Messages of hope shared online for Easter and beyond

Westmead Hospital pastoral care Sophie Boffa, Father Domingo Barawid and Kate Bradford.

“During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other let us yet find ways to the be loving embrace of God to our neighbours.”

Westmead Hospital chaplaincy had these words of encouragement to remind us to stay positive and well during these difficult times.

While places of worship remain closed for Passover, Easter, Ramadan and other coming religious holidays, the hospital’s chaplaincy is using modern technology to reach out to staff and patients via social media.

Westmead Hospital chaplain Kate Bradford said each day they are sharing their prayers, videos and messages of hope on a dedicated Facebook page.

“This is a difficult time for all of us, we are all struggling to adjust to the new normal”, Kate said.  

“Our regular services have been cancelled but the chaplains are here on-site to provide ongoing spiritual care to patients, staff and their families, helping to find hope and a way forward through these difficult times.

“Easter is a special time for Christians of all denominations and this year presents challenges where it is not possible to get together for services. We pray that our the messages of hope online will help sustain people in their faith during this time.”

The chaplaincy is also seeking people of other faiths to contribute to their page.

“The hospital chapel is still open for individual prayer and we still visit patients in the wards, while following social distancing measures including no contact with patients,” Kate said. 

“We are in the process of exploring way of providing video chaplaincy to patients that we cannot meet face to face.”

Blacktown Hospital pastoral care coordinator Jeannie Smith at the 2019 ANZAC Day memorial.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ pastoral care teams are not holding mass or services, but chaplains continue to visit patients in wards while following the social distancing restrictions.

If if anyone needs to speak with Blacktown and Mount Druitt Pastoral Care team please call 9881 8000.

To view the Facebook daily messages, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Chaplaincy-Every-Day-100137248307200/