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Spiritual Care & Resources

Spiritual care is available to you and your family at Mary Free Bed. If you wish to receive spiritual services, visits or sacraments — or if you’d like any additional information that isn’t addressed below — please ask your nurse to contact the chaplain.

The ministry provided at Mary Free Bed supports and respects the beliefs and traditions of all persons, regardless of spiritual or religious preferences.

Chapel Services

Sunday afternoons – 2:30 pm
There is a Prayer and Worship Service at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in the 5th Floor Reflective Day Space

Weekday afternoons – 12:05 pm
Mass is celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The Chapel is located on the second floor of the Lacks Cancer Center. For directions, please ask your nurse or see the Patient and Family Handbook.

Spiritual Resources

Daniel Kelly, MA Chaplain at Mary Free Bed, said:

“When patients arrive at Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation, they may experience many different levels of anxiety. Changes have occurred in their lives which for some are temporary and for others permanent. Healing occurs on various levels and affects all aspects of our being – body, mind and spirit. The holistic approach here at Mary Free Bed is very important. It is my hope to bring you resources that can help support your spiritual health while you are here.

You may find the following websites a helpful source of support during your hospitalization. They focus on the idea of hope and perseverance in the midst of struggle. The idea of hope comes through on many different venues. They may prompt the desire for further discussion with the hospital chaplain. The chaplain may be contacted by asking your nurse to get a message to him.”

Podcast lists on Spirituality and Hope:
Faith and Forgiveness:  The feast of Mercy
What Does Our Faith Teach About Suffering?
Redemptive Suffering-The Supreme Power of Prayer By Those Who Suffer
Grief and Hope-Staying in Touch with Our Beloved
Prayer-Quality Time with Your Father
No Greater Love Sessions 1-6
The Prodigal Son

Click Here for a Complete List of Websites, Podcasts and Additional Online Resources

Sacramental Ministry

Holy Communion is available Sunday and Tuesday. Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by your pastor on request. Sacrament of Anointing is available by your pastor on request.

Holy Communion is available by your pastor on request.

Other Religious Expressions
Visits are available by our spiritual director or your own religious leader on request. For needs specific to your own religion you may ask that your own spiritual leader be contacted.

Morning Prayer

Lord God today I begin another day with all its possibility and all its uncertainty. Give me the grace to accept all that I shall encounter today. Bring hope where hope is needed, bring healing where healing is needed, and bring your peace where peace is needed. Guide me and be with me — giving me your strength. Amen.

Isaiah 43:1-4

Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up. Should you walk through fire, you will not be scorched and the flames will not burn you. For I am Yahweh, your God. . . Because you are precious in my eyes, because you are honored and I love you. . .

Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Midday Prayer

Lord, I need you to stand by me. So much is happening – I feel so powerless. It’s scary to be in that place. I need to feel your presence close to me – to hold me in your arms, reassure me, and love me. Remind me, O God, that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together cannot handle. For in that I find hope. Amen.

Matthew 11:28:30

Come to me, all of you who labor and are over-burdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light…

Night Prayer

At the close of this day, Lord, I am reminded of your faithfulness. My body is tired – give me rest this night that I may awake feeling strengthen and renewed. Be with and bless my family and friends, and hold them close to you this night as well. Hold me in your care and grant me peace. Amen.