Spiritual Services

“I believe in the Sun – even when it does not shine; I believe in Love – even when it is not shown; I believe in God – even when God does not speak.”

 

Spirituality is a guiding force in many people’s lives, and it plays a significant role in health and happiness. Affinity Health System understands the need for holistic care—care for the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Our Spiritual Services department provides caring chaplains who attend to the spiritual side of our patients’ well-being. We welcome and respect all faiths and beliefs and work very hard to meet everyone’s personal needs.  Our chaplains are on call 24 hours a day to help bring awareness, hope, forgiveness, peace, reconciliation, healing, acceptance and love into people’s lives.

A chaplain is available through the Affinity Spiritual Services department at St. Elizabeth Hospital, (920) 738-2655, and Mercy Medical Center, (920) 223-0120.

What Affinity Chaplains Offer

Affinity Health System chaplains provide companionship and emotional support to patients, families and staff. We offer ongoing visits, prayer, sacraments and grief support. We also conduct interfaith worship services and memorial services.

When you contact a chaplain for help, you can expect:

  • confidentiality
  • good listening skills
  • acceptance and understanding
  • emotional and spiritual support
  • information and guidance about medical ethics questions, including organ donation, life support decisions, end-of-life issues and other questions
  • grief support in living with death and loss

When Should I Call a Chaplain?

Spiritual Services can help when patients, family members or staff members feel emotions such as anger, anxiety, denial, fear, grieving, hopelessness, post-traumatic stress or other spiritual questions or problems. Such emotions can occur because of a change in environment, a troubling diagnosis, pain and suffering, death, financial hardship and other stressful situations.

Signs of spiritual distress may include:   

  • feelings of hopelessness, despair, emptiness, fear, resentment, guilt and shame
  • lack of self-esteem or confidence
  • pain and suffering
  • inability to trust
  • depression
  • denial
  • substance abuse
  • history of abuse or neglect
  • moral or ethical conflicts
  • unresolved feelings about death and dying
  • alienation, avoidance or withdrawal from God and other people
  • role change or identity crisis
  • emotional detachment
  • grief and loss     

Chapels

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh is open 24 hours a day for prayer and meditation. The chapel celebrates Catholic Liturgy on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The service is broadcast in the hospital over closed circuit television. Protestant service is pre-recorded and broadcast on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

The St. Elizabeth of Hungary Chapel and meditation room, located on the first floor of the hospital near the gift shop, is open 24 hours a day for prayer and meditation. The chapel celebrates Catholic Liturgy with Eucharist Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m. The service is broadcast in the hospital over closed circuit television. We rebroadcast the Green Bay diocesan mass for shut-ins Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Contact

A chaplain is available through the Affinity Spiritual Services department at St. Elizabeth Hospital, (920) 738-2655, and Mercy Medical Center, (920) 223-0120.

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