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Spiritual Care

HSHS St. John's spiritual care ministers and chaplains are available around the clock to offer support and minister to our patients and their families.

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Your church or synagogue can be notified of your hospitalization if requested by a patient or their family.

Caring for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is a primary concern of HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the hospital embraces a holistic ministry to all dimensions of the human person: body, mind and spirit.

Being a patient can be stressful and profoundly affect you and your loved ones. During joyful times, your spirit soars. During times of crisis or illness, your spirit can become heavy. Often, questions and concerns arise when you are in the hospital. You may experience fear, anxiety or loneliness. Perhaps your faith is uncertain. Maybe you feel lost, confused or overwhelmed. These feelings are common and none of us are immune to them. St. Francis knew the importance of a healing touch and encouragement during these times.

For more information, call Spiritual Care Services at 217-525-5675.

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Sacraments and Chapel Services

The chapel, located on the second floor, lobby level of the main hospital, provides a quiet place for prayer and reflection.

Mass is offered in the chapel at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. 

Patients and families can view all services held in the Chapel by tuning into patient channel 25.

Church service schedules for many denominations in the downtown area are available at the information desk in the main lobby.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick is available upon request. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available upon request. Holy Communion is distributed each morning. Communion for Protestant patients can be requested from the patient’s pastor. Baptisms are done in case of danger of death.

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Chapel

All are welcome to our Chapel, a place set apart for prayer and quiet. 

The chapel, located on the second floor, lobby level of the main hospital, provides a quiet place for prayer and reflection. We are pleased to share it with you.