In keeping with our mission to attend to the whole person, Mary’s Woods is one of the few retirement communities that provide full-time spiritual care. With compassion and respect for each individual’s well-being, the pastoral services team supports the diverse spiritual needs and faith traditions of our residents, family members and staff. Whether or not you consider yourself to be religious, your spiritual well-being is essential to your quality of life – related to who you are, what you value, and your sense of meaning, connection and hope.
Our pastoral services team is rich in diversity and includes professional Chaplains and associates with master’s degrees in theology, divinity and applied theology, as well as an Ordained Priest and Protestant Minister. Staff members and volunteers of the department of pastoral services are experienced professionals that come from various religious traditions and are committed to the spiritual well-being of each of our residents. We offer diverse ways to deepen one’s spiritual life, including:
- Individual pastoral visits
- Healing services
- Faith sharing
- Classes and workshops
- Community service projects
- Interfaith worship services
- A variety of Christian Services (Catholic Mass, Christian Worship, Episcopal Eucharist and Presbyterian Gatherings)
- Silent worship
- Caregiver support
- Grief support
- Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorder Support Group
- Support in times of illness or transition (Groups and 1:1 Support)
- End of life care
- Music (Hootenanny’s, Summer Solstice, Christian worship, and more)
- Assistance with memorial planning
- Reflection groups
- Special Blessings: Family, healing, new resident, pet, new home blessings
- Contact with your own faith community
An Interdenominational Celebrations Committee, composed of residents, collaborates with the pastoral services team.
The Chapel of the Holy Names in the Provincial House seats 400 and is the location for special interdenominational services, Catholic Mass and concerts. We also have a small chapel in the Marie Rose Center, along with private space in our pastoral services room and acres of beautiful natural settings for quiet prayer and reflection.