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Patients & Visitors Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

​​Suppor​t for Patients

We believe spiritual care is an integral part of the healing process. We are committed to providing appropriate care to patients of all religious traditions or with spiritual needs not related to a particular faith tradition. SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison's Pastoral Care staff is professional trained to provide spiritual and emotional support to all patients and families. Visits from your own faith leader are also encouraged. If you need assistance in reaching a particular faith leader, please contact the Pastoral Care Office between 8 am and 4:30 pm at 608-258-6769.

To contact a chaplain, please dial "0" from any hospital phone and
ask for the chaplain-on-call, or ask your nurse to page the chaplain.
From outside the hospital, please call 608-251-6100.


Reading and devotional materials from various religious traditions are available for patient and family use through the Pastoral Care Office. Care Notes which provide information about coping with illness, grief and many other topics are also available in the Pastoral Care Office and can be requested through a chaplain. 

Regular Worship Services

Mass is celebrated in the chapel daily at the following times:

  • ​Monday - Friday, 11:30 am
  •  Saturday, 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, 10:30 am
Please call the chapel line at 608-258-6771 for information about any changes in this schedule during major holidays. Services are broadcast on TV channel 100. 

Special Memorial Services

Interfaith Memorial Services are held twice per year, in May and November. At this service, the names of all patients who died in the hospital the previous six months are read. 

SSM Health St. Mary's Infant Burial Ceremony is held in April and October for babies who died because of miscarriage and/or ectopic pregnancy. This special service is held at Resurrection Cemetery​. If you have questions about this service or need support following a pregnancy loss, please call SSM Health St. Mary's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Line at 608-229-7141.