For people of all faiths, Mercy’s Pastoral Care Team offers pastoral counseling, as well as emotional and spiritual presence, both routinely and in crisis situations. We also provide grief support and counseling for families whose loved one has died, or is in the process of dying, as well as prayer support for patients, families and staff.
For Catholic patients Holy Communion is available Sunday through Saturday; confession is celebrated upon request. Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, for restoration to the body, mind, and spirit, is also available.
Chaplains are routinely available between 9 am and 5 pm daily and at other times for emergencies. Our chaplains are fully integrated and respected participants in Mercy’s treatment teams. We are available to assist the clinical team with ethical concerns, including consultations around end-of-life questions and other often difficult personal decisions. Additionally, we are available for treatment planning conversations with patients, families and staff.
A nurse can contact a chaplain for a conversation, support, guidance, the sacraments, prayer, grieving, thanksgiving, or help with decisions about values and decisions regarding advanced directives or other issues.
Our current staff includes Sr. Patricia Mooney, RSM; Fr. Robert V. Paskey, SJ; and Rev. Kenneth Wish, our Protestant Chaplain. Many Eucharistic Ministers volunteer to bring Communion to Mercy patients. We also have Associate Chaplains of other faith traditions that are available upon request.
Mercy provides chaplaincy coverage 12 hours a day, 8 am-8 pm, seven days a week. You may contact us at 879-3358, or by calling Mercy’s main number, 879-3000, and asking the operator to page the on-call chaplain.
St. Joseph’s Chapel
St. Joseph’s Chapel is located at Mercy State Street on level B1. It is open to all every day from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. If you would like to use it after hours, please contact security at (207) 879-3143.
• Sunday Mass at 11:30 am
• Monday through Thursday Mass at 11:30 am
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel is located at Mercy Fore River off the main lobby. It is open to all from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you would like to use it after hours, please contact security at (207) 879-3143.
• Friday Mass at 11:30 am