Catholic Chaplaincy Royal Preston Hospital

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Hospital Chaplain

 

The chaplaincy team works as part of the overall health care team, but in particular within the Chaplaincy department. We seek to create an environment in which individual needs can be recognised and valued.

 

 

The purpose of the Catholic Chaplaincy team

To provide for the sacramental, spiritual, and pastoral needs of patients, relatives and staff of the Trust, specifically for those who are Catholic, but also working in conjunction with the chaplaincy team to ensure all patients, relatives and staff needs are met.

 

The Team

Fr Andrew Allman is the Hospital Chaplain, working part-time at the hospital in addition to his duties at St Clare's. Working alongside him is assistant chaplain, Sr Anne, and a team of dedicated volunteers who can visit, pray with patients and bring them Holy Communion. A priest is available on-call 24 hours a day for emergencies, and should always be contacted via the hospital switchboard. Staff on the ward will be able to help with this.

  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

 


 

Meet The Team

 
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The work we do

 

The hospital Chaplain along with his team provide spiritual, pastoral and sacramental care to patients, staff and visitors.

 

The Catholic Chaplaincy team aim to visit all wards three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with the exception of Fellview, Barton and Bleasdale which are visited on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. We visit to offer comfort and support to all patients, but with priority to the sacramental, spiritual and pastoral needs of Catholics. For many reasons we do not always get to see all patients. This maybe because a doctor or other health professional is visiting or the patient maybe having tests. If you feel that you have been missed please ask the ward staff to contact the Chaplain on your behalf.

We hope that your stay in hospital will not be long, but during your stay here, the chaplain and his team will try their best to support you in whatever way they can. Please be assured of our prayers for you during this time of uncertainty.

 

 


Hospital Chapel

 

The hospital chapel and private prayer room are always open during the day and may be used for prayer, meditation and quiet time. The hospital chapel is situated on the ground floor on the same corridor as Charters Restaurant. With your back to the lifts on the ground floor of the main hospital block turn left and walk to the first cross roads and turn right, the chapel is further down on the right hand side. The chapel is open from 06:00 hours till 17:30 hours seven days a week. At all other times the chapel can be opened by contacting security, you may use the white phone outside the chapel to make contact.

 

Worship

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the hospital chapel in a small private prayer room on the left hand side when you go in the chapel. Mass is celebrated every Monday in the chapel at 5:15pm to which everyone is welcome.

Requests for prayer

There is a prayer request book placed on the table to the left hand side of the doors as you go into the main chapel. This book is a place where requests for prayers for yourself or family and friends can be placed. During Mass these intentions are prayed for, the intentions are also prayed for during the Ecumenical Prayer Meeting on Mondays in the chapel. There are also a number of people who pray for those mentioned in the prayer request book. If you are unable to go to the chapel, one of the chaplains or volunteer visitors will be happy to enter your prayer in the book for you.

Bibles

There are a number of copies of the New Testament and Psalms provided on each ward for your use, courtesy of the Gideons. Please ask one of the ward staff if you are interested in borrowing one of these bibles.

Requests for visits

If you or a relative are in hospital and would like to see the chaplain or a member of the team, please contact the chaplaincy department on 01772 522435. In an emergency always ask the ward staff to contact the on-call priest via the hospital switchboard.

 

 


Receiving the Sacraments while in hospital

 

 

Sacrament of the Sick

A sign of life

Some people have the idea that this sacrament is like the sign of death or approaching death or only offered when all hope is lost. In fact the reverse is true: it is a sign of life, the eternal life promised by Jesus Christ, here and now as well as in the future. Christ came to show us how we can have life to the full in whatever situation we find ourselves. His Spirit, active and dynamic in our sickness and frailty as well as in our health and strength, is a real presence. The sacrament of the sick confirms this in a tangible way.

 

Advanced Years

The frailty of old age is recognised too. An older person may not be seriously ill but the years do impose burdens upon the elderly which can be difficult to adjust to and which can make the older person feel isolated and at times lonely. Again this sacrament helps and strengthens the Christians in this stage of life so that they can continue to be an active part of the family of God, for older people have so much to offer younger Christians.

 

Reconciliation / Confession

Confession is a private and sensitive matter, therefore if you would like to receive the sacrament please ask one of the ward staff or one of the volunteer visitors to arrange for the chaplain to come and see you. There is no need to mention why you would like to see the chaplain. You may not have been to confession for some time, confession does not have to be a difficult matter, but it does require some preparation. As with all things, we should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God. Then we should try to review our lives since our last confession, searching out our thoughts, words, and actions that did not conform to God's love, to His law, or to the laws of the Church. Reviewing our life this way is called an "examination of conscience," and it is a good practice for every day of our lives.

 

Holy Communion

 

The chaplaincy team bring Holy Communion to the wards on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the exception of Bleasdale, Barton and Fellview, which are visited on a Monday. If you have come into hospital between these days and would like to receive Holy Communion please ask one of the ward staff to contact the Chaplain who will arrange for you to receive Holy Communion.

 


Prayers

 

You may find these prayers helpful during your stay in hospital

 

 

Morning prayers

You are ushering in another day, untouched and freshly new. So here I am to ask you God, if you will renew me too. Forgive me the errors that I made yesterday and let me try again dear God to walk closer in your ways. But Lord, I am well aware I can't make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight, for I cannot walk alone.

 

The Angelus (Suggestion: make this a midday prayer)

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary… Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word. Hail Mary… And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Hail Mary…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray. Pour forth; we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may, by his passion and cross, be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

My God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have received from you. I am sorry that I have not made a better use of them. I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you. Forgive me, O my God, and graciously protect me this night. Blessed Virgin Mary, my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection, Amen.

 

Night Prayer

Save me, Lord while I am awake; protect me while I sleep; that I may keep watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace.

At last, all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, the light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to Israel, your people.

Glory be to the father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Save me, Lord while I am awake; protect me while I sleep; that I may keep watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace.