Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus places great importance on the pastoral care available to all of our patients, their families and staff, regardless of faith tradition. A chaplain’s mission, as members of a holistic healthcare team, is to provide interfaith ministry and education as well as access to spiritual resources that foster hope and promote healing. Our chaplains’ primary responsibility is to be with those who are ill and their loved ones. This occurs in the form of:
- Visits with inpatients and Emergency Department patients and their families;
- Visits with outpatients in the hospital's cancer center, dialysis unit, clinics, HIV services and substance abuse/recovery programs;
- Visits with those who are dying or the family members of those who have died;
- Bereavement seminars and counseling sessions;
- Interfaith remembrance services for bereaved employees.
- Spirituality seminars; chaplains available to speak to parishes and congregations;
- Daily Catholic Masses
- Interfaith services; and
- A Clinical Pastoral Education program.
There is a chaplain on call 24 hours a day in the hospital, and visits can be requested by patients or family members by asking the hospital operator to page the on-call chaplain. please call 203.789.3245.
Daily Catholic Mass is held in the hospital's main Chapel. From the Main Entrance, go right up the ramp and then turn right - follow the signs to the Chapel.
Monday - Friday, 7:30 am and Noon
Saturday, 4 pm (Vigil)
Sunday, 7:30 am
Additional masses are sometimes held for special occasions (e.g. memorial services or prayer for health/wellness). Masses may also be viewed in patient rooms and waiting areas on The Chapel Channel (Channel 5) of the hospital's internal TV system.
Comfort Shawl Program
Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus Comfort Shawl Program was founded in 2005. Recipents of shawls and lap blankets have included patients receiving treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, the McGivney Cancer Center and the Grimes Center. As part of the Women's Center for Breast Health support program, shawls are routinely given to breast cancer patients by their Patient Navigator.
If you would like to participate, please call 203.789.3305 to order a booklet with several different patterns to use when creating a comfort shawl, or please join us for prayer, knitting and fellowship, on the fourth Tuesday of each month from noon to 12:30 pm in the Archives.