially hospital chaplains, as well as lay persons dedicated to hospital pastoral care.
The goals of the society are promoted through regular monthly meetings as well as special events, conferences which highlight bioethical and other formative topics.
The society encourages a liason with other Catholic medical and healthcare organizations such as the Catholic Medical Association and participation in meetings and periodicals, as well as links with other similarly orientated organizations in Canada and the United States.
The CCMA functions within the Diocese of Calgary with the Bishop's support through the Life and Family Resource Center.
The CCMA is represented on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.
Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada: www.ccbi-utoronto.ca
The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA: www.ncbcenter.org
The Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies: www.canadiancatholicphysicians.com
Canadian Physicians for Life: www.physiciansforlife.ca
Catholic Medical Association (USA): www.cathmed.org
Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA): www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca
For more information or to join, please contact the Life & Family Resource Centre by e-mail or call 403-218-5504.