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Reaching out in love to those in hospital, thanks to your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Hospital chaplaincy is about reaching out to people in crisis, patients with difficult diagnoses, those who are suffering, those who are dying, including many who are far from home or without support.

“I think one of the most important parts of my vocation is connecting with patients from out of town, especially those from farther away,” says Jacqueline Saretsky, coordinator of Hospital Chaplaincy in the Diocese of Saskatoon.

“We are called to serve; we are called to support those in need, to offer comfort, to offer that compassionate care.

“We help support patients if they are lonely or depressed, if they feel abandoned, or if they feel like they are a burden. We try to bring that light into their life, to let them know that we care … so they know they are not alone.” – Jacqueline Saretsky, Hospital Chaplaincy.

Your gift shines a light in the darkness

Supporting the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a way for parishioners to reach out in love to the vulnerable in our community, says priest chaplain Fr. Rhéal Bussière. “Hospital chaplaincy is one of those ministries where we really rely on the participation of the people of the diocese of Saskatoon.”

All sorts of emotions come with illness or injury. Patients may be afraid, discouraged, lonely and far from home, says Fr. Rhéal. Whether it involves compassionate listening, offering prayer or providing sacraments, the compassionate presence of hospital chaplaincy is making a difference.

“It is so essential that we be able to be there for those in our hospitals,” says Fr. Rhéal.

Deaf Ministry supported by BAA

Gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal support a range of ministries that are reaching out in love and service in our diocesan community. For some 25 years, this has included Deaf Ministry.

Every Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon, Roberto Godoybaca provides sign language interpretation of the Mass for the deaf community.

“This is a very important service to bring to our deaf people,” says Roberto. “Without it, they would not feel they also are a part of the body of Christ.”

Roberto Godoybaca provides sign language interpretation at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon – a ministry of outreach and inclusion supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

If you have questions or would like more information about these or any other ministries, please visit the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com  or call the Catholic Pastoral Centre at (306) 242-1500 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005.