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Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Department is committed to attending to the spiritual and emotional needs of all of our patients regardless of their religious affiliations. A Chaplain will usually visit all patients to offer assistance with regard to your special religious concerns during your hospitalization. Chaplains are available to attend to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and families as well as grief and bereavement support.

Catholic patients are offered the opportunity to celebrate the Church’s Sacraments of Healing, namely the Sacrament of the Sick, Reconciliation, as well as the opportunity for daily Communion visits from our Eucharistic Ministers.

St. Francis hospital chapel

Mass is celebrated daily in our main Hospital chapel:

  • Monday - Friday at 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Saturday at 8:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
  • Sunday at 8:15 a.m.

Patients may see the Chapel and all Masses on Channel 96. Mass is also celebrated on Sunday morning in the Meditation Chapel in the Hospital at 9:15 a.m. The main Hospital chapel is open from early morning until after the evening Mass, and the Meditation Chapel is always open. Persons of all faiths are welcome in either chapel.

St. Francis Hospital offers a Sabbath Hospitality suite to meet the needs of family members of our Orthodox Jewish patients. The two bedroom, one bath suite is equipped with a kitchen and is available on a first come, first served basis. The Sabbath Room can be reserved by calling the Pastoral Care office at (516) 562-6720.

To contact a Chaplain, call the Pastoral Care office at extension 6720, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. At all other times, please dial the operator.