Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Designation assists patients and families with discussing and defining goals of care for indiividuals receiving health services that are both clinically appropriate and respectful of each person's values and beliefs. For more information Click Here.
For additional information on Advance Directives, view this article by AMERICA The National Catholic Weekly.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
If you or someone in your family is sick or in hospital and would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call your parish priest.
The Sacrament of the Sick is administered by a priest and is intended to strengthen and comfort those who are suffering serious illness, the elderly and frail, or those near the time of death.
Celebration of a Liturgy of the Word with Communion in a Care Facility
This resource is for chaplains and pastoral care teams in Care Centres, Seniors' Lodges, Nursing Homes and similar pastoral care facilities. If you have questions regarding this resource, please contact Teresa Kellendonk at (780) 469-1010.
Download Liturgy of the Word in Care Facilities 2016 (PDF, 3 pages - Booklet Format)
Health Decisions and Care at the End of Life
The Catholic Health Alliance of Canada has published a helpful reflection and education document for pastors, parishioners, patients, family members….all of us…to better understand and prepare for health care decisions at the end of life. It also clarifies Church teachings in areas that often arise as questions with families approaching end-of-life decisions: Do we have a duty to prolong life at all costs? Is deciding to stop treatment acceptable?
Download A Catholic Perspective on Health Decisions and Care at the End of Life (PDF, 12 pages)
Grief and Bereavement Support
Losing someone or something you love is very painful and is often accompanied by all kinds of emotions such as shock, sadness, anger and guilt. While these feelings can be frightening and even overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve — but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. Grief that is expressed and experienced has a potential for healing that eventually can strengthen and enrich life.;
GriefShare is a support group program for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone close.
Sessions will be offered at the following parishes:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park
Contact Sue Boyne: 780-467-5470
St. Thomas More Parish
210 Haddow Close, Edmonton
Contact Jo-Anne Ward: 780-434-6313
St. Theresa Parish
7508-29 Avenue, Edmonton
Contact Marie Dafoe: 780-463-8646
St. Anthony Parish
10661-82 Avenue, Edmonton
Contact Sr. Jane Alindajao, RVM: 780-432-0611
Good Shepherd Parish
18407-60 Avenue, Edmonton
Contact Deacon Paul Croteau: 780-487-7765
To learn more about GriefShare visit: www.griefshare.org or contact the Archdiocesan GriefShare Coordinator, Rita Sandmaier at 780-469-1010