Spiritual Care for Healing and Support

Mercy Hospital's pastoral care team focuses on the spiritual and emotional needs of our patients and families regardless of religious affiliation. We believe there is a part of the human person that reaches for that which is beyond the self.

Our Pastoral Care Team & Services


Our chaplains are available daily for all patients. Formal religious affiliation is not necessary to request a chaplain. Chaplains listen, support, pray and provide counsel respecting each person’s beliefs. They can arrange to contact a patient’s clergy or faith group or simply be a quiet, comforting presence.

Our Team

  • Catholic priests are available daily to offer the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick for our Catholic patients.
  • Clergy of different faiths, including a rabbi, a Greek Orthodox priest and an imam, are available upon request.
  • Spiritual care companion volunteers provide friendly visits to our patients during the daytime.

Call the pastoral care office at 516-705-1414 for more information.

Mass is celebrated in Mercy Hospital’s chapel located on the first floor of the Kellenberg wing at the far south end of the Main Corridor. The chapel's balcony is accessible on the second floor.

  • Monday through Friday: 12:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Mass is televised on closed-circuit TV channel 99. Telecare can be seen on Channel 29. These channels are available to every patient, even those who do not subscribe for TV service.

  • Hospitality rooms are available for emergency, short-term stays or on the Sabbath for observant Jewish family members of our patients, along with electric Shabbat candles.
  • Kosher kitchen
  • Muslim prayer room
  • Nondenominational meditation room in the lobby

Good Shepherd Hospice offers information, referral and counseling for terminally ill patients and their families as well as bereavement group services for widows, widowers and adult children who have lost a parent.

Our I-CARE Values

Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.

Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.

Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.

Our Mission

We, at Catholic Health, humbly join together to bring Christ’s healing mission and the mission of mercy of the Catholic Church expressed in Catholic health care to our communities.


Role of Spiritual Care at Catholic Health


Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Catholic Health's pastoral care team welcomes prayer requests for spiritual support.